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The Biological, Environmental and Climate Sciences Department is the steward for Brookhaven National Laboratory's capabilities in biology and biotechnology, environmental science, climate science, radiobiology, structural biology, and bio-imaging, including radiotracer development and their applications in plant biology and neuroscience.

Biological Sciences

Computational Biology & Informatics

Work in this area focuses on quantitative predictive models of complex biological systems and their underlying networks. Research is concentrated on understanding how they achieve robustness against noise and perturbations, and how they change in the course of evolution.

Plant Sciences

The Plant Sciences group's goal is to understand the principles underlying carbon capture, conversion, and storage in living systems; and develop the capability to model, predict and optimize these processes in plants and microorganisms.

Molecular & Structural Biology

This group studies structures and biological functions of proteins. We develop facilities for x-ray crystallography at the NSLS and NSLS-II for use by the scientific community, and continue to improve the T7 expression system developed here for producing proteins from cloned genes. Research explores the types of protein structures found in nature, elucidates large protein complexes by single-molecule Cryo-EM, and analyzes protein folding, interactions and enzyme function in a variety of biological systems.

NASA Space Radiation Laboratory Support Group

Provides experimental, logistical and technical support at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory and the Tandem Van de Graaff. These facilities are some of the few in the world that can simulate the harsh cosmic and solar radiation environment found in space, as well as exploring promising new avenues for cancer and disease treatments.

Radiochemistry and Biological Imaging

Develops methodologies to help achieve our nation’s goal of increased use of renewable energy. The program is structured into four R&D areas including radiotracer chemistry, imaging instrumentation, radiotracer methodology and biological applications with a major focus on the whole plant and bioenergy grasses. 

Environmental & Climate Sciences

Aerosol Chemistry and Microphysics

Focused on improving process-level understanding of aerosol formation and evolution mechanisms, aerosol absorption, and the direct and indirect influences that aerosols have on clouds, precipitation and climate.

Aerosol Related Infrastructure

Provides measurement capabilities to the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program for long-term measurements of aerosols and their precursors across a global network of ground- and aircraft-based locations. 

Climate and Process Modeling

Uses multi-scale process modeling and observational analyses to understand the processes essential to clouds, precipitation, land-atmosphere interactions, and urban impacts.

Cloud Processes

Seeks to improve understanding of microphysical and dynamical processes that impact the lifecycle of clouds to improve their representation in climate models.

Data Management & Software Engineering

Collects and processes a wide variety of data including numerical weather prediction model output, satellite and surface data.

Technology Development & Applications and Meteorological Services

Responsible for the maintenance, calibration, data collection and data archiving for the weather instrumentation network associated with BNL's atmospheric dispersion concerns.  

Terrestrial Ecosystem Science & Technology

Seeks to improve the representation of ecosystem processes in Earth System Models in order to increase our ability to understand and project global change. 

Tracer Technologies

The Tracer Technology Group uses perfluorocarbon tracers as a tool for understanding the processes that transport air, heat, water, and pollutants.

The Biological, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department is part of Brookhaven National Lab's Environment, Biology, Nuclear Science & Nonproliferation Directorate.