November 2020: The EcoPOD was installed successfully and is operational.
September 2020: The first EcoPOD unit was cleared from customs. It is expected to arrive at the lab later this month.
February 2020: Dr. Jenny Mortimer led the second EcoPOD workshop held at the Genomic Sciences Program meeting in Washington DC. Report to come shortly.
December 2019: Dr. Esther Singer visits the EcoPOD manufacturer Umwelt-Geraete-Technik in Germany.
October 2018: Team EcoPOD (Dr. Jenny Mortimer, Dr. Esther Singer) at the Energy I-Corps kickoff in Golden, CO. LBNL is an expertise center for plant-microbe-ecosystem science. Program Office EERE BETO recognized EcoPODs as a technology with broad application potential and gave us the opportunity to explore best use case scenarios. If you are interested what EcoPODs can do for you, contact Dr. Esther Singer: esinger at lbl.gov.
June 2018: The first EcoPOD workshop was held at LBNL. The invitation was extended to scientists and engineers from across LBNL, as well as a small number of external interested parties. It kicked off with a series of short talks on both the concept of the EcoPOD, as well as some of the types of science that could make use of such a facility. The rest of the time was spent in breakout groups, as we discussed both the scientific and technical challenges, including around data handling and modeling. The report is available to read here.
May 2018: Dr. Jenny Mortimer was hosted by Dr. Manfred Türke when she visited the EcoTron facility at iDIV, in Leipzig, Germany. This high-tech new facility, composed of 24, custom designed EcoUnits is now starting their first experiment. You can read more about this exciting new development in plant ecophysiology here: Eisenhauer and Turke, 2018, Front. Ecol. Evol.
December 2017: Dr. Gary Andersen and Dr. Jenny Mortimer visited EcoCELLs (Ecologically Controlled Enclosed Lysimeter Laboratories) at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. We were kindly hosted by Dr Richard Jasoni and Prof. Jay Arnone.
October 2017: The EcoPod Prototyping Project formally kicked off.
October 2016: The EcoPod Committee formed to discuss the possibility of developing mesocosm capabilities at Berkeley Lab