Pardee Center Faculty Research Fellows Prof. Dan Li and Prof. Lucy Hutyra were recently awarded a $650,000 National Science Foundation grant to study land-atmosphere feedbacks over urban areas experiencing heat waves, and the impacts of heat waves on natural systems and human activities in urban areas. Read more here: https://www.bu.edu/pardee/2019/11/22/faculty-research-fellows-li-and-hutyra-awarded-nsf-grant-to-study-heat-waves-in-urban-areas/
Kathryn Wheeler recently published a paper with her advisor, Michael Dietze. Read the paper here: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/11/21/2507
Assistant Professor John M. Marston's research was featured in The Brink. Read the full story here: "What Can We Learn from an Ancient Pea?" http://www.bu.edu/articles/2019/ancient-agriculture-and-climate-change/
PhD candidate Tess McCabe has received the E.C. Pielou Award from the Ecological Society of America. The competitive award is made annually based on the overall quality of a student’s scientific contribution to statistical ecology. At the ESA’s Annual Meeting, Tess presented “Scaling contagious disturbance in a spatially implicit way: Implications for describing disturbance regimes.” She is advised by Associate Professor Mike Dietze.
Associate Professor Michael Dietze was profiled this month in Science, which highlighted his Ecological Forecasting Initiative as “a grassroots effort to set standards, encourage interdisciplinary approaches, and develop forecasting methods that can be applied to many situations, including fisheries management, wildlife migrations, algal blooms, wildfire patterns, and human disease.”
“EFI specifically aims to tackle cross-cutting challenges that span across the breadth of different forecasting projects,” Professor Dietze told the magazine. “It’s been very exciting to see this community come together so quickly. We have working groups focused on a range of topics, from theory and decision science to diversity and education, as well as developing new tools and cyberinfrastructure.”
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Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler has received the 2019 Metcalf Cup for excellence in teaching, created to identify and advance members of faculty whose instruction merits special praise. “I love teaching, and I spend a lot of time on it, and I think it’s one of the most important jobs we have,” Professor Fulweiler told BU Today. “I love my research, but in the end, the legacy of your students is how you really make a mark on the world.”
Professor Richard Primack and Postdoctoral Associate Erica Walker, the principal investigator of the Community Noise Lab (School of Public Health), have received a grant from the BU Initiative on Cities, entitled “The Impact of Tourism on Environmental Sound Levels in Urban and Park Environments.” The goal of this proposal is to examine tourism’s impacts on a suite of metrics of sound and noise perception at iconic and heavily visited locations in New England, such as Fenway Park, Boston’s North End, and Acadia National Park in Maine.
Professor Pam Templer has been elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. According to the ESA, “Fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA, including, but not restricted to, those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations, and the broader society. They are elected for life.” Congratulations to Professor Templer on this well-deserved achievement!
Associate Professor Mike Dietze delivered the keynote at the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society annual conference, as he addressed ecological forecasting and its application to citizen science. Professor Dietze spoke of the ways that iterative forecasts can improve and accelerate basic environmental science, while at the same time making that science more directly relevant to society. The Massachusetts Environmental Education Society is dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and improvement of environmental education in the state and region.
Professor Richard Primack and Professor Pamela Templer have received an NSF grant entitled “ADVANCE Partnership: From the Classroom to the Field: Intervention Training to Improve Workplace Climate.” The goal of this proposal is to empower academics to transform workplace climate in the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology and animal behavior through an online survey of society memberships, workplace climate workshops, development of training scenarios relevant to field work, and making training materials publicly available online.