Stepping Down: After an a tour of chairmanship duties, Mark Friedl (Prof of Earth and Environment) will be stepping down as Chairman of Earth Sciences, where he served for two years. Prior to that Mark was chair of Geography and Environment. Mark’s leadership has been instrumental, having recruited a number of faculty over the last few years. We owe Mark a debt of gratitude for his substantial service to our community, so if you see him, be sure to give him a hearty thanks or pat on the back! Mark’s lined up a pretty nice sabbatical, so catch him before he goes…
Stepping Up: Curtis Woodcock will serve as the chair of the new department of Earth and Environment (E&E). As many of you know, E&E is the new dept. following the merger of ES and GE. Curtis will provide a steady hand as all the details of the merger get ironed out. Curtis previously served as Chair of GE
Fellowships: Congratulations to Allison Gill and Angela Ridgen, recipients of Graduate Research Fellowships from NSF! These awards provide three years of funding for early-stage PhD students. Allison is a first-year student in the Finzi lab, and will be working on the Impacts of Elevated CO2 and Increased Soil Temperature on Microbial Community Structure and Function in a Boreal Peatland. Angela Rigden is finishing her undergraduate degree at Cornell and will work with Guido Salvucci in the fall as a new student in the Biogeoscience Program. Angela will be working on The Influence of Climate Change on the Magnitude of Hortonian Flow & Flood Frequency.
Alan Strahler was awarded the 2011 William T. Pecora Award, “presented annually to individuals or groups that make outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. The award is sponsored jointly by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).”
Wally Fulweiler has been awarded a 2012 Sloan Research Fellowship – one of this year’s 126 recipients. The two-year fellowships are given to young academic scholars who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their respective fields of science, mathematics, economics, and computer science. This year, the fellowships were expanded to include ocean sciences with each winner receiving $50,000.
Congratulations to Professors Pamela Templer (Biology) and Lucy Hutyra (E&E) who were recently awarded prestigious NSF Career Awards. Pam’s award will focus on the “Role of Plant Nutrient Uptake in Forest Nutrient Retention and Carbon Sequestration: an Integrated Research, Teaching and Outreach Program.” Lucy’s award is will focus on “Assessing urban influences on ecosystem processes.”
Adrien Finzi was awarded the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Life Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. Finzi received his BS in 1990 from UNH and was thrilled to receive this honor from his alma matter.
John Drake, post-doctoral fellow in the Finzi lab received the 2011 Sulzman Award from Biogeoscience section of the Ecological Society of America for his paper entitled: “Increases in the flux of carbon belowground stimulate nitrogen uptake and sustain the long-term enhancement of forest productivity under elevated CO2,” which was published in the Journal Ecology Letters.
Selection of Recent Papers
Baccini et al., 2012. Estimated carbon dioxide emissions from tropical deforestation improved by carbon density maps, Nature Climate Change, 2, 182-185 doi:10.1038/nclimate1354. Co-authored by Mark Friedl and Damien Sulla-Menashe, a PhD student in Mark’s lab. Also of note, Baccini was a former PhD student here at BU!
Amanda Veillard, a graduate student in Wally Fulweiler’s lab published her first paper: Vieillard, A., Fulweiler, R.W., Hughes, Z., *Carey, J. (2011) The Ebb and Flood of Silica: Quantifying Dissolved and Biogenic Silica Fluxes from a Temperate Salt Marsh. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Estuarine, Coastal, Shelf Science. DOI:10.1060/j.ecss2011.10.012.
Joanna Carey, also a PhD student in Wally’s lab, published her first paper: Carey, J.C. & Fulweiler, R.W. (2011) Human activities directly alter watershed dissolved silica fluxes. Biogeochemistry. DOI 10.1007/s10533-011-9671-2.
Steve Raciti, a post-doc in Lucy Hutyra’s lab recently published the paper: Raciti et al. (2012) Soil and vegetation carbon in urban ecosystems: The importance of importance of urban definition and scale. Ecological Applications. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/11-1250.1. This paper contributes to the ULTRA program funded by NSF and BU.
Other Tid Bits
With a $66k grant from the Barr Foundation and the Conservation Law Foundation, Nathan Phillips and colleagues documented 2,945 natural gas leaks in the City of Boston, from distribution pipelines. Following on this finding, Nathan and Lucy Hutyra are BU PI’s on an $70k Environmental Defense Fund supported project that seeks to estimate the total volume and greenhouse warming potential of gas leaks in Greater Boston.
Guido Salvucci receved a new NASA award for his proposal: “A New Approach for Validating Satellite Estimates of Soil Moisture.” Funds from this grant will support Biogeoscience Ph.D student Sam Tuttle.
Professor Pamela Templer’s research on winter climate change was recently featured on the BU website. Check it out here…
After serving a four-year term, Mark Friedl stepped down in January 2012 as Associate Editor of JGR-Biogeosciences.
Lucy Hutyra (Co-PI) was awarded a new grant from IBM as a part of their Smarter Cities Program. The title of their proposed work is: “Combating climate change through smarter urban transportation policies.”