Templer’s Sense of Snow: CAS biologist probes impact of snow-challenged winters

March 29th, 2012 in News.

Watch this video on YouTube

The research of Biogeosciences Professor Pamela Templer was recently highlighted in an excellent piece on BU Today –

Professor Alan Strahler Receives 2011 William T. Pecora Award

January 15th, 2012 in News.

Congratulations to Professor Alan Strahler (Geography & Environment) who was recently 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).”

Further information about Professor Strahler’s award can be found at Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing and from the NASA Press Release. Information about the Pecora Award can be found here, and Professor Strahler’s Official Citation can be viewed here.

Professor Lucy Hutyra Receives NSF Career Award

January 15th, 2012 in News.

Congratulations to Professor Lucy Hutyra (Geography & Environment) who was recently awarded a prestigious NSF Career Award for her project titled: “Assessing urban influences on ecosystem processes.”

Further information about Professor Hutyra’s project can be found at the National Science Foundation website and by visiting Professor Hutyra’s lab website.

Professor Pamela Templer Receives NSF Career Award

January 15th, 2012 in News.

Congratulations to Professor Pamela Templer (Biology) who was recently awarded a prestigious NSF Career Award for her project titled: “Role of Plant Nutrient Uptake in Forest Nutrient Retention and Carbon Sequestration: an Integrated Research, Teaching and Outreach Program.”

Further information about Professor Templer’s project can be found at the National Science Foundation website and by visiting Professor Templer’s lab website.

First Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences comes to Boston

December 21st, 2011 in Events, News.

Call for papers: First Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences 30th Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 27 May–1 June 2012, Boston, MA

The First Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences and the 30th Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, will be held at the Omni Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts from 29 May through 1 June 2012. Abstracts related to atmosphere-biosphere interactions are welcome for submission by 30 January 2012.

These conferences are organized jointly by the AMS Board on Atmospheric Biogeosicences and the AMS Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site by late January 2012. The goal of the Atmospheric Biogeosciences conference is to showcase the diversity in research in the field of biosphere-atmosphere interactions. More specifically, the conference is directed toward improving our understanding how the earth-atmosphere system will evolve under a changing climate and changing environmental pressures. Sample abstract topics include: remote sensing of the terrestrial biosphere, greenhouse gas emissions from managed and unmanaged ecosystems, impacts of emissions on air quality and climate, the hydrological cycle, the nitrogen cascade, urban air quality, new techniques or instrumentation in atmospheric biogeosciences, use of stable isotopes as indicators of biogeochemical processes, and interactions between climate and terrestrial ecosystems.

The theme for this Agricultural and Forest Meteorology conference is “Farm through Forest” and will exemplify the diversity in research in the associated communities. Papers are solicited on all aspects of atmosphere-biosphere interactions: transport and dispersion within and above canopies, advances in surface layer theory from observations and models, integrated systems modeling, environmental controls on ecosystem-atmosphere exchanges of greenhouse gases, and using isotopes to determine variable sources and sinks are examples. Joint sessions will be conducted among the two conferences including a session honoring Ray Desjardins’ contribution to atmospheric biogeosciences and agricultural and forest meteorology.

Additionally there will be student oral and poster competition. Students must be the first author on submissions and be presenting their own, original work. Please submit your abstract electronically via the Web by the deadline date of Monday, 30 January 2012 (refer to the AMS Web page at An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order) is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if abstract is not accepted). The $95 abstract fee includes the submission of your abstract, the posting of your extended abstract, and the uploading and recording of your presentation that will be archived on the AMS Web site. We will no longer be producing a CD-ROM, allowing us to extend the deadline for extended abstracts. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by late February 2012. All extended abstracts are to be submitted electronically and will be available on-line via the Web. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS Web site. Manuscripts (up to 10MB) must be submitted electronically by 1 July 2012. All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS Web site at no cost. For additional information please contact the Atmospheric Biogeosciences co-chairs Dr. Loretta Mickley ( and Dr. Elizabeth Pattey ( or the Agricultural and Forest Meteorology chair Dr. Ian Strachan (

Biogeoscience Award Recipeints

August 4th, 2011 in Uncategorized.

We’re very pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Research and Travel Awards in Biogeoscience.  A committee of four biogeoscience faculty reviewed the proposals, all of which were very good.  If you didn’t get funded this year, please try again next year!

Research Award in Biogeoscience ($500 each)

  • Andrew Reinmann, Department of Biology, Coupled response of above- and belowground carbon fluxes in a temperate deciduous forest to reduced winter snow pack
  • Elise Heiss, Department of Earth Sciences, Examining the Effect of Nitrogen Loading and pH on Water Column Nitrification
  • Preeti Rao, Department of Geography & Environment, Spatial patterns of N-deposition along an urbanization gradient in Boston

Travel Award in Biogeoscience ($500)

  • Kenneth Takagi, Department of Earth Sciences, 2011 Fall AGU Meeting, Is there a role for calcium oxalate in the terrestrial calcium budget? Using Ca isotopes to constrain sources of streamwater Ca following clear-cutting of a New England watershed

Please join us in congratulating these students for outstanding work!

Biogeosciences Awards Announcement

April 25th, 2011 in News.

We are delighted to announce a competition for four Research in Biogeoscience Awards ($500) in support of PhD students who are enrolled in the certificate program.  Three of the awards are to support research activity and the fourth is to support travel to a scientific meeting.  If you are an interested student, please submit a one-page application to Chris DeVits (cdevits at bu dot edu) by May 5, 2011.  In your application, please be sure to include:

Proposal Title
Type of Award (research or travel)
Name of PhD Advisor
Relevant background & importance of your work
Major questions/hypotheses being addressed
How these funds will contribute to the advancement of your work

Please submit only one application (i.e., either for research or travel).

If you have questions or comments, please contact me.

Adrien Finzi

New Biogeosciences website

April 25th, 2011 in News.

Welcome to the new Boston University Biogeosciences website! We hope to keep it updated with a calendar of upcoming events and news related to the program and the people in it. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in the program, have questions, or something to contribute to the calendar or news feeds.