By Frederick George III
On Thursday August 11, Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett spoke on the Jefferson Exchange National Public Radio. The topic was a recent paper published in PNAS by Dr. Garrett and her collaborator Dr. Yann le Polain de Waroux regarding deforestation in the Gran Chaco of South America. The paper examines how differences in deforestation regulations between countries within the Gran Chaco create “deforestation havens” for soy and cattle producers seeking to expand their land area.
You can listen to the interview and read about it here.
Professor James Baldwin was featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about the most and least energy expensive states here in North America. The article compares a variety of different energy costs throughout the states and is further explained in an interview with professor Baldwin.
You can visit their website and read the article here.
Effective January, 2015, Rick Murray has been appointed Division Director, Ocean Sciences, at the National Science Foundation. He will be serving in this capacity “on detail” from Boston University and will continue his research program and maintain other Boston University ties throughout the duration of the temporary appointment. As Division Director, he will oversee ~$350M per year for support of ocean sciences research and oceanographic facilities and infrastructure.
The complete announcement can be found here.
A Boston Globe article this week, “Google Earth captures city’s leaky gas pipelines,” highlights leaky gas pipes around the city and the technology that is making environmental information more public.
The article can be read here.
The article quotes professor Nathan Phillips of the Department of Earth and Environment, and references his 2012 study on the subject, which he completed with his students.
A CBS Boston news article on professor Nathan Phillips’ work in 2013 can be read here.
Bruce Anderson co-authors Nature paper refuting widely publicized study of ecological impacts arising from climate change
Professor Bruce Anderson, along with many of the lead authors of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, coauthored a comment in the journal Nature. The comment is titled “Uncertainties in the timing of unprecedented climates.” It can be downloaded here.
The comment shows how methodological flaws in the first study resulted in artificially low uncertainty in the timing of climatic impacts on biodiversity hotspots, an oversight that can lead to poor planning decisions and that hopefully will be avoided in the future by researchers interested in climatic impacts upon ecological and human welfare.
An accompanying News & Views article titled “Climate science: Expulsion from history” explaining the significance of this paper is also published in Nature – the first time they have ever done this for a comment. It can be downloaded here.
To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here.
The paper, “Tidal pulsing alters nitrous oxide fluxes in a temperate intertidal mudflat,” co-written by Robinson Fulweiler, can be read here.
Amanda Vieillard is currently working towards her Ph.D. at UCONN. You can see more of her articles here.
Dr. Giulio Mariotti, Ph.D. (’13) in Earth Sciences from Boston University, was awarded the prestigious AGU Luna B. Leopold young scientist award in Earth and Planetary Surface Processes. Dr. Mariotti will also present the Robert Sharp lecture at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
Dr. Mariotti, currently a Crosby Postdoctoral Fellow at EAPS – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will start as Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University in January 2015. During his Ph.D. studies at Boston University Dr. Mariotti published more than ten articles in top journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Geophysical Research.
You can read more by Dr. Giulio Mariotti here.
The Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship recognizes Ph.D. students whose research and scholarship addresses critical problems through engagement and community partnerships. The award provides support for two years.
Sullivan-Wiley is a Ph.D. candidate working with Assistant Professor Anne Short. Her research focuses on information transfer and efforts to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters in developing nations. She is working with the Uganda Red Cross and other development organizations to examine the effectiveness of programs that aim to reduce community vulnerability to landslides in eastern Uganda.
In this article Dr. Farouk El-Baz, directer of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, debunks the pronouncement of Ahmed Shaheen, the self-described “Nostradamus of the Arabs,” on the theory Mars has gone through an apocalypse type scenario.
Dr. El-Baz worked for NASA between 1967 and 1972, selecting Apollo lunar landing sites and training astronauts on field geology.
This article is written by Mark Whittington for the Houston Space News Examiner.
Remote Sensing Research Scientist Bradley J. Thompson’s latest article published by Earth & Planetary Science Letters
His article, “The effects of weathering on the strength and chemistry of Columbia River Basalts and their implications for Mars Exploration Rover Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) results,” can be read via the link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X14003069#.
To see more of Brad’s work and publications, visit his page here.