Category: 2014

Robert Kaufmann featured in article on current state of world oil markets

January 26th, 2015 in 2014, 2015, Faculty, Jan-15, News, Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann was recently featured in an article published on Public Radio International.

The article, “How Saudi Arabia can stop America from producing more fuel,” describes the current state of the world oil markets and how American produced oil is one of the “big reasons [] gas prices have plummeted over the last couple of months.”

To read the entire article, click here.

To learn more about the work of Prof. Kaufmann, check out his profile page.

Adil Najam featured in news article on Pakistani military strategies

December 19th, 2014 in 2014, Adil Najam, Dec-14, Faculty, News

Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Professor of Earth & Environment Adil Najam was quoted today in a new article released by the Associated Press on Pakistani military strategies and the recent Pakistani school attack.

The article, “Analysis: New Focus on How Pakistan Will Address Militancy,” can be found online here.

Esther James gives talk at AGU

December 17th, 2014 in 2014, Dec-14, Graduate students, Presentations, Talks, Trips

Esther James

Esther James

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Esther James gave a talk today at the Fall 2014 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

James’s talk was titled “A Three-Dimensional Shear-Velocity Model of the Atlantic Upper Mantle from Analysis of a Regional Dataset of Fundamental-Mode Rayleigh Waves.”

James gave her talk this morning, Wednesday December 17, 2014, at 9:15 am as part of the “Imaging the Earth IV Seismic Studies of Crust and Mantle Structure” session.

James is a PhD candidate in Earth Science with an emphasis on seismology and mantle tomography.

Nathan Phillips quoted in NPR article on gas leaks

December 17th, 2014 in 2014, Dec-14, Faculty, Nathan Phillips, News

Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips

Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips has been quoted in a recent NPR article discussing how “Leaking city gas pipes pose climate hazard.”

The article, released yesterday December 16th, 2014, discusses Philadelphia’s aging infrastructure and its resulting natural gas leaks. The article highlights Phillips’s ongoing research to map out natural gas leaks in cities, research that has been featured in a variety of news outlets over the past three years.

To read the article, click here or on the article name above.

To learn more about Phillips’s work, check out his profile page.

Alan Strahler, GE 502 celebrate Strahler’s Last Class

December 11th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Strahler, Curtis Woodcock, Dec-14, Faculty, Graduate students, Pictures


Earth & Environment Professor Alan Strahler along with family, friends, and students celebrate the end of the semester and Strahler’s final class as an active Professor at Boston University.


Our department Administrative Coordinator Fred George was there to photograph the special occasion. Check out his pictures below.



Alan Strahler, left, and Curtis Woodcock showing off their festive spirits.




Strahler addresses the party as his wife, Kristi, and Prof. Woodcock look on.





Strahler poses with colleagues Crystal Schaaf and Curtis Woodcock.



Strahler and his wife Kristi




Strahler’s students enjoying the event.




Graduate students celebrating Strahler’s tenure with champagne.




Strahler’s students enjoy the party.




Students waiting for the party to get started.




Graduate Student Paulo Arevalo, front right, smiles for the camera as the party unfolds.



Dana Bauer presents at ACES Conference in DC

December 10th, 2014 in 2014, Dana Bauer, Dec-14, Faculty, Ian Sue Wing, Presentations, Undergraduate

Dana Bauer

Dana Bauer

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Dana Bauer is in Washington DC this week to present research at the A Community on Ecosystem Services or ACES Conference.

Bauer will make two presentations during the conference: her first presentation features research performed by Bauer and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing on “Macroeconomic Consequences of Lost Pollination Services.”

Her second presentation feature research performed by Bauer and former Earth & Environment undergraduate Jessika Rose Smith on “Pollination Services and Grower Decision Making.”

To learn more about Prof. Bauer’s work, check out her profile page.

BU Geological Society hosts “The Geology of Middle Earth: The Two Towers” Thursday, 5pm in B31C

December 10th, 2014 in 2014, Dec-14, Undergraduate

The Boston University Geological Society is hosting a viewing of The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers this Thursday, Dec. 11th at 5 pm in CAS B31C.

The viewing will feature the film and fun geological facts about the filming locations.

Snacks will be provided.

Esther James first authors article in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems

December 9th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Dec-14, Graduate students, Publications

Esther James

Esther James

Earth & Environment Phd candidate Esther James has published a new article in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.

James is first author on the article titled “Rayleigh wave phase velocities in the Atlantic upper mantle.”

The article is available online here.

Esther James is a PhD candidate in Earth Science with an emphasis in seismology and mantle tomography; she is advised by former Earth & Environment Professor Colleen Dalton.

Rachel Scudder Dissertation Defense set for Monday at 9 AM

December 5th, 2014 in 2014, Dec-14, Faculty, Graduate students, Presentations, Rick Murray

Rachel Scudder

Rachel Scudder

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Rachel Scudder‘s dissertation defense is set for this coming Monday, December 8th, 2014, at 9 AM in CAS 132.

Scudder’s dissertation is titled “A Regional Assessment of Volcanic and Terrigenous Inputs to the Western Pacific Ocean ‘Subduction Factory.'”

Scudder is a PhD candidate in Earth Science; her primary advisor is Prof. Rick Murray.

All members of the department are encouraged to come out and support Rachel.

Grad Student Seminar tomorrow, 3:00 in CAS 313

December 4th, 2014 in 2014, Dec-14, Department Seminars, Graduate students

Rohan Kundargi

Rohan Kundargi

Damien Sulla-Menashe

Damien Sulla-Menashe

The Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series will be held tomorrow at 3:00 pm in CAS 313.

Tomorrow’s seminar will feature two talks lasting fifteen minutes each.

The first scheduled talk will feature Damien Sulla-Menashe discussing his research on “Are the boreal forests of Canada browning?: An investigation using Landsat Data.”

The second scheduled talk will feature Rohan Kundargi discussing his research “On the Variable Patterns of Hotspot Volcanism.”

All students and faculty are expected to attend and will complete a short evaluation for each presenter.