Category: April-14

Two Earth & Environment students award Pardee Center Summer Fellowships

April 25th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards, Graduate students

The Frederick S. Pardee Center of the study of the Longer-Range Future has announced their 2014 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows.

Included in this years fellows are two Earth & Environment Graduate Students, Xiaoman Huang and Xiaojing Tang.

Huang is a doctoral candidate with a focus on remote sensing. From the Pardee website: Huang “will use remote sensing technology to map land-use change from agriculture to urbanization in China from 2000 to 2012 with the goal of developing improved data sets for exploring the impacts of urban growth.”

Tang is a doctoral candidate working with Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal. Tang’s research is focused on remote sensing and GIS. From the Pardee website: Tang “will develop a long-term forest disturbance model to investigate how changes in forested areas impact biodiversity in Tonlé Sap Lake in the Lower Mekong Basin, a region of Cambodia where more than 2 million people are highly dependent upon ecosystem services such as fisheries and agricultural production.”

The Pardee Summer Graduate Fellows will spend the summer  working at the Pardee House where they will develop research that will be considered for publication in the Pardee Center’s publication series.

To learn more about the other Pardee Summer Fellows, visit the Pardee website.

Ann Dunlea and Nicolette Leonardi to give talks as part Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series

April 24th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Department Seminars, Faculty, Graduate students, Rick Murray, Sergio Fagherazzi

Graduate Students Ann Dunlea and Nicolette Leonardi will be giving talks tomorrow, April 25th, at 3:30 pm in STO453 as part of the Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series.

Ann Dunlea is a PhD candidate working with Professor Rick Murray. Her focus is on Marine Biogeochemistry.

Nicolette Leonardi is a PhD candidate working with Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi. Her focus in on Coastal Geomorphology.

Refreshments will be served following the talks.

Abstracts of the presentations are as follows:

 

“Paleoceanography of the South Pacific Gyre” by Ann Dunlea

The South Pacific Gyre (SPG) is Earth’s largest oceanic desert due to its low levels of biological productivity.  It also has the slowest sedimentation rates of the global ocean. The geochemistry of SPG sediment provides clues to large-scale changes in this vast ocean region and surrounding continents throughout the past 100 million years, including the formation of Australia’s deserts, Southern Hemisphere volcanism, and the opening of major oceanic gateways.

 

“How waves shape salt marshes” by Nicoletta Leonardi

We used cellular automata simulations and high resolution field measurements of five sites along the United States Atlantic Coast to investigate the erosion of marsh boundaries by waves. Our results justify the unpredictability of erosion events and the possibility of large failures episodes of marsh boundaries despite of a low exposure to wave action.

Lucy Hutyra named as a 2013 outstanding reviewer for Biogeochemistry

April 24th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra

The journal Biogeochemistry recently announced the list of their 2013 Outstanding Reviewers.

Among the recipients of the honor is Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra.

To see a complete list of Biogeochemistry‘s 2013 Outstanding Reviewers, click here.

To learn more about Lucy Hutyra’s work, visit her profile page, or check out her recent publications and grants.

 

 

 

 

Robert Kennedy to give invited lecutre at Clark University

April 24th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Faculty, Robert Kennedy, Talks, Trips

The Graduate School of Geography at Clark University has invited Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Robert Kennedy to present his work on landscape change analysis.
His talk will be held later today, Thursday April 24th.

The talk is part of a departmental colloquium series for other researchers and for graduate students.

To learn more about Robert Kennedy’s work, check out his profile page or his recent publications in our publication section.

Zhe Zhu and Xiaoman Huang present posters at NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Meeting

April 24th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Graduate students, Meeting, Presentations, Researchers, Trips

Earth & Environment Post-doctoral Associate Zhe Zhu and graduate student Xiaoman Huang presented posters yesterday, Wednesday April 23, as part of the NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Meeting.

Zhu’s poster was titled “Monitoring Land Cover through Big Data: Finding Buried Treasure in Landsat data.”

Huang’s poster was titled “Quantifying Cropland Loss to Urban Growth in China using MODIS Time Series and Nighttime Lights Data.”

The NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Spring Science Team Meeting is a three day meeting beginning Wednesday April 23rd and lasting until Friday April 25th.

 

Ranga Myneni coauthors article in Nature

April 24th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, April-14, Faculty, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni coauthored an article in the journal Nature.

The article is titled “Widespread decline of Congo rainforest greenness in the past decade.

It presents observational evidence for a widespread decline in forest greenness over the past decade based on analyses of satellite data (optical, thermal, microwave and gravity) from several independent sensors over the Congo basin.

To learn more about publications by Professor Myneni, check out his recent publications in our publication section.

 

Peter Raymond to give talk as part of the Terrestrial Biogeosciences Seminar Series

April 23rd, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Department Seminars

Peter Raymond of Yale University will be in the building later today, April 23rd, to give a talk as part of the Terrestrial Biogeosciences Seminar Series.

Raymond’s talk is titled “The Pulse-Shunt-Concept: A new conceptual framework for understanding biogeochemistry of drainage basins.” It will be held at 3:30 pm in CAS 442; refreshments will be served immediately following.

To learn more about department related events, check out our calendar of events.

Pontus Olofsson receives funding as part of SilvaCarbon initiative

April 23rd, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards, Faculty, Pontus Olofsson

Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson announced today he will be receiving funding from the SilvaCarbon initiative of the US Government.

With the funding, Olofsson will use remotely sensed data to estimate carbon emissions and removals in relation to SilvaCarbon’s effort to assist in capacity building efforts in tropical countries.

To learn more about Olofsson’s work, visit his profile page on our website.

To learn more about SilvaCarbon, visit their website.

 

 

Lucy Hutyra to give talk Friday at NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Meeting

April 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Anthony Janetos, April-14, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Meeting, Talks, Trips

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra will be in Washington on Friday, April 25, to give a talk as part of the NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Meeting.

Hutyra’s talk will be titled “4-D Modeling of the Regional Carbon Cycle in and Around Urban Environments: An Interdisciplinary Study to Advance Observational and Modeling Foundations.”

The NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Spring Science Team Meeting is a three day meeting beginning Wednesday April 23 and lasting until Friday April 25.

Hutyra will be joined by Earth & Environment Professor Tony Janetos who will be giving a talk on Thursday.

 

Edward Cunningham to give talk at Indiana University

April 22nd, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Edward Cunningham, Faculty, Talks, Trips

Assistant Professor Edward Cunningham will be in Indiana this Friday, April 24th, to give a talk to the members of the Indiana University Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business as part of their Spring 2014 Colloquium series.

Cunningham’s talk is titled “Building Blocs: Historical Contributions to CO2 emissions and the Coming Realignment.”

To learn more about Assistant Professor Cunningham’s work, check out his faculty profile page.