Category: Aug-14

Department welcomes new PhD students

August 29th, 2014 in 2014, Aug-14, Graduate students, Pictures

The Department of Earth & Environment welcomes its new PhD students this morning at a brief orientation held in CAS 132.

The students, pictured below, will be working with a variety of Professors in the department including Assistant Professor Michael Dietze, Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra, and Professor Mark Friedl.




2014-2015 New PhD Students


From left to right: Andrew Trlica, Alexey Shiklomanov, Elizabeth Cowdery, Paulo Arevalo, Ramona Hihn, and Radost Stanimirova

Farouk El-Baz writes opinion piece for the Boston Herald

August 29th, 2014 in 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Farouk El-Baz, News

Center for Remote Sensing Director Dr. Farouk El-Baz’s opinion article “Dire need for Muslims to lead fight vs. fanaticism” was published today in the Boston Herald.

To read the article, click here.

To learn more about Dr. El-Baz visit his profile page on the Center for Remote Sensing website.

Michael Dietze publishes seven new articles

August 20th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Graduate students, Michael Dietze, Publications, Researchers

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Michael Dietze has published several new articles over the course of the summer. These articles include:

  1. Niu S, Y Luo, M Dietze, T Keenan, Z Shi, J Li, FS Chapin III. 2014. The role of data assimilation in predictive ecology. Ecosphere. Accepted
  2. Fisher J, M Sikka, W Oechel, D Huntzinger, J Melton, C Koven, A Ahlström, A Arain, I Baker, J Chen, P Ciais, C Davidson*, M Dietze, B El-Masri, D Hayes, C Huntingford, A Jain, P Levy, M Lomas, B Poulter, D Price, A Sahoo, K Schaefer, H Tian, E Tomelleri, H Verbeeck, N Viovy, R Wania, N Zeng, C Miller. 2014. Carbon cycle uncertainty in the Alaskan Arctic. Biogeosciences Discuss., 11, 2887-2932 doi:10.5194/bgd-11-2887-2014
  3. De Kauwe M, B Medlyn, S Zaehle, A Walker, S Asao, M Dietze, B El-Masri, T Hickler, A Jain, Y Luo, W Parton, IC Prentice, B Smith, P Thornton, S Wang, Y-P Wang, D Wårlind, E Weng, P Hanson. Where does the carbon go? A model-data intercomparison of carbon allocation at two temperate forest free-air CO2 enrichment sites. New Phytologist. DOI: 10.1111/nph.12847
  4. Walker A, P Hanson, M De Kauwe, B Medlyn, S Zaehle, S Asao, M Dietze, T Hickler, C Huntingford, C Iversen, A Jain, M Lomas, Y Luo, H McCarthy, W Parton, IC Prentice, P Thornton, S Wang, Y-P Wang, D Warlind, E Weng, J Warren, I Woodward, R Oren, R Norby. Comprehensive ecosystem model-data synthesis using multiple datasets at two temperate forest free-air CO2 enrichment experiments: model performance at ambient CO2 concentration. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeoscience. DOI: 10.1002/2013JG002553
  5. Matheny A, G Bohrer, P Stoy, I Baker, A Black, A Desai, M Dietze, C Gough, V Ivanov, P Jassal, K Novick, K Schäfer, H Verbeeck. Characterizing the diurnal patterns of errors in land-surface models’ prediction of evapotranspiration: an NACP analysis Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences.
  6. Dietze M, J Hatala Matthes*. A general ecophysiological framework for modeling the impact of pests and pathogens on forest ecosystems. Ecology Letters In press.
  7. Viskari T*, B Hardiman*, A Desai, M Dietze. Model-data assimilation of multiple phenological observations to constrain and predict leaf area index. Ecological Applications In press

To see a complete list of Assistant Professor Dietze’s recent publications, including links to the articles, visit his recent publications page in our publications section.

The starred authors indicate students and/or members of Dr. Dietze’s research team.

Pontus Olofsson PI on new research grant

August 14th, 2014 in 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Grants, Pontus Olofsson

Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a two-year research grant from the U.S. Forest Service to prototype a system for monitoring of land cover change and carbon emissions and removals for subregion in Colombia. The research will be conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment in Colombia.

Lucy Hutyra, Tony Janetos to participate in the first annual Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family CAS Lecture

August 14th, 2014 in 2014, Anthony Janetos, Aug-14, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Talks

Two members of the Department of Earth & Environment will be featured in the inaugural Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family CAS Lecture.

Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and Professor Tony Janetos will be featured as part of the “Advancing the Human Condition: An Agenda for Research and Education” lecture on Thursday September 18th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the TSAI auditorium.

Participating in the panel with Hutyra and Janetos are Rosella Cappella from the Dept. of Political Science, Sharon Goldberg from the Dept. of Computer Science, Joe Harris from the Dept. of Sociology, Jeremy Menchik from the Pardee School of Global Studies, Henrik Selin from the Pardee School of Global Studies, Dean Virginia Sapiro of CAS and Dean Adil Najam of the Pardee School of Global Studies.

All members of the Boston University community are welcome to attend.


Ranga Myneni publishes three new articles

August 14th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni recently co-authored three new articles:

  • Ciais et al., 2014. Current systematic carbon-cycle observations and the need for implementing a policy-relevant carbon observing system, Biogeosciences, 11: 3547-3602 (doi:10.5194/bg-11-3547-2014).
  • Van Oijen et al., 2014. Impact of droughts on the C-cycle in European Vegetation: a probabilistic risk analysis using six vegetation models, Biogeosciences Discussion, doi:10.5194/bgd-11-8325-2014.
  • Yan et al., 2014. Development of a remotely sensing seasonal vegetation-based Palmer Drought Severity Index and its application of global drought monitoring, JGR-Atmospheres, doi: 10.1002/2014JD021673.

To learn more about articles published by Prof. Myneni, visit his section of our publications page.

Grad student Taejin Park publishes article in Remote Sensing

August 13th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Graduate students, Juri Knjazihhin, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment PhD student Taejin Park published an article in the journal Remote Sensing. The article is titled “Application of physically-based slope correction for maximum forest canopy height estimation using waveform lidar across different footprint sizes and locations: Tests on LVIS and GLAS.” The article can be downloaded from

Park was assisted on the article by fellow graduate students Sungho Choi, Jian Bi and Joshua Mantooth and Earth & Environment Professors Ranga Myneni and Yuri Knyazikhin.

Taejin Park is a second year PhD student in Prof. Myneni’s research group. To learn more about publications by Professor Myneni, check out his recent publications in our publications section.

Ranga Myneni awarded new NASA Grant

August 13th, 2014 in 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Grants, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni was awarded a new NASA Grant titled “Global LAI-FPAR Earth System Data Records from Suomi VIIRS to Extend the EOS MODIS Time Series” under the NASA Suomi VIIRS Science Team Program. The objective of this three year grant is to provide and maintain the algorithm for operational production of global LAI/FPAR science data records by the NASA Suomi NPP Land SIPS from Suomi VIIRS data and to evaluate these products to assure continuity with the EOS MODIS product time series. A list of Myneni’s grants can be found at

Duncan FitzGerald and former grad student to be published in Marine Geology

August 7th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Aug-14, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Publications

A new article to be published in Marine Geology features the work of Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald and former graduate student Chris Hein.

The article, “Internal architecture of mixed sand-and-gravel beach ridges: Miquelon-Langlade Barrier, NW Atlantic,” will be featured in the upcoming 358th volume of the journal due out later this year.

An online version of the article is available now and can be accessed here.

To learn more about FitzGerald’s work, visit his profile page, or check out his recent publications.


Lucy Hutyra Co-PI on new BU Smart-City NSF grant

August 5th, 2014 in 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Graduate students, Grants, Lucy Hutyra

A new grant sponsored by members of the BU community has been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation.

The goal of the project, “A Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform and Ecosystem (SCOPE),” is to “research, prototype, and evaluate novel ‘smart-city’ services for the city of Boston and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts” through the creation of the cloud-based open platform, SCOPE (“NSF“). In developing and utilizing SCOPE, the investigators hope to learn more about the functionality of smart cities and implement “specific SCOPE-enabled smart-city services” some of which include technology to improve traffic congestion and technology to monitor carbon emissions.

The grant is led by Principal Investigator Azer Bestavros, a Computer Science Professor at BU. Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra is a Co-PI on the project. Working with Hutyra on the project is Ph.D. candidate Conor Gately.

To learn more about the SCOPE project, visit the NSF award information page here.

To learn more about the work of Lucy Hutyra, visit her profile page on our website.