Category: July-14

Kasey Aderhold participates in iMUSH “ultrasound” of Mt. St. Helens

August 8th, 2014 in 2014, Graduate students, July-14, Pictures, Trips


Kasey Aderhold stands on Mount Margaret with Mount St. Helen in the background. Image credit Kasey Aderhold


Getting to know the inner workings of a volcano might seem like a nearly impossible task, but that’s exactly what Earth & Environment Ph.D. candidate Kasey Aderhold and a team of geophysicists set out to do during the two and a half week long experiment dubbed iMUSH, or Imaging Magma Under St. Helens.

As reported by the University of Rice News & Media department, a team of 75 geophysicists covered Mount St. Helens in over “3,500 active seismological sensors and 23 seismic charges” in order to get a “‘clear picture of the mountain’s inner workings.'”

The experiment will help scientists predict when and to what severity Mount St. Helens might potientially erupt in the future.

As part of the team, Aderhold spent the weekend hiking the instruments up and around the mountain for installation.

Read the full article on the experiment from Rice here, or check out the iMUSH website to learn more.

Rick Murray appointed Division Director, Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation

July 30th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, July-14, News, Rick Murray

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.

Boston Globe Quotes Professor Nathan Phillips on City Gas Leaks

July 17th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, July-14, Nathan Phillips, News, Uncategorized

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

July 16th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, July-14, News, Publications

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.

Amanda Vieillard and Robinson Fulweiler published in Ecology Today

July 15th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Alumni, Faculty, July-14, Publications, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

Amanda Vieillard, who recently earned her MS with Robinson Fulweiler here at Boston University, was published by the Ecological Society of America.

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.


AGU Luna B. Leopold young scientist awarded to B.U. Alumnus

July 11th, 2014 in 2014, Alumni, Awards, July-14

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.



Kira Sullivan-Wiley awarded 2014 Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship

July 9th, 2014 in 2014, Anne Short, Awards, Graduate students, July-14, News

Earth and Environment graduate student Kira Sullivan-Wiley was recently awarded the 2014 Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship.

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.

Dave Marchant appointed HHMI Professorship, featured in BU Today

July 1st, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Dave Marchant, Faculty, Grants, July-14, News

Professor Dave Marchant has been appointed to a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professorship, effective September 1, 2014.

The highly competitive appointment, which comes with $1,000,000, is given to “accomplished research scientists who also are deeply committed to making science more engaging for undergraduates. … The 40 scientists who have been named HHMI professors since the program began in 2002 have introduced innovative approaches for teaching science in the classroom, expanded and enhanced student research opportunities, developed new educational resources, and implemented novel mentoring programs for student support” (HHMI Professors).

To view the announcement directly from HHMI, click here.

Marchant’s plans for his grant are described in the BU Today feature article that can be read here.