Category: June-14

Dr. Farouk El-Baz mentioned in Houston Space News Examiner

July 1st, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Farouk El-Baz, June-14, News

June 27, 2014, released an article that can be seen here.

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.

Earth & Environment research featured in latest edition of Science Magazine

June 30th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, June-14, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News

Already featured in multiple local, regional, and national news sources, Earth & Environment research on natural gas leaks in Boston has once again been featured on a national stage. This time, the research has been featured in the article “Hunting a climate fugitive” in the latest edition of Science Magazine.

The research in question is the collaborative product of work performed by Professor Nathan Phillips and several others including Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and former Earth & Environment undergraduate Max Brondfield.

The Boston based research project culminated in the publication of “Mapping urban pipeline leaks: Methane leaks across Boston” in Environmental Pollution in February of 2013. The article was first authored by Professor Phillips. Phillips later extended the project to Washington, DC which resulted in the publication of “Natural gas pipeline leaks across Washington, DC” published in Environmental Science & Technology this year.

Also involved in the project was Senior Post-doctoral Associate Steve Raciti. The funding for the Boston based projects came from an EDF grant (Principal Investigator Nathan Phillips and Co-Principal Investigator Lucy Hutyra) and a NASA IDS grant (Principal Investigator Professor Mark Friedl, Co-Principal Investigator Lucy Hutyra, and Co-Principal Investigator Professor Curtis Woodcock).

To see more publications by Professor Phillips and Assistant Professor Hutyra, visit the publication section of our website.


Nora Sullivan set to defend dissertation Friday at 10 am in CAS B36

June 26th, 2014 in 2014, Ethan Baxter, Faculty, Graduate students, June-14, Talks

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Nora Sullivan will be defending her PhD dissertation this Friday June 27th at 10 am in CAS B36.

Her dissertation is titled “Advances in Sm-Nd geochronology: applications to early earth garnet, hydrothermal carbonate, and high temperature metamorphic systems.”

Sullivan is a PhD candidate in Earth Science with research interests in high-temperature isotope geochemistry; she is advised by Associate Professor Ethan Baxter.

All are welcome to attend the defense.

Ph.D. Candidate Nicolette Leonardi first authors paper in Journal of Sedimentary Research

June 24th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, June-14, Publications, Sergio Fagherazzi

Earth & Environment graduate student Nicolette Leonardi recently published a first authored paper in the Journal of Sedimentary Research.

The article is titled “Modeling Tidal Bedding in Distributary-Mouth Bars” and can be accessed online here.

Publishing with Leonardi is her advisor Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi.

Leonardi is a Ph.D. candidate in Earth Science with an emphasis in coastal geomorphology.


Jared Woollacott presents research at conference in Turkey

June 23rd, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Ian Sue Wing, June-14, Presentations, Talks, Trips

Earth & Environment Ph.D. candidate Jared Woollacott will be presenting research this Sunday at the World Congress of Environmental Resource Economists.

The conference is being held June 28 to July 2 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Woollacott will be presenting research on the “costs and ancillary benefits of carbon policy in the US electric sector.”

Woollacott is a Ph.D. candidate in Geography. He is advised by Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.

Valerie Pasquarella’s dissertation research featured in Mass Audubon’s Sanctuary Magazine

June 23rd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Graduate students, June-14, News, Publications, Suchi Gopal

Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Valerie Pasquarella’s dissertation research is featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Sanctuary Magazine, the journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. (, pages 22-23.)

Ann Prince’s article titled “Integrating Satellite Remote Sensing and On-the-Ground Observation” describes Pasquarella’s work using Landsat time series and ground-based ecological records to improve understanding of long-term ecological dynamics at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, MA.

Pasquarella is jointly advised by Profs. Suchi Gopal and Curtis Woodcock in Earth & Environment and Prof. Les Kaufman in Biology.

Lucy Hutyra grant awarded funding

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Grants, June-14, Lucy Hutyra, Mark Friedl

Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra‘s new grant has been awarded funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)‘s Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate Program (AC4).

Hurtyra is Principle Investigator (PI) on the grant, titled “Quantifying Carbon Signatures Across Urban-to-Rural Gradients: Advancing the Capacity for Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification Through Observations, Models, and Remote Sensing,” which has been awarded for the period of August 2014 to July 2017.

Working with Hutyra as Co-PI’s on the project are Professors Mark Friedl and Curtis Woodcock.

You can review all of Hutyra’s active grants by visiting the grant section of our website.


Conor Gately gives invited presentation at Global Emissions Initiative (GEIA) Conference in Colorado

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Ian Sue Wing, June-14, Lucy Hutyra, Presentations, Talks, Trips

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Conor Gately was invited to present at the Global Emissions Initiative (GEIA) Conference in Boulder, Colorado.

The conference was held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10-11, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Gately’s invited presentation was titled “A new annual 1 km gridded CO2 emissions inventory for the United States, 1980-2012” and was the collaborative work of Gately and Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.

Gately is a Ph.D. candidate in Geography studying carbon emissions from transportation and the effects of urban form on travel behaviors.

Gately is advised by Sue Wing and Hutyra jointly.


Lucy Hutyra and grad student Ha Nguyen paper accepted in Environmental Pollution

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, June-14, Lucy Hutyra, Publications

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and graduate student Ha Nguyen have coauthored a paper that is to be published in Environmental Pollution.

The paper, “Carbon fluxes from an urban tropical grassland,” features Hutyra as second author and Nguyen as third author.

The paper is currently in press and will be published at a later date.

To see all of Hutyra’s publications, check out her recent publication‘s section of the website.

Pontus Olofsson to teach workshops in Cameroon and Nepal

June 12th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, June-14, Pontus Olofsson, Talks

Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson has been invited to teach capacity building workshops on forest monitoring in Cameroon and Nepal in June as part of the Technical African Initiative and Technical SE Asia Initiative of GEO/GFOI.

The Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI) was established by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to assist countries in the production of reliable, consistent, and comparable reports on change in forest use and associated anthropogenic greenhouse gases emissions or removals. The first regional workshop in SE Asia is planned with an overall aim to support participating countries in the development of a data plan for their country’s needs in the context of UN-REDD+.

Olofsson has been invited to present the GFOI’s “Methods & Guidance” document on the estimation of greenhouse gas emissions and removals, to give lectures on time series-based monitoring of land change, and to discuss good practices for area and accuracy estimation of mapped land change.