Category: June-14

Lucy Hutyra to give plenary talk at Urban Environmental Pollution Conference in Toronto

June 12th, 2014 in 2014, Events, Faculty, June-14, Lucy Hutyra, Talks, Trips

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra will be Toronto, Canada tomorrow, Friday June 13th, to give a plenary talk at the 2014 Urban Environmental Pollution Conference.

The conference, held June 12th through the 15th, will focus on the increasing urbanization of humanity and the environmental problems that result from urbanization. Some of the topics include:

  • Urban Environments and how they function
  • CO2 greenhouse gases and warming
  • Air, water and soil pollutants
  • Human health in the city
  • Vegetation in the city
  • Built environment and urban climate
  • Alleviation or urban stress problems

Hutyra will be discussing “Urbanization and the carbon cycle.”

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





Suchi Gopal and her work featured in Virginia Quarterly Review Article

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, June-14, News, Suchi Gopal

Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal‘s work has been featured in a recent article published by the Virginia Quarterly Review.

The article, “The Giving Flood,”  by Chris Berdik is an in-depth, first hand account of the work done by Boston University Biologist Les Kaufman and a team of scientists as they analyze the ecosystems of Cambodia’s waterways. The article focuses on the impact Lake Tonle Sap has on the Cambodian society and environment and the threats currently facing the lake as the country develops into a more modernized nation.

Gopal’s work on a software system called Marine Integrated Decision Analysis System (MIDAS) is featured prominently in the third part of the article.

To read the full article, click here.


Ranga Myneni named a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Faculty, June-14, News, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni was recently selected to the list Highly Cited Researchers 2014 by Thomson-Reuters.

In creating the list, Thomson-Reuters collected data on articles indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection from 2002 to 2012, selecting only articles that were labeled as Highly Cited Papers. As their website explains, “Highly Cited Papers are defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year indexed in the Web of Science.” This process, they claim, eliminated “the citation disadvantage of recently published papers relative to older ones, since papers are weighted against others in the same annual cohort.”

Researchers were then selected and ranked based on the number of  “citations to his or her Highly Cited Papers to rank in the top 1% by total citations in the ESI field in which they were considered.” The Essential Science Indicators, or ESI, fields are “21 broad fields defined by sets of journals and exceptionally, in the case of multidisciplinary journals such as Nature and Science, by a paper-by-paper assignment to a field.”

Their selection process yielded the top 1% of researchers in 21 different scientific fields.

Myneni was selected in the top 1% of researchers in the field of geosciences. He was one of nine Boston University researchers included on the list and the only Boston University selection in the field of geoscience.

To learn more about the methodology behind the selection of the 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list, visit Thomson-Reuters’s website.

To see Prof. Myneni’s list of recent publications, visit our publications section of the website.

Curtis Woodcock PI on new NASA grant

June 10th, 2014 in 2014, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Grants, June-14

Earth & Environment Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock has just been awarded funding for a new NASA grant.

The new grant, “Near real-time monitoring of land cover disturbance by fusion of MODIS and Landsat data,” began on May 28, 2014 and will run until May 2017.

Professor Woodcock is listed as Principle Investigator on the new grant.

You can view this and other grants by Prof. Woodcock in the grants section of our website.

Curtis Woodcock, Pontus Olofsson, Chris Holden attend GFOI R&D Expert Workshop

June 10th, 2014 in 2014, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Graduate students, June-14, Meeting, Pontus Olofsson, Presentations, Talks, Trips

Earth & Environment Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock, Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson, and graduate student Chris Holden are at Woods Hole Research Center this week to participate in the first ever Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) Research and Development Expert Workshop on Sensor Interoperability (and sensor  complemntarity).

The workshop will be held over a two day period from June 10-11 and will involve presentations, working group discussions, and the development of action plans to aid in future progress on the topics of sensor interoperability and complementarity.

During the workshop, Chris Holden will present research findings developed by the three E&E participants.

Holden is a Ph.D. candidate working with Prof. Woodcock on the topics of land cover change and carbon emissions.

To learn more about the work of Prof. Woodcock and his research group, check out his recent publications and grants; or you can read more departmental news stories on Prof. Woodcock in our News Categories section.

Wally Fulweiler’s “The Immortal Life of Nitrogen” lecture available online

June 10th, 2014 in 2014, Events, Faculty, June-14, News, Presentations, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Talks

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler‘s recent New England Aquarium lecture titled “The Immortal Life of Nitrogen” is now available online.

It can be accessed via our department media section by clicking here; Fulweiler’s lecture is the first video available on the playlist.

You can also see the entire New England Aquarium Lecture Series on their YouTube Channel.

You can learn more about the work of Assoc. Prof. Fulweiler by visiting her lab website or checking out her recent publications and grants.

You can view other department media including short news stories and more in-depth lectures by visiting our Department Media Section.



Esther Raymond to present at IRIS Workshop in Oregon

June 9th, 2014 in 2014, Graduate students, June-14, Presentations, Trips

Earth & Environment graduate student Esther Raymond will be in Sunriver, Oregon this week, June 7th through the 11th, to attend the 2014 Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Workshop.

During the workshop, Raymond will be presenting a poster titled “Imaging the Atlantic upper mantle with Rayleigh waves.

Raymond is a Ph.D. candidate studying Seismology and mantle tomography.


Remote Sensing Research Scientist Bradley J. Thompson’s latest article published by Earth & Planetary Science Letters

June 6th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, June-14, Publications, Researchers

Senior Research Scientist at Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing, Dr. Bradley J. Thompson, has a new article published by Earth & Planetary Science Letters.

His article, “The effects of weathering on the strength and chemistry of Columbia River Basalts and their implications for Mars Exploration Rover Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) results,” can be read via the link:

To see more of Brad’s work and publications, visit his page here.

PhD Student Jian Bi and Prof. Myneni coauthor article in Nature

June 2nd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, June-14, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment PhD student Jian Bi and Professor Ranga Myneni coauthored an article in the journal Nature. The article is titled “Contribution of semi-arid ecosystems to interannual variability of the global carbon cycle.” It can be downloaded from

An accompanying News & Views article titled “Climate Science: A sink down under” explaining the significance of this paper is also published in Nature and can be downloaded from

Several press releases accompanying the publication and their coverage are listed at:

To learn more about Prof. Myneni’s work, visit his profile, or check out his recent grants and publications.

You can also see other stories about Prof. Myneni by checking out our News section.

Reminder: Wally Fulweiler’s talk tomorrow at New England Aquarium at 7:00 pm

June 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, June-14, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Talks

Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler will be at the New England Aquarium tomorrow, Tuesday June 3rd, at 7:00 pm to give a lecture on “The Immortal Life of Nitrogen.”

It will be open and free to the public.

To learn more about the event, visit the New England Aquarium Lecture Series website.

Click here to get directions to the aquarium.


Read the talk’s abstract below:

Without nitrogen there would be no life—no me, no you, no blue whale, no Atlantic cod, no Antarctic krill. But too much nitrogen leads to a series of negative consequences. Human activities have more than doubled the amount of nitrogen cycling through the biosphere in the past 100 years, and in doing so we have introduced large amounts of nitrogen to coastal waters. This excess nitrogen has led to eutrophication, loss of submerged aquatic vegetation, harmful algal blooms, increased low oxygen conditions and dead zones, fish kills, and loss of biodiversity. Fortunately, we can take steps to mitigate this excess nitrogen and to decrease future inputs to marine waters. Fulweiler will tell the story of how one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century transformed our planet and how each of us can help save our coastal ocean through simple, easily adaptable changes.