Category: March-14

Bruce Anderson promoted to Full Professor

March 19th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, March-14

Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson has recently earned the status of Full Professor.

Anderson and 12 other new Full Professors were featured in a BU Today article published today.

To learn more about the work of Bruce Anderson, visit his section of our publications page, or view our Department Media page, featuring videos of Anderson and other Professors.

Ranga Myneni publishes three new articles

March 18th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, March-14, Publications, Ranga Myneni

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

Temperature and Snow-Mediated Moisture Controls of Summer Photosynthetic Activity in Northern Terrestrial Ecosystems between 1982 and 2011” was published February 14th, 2014 in Remote Sensing.

Changes in vegetation photosynthetic activity trends across the Asia-Pacific region over the last three decades” will be published in the 144th volume of Remote Sensing of the Environment on March 25th.

Finally, “Estimation of forest aboveground biomass in California using canopy height and leaf area index estimated from satellite data” is currently in press and available online from Remote Sensing of the Environment.

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

Curtis Woodcock to deliver Keynote Address at Remote Sensing Conference in Berlin

March 18th, 2014 in 2014, Curtis Woodcock, Events, Faculty, March-14, Talks, Trips

Earth & Environment Chair Curtis Woodcock is in Berlin, Germany this week to participate in “Frontiers in Earth Observations Land System Science,” the 5th Workshop of the EARSeL Special Interest Group on Land Use and Land Cover.

The Workshop is a joint venture by the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL) and NASA’s Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program.

The event is taking place from March 17th to 18th and features four half day sessions focused on different themes surrounding Remote Sensing.

Prof. Woodcock delivered the opening Keynote Address at the first session on “New sensors and emerging opportunities for land use and land cover monitoring.”

His address was titled “Monitoring Land Change: New Observations and New Opportunities.”

To learn more about Prof. Woodcock’s work, check out the publications and grants section of our website.



Professor Lawford Anderson to speak as part of Solid Earth Seminar Series

March 18th, 2014 in 2014, Department Seminars, Faculty, Lawford Anderson, March-14, Talks

Earth & Environment Professor Lawford Anderson will be speaking tomorrow, Wednesday 18th, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in CAS 141C as part of the the Department of Earth & Environment’s Solid Earth Seminar Series.

The title of Prof. Anderson’s talk is “Episodic Crust Formation through Geologic Time.”

Please feel free to bring your lunch!

Dietze hosts PalEON meeting on campus

March 11th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, March-14, Meeting, Michael Dietze

Earth and Environment Assistant Professor Mike Dietze hosted working group meetings for the the PaleoEcological Observatory Network (PalEON) project here at Boston University on March 8-10th.

The paleoclimate working group met Saturday and Sunday to discuss the synthesis of existing paleoclimate proxy data in eastern North America, plans to collect new proxy data, and the assimilation of proxy data with climate model outputs over the last millennia.

The ecosystem modeling working group met Sunday and Monday to discuss ongoing work validating earth system models against paleo-ecological proxies of plant composition, net primary productivity, and fire. The meetings took place in CAS 442, the 4th floor lounge.

PalEON is an NSF Macrosystems Biology project between 60 paleoecologists, ecosystem modelers, and environmental statisticians looking to synthesize paleoecological data across northern forests (Maine to Minnesota) and Alaska and to use this information to validate and improve the centennial-scale projections in earth system models. These models are the same class used to make climate change projections by the IPCC.

Curtis Woodcock and Zhe Zhu publish new paper

March 6th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, March-14, Publications, Researchers

Earth & Environment Chair and Professor Curtis Woodcock and Department Post-Doctoral Associate Zhe Zhu published a new paper in Remote Sensing of Environment.

The paper, “Landsat-8: Science and product vision for terrestrial global change research,” will be officially released in the upcoming April 2014 edition of the journal; an online version is available to the public now by following the link.

The paper focuses on the new satellite system, Landsat 8.

To learn more about the work of Professor Woodcock and Zhe Zhu, visit the publication section of our website.

PhD student Hollie Emery and Wally Fulweiler publish paper in Aquatic Botany

March 6th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, March-14, Publications, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

Department of Earth & Environment PhD Student Hollie Emery and her advisor, Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler, recently published a paper in Aquatic Botany.

The paper, “Spartina alterniflora and invasive Phragmites australis stands have similar greenhouse gas emissions in a New England marsh,” is the product of the first chapter of Emery’s dissertation. The paper focuses on quantifying the impact of the invasive plant, Phragmites australis, on greenhouse gas emissions in a New England Salt Marsh.

To see more of Asst. Prof. Fulweiler’s publications, visit the publications section of our website.

Wally Fulweiler and team present research at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Hawaii

March 6th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, March-14, Meeting, Presentations, Researchers, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Talks, Trips

Last week Department of Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler and members of the Fulweiler Lab traveled to Hawaii for the Ocean Sciences Meeting.

Silvia Newell, a Department of Earth & Environment Post-doctoral Associate in the Fulweiler lab, co-chaired a session on “The Many Faces of the Nitrogen Cycle.” During the session, several members of the Fulweiler lab presented work.

Newell presented a poster on her work focused on nitrogen fixation in marine sediments and the important role this process plays in adding nitrogen to coastal system.

In the same session, Fulweiler gave a talk on how the most common method for measuring N fixation in marine sediments, the acetylene reduction assay, fundamentally alters the sediment microbial community.

Sarah Foster, a Ph.D. student in the Fulweiler Lab, stayed in Boston but was a co-author of a poster based on the research she did with the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), a University of Hawaii-based Oceanography program, this summer.

And finally, Joanna Carey, a former Fulweiler Lab Ph.D. student and now a postdoc at EPA, presented her recent work on oyster aquaculture impacts on N cycling.

To learn more about Professor Fulweiler’s lab, visit her lab website. To learn more about Sarah Foster’s experience with the CMORE program, check out her blog on the Fulweiler Lab site.



Sergio Fagherazzi and members of his research group publish new article in the Journal of Geophysical Research

March 5th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, March-14, Publications, Researchers, Sergio Fagherazzi

Department of Earth & Environment Professor Sergio Fagherazzi and members of his research group have published a new article in the Journal of Geophysical Research. 

The article, “Importance of frictional effects and jet instability on the morphodynamics of river mouth bars and levees,” was officially released this past January as part of the 119 volume of the journal.

The article focuses on the study of the formation of land at the mouth of rivers and deltas, a topic, in Fagherazzi’s opinion, of particular importance given the rise of sea levels and coastal erosion.

Along with Fagherazzi, Department of Earth & Environment Post-doctoral Associate William Nardin and former Post-doctoral Associate Alberto Canestrelli are featured as authors on the recently published article.

To see more of Fagherazzi’s work, check out the publication section of our website.

Lucy Hutyra to give two talks this week

March 5th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, March-14, Talks, Trips

Department of Earth and Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra was in New York yesterday, Tuesday March 4th, 2014 to give a seminar at City University.

On Friday, Asst. Prof. Hutyra will be back at Boston University to participate in the Six Annual Instructional Innovation Conference. Her talk will focus on the development of interdisciplinary course creation.

The Conference will be held from 8:00 am to 3:15 pm in the Metcalf Trustee Ballroom at 1 Silber Way. Hutyra will be among 33 speakers to take part in the conference.