Category: Apr-18

BU students’ work featured at Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

April 30th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Apr-18, Events, Faculty, Former Students, News, Pictures, Presentations, Rick Reibstein, Undergraduate

Since 2010 environmental conference organizer Jen Boudrie has brought hundreds of people together at the premiere event in Massachusetts for environmental experts, professionals, activists, officials and academics. At this year’s conference in Plymouth Harbor, three BU students presented their work in the class Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532). Samantha Morton researched how to promote the retention of trees for state conservation officials, and with others provided a review of the scientific literature on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Bolaji Olateru-Olagbegi presented her project for the Boston Public Health Commission, investigating whether health providers understand that some of the symptoms they see might be caused by toxic exposures, and with Katharina Voehler explained the work their team performed for the City of Boston on Community Choice Aggregation – bulk purchasing of energy for residents that can be used to promote cleaner energy (and local generation of cleaner energy).  Instructor Rick Reibstein also presented at the conference on the history and future of clean water, including water quality data analyses that Alex Kerr and Michael Silano conducted for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Research for Environmental Agencies Presentations

April 25th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Department Seminars, Events, Faculty, News, Presentations, Rick Reibstein

If you’re thinking about environmental issues and wondering how you can make a difference, come hear some interesting examples from students in the directed study course Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532).

Thursday, April 26th

12:30-2:00PM

CAS 132

Pizza will be served.

  • The MA Department of Environmental Protection think  
about different ways to ANALYZE WATER QUALITY DATA TO DISCERN TRENDS
  • Staff of the relevant legislative committees to SEE THE VALUE IN USING COMMUNITY SOLAR FOR 
WASTE SITE CLEANUP IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE NEIGHBORHOODS AND TO PROVIDE SOLAR IN LOW INCOME AREAS
  • Conduct a PUBLIC CONVERSATION ON WHAT TO DO TO PREVENT LEAD POISONING
  • The Boston Public Health Commission consider HOW TO RAISE THE AWARENESS OF MEDICAL PROVIDERS CONCERNING EXPOSURE TO TOXICS AS A POTENTIAL CAUSE OF THE SYMPTOMS THEY IDENTIFY

For further information contact Rick Reibstein at rreibste@bu.edu.

Dive into Climate Change – Special Seminar

April 18th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Department Seminars, Events, Presentations, Talks

Please join the BU Marine Program for our annual Lang Lecture. This year Stephen Palumbi will speak about climate change adaptations among marine organisms.

Climate Change Adaptations of Wild Populations from Corals to Fish: The Power of Deep Genomics

April 19, 6:00 PM

BU Law Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Ave. 

Steve Palumbi is the Director of Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, Professor in Marine Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Steve has long been fascinated by how quickly the world around us changes. Work on the genomics of marine organisms tries to focus on basic evolutionary questions but also on practical solutions to questions about how to preserve and protect the diverse life in the sea. Steve has lectured extensively on human-induced evolutionary change, has used genetic detective work to identify whales, seahorses, rockfish and sharks for sale in retail markets, and is developing genomic methods to help find ocean species resistant to climate change. Work on corals in American Samoa has identified populations more resilient to heat stress. Work at the Hopkins Marine Station focuses on how sea urchins, abalone and mussels respond to short term environmental changes and to environmental shifts over small spatial scales.

Can’t make it to the talk? See the livestream here.

Pontus Olofsson receives funding from the USGS and USAID to support international capacity building efforts

April 17th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Faculty, Grants, News, Pontus Olofsson

Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson has received a grant from the USGS and USAID to support SilvaCarbon capacity building efforts in developing countries aimed at reducing deforestation and forest degradation within the REDD+/UNFCCC framework. The grant ensures Olofsson’s support to SilvaCarbon partner countries over the next two years.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein urges action on lead hazards

April 17th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Faculty, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Rick Reibstein has just published “Resuming Progress on Lead Poisoning” in the Western New England Law Review. “I have always found the lead issue maddening,” Reibstein writes, “because it is so obvious there is much that must be done, and much that can be done, which would be extraordinarily worthwhile to do–paying off substantially in so many ways.” He urges, “Talk to the American public about this problem.” Click here to read the full article.

Assistant professor Christine Regalla wins NSF grant for tectonic research in Northwest

April 9th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Awards, Christine Regalla, Faculty

Assistant professor Christine Regalla has been awarded nearly $350,000 to research the tectonics of the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada. Regalla is joined in the project, “Collaborative Research: Permanent forearc strain partitioning in Northern Cascadia,” by Kristin D. Morell of UC – Santa Barbara. The National Science Foundation award begins this week and continues through March 2021.  Regalla and Morell write, “This work will provide the first constraints on the seismic hazard posed by crustal faults in populated areas of southern British Columbia and will train undergraduate and graduate students in the identification and characterization of active shallow faults.”

Research led by E&E alum Arnold Fernandes highlighted in EOS

April 9th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Apr-18, Faculty, Graduate students, Michael Dietze, Pub-18, Publications, Sergio Fagherazzi

A new publication by E&E alum Arnold Fernandes and E&E PhD student William Kearney has been highlighted in Earth & Space Science News. In their article, “Declining Radial Growth Response of Coastal Forests to Hurricanes and Nor’easters,” published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, Fernandes, Kearney, and their colleagues “adopt a dendroclimatic and statistical modeling approach to understand the response and resilience of a coastal pine forest to extreme storm events, over the past few decades.” They suggest their results “can help predict vegetation response patterns to similar disturbances in the future.” Their co-authors include E&E faculty members Michael Dietze and Sergio Fagherazzi.

Join us for Giving Day 2018!

April 9th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Apr-18, Events, Faculty, Former Students, Graduate students, News, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate

On Wednesday please join BU alumni, parents, students, and friends in 24 extraordinary hours of giving back. Together we’ll make a huge difference for the Department of Earth & Environment in a short period of time — and celebrate the generosity of our BU community.

The CAS departments with the most number of donors and the largest increase in donors from last year’s Giving Day will be awarded additional funds.

Earth & Environment has a tradition of garnering great support on Giving Day. Whether it’s a gift of $5 or $50, you can make a difference in the lives of our students and the work in our department.

Please click here to make an impact in the lives of our students.