Category: Awards

Joel Sparks wins Perkins Award, honored at ceremony tonight, featured in BU Today

May 6th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, May-14, Staff

Earth & Environment Laboratory Manager Dr. Joel Sparks has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 John S. Perkins Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Sparks will be honored tonight at 5 p.m. in a ceremony in the Metcalf Trustee Ballroom.

In addition to receiving the honor, Dr. Sparks has also been featured in a BU Today article.

Dr. Sparks runs many of the laboratory facilities available in the Department of Earth & Environment.

To learn more about the Perkins Award and Dr. Sparks, read the BU Today article.

Graduate Student Sarah Foster Awarded National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

April 29th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards, Faculty, Graduate students, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

Earth & Environment Graduate Student Sarah Foster was recently award the highly competitive National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Graduate Fellowship.

The fellowship will support Foster’s Ph.D. work for the next three years starting this September.

Foster is a Ph.D. candidate working with Assistant Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler on coastal biogeochemistry.

To learn more about Prof. Fulweiler and Sarah Foster’s work, visit Wally’s profile, or check out her lab website.

Lawford Anderson honored as recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Advising Award

April 25th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards, Faculty, Lawford Anderson

Earth & Environment Professor Lawford Anderson has been honored as a recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Advising Awards.

Anderson was nominated for the award for his advising work at the Gamma Phi Beta sorority house.

The Excellence in Advising Awards will be given out this year as part of the Excellence in Student Activities Awards dinner and award ceremony this Sunday, April 27th, at GSU Metcalf Hall.

Lawford Anderson is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Earth & Environment. Along with our Undergraduate Program Coordinator Sayaka Yamaki, Anderson oversees the advising of all undergraduate students in the Department.


Two Earth & Environment students award Pardee Center Summer Fellowships

April 25th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards, Graduate students

The Frederick S. Pardee Center of the study of the Longer-Range Future has announced their 2014 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows.

Included in this years fellows are two Earth & Environment Graduate Students, Xiaoman Huang and Xiaojing Tang.

Huang is a doctoral candidate with a focus on remote sensing. From the Pardee website: Huang “will use remote sensing technology to map land-use change from agriculture to urbanization in China from 2000 to 2012 with the goal of developing improved data sets for exploring the impacts of urban growth.”

Tang is a doctoral candidate working with Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal. Tang’s research is focused on remote sensing and GIS. From the Pardee website: Tang “will develop a long-term forest disturbance model to investigate how changes in forested areas impact biodiversity in Tonlé Sap Lake in the Lower Mekong Basin, a region of Cambodia where more than 2 million people are highly dependent upon ecosystem services such as fisheries and agricultural production.”

The Pardee Summer Graduate Fellows will spend the summer  working at the Pardee House where they will develop research that will be considered for publication in the Pardee Center’s publication series.

To learn more about the other Pardee Summer Fellows, visit the Pardee website.

Lucy Hutyra named as a 2013 outstanding reviewer for Biogeochemistry

April 24th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra

The journal Biogeochemistry recently announced the list of their 2013 Outstanding Reviewers.

Among the recipients of the honor is Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra.

To see a complete list of Biogeochemistry‘s 2013 Outstanding Reviewers, click here.

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





Pontus Olofsson receives funding as part of SilvaCarbon initiative

April 23rd, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards, Faculty, Pontus Olofsson

Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson announced today he will be receiving funding from the SilvaCarbon initiative of the US Government.

With the funding, Olofsson will use remotely sensed data to estimate carbon emissions and removals in relation to SilvaCarbon’s effort to assist in capacity building efforts in tropical countries.

To learn more about Olofsson’s work, visit his profile page on our website.

To learn more about SilvaCarbon, visit their website.



Grad Student Katie Eccles awarded GSA Research Grant

April 15th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards, Ethan Baxter, Faculty, Graduate students

Earth & Environment Graduate Student Katie Eccles has been awarded a Geological Society of America Research Grant of $2500.

With this funding, Katie will study detritral garnet geochronology of modern alluvium from the Southern Appalachians as part of her PhD research.

Congratulation to Katie!

Katie Eccles is advised by Associate Professor Ethan Baxter. To learn more about Baxter’s work, visit his website.



Maureen Raymo wins British Wollaston Medal

April 7th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards

Former Research Professor Maureen Raymo was recently awarded the British Wollaston Medal for her work on the Earth’s ice ages.

Raymo is the first woman to win the award in its 183 year history.

Raymo was a Research Professor for the former Department of Earth Science at Boston University from 2003 to 2011.

Ha Nguyen awarded Fellowship to support dissertation research

April 7th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra

Earth & Environment graduate student Ha Nguyen was recently awarded the Pruitt National Dissertation Fellowship Award for 2014-2015.

The Pruitt Award is given out annual by the Society of Woman Geographers to deserving female doctoral candidates in the US and Canada.

The award is designed to support doctoral research in the field of geography or support research into geographical aspects of a related field.

Nguyen will use the award to continue her research which includes interests in carbon cycling, hydrology and ecology, data analysis, and remote sensing.

Nguyen is advised by Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra.



Grad Student Jon Wang awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 7th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Awards, Faculty, Graduate students, Grants, Mark Friedl

Earth & Environment graduate student Jon Wang was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Award.

Wang’s research will focus on the remote sensing of urban heat islands and the climate-mediated effects of urbanization on phenology in New England.

Wang is advised by Professor Mark Friedl. Wang’s graduate studies focus on the topics of remote sensing and urban ecology.