Associate Professor Michael Dietze and his colleagues at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been awarded a five-year, $2.45 million grant by the federal Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, an initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. The goal is to protect personnel on Southeastern military installations from tickborne diseases. The research team will determine the effects of invasive plants, fire, and host animal density on tick populations, and assess how these factors could influence such disease risk under future climate conditions.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Robinson W. Fulweiler, who has been named to the 2016 fellows program of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. She will be honored at the February Aquatic Sciences meeting in Honolulu.
Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi has received an award from the National Science Foundation entitled, “LTER-Plum Island Ecosystems: Dynamics of coastal ecosystems in a region of rapid climate change, sea-level rise.” The research will be carried out in Plum Island Sound, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.
Assistant professor Dan Li has been selected as a 2016 Junior Faculty Fellow at BU’s Institute for Computing.
The Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellows program was established in 2011 both to recognize outstanding junior faculty at Boston University working in diverse areas of the computational sciences, as well as to provide focal points for supporting broader collaborative research in these areas at BU and beyond. Junior Fellows are selected by the Hariri Institute Steering Committee based on nominations received each spring, and are appointed for a three-year term.
Professor Li works on a wide range of topics in the broad area of boundary layer meteorology and hydrology. His recent research focuses on understanding the impacts of global climate change on cities and the impacts of urbanization on the climate using global and regional climate models.
Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a 2016 NASA CMS research grant for his proposal “Tracking Carbon Emissions and Removals by Time Series Analysis of the Land Surface: Prototype Application in Tropical MRV Systems Compliant with IPCC Tier 3.”
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Christine Regalla has been awarded the Geological Society of America’s 2016 Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award.
From the Geological Society of America: “Christine A. Regalla, Boston University, is recognized for the impact of her Ph.D. research in the geosciences. Regalla’s innovative and comprehensive analysis of upper plate deformation, forearc subsidence, and plate kinematics in northeastern Japan challenges the current paradigm for ‘tectonic erosion’ along convergent margins” (source).
The Doris M. Curtis Award “is made to a woman who has impacted the field of the geosciences in a major way.” Curtis served as GSA’s 103rd and first female President (source).
To learn more about Assistant Professor Regalla’s work, check out her profile page.
Mr. Sungho Choi, a final year PhD student won the prestigious NASA post-doctoral fellowship tenable at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. Mr. Choi will defend his dissertation later this year. His research is focused on modeling tree heights and biomass using principles of allometric scaling and resource limitations theory. His first reader is Prof. Ranga B. Myneni.
Three Earth & Environment PhD candidates are among the winners of this year’s NASA Earth and Space Science (NESSF) Fellowship Program:
Eric Bullock was awarded the NESSF for his project titled “Improved Activity Data for Carbon Emissions from Forest Degradation Through Multi- Sensor Time Series Analysis in Southeast Asia.” Bullock is advised by Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock.
Taejin Park was awarded his fellowship for his project titled “Investigation on Changing Photosynthetically Active Growing Season and Gross Productivity of Northern Boreal/Arctic Vegetation Using EOS MODIS and Suomi VIIRS Data in Conjunction with Ground Observations.” Park is advised by E&E Professor Ranga Myneni.
More information about the NESSF program can be found here.
The NSB is the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation.
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Emily Chua was recently award a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council doctoral scholarship from the Canadian government.
Chua is a first-year PhD candidate in Earth Sciences studying under Associate Professor R. Wally Fulweiler.
To learn more about Chua and Prof. Fulweiler’s work, check out the Fulweiler lab website.