Category: Department Seminars
Raoul Liévanos, associate professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, kicks off Earth & Environment’s Seminar Series on Race, Justice, and Environment.
Producing Air-Toxic Clusters: Risk Containment and Environmental Inequality Formation
Racial, economic, and immigrant disadvantage predominate in air-toxic cancer risk clusters in the United States. This talk features ongoing research that advances our understanding of the general mechanisms that contribute to this context of environmental inequality in a historical case study of the Stockton, California metropolitan area from 1850 to 2005. The analysis highlights how industrialization, mortgage redlining, urban renewal, freeway development, and political conflict over court-ordered school district desegregation contributed to the concentration of low-income, nonwhite, and immigrant individuals in Stockton’s air-toxic cancer risk clusters. The talk concludes with a discussion of its future research and policy implications.
Wednesday, February 1, 2:30pm, CAS 132
Anthony Janetos, director of BU’s Pardee Center for the Study of Longer-Range Future, joined the Space Physics Seminar Series.
The Risks of Multiple Breadbasket Failure
We are headed into a world where the risks from climate change of failure of agricultural productivity in the world’s major breadbaskets cannot be ignored. I discuss both a modeling study to illustrate how those risks may occur, and their consequences, and a broader research strategy of modeling and observation that can provide practical examples for moving forward in a rapidly changing world.
Thursday, January 26, 4:00pm, CAS 502.
Refreshments will be served at 3:45pm in CAS 500.
Earth & Environment undergraduate Patricia Zundritsch will be holding her thesis defense this coming Monday April 13th, 2015 at 10 am in room CAS 116.
Zundritsch’s thesis is titled “Labor Market Implications of Solar Energy Policy In the US, Germany, and China.”
All members of the department are encouraged to attend and support Patricia.
Zundritsch’s thesis abstract is below.
“Labor Market Implications of Solar Energy Policy In the US, Germany, and China”
This study analyzes how the Porter hypothesis applies to employment effects of solar energy policies. The Porter hypothesis argues that environmental regulations can generate economic benefits. Few of the 21 studies reviewed comprehensively consider the myriad of employment effects, which critically determine the magnitude of net employment effects, and whether these effects are positive or negative. Though the studies are hardly comparable due to the heterogeneity of assumptions and measuring metrics, the majority show positive net employment effects based on the high labor intensity of solar photovoltaics (PV). Model results and trade data support the Porter hypothesis as countries that established renewable energy policies gained a competitive advantage in the global market. The results also indicate that job impacts are time-dependent; delayed impacts of the budget effect, time at which policies are established, and changes in demand related to policy introduction and price reductions all constitute different time dimensions of employment effects. The influence of cyclical policy support on the comparative advantage of the US illustrates the importance of consistent policies. Germany’s policy created a mature PV market, but the plateauing comparative advantage and declining domestic market suggest that current employment in the PV market may be hard to sustain. China’s rapidly growing exports, but low domestic demand, also illustrate a one-sided dependence that is more vulnerable to negative employment effects. The employment effects of late adopting countries are uncertain as they may be unable to build a comparative advantage, but could benefit from PV reaching grid parity.
Visiting Fullbright scholar Maria Kozlowska will be giving a talk titled “Effect of the coseismic static stress transfer on the seismicity in mines” this coming Thursday, March 19th, at 12:30 pm in room B31C.
Kozlowska is a visiting Fullbright scholar from Poland who has been working with Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie.
The next Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar will take place today at 3:00 pm in CAS 313.
Presenting at today’s seminar are Chloe Anderson and Xiaojing Tang. Anderson will be presenting on “Tracking monsoon related provenance changes in continental margin sediment of the East China Sea: Preliminary results from IODP Expedition 346,” and Tang will be presenting on “Near Real-Time Monitoring of Land Cover Disturbance by Fusion of MODIS and Landsat Data.”
The E&E Grad Student Seminars are held weekly as a forum for students to present their work and receive feedback and practice for future presentations.
All students and faculty are expected to attend and provide a short evaluation of each presenter providing positive feedback.
The Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminars will be held today at 3 pm in CAS 313.
This week’s seminar will feature:
“Neoarchean metamorphism recorded in high-precision Sm-Nd isotope systematics of garnet from the Jack Hills, Australia” by Katie Eccles
“Cities and CO2: The importance of quantifying carbon emissions at local scales” By Conor Gately
“Conservation in the Information Age: The role of crowd sourcing in mapping and monitoring bird species” By Valerie Pasquarella
The Terrestrial Biogeoscience Seminar Series returns today at 3 pm in CAS 442.
This week’s speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Talbot discussing “Biological diversity and the carbon cycle: insights from soil fungal communities.”
Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar.
The Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series continues tomorrow at 3 PM in CAS 313.
Tomorrow’s seminar will feature Brittain Briber’s presentation on “Vegetation productivity changes following conversion from forest to urban land uses” and Samuel Tuttle‘s presentation on “Empirical Evidence of Positive and Negative Soil Moisture-Precipitation Feedbacks Across the U.S.”
All faculty and students of the department are expected to attend and complete a short evaluation for each presenter.
Brittain Briber is a PhD candidate in Geography focusing on urban ecology and atmospheric science; he is advised by Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra.
Samuel Tuttle is a PhD candidate in Earth Sciences focusing on hydrology; he is advised by Professor Guido Salvucci.
Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminars will begin for the Spring semester this Friday, January 23rd, at 3 PM in CAS 313.
This weeks presenters will be Nicoletta Leonardi presenting on “Salt marsh resistance to violent storms and hurricanes;” Angela Rigden presenting on “Multi-decadal estimation of trends in evapotranspiration from weather station data using a new approach;” and Kira Sullivan-Wiley on “What shapes risk perception? An analysis form a high-risk agricultural area of Uganda.”
All students and faculty in the department are expected to attend and audience members will be asked to complete a short evaluation to help provide feedback to the students.
Nicoletta Leonardi is a PhD candidate in Earth Science with an emphasis on coastal geomorphology working with Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi. Angela Rigden is a PhD candidate in Earth Science with an emphasis on hydrology working with Professor Guido Salvucci. Kira Sullivan-Wiley is a PhD candidate in Geography with an emphasis on valuation and realization of ecosystem services; her advisor is Assistant Professor Anne Short.
The Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series will be held tomorrow at 3:00 pm in CAS 313.
Tomorrow’s seminar will feature two talks lasting fifteen minutes each.
The first scheduled talk will feature Damien Sulla-Menashe discussing his research on “Are the boreal forests of Canada browning?: An investigation using Landsat Data.”
The second scheduled talk will feature Rohan Kundargi discussing his research “On the Variable Patterns of Hotspot Volcanism.”
All students and faculty are expected to attend and will complete a short evaluation for each presenter.