Earth & Environment Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler will be at the New England Aquarium this coming Tuesday June 3rd, 2014 to give a talk on “The Immortal Life of Nitrogen” as part of the New England Aquarium’s Lecture Series.
The talk will be begin at 7:00 pm and last one hour.
It will be open and free to the public.
To learn more about the event, visit the New England Aquarium Lecture Series website.
Read the talk’s abstract below:
Without nitrogen there would be no life—no me, no you, no blue whale, no Atlantic cod, no Antarctic krill. But too much nitrogen leads to a series of negative consequences. Human activities have more than doubled the amount of nitrogen cycling through the biosphere in the past 100 years, and in doing so we have introduced large amounts of nitrogen to coastal waters. This excess nitrogen has led to eutrophication, loss of submerged aquatic vegetation, harmful algal blooms, increased low oxygen conditions and dead zones, fish kills, and loss of biodiversity. Fortunately, we can take steps to mitigate this excess nitrogen and to decrease future inputs to marine waters. Fulweiler will tell the story of how one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century transformed our planet and how each of us can help save our coastal ocean through simple, easily adaptable changes.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Robert Kennedy and his Digital Image Processing, GE 440/640, students will be holding a student symposium tomorrow, Wednesday April 30th, from 11:00 to 2:30 pm on Digital Image Processing
The symposium will feature student talks lasting roughly 12 minutes in length with 3 minutes allotted for a Q&A session.
The event will be held in CAS 132. Pizza and drinks will be provided around lunch time.
All are welcome to attend.
The meeting will take place from Wednesday April 30 to Friday May 2nd.
On Thursday May 1, Aderhold will be presenting a talk titled “Seismic slip distribution of large inter- and intra- plate oceanic strike-slip earthquakes.”
Then on Friday, Prof. Abercrombie will be presenting a poster titled “Improving stress drop measurements from EGF – scaling and stress release in the Darfield-Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake sequence.”
Prof. Abercrombie is also the co-author of two other presentations concerning earthquakes in Nevada and in New Zealand.
For More information on Prof. Abercrombie, visit her profile page.
For more information about the Seismological Society of American 2014 Annual Meeting, click here.
The theme of tonight’s Rhett Talk will be “Social Justice.” Baldwin’s talk will focus specifically on the implications of demographic and environmental change for humanity in the coming decades.
In addition to Baldwin’s lecture, two other faculty members will also give brief lectures on past and present issues related to social justice.
Each talk will last roughly 15 minutes and be followed by a 5 minute Q&A session.
BU Rhett Talks are modeled after the popular TED talks and are designed to allow students to engage with faculty on a variety of interesting, intellectual topics.
Earth & Environment Graduate Student and PhD Candidate Rita Cabral will be defending her dissertation tomorrow, Friday April, 4th at 1 pm in CAS 222.
The title of her dissertation is “A window into the mantle: analyzing the geochemistry of melt inclusions from the volcanic isle of mangaia.”
The presentation will last roughly one hour.
The department encourages everyone possible to attend!
Earth & Environment Professor Sucharita Gopal announced today that she will be giving the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Lecture: The Geosciences – The Nexus of Data Drive Science and Applications at the National Science Teachers Association‘s 2014 National Conference on Science Education.
The Conference will be held in Boston April 2 – 6 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
Gopal’s lecture will be on Friday, April 4th, at 2 p.m. in Room 210 A/B of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
To learn more about this years National Conference on Science Education, visit their website.
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.”
As the Lunar New Year of the Horse approaches, members of the Department of Earth and Environment gathered together to celebrate the traditional holiday.
Held this past Saturday, January 25th 2014, the Department’s Lunar New Year Party featured traditional food, drink, and a dumpling wrapping contest.
The dumpling wrapping contest featured four winners: the cutest dumpling, the scariest, the most out-of-shape, and the ugliest dumpling.
Participants and spectators voted, and the winners were announced.
The party was a hit, and the winning–and losing–dumplings were cooked and enjoyed by all!
Department of Earth and Environment Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie has been invited to speak today at the first of BU’s Earthquake Preparedness Exercises.
Abercrombie, a trained Earthquake Seismologist, will share her expertise with the BU Incident Command Response Team (ICRT) and other University and City officials as they run through BU’s earthquake response plan for the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories. The response plan, dubbed Operation Cerberus, will take place at the BU Biosafety Lab; similar exercises for the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus will follow.
Although not on a plate boundary, the northeastern US still experiences earthquakes. The largest known earthquake in Massachusetts was a M6 off Cape Ann in 1755. More information about New England Seismicity can be found at Boston College’s Weston Observatory website.
Below is a list of scheduled talks being held on Friday December 13th 2013 by Department of Earth and Environment Faculty, Researchers, and students at the AGU Fall Meeting.
8:00 am to 10:00 am
at 3008 (Moscone West)
A51I. A51I. Measurements, Modeling, and Evaluation of Emissions VII
- Conor Gately; Lucy Hutyra; Ian Sue Wing. A new gridded on-road CO2 emissions inventory for the United States, 1980-2011. A51I-06. (9:35 – 10:00)
at 3003 (Moscone West)
- Lucy Hutyra; Steve M. Raciti; Allison L. Dunn; Conor Gately; Ian Sue Wing; Curtis Woodcock; Pontus Olofsson; Mark A. Friedl. Impacts of urbanization on the carbon cycle (Invited). GC51E-02. (8:20 – 8:40)
8:00 am to 12:20 pm
at Hall A-C (Moscone South)
B51C. B51C. Ecosystem Structure: Remote Sensing Observations and Modelling of Its Influence on Radiation Regimes and Gas Exchanges II Posters
- Bin Yang; Yuri Knyazikhin; Lei Yan; Yunsheng Zhao; Jiannan Jiao. IMPACT OF FOLIAGE SURFACE PROPERTIES ON VEGETATION REFLECTION AND ABSORPTION. B51C-0285.
- Zhan Li; Alan H. Strahler, Crystal Schaff, et al. Separating Leaves from Trunks and Branches with Dual-Wavelength Terrestrial Lidar Scanning: Improving Canopy Structure Characterization in 3-D Space. B51C-0289.
- Alan H. Strahler; Xiaoyuan Yang; Zhan Li; Crystal Schaaf; et al. Retrieving Leaf Area Index and Foliage Profiles Through Voxelized 3-D Forest Reconstruction Using Terrestrial Full-Waveform and Dual-Wavelength Echidna® Lidars. B51C-0290.
B51G. B51G. Phenology as Both Forcing and Response: Integrating Measurements and Models Across Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems I Posters [SWIRL_CM]
- Toni Viskari; Michael Dietze; Ankur R. Desai. Model-data assimilation of multiple phenological observations to constrain and forecast leaf area. B51G-0381.
S51A. S51A. Seismology Contributions: Signal Processing, Networks and Instrumentation II Posters
- Bruce C. Beaudoin; Kasey Aderhold; Katyliz Anderson; Mary Pfeifer; Tim Parker; Pnina E. Miller; George W. Slad; Angela Reusch. Direct burial and vault emplacement data quality comparison at Dotson Ranch, New Mexico. S51A-2329.
S51C. S51C. Oceanic Strike-Slip Faulting: Transforms to Intraplate I Posters
- Kasey Aderhold; Rachel E. Abercrombie; Michael S. Antolik. Seismic slip of oceanic strike-slip earthquakes. S51C-2388.
V51B. V51B. Garnet: Common Mineral, Uncommonly Useful I Posters (cosponsored by MSA)
- Nora Sullivan; Claire Ostwald; Xu Chu; Ethan F. Baxter; Jay J. Ague; James O. Eckert. High temperature garnet growth in New England: regional temperature-time trends revealed. V51B-2654.
- Kathryn A. Eccles; Ethan F. Baxter; Stephen J. Mojzsis; Horst Marschall; Michael L. Williams; Michael J. Jercinovic. Neoarchean metamorphism recorded in high-precision Sm-Nd isotope systematics of garnets from the Jack Hills (Western Australia). V51B-2655.
10:20 am – 12:20 pm
at 2006 (Moscone West)
B52C. B52C. New Mechanisms, Feedbacks, and Approaches for Improving Predictions of the Global Carbon Cycle in Earth System Models II [SWIRL_CU]
- Adrien Finzi; Allison L. Gill (BIOLOGY). The carbon cost of nutrient uptake: global patterns and use in regional to global scale models of terrestrial productivity. B52C-01. (10:20 – 10:35)
1:40 pm – 3:40 pm
at 2004 (Moscone West)
B53G. B53G. Remote Sensing of Vegetation for Monitoring Ecosystem Functioning III
- Mark A. Friedl; Joshua P. Gray; Eli K. Melaas; Andrew D. Richardson; Amey Bailey; John O’Keefe. Using Time Series of Landsat, MODIS, and Ground Measurements to Characterize and Quantify the Sensitivity of Temperate Forest Phenology to Climate Change (Invited). B53G-01. (1:40 – 1:55)
at 301 (Moscone South)
V53D. V53D. Garnet: Common Mineral, Uncommonly Useful II (cosponsored by MSA)
- Ethan F. Baxter; Erik E. Scherer. The success and complementarity of Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf garnet geochronology. V53D-08. (3:25-3:40)