Category: Events

Members of the Department Celebrate The Lunar New Year

January 30th, 2014 in 2014, Events, Graduate students, January-14, Pictures, Researchers

As the Lunar New Year of the Horse approaches, members of the Department of Earth and Environment gathered together to celebrate the traditional holiday.

Graduate students, friends, and alumni work on making dumplings at the Lunar New Year Party.

Graduate students, friends, and alumni work on making dumplings at the Lunar New Year Party.

 

Held this past Saturday, January 25th 2014, the Department’s Lunar New Year Party featured traditional food, drink, and a dumpling wrapping contest.

Participants of the Dumpling Pageant work to make their best dumpling creations.

Participants of the Dumpling Pageant work to make their best dumpling creations.

 

The dumpling wrapping contest featured four winners: the cutest dumpling, the scariest, the most out-of-shape, and the ugliest dumpling.

 

The offerings in the Dumpling Pageant

The offerings in the Dumpling Pageant

 

Participants and spectators voted, and the winners were announced.

The winners of this years Dumpling Pageant. From left to right, Mary Farina, Bahareh Sanaie-Movahed, and Zhe Zhu. Not pictured is also winner Rita Cabral.

The winners of this years Dumpling Pageant. From left to right, Mary Farina, Bahareh Sanaie-Movahed, and Zhe Zhu. Not pictured is also winner Rita Cabral.

 

The party was a hit, and the winning–and losing–dumplings were cooked and enjoyed by all!

The contest winners--and losers--were cooked and enjoyed.

The contest winners–and losers–were cooked and enjoyed.

Rachel Abercrombie to speak at Earthquake Preparedness Exercise

December 19th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, Events, Faculty, Rachel Abercrombie, Talks

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.

Friday December 13th AGU Talk Schedule for Faculty, Researchers, and Students

December 12th, 2013 in 2013, Alan Strahler, December-13, Ethan Baxter, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, Mark Friedl, Researchers, Talks, Trips

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.

 

Friday

 

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. DesaiModel-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’KeefeUsing 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. SchererThe success and complementarity of Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf garnet geochronology. V53D-08. (3:25-3:40)

 

Thursday December 12th AGU Talk Schedule for E&E Faculty, Researchers, and Students

December 11th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Juri Knjazihhin, Researchers, Rick Murray, Talks, Trips

Below is a list of scheduled talks being held on Thursday December 12th 2013 by Department of Earth and Environment Faculty, Researchers, and students at the AGU Fall Meeting.

 

Thursday

 

8:00 am – 12:20 pm

at Hall A-C (Moscone South)

B41A. B41A. Earth Observations for Global Agricultural Monitoring II Posters

  • Josh M. Gray; Mark A. Friedl; Steve E. Frolking; Navin Ramankutty; Andy Nelson.  Large scale maps of cropping intensity in Asia from MODIS. B41A-0385.

B41D. B41D. Multisensor Long-Term Land Surface Data Records II Posters [SWIRL_CU]

  • Xiaoyang Zhang; Mark A. Friedl; Yunyue Yu.  Interannual Variations in Global Vegetation Phenology Derived from a Long Term AVHRR and MODIS Data Record. B41D-0429.

V41D. V41D. Physical Volcanology of Eruptions Involving Water III Posters

  • Richard W. Murray; Rachel Scudder; Steffen Kutterolf; Julie Schindlbeck. Dispersed Ash in Marine Sediment: An Overview Towards Unraveling the “Missing Volcanic Record’. V41D-2824.

10:20 am – 12:20 pm

at 2004 (Moscone West)

B42C. B42C. Ecosystem Structure: Remote Sensing Observations and Modelling of Its Influence on Radiation Regimes and Gas Exchanges I

  • Yuri KnyazikhinON THE RADIATIVE TRANSFER BASED REMOTE SENSING OF FOREST STRUCTURE AND LEAF BIOCHEMISTRY (Invited). B42C-05. (11:20 am – 11:50 am)

at 2002 (Moscone West)

B42D. B42D. The Bio-atmospheric N Cycle: N Emissions, Transformations, Deposition, and Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystem Impacts II

  • Pamela H. Templer; Preeti Rao; Lucy Hutyra; Steve M. RacitiAtmospheric nitrogen inputs and losses along an urbanization gradient from Boston to Harvard Forest, MA. B42D-06. (11:35 am – 11:50 am)

 

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

at 2022 (Moscone West)

  • Steven C. Wofsy; et al. Measurements and modeling of CH4 and CO2 in the Boston Metro area and Northeastern Megalopolis. A44F-04.  (4:50 pm – 5:10 pm)

 

Wednesday December 11th AGU Talk Schedule for E&E Faculty, Researchers, and Students

December 10th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, Staff, Talks, Trips

Below is a list of scheduled talks being held on Wednesday December 11th 2013 by Department of Earth and Environment Faculty, Researchers, and students at the AGU Fall Meeting.

 

Wednesday

 

8:00 am – 12:20 pm

at Hall A-C (Moscone South)

B31B. B31B. Quantifying Uncertainty in Biogeochemical Studies II Posters [SWIRL_CU]

  • Neeti Neeti; Robert E. KennedyComparative study of above ground biomass estimates for conterminous US. B31B-0386.

B31E. B31E. Urban Areas and Global Change I Posters [SWIRL_US]

  • Lucy Hutyra; et al. Future scenarios of urbanization and its effects on water quantity and quality in three New England watersheds. B31E-0456.
  • Steve M. Raciti; Lucy Hutyra; Brittain M. Briber; Allison L. Dunn; Mark A. Friedl; Curtis Woodcock; Zhe Zhu; Pontus Olofsson. Quantifying ecosystem carbon losses and gains following development in New England: A combined field, modeling, and remote sensing approach. B31E-0457.

GC31C. GC31C. Ecosystem Responses to Increasing Atmospheric CO2: Moving Forward from First Generation Free Air CO2 Experiments Posters

  • Adrien Finzi (BIOLOGY). Long-Term Response of Terrestrial Productivity to Elevated CO2 Remains a Grand Challenge in Terrestrial Biogeochemistry (Invited). GC31C-1072.

H31F. H31F. Remote Sensing of the Terrestrial Water Cycle IV Posters

  • Samuel E. Tuttle; Guido Salvucci. Using Large-Scale Precipitation to Validate AMSR-E Satellite Soil Moisture Estimates by Means of Mutual Information. H31F-1253.

 

1:40 pm – 3:40 pm

at 2005 (Moscone West)

EP33D. EP33D. Deltas: A Multi-trillion Dollar Global Problem II

  • Alberto Canestrelli; William Nardin; Douglas A. Edmonds; Sergio Fagherazzi; Rudy L. Slingerland. Three dimensional numerical modeling of shallow jets: importance of frictional effects on the morphodynamics of river mouth bars and levees. EP33D-04. (2:25 – 2:40)

at 308 (Moscone South)

V33H. V33H. Physical Volcanology of Eruptions Involving Water I

  • Rachel Scudder; Richard W. Murray; Julie Schindlbeck; Steffen Kutterolf. Geochemistry of Sediment from IODP Expeditions 322 and 333: Terrigenous Provenance, Dispersed Ash, and the Nankai “Subduction Factory.” V33H-01.  (1:40 – 1:55)

 

1:40 pm – 6:00 pm

at Hall A-C (Moscone South)

DI33B. DI33B. The Detection and Migration of Melt and Volatiles in the Earth’s Interior II Posters

  • Shangshang Mu; Ulrich FaulGrain boundary wetness of partially molten dunite. DI33B-2238.

S33A. S33A. Advances in Seismic Imaging: Toward Integrated GeoModels on All Scales — Mantle/Global/Theory VI Posters [SWIRL_CM]

  • Xueyang Bao; Colleen A. Dalton; Ge Jin; James B. Gaherty. Imaging Rayleigh wave attenuation and phase velocity in the western and central United States. S33A-2390.

V33A. V33A. Chemical Evolution of the Earth’s Mantle II Posters (cosponsored by EGU-GMPV and MSA)

  • Denise Honn; Jason Harvey; Jessica M. Warren; Ethan F. Baxter. Detecting Mantle Heterogeneity at a Grain Scale with Improvements in High Precision Neodymium Isotope (NdO+) Analysis. V33A-2722.

Tuesday December 10th AGU Talk Schedule for E&E Faculty, Researchers, and Students

December 9th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Michael Dietze, Talks, Trips

Below is a schedule of talks being given Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, by Department of Earth and Environment Faculty, Researchers, and students at the AGU Fall Meeting.

 

Tuesday

 

8:00 am – 12:20 pm

at Hall A-C (Moscone South)

GC21A. GC21A. Understanding and Quantifying Changes in the Water Cycle I Posters

  • Angela J. Rigden; Guido Salvucci; Pierre Gentine. Multi-decadal Estimation of Trends in Evapotranspiration from Weather Station Data using a New Approach. GC21A-0815.

PP21A. PP21A. Beyond the Last Glacial Period: Characteristics, Impacts and Forcing of Millennial-Scale Climate Variability III Posters

  • Ryuji Tada; Richard W. Murray; Carlos A. Alvarez ZarikianOnset and evolution of millennial-scale variability of the Asian monsoon and its possible relation with Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau uplift; Preliminary Results from IODP Expedition 346. PP21A-1886.

DI21A. DI21A. Linking the Earth’s Surface With the Deep Interior: Comparing Predictions and Observations of Mantle Plumes II Posters [SWIRL_CM.CU]

  • Rohan Kundargi; Paul S. HallPatterns of volcanism at oceanic intraplate hotspots. DI21A-2265.
  • Paul S. Hall; Navah X. Farahat; Rohan Kundargi. Transient Hotspot Motion Induced by Plume-Migrating Ridge Interaction. DI21A-2269.

10:20 am to 12:20 pm

at 2000 (Moscone West)

B22C. B22C. Dynamics of Global Forests Under a Changing Climate I

  • Michael DietzeFires, invasives, migrations, oh my! Scaling spatial processes into earth system models and global change projections. (Invited). B22C-08. (12:05 – 12:20)

 

Faculty, Researchers, Students speak at AGU Fall Meeting

December 9th, 2013 in 2013, Alan Strahler, December-13, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Guido Salvucci, Michael Dietze, Talks, Trips

Several members of the Department of Earth and Environment will be in San Francisco, California this week participating in the annual AGU Fall Meeting.

During this week long conference, several faculty members, researchers, and students will give lectures and present posters.

Below is a list of presentations being given by members of the department today, Monday December 9th, 2013.

 

Monday

8:00 am – 12:20 am 

at Hall A-C (Moscone South)

B11E. B11E. Model Intercomparisons: Syntheses That Inform Scientific Understanding I Posters [SWIRL_CU]

  • Jaclyn H. Matthes; Michael Dietze; Simon J. Goring.  Representations of historic vegetation dynamics in CMIP5 and MsTMIP models.  B11E-0401.

B11G. B11G. Scaling Ecosystem Observations Through Space and Time I Posters

  • SUNGHO CHOI; Yuli Shi; Xiliang Ni; Marc Simard; Ranga B. Myneni. Allometric Scaling and Resource Limitations Model of Total Aboveground Biomass in Forest Stands: Site-scale Test of Model. B11G-0429.
  •  Alan H. Strahler; et al. Intercomparison of Terrestrial Laser Scanning Instruments for Assessing Forested Ecosystems: A Brisbane Field Experiment. B11G-0443.
  • Crystal Schaaf; et al. Canopy Biomass Lidar (CBL) Acquisitions at NEON and TERN Forest Sites. B11G-0449.

PP11B. PP11B. Aeolian Dust in Earth’s Climate System I Posters [SWIRL_DA]

  • Ann G. Dunlea; Richard W. Murray; Justine Sauvage; Arthur J. Spivack; Robert N. Harris; Steven L. D’Hondt.  Cenozoic sedimentation rates and provenance variations in the South Pacific Gyre. PP11B-1816.

T11B. T11B. Deep Exploration Into the Lithosphere I Posters

  • Esther James; Colleen A. Dalton; James B. Gaherty.  Imaging the Atlantic upper mantle with Rayleigh waves.  T11B-2430.

8:00 am to 10 am

at 2011 (Moscone West)

H11L. H11L. Advances in Understanding Land-Atmosphere Interactions I [SWIRL_GS

  • Guido Salvucci; Angela J. Rigden; Pierre Gentine; Benjamin R. Lintner.  Unique relation between surface-limited evaporation and relative humidity profiles holds in both field data and climate model simulations. H11L-03.  (8:46 - 9:04)

10:20 am to 12:20 pm

at 2006 (Moscone West)

B12C. B12C. Emerging Frontiers in Biogeosciences II

  • Michael Dietze.  Impact of diffuse mortality in a terrestrial biosphere model: stress, succession, and disease (Invited).  B12C-04.  (11:05 - 11:20)

10:20 am to 12:20 pm

at 306 (Moscone South)

V12A. V12A. The Geoinformatics Revolution: Data-Driven Science, Databases, and Data Systems for Thermodynamics and Geochemical and Geophysical Modeling I [SWIRL_CM] (cosponsored by EGU-GMPV and MSA)

  • Colleen A. Dalton; Allison Gale; Charles H. Langmuir. Taking the temperature of the mantle: A global comparison of seismic models, axial ridge depths, and the petrology of mid-ocean-ridge basalts (Invited). V12A-07. (11:50 – 12:05)

1:40 pm – 6:00 pm

at Hall A-C (Moscone South)

B13C. B13C. Deep Biosphere Research: Presence, Diversity, and Activity of Microbes I Posters

  • Mary E. Dzaugis; Arthur J. Spivack; Ann G. Dunlea; Richard W. Murray; Katherine A. Kelley; Steven L. D’Hondt.  Radiolytic hydrogen production in basaltic basement of the South Pacific Gyre. B13C-0486.

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

at 3009 (Moscone West)

  • Valeriy Y. Ivanov; Lucy Hutyra; Steven C. Wofsy; J W. Munger; Scott R. Saleska; Raimundo Cosme De Oliveira Jr.; Plinio B. Camargo; Simone Fatichi. Root Niche Separation as Strategy of Avoidance of Seasonal Drought Stress in a Mature Amazonian Forest (Invited). H14D-03. (4:30 – 4:45)

 

8th Annual RoBOT Program Final Gathering Held Wednesday Night

December 6th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, Ethan Baxter, Events, Faculty, Pictures, Presentations, Undergraduate

The final gathering of the 8th Annual Rocks Beneath Our Toes (RoBOT) Program was held Wednesday night.

The brain child of Department of Earth and Environment Professor Ethan Baxter, the RoBOT Program brings together local area high school students and BU undergraduates in an effort to learn more about the geology of the area. The students collect and analyze local rock samples and then display their findings at the end of the semester.

This years program was organized by Prof. Baxter and graduate student and Teaching Fellow Emily Stewart. The first step in the program is the collection of rock samples. This took place back in October when Professor Baxter and 13 of his ES 222 Mineralogy students took 20 Acton-Boxborough Regional High School students out on a rock collecting field trip.

Then, two weeks ago, the students came back together to analyze their findings:

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

The students used the Department’s polarized light microscopes to get a closer look at their samples.

 

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Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Then, Dr. Joel Sparks helped the students run the X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) system lab.

 

The culmination of the program took place Wednesday night as the 20 high school students returned to campus and were given special tours of our lab facilities:

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

First the students, donning special clean suits, toured our clean lab facilities where Department personnel and students prepare samples for analysis.

 

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Then, Dr. Denise Honn led the students through a tour of the Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) lab.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Finally, Dr. Tom Ireland took the students through a tour of the Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) facilities.

 

After the tours, the High School students were treated to a presentation of the Mineralogy students’ semester long research on their collected rock samples:

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Dean Sapiro joined in as well. Here, her and a student discuss the results of the program.

 

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

The final results of the High School students’ and the Mineralogy students’ hard work are now on display in the halls of the Department, on the first floor of the Stone Science Building.

Urban Ecology Students to Present Posters this Friday

December 5th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, Presentations, Undergraduate

Department of Earth and Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and her GE 475/675 Urban Ecology class will be holding a special end of semester session open to the public this Friday December 6th from 2 to 5 pm in CAS 132.

During the session, Hutyra’s students will be presenting posters that are the summation of their semester projects. These projects cover a wide range of topics related to urban ecology including

  • green roofs as urban heat island mitigation
  • coyotes in the city
  • urban bird phenology changes
  • urbain soil carbon losses
  • urban heat islands
  • and much, much more.

The session will begin at 2, followed at 3 by the students presenting short summaries of their work.

Please feel free to stop by anytime and check out some of their very impressive posters.

Parker Abercrombie Thesis Defense set for Tomorrow

December 5th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, Events, Graduate students

Department of Earth and Environment Graduate Student Parker Abercrombie will be presenting the defense of his Masters Thesis tomorrow Friday December 6, 2013.

The title of Abercrombie’s Defense is “Inter-annual Stability of Land Cover Classification: Explorations and Improvements.”

The talk will be held from 2 to 3 pm in B31C.

Please come out and support Parker!