Category: Faculty

Professor James Baldwin featured in WalletHub

July 21st, 2016 in James Baldwin, Jul-16, News, Talks

Professor James Baldwin was featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about the most and least energy expensive states here in North America. The article compares a variety of different energy costs throughout the states and is further explained in an interview with professor Baldwin.

You can visit their website and read the article here.

Christine Regalla wins Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award

July 6th, 2016 in 2016, Awards, Christine Regalla, Faculty, Jul-16

Christine Regalla

Christine Regalla

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.

Anne Short Gianotti publishes new paper

July 6th, 2016 in 2016, Anne Short, Faculty, Jul-16, Pub-16, Publications

Anne Short Gianotti

Anne Short Gianotti

Earth and Environment Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti and collaborator Patrick Hurley have coauthored a new paper published in Land Use Policy.

The paper “Gathering plants and fungi along the urban-rural gradient: Uncovering differences in the attitudes and practices among urban, suburban, and rural landowners” can be accessed here.

To learn more about Assistant Professor Short Gianotti’s work, check out her profile page here.

Ducan FitzGerald, Bruce Anderson, Zoe Hughes participate in Boston Research Advisory Group and have their finding featured in Boston Globe

June 27th, 2016 in 2016, Bruce Anderson, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Joining Team/Committee, Jun-16, News, Pub-16, Publications, Researchers

Duncan FitzGerald

Duncan FitzGerald

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

Earth & Environment Professors Duncan FitzGerald and Bruce Anderson and E&E postdoctoral associate Zoe Hughes took part in the writing of a report title Climate Ready Boston that was featured in a news article in the Boston Globe.

The report is the product of work done by the Boston Research Advisory Group that was established in 2015 to develop a consensus on the possible climate changes and sea-level rise that the city of Boston will face during the next century. Anderson, FitzGerald, and Hughes are all part of the advisory group team.

Zoe Hughes

Zoe Hughes

The Boston Globe article “Climate change could be even worse for Boston than previously thought” can be read here.

The full Climate Ready Boston report can be downloaded and read by clicking on this link.

William Nardin, Curtis Woodcock, Sergio Fagherazzi publish two new papers

June 23rd, 2016 in 2016, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Jun-16, Pub-16, Publications, Researchers, Sergio Fagherazzi

William Nardin

William Nardin

Sergio Fagherazzi

Sergio Fagherazzi

Earth & Environment postdoctoral associate William Nardin and Professors Curtis Woodcock and Sergio Fagherazzi have published two new papers.

The paper “Bottom sediment affect Sonneratia mangrove forests in the prograding Mekong delta, Vietnam” was published in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science and can be read here.

The paper “Dynamics of a fringe mangrove forest detected by Landsat images in the Mekong river delta, Vietnam” was published in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms and can be read here.

Curtis Woodcock

Curtis Woodcock

Nardin is first author on both publications; he is a postdoctoral associate working primarily with Professor Fagherazzi. To learn more about Professor Fagherazzi’s work, check out his profile page.

To learn more about Professor Woodcock’s work, check out his profile page.

Prof. Ranga B. Myneni Publishes a Paper

June 22nd, 2016 in Faculty, Jun-16, Pub-16, Publications, Ranga Myneni

A paper titled “Satellite-observed changes in terrestrial vegetation growth trends across the Asia-Pacific region associated with land cover and climate from 1982 to 2011″ was recently published in the International Journal of Digital Earth by Chen et al. Prof. Ranga B. Myneni is a coauthor of this paper.

Prof. Myneni’s web site is

Doctoral Student Yan Yang Publishes a Paper

June 21st, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, Graduate students, Jun-16, Pub-16, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Ms. Yan Yang, a PhD student has published a paper titled “Abiotic Controls on Macroscale Variations of Humid Tropical Forest Height” in the peer-refereed journal Remote Sensing. The paper describes her PhD dissertation research.

The paper can be downloaded from

Her first reader is Prof. Ranga B. Myneni.

Boston Globe article features Margaret Hendrick’s research

June 20th, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, Graduate students, Jun-16, Nathan Phillips, News

Margaret Hendrick

Margaret Hendrick

A new Boston Globe article by David Abel title “Legislation may force utilities to fix gas leaks quicker” features research done by Earth & Environment PhD candidate Margaret Hendrick and her advisor Professor Nathan Phillips.

The article highlights the revelation in Hendrick’s research that “found little difference between the dangers of so-called Grade 1 leaks, which utilities are obliged to fix immediately, and Grade 3 leaks which they consider nonhazardous” (“Legislation,” para 3). The article directly links Hendrick’s work to new legislation that will require utility companies to repair Grade 3 leaks.

Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips

Hendrick is also quoted in the article. To read the complete article, click here.

To learn more about the work being done by Hendrick and Phillips check out Phillips’s profile page.

Doctoral Student Sungho Choi Wins NASA Post-doctoral Award

June 20th, 2016 in 2016, Awards, Faculty, Graduate students, Jun-16, Ranga Myneni

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.

Robert Kaufmann featured on BU Research

June 13th, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, Jun-16, News, Pub-16, Publications, Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann and his research have been featured in a new article on BU Research titled “Solar Power Saves Everyone Money.”

The article is based off Kaufmann’s recent study titled “Lower electricity prices and greenhouse gas emissions due to rooftop solar: empirical results for Massachusetts” that was published in the journal Energy Policy; the full text of the study can be read online here.

The article was also picked up and tweeted by popular American Environmentalist Bill McKibben.

To learn more about Kaufmann’s work, check out his profile here.