“There is no doubt among the world’s scientists (including BU’s) that anthropogenic climate change is underway,” Ann E. Cudd, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, recently wrote to the university community, “which if it continues at the current rate will radically alter the shape of the world’s landmass and the nature of its ecosystems”
Click here to Dean Cudd’s full note, including her description of work done by Earth & Environment faculty members.
Associate Professor Michael Dietze has co-authored “A roadmap for improving the representation of photosynthesis in Earth system models” in the journal New Phytologist. Dr. Dietze and his colleagues provide a roadmap for new science needed to improve the representation of photosynthesis in the next generation of terrestrial biosphere and Earth system models. Former Earth & Environment postdoctoral fellow Shawn Serbin was also a co-author.
Dr. Dietze’s latest research, “Novel and lost forests in the upper Midwestern United States, from new estimates of settlement-era composition, stem density, and biomass,” will appear in the forthcoming issue of PLOS ONE, co-authored by former Earth & Environment postdoctoral fellow Jaclyn Hattala Matthes.
Professor James Lawford Anderson will deliver a lecture at Arnold Arboretum, Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 pm, entitled “Six Ice Ages in One Billion Years, Climate Change, and Boston’s Earthquake Problem.” The talk will be followed by a geology tour of the Arboretum, “Travels through Two Ice Ages,” on Saturday, December 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Registration can be found on the arboretum’s website.
Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra and PhD candidate Andrew Trlica will join other members of the sciences faculty to discuss “Urban Earth Science: Understanding the Potential Growing Field.” The panel will meet Wednesday, November 30, 12:00-1:30pm, at The Initiative on Cities, 75 Bay State Road. For more information and to register, visit the Boston University Initiative on Cities.
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.
In conjunction with his new textbook Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility, Lecturer Rick Reibstein will host webinars over the next month. The free series will elaborate on the concept of the book: the goal of developing the sense of responsibilities that would result in sustainability, and which could be sustained. Click here to register for free.
Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has co-authored “Corporate Investments in Supply Chain Sustainability: Selecting Instruments in the Agri-Food Industry” in the latest issue of the Journal of Cleaner Production. Dr. Garrett and her colleagues investigate the underlying process and conditions under which green sourcing concerns lead to the adoption of specific sustainability instruments among agri-food companies.
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.
Professor Cutler J. Cleveland joined other members of the BU faculty and staff who have written for BU Today to talk about this week’s election and what’s next. Click here to read Professor Cleveland’s reflections on potential environment and energy policies.
Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra is in Irvine, California, this week, attending the 28th annual Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia bring together outstanding young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines.