Category: Faculty

New blog accompanies lecturer Rick Reibstein’s environmental responsibility textbook

July 12th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jul-2018, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein, Undergraduate

Trunity, the publisher of E&E Lecturer Rick Reibstein‘s Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility​, now hosts a blog “for people who want to help meet the challenge of how to live within the biosphere without harming it, and thus protect ourselves, other living things, future generations, and the source of all wealth and value that we hold dear.” The Environmental Citizen offers stories about collective social responsibility, federal policy for land management, and legislative proposals surround clean energy. The last topic was explored by E&E students in Reibstein’s course GE 532 Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (now enrolling for Fall 2018).

Assistant professor Jeffrey Geddes speaks about his $1 million in research awards for air quality

July 5th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Faculty, Interviews, Jeffrey Geddes, Jul-2018, News

Assistant Professor Jeffrey Geddes, who joined E&E in 2016, has spoken to BU Today about the $1 million in early career research awards he has won from the National Science Foundation and NASA.

As BU Today notes: “The funding will allow him to expand his use of satellite-based remote sensing observations, computer modeling, and targeted field observations to study the impact on air quality in North America of the interaction between natural emissions from the biosphere and those caused by human activities such as burning fossil fuels.”

“While emissions from forests and other natural ecosystems alone don’t normally cause air pollution, Geddes says, they can interact with emissions caused by human activities to create ‘a complex air pollution mixture that can determine how effective controlling emissions from human activities will be in improving air quality in any given year.'”

Associate professor Wally Fulweiler speaks on EPA and Narragansett Bay

June 18th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Interviews, Jun-18, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler has spoken to numerous media outlets about the ecology of Narragansett Bay and recent attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency to censor scientists’ presentations.

Pontus Olofsson, Eric Bullock, and Curtis Woodcock lead session on map accuracy and area estimation at Google Earth Engine User Summit in Dublin

June 14th, 2018 in 2018, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Graduate students, Jun-18, News, Pontus Olofsson, Presentations, Researchers

A team of E&E remote sensors recently presented at the Google Earth Engine User Summit in Dublin. Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson, Professor Curtis Woodcock, and PhD candidate Eric Bullock are seeking to rectify classification errors in remote sensing-based maps that may introduce severe bias in mapped areas of land cover and land cover change. The summit is designed for mapping and technology specialists, researchers, and instructors who are actively working on projects or teaching courses related to remote sensing or mapping.

Associate professor Lucy Hutyra will testify for Boston City Council

June 14th, 2018 in 2018, Events, Faculty, Interviews, Jun-18, Lucy Hutyra, Meeting, Presentations, Talks

On Monday, June 18, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra will join the Boston City Council in a special hearing to discuss and assess the amount and quality of tree covering in the city. The hearing comes on the heels of Boston Globe coverage: “While Boston has challenges that some other cities lack, such as densely populated neighborhoods and limited amounts of open space, its tree canopy lags behind most other cities.”

PhD student Claudia Mazur receives Sigma Xi research award

June 14th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Faculty, Graduate students, Grants, Jun-18, News, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

Claudia Mazur, a second-year PhD student and member of the Fulweiler Lab, has won a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid-of-Research award. The GIAR program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society, is the international honor society of science and engineering, founded in 1886.

Read assistant professor Rachael Garrett’s take on necessary tradeoffs in Brazil’s livestock production

June 11th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have just published “Tradeoffs in the Quest for Climate Smart Agricultural Intensification in Mato Grosso, Brazil” in Environmental Research Letters. “We compare the costs and benefits of a typical extensive, continuously grazed cattle system relative to a specialized soybean production system and two improved cattle management strategies (rotational grazing and integrated soybean-cattle) under different climate scenarios. We find that relative to continuously grazed or rotationally grazed cattle systems, the integrated soybean-cattle system showed higher food production and lower GHG emissions per unit of human digestible protein, as well as increased resilience under climate change (both in terms of productivity and financial returns). By underscoring the economic feasibility of improving the performance of cattle systems, and by quantifying the tradeoffs of each option, our results are useful for directing agricultural and climate policy.”

Lecturer Rick Reibstein writes about lead poisoning and democracy

June 11th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has recently penned “Environmental Law—Resuming Progress On Lead Poisoning: A Prime Indicator of Civilization” in the Western New England University Law Review. “The quality of the effort made to prevent lead poisoning is an indicator of whether a society has become civilized,” Reibstein writes. “It is hard to argue with the logic that, at the very least, a society must act to avoid foreseeable harms—particularly to its own members and to itself as a body.” Click to read the full article.

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett co-authors article on global commodity supply chains

June 4th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have published their latest research in World Development. In “Transparency and sustainability in global commodity supply chains,” the team “present a typology to distinguish among types of supply chain information that are needed to support improvements in sustainability governance, and illustrate a number of major shortfalls and systematic biases in existing information systems. We also propose a set of ten propositions that, taken together, serve to expose some of the potential pitfalls and undesirable outcomes that may result from (inevitably) limited or poorly designed transparency systems, while offering guidance on some of the ways in which greater transparency can make a more effective, lasting and positive contribution to sustainability.”

Assistant professor Christoph Nolte publishes on forest acquisition for conservation

June 4th, 2018 in 2018, Christoph Nolte, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications

Assistant professor Christoph Nolte has published “Buying forests for conservation: contours of a global trend” in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. In the article, Professor Nolte notes, “Acquisitions of private forest rights have become a widespread conservation instrument.” He argues, “Improved behavioral models of landowners and conservation organizations might help steer acquisitions towards more efficient and equitable outcomes.”