Category: Faculty

Duncan FitzGerald publishes two new articles

September 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Pub-15, Publications, Sept-15

Duncan FitzGerald

Duncan FitzGerald

Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald has published two new articles.

FitzGerald is coauthor on the article “Insight into the late Holocene sea-level changes in the NW Atlantic from a paraglacial beach-ridge plain south of Newfoundland” published in Geomorphology.

FitzGerland also first authored (and is the sole author on) the article “Geologic controls on tidal inlets” published in Journal of Shore and Beach.

The article from Geomorphology is available online. Click the article title or click here to access it.

To learn more about FitzGerald’s work, check out his profile page or see his recent news and publications.

Nathan Phillips quoted in article on gas leaks in Arlington

August 31st, 2015 in 2015, Aug-15, Faculty, Nathan Phillips, News

Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips

Professor Nathan Phillips was recently quoted in a new article on gas leaks in the town of Arlington, MA. The article, “Arlington riddled with natural gas leaks,” is available online.

To learn more about Professor Phillips’s work, check out his profile page or see his recent publications or news.

Brittain Briber, Lucy Hutyra published in PLOS One

August 25th, 2015 in 2015, Aug-15, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, Pub-15, Publications, Researchers, Undergraduate

Lucy Hutyra

Lucy Hutyra

Brittain Briber

Brittain Briber

Recent PhD graduate Brittain Briber has first authored a new article published in PLOS One titled “Tree Productivity Enhanced with Conversion from Forest to Urban Land Covers.”

The article is coauthored by Dr. Briber’s PhD advisor, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, and several other members of the department including Post-doctoral Associate Andrew Reinmann, PhD candidate in Geography Chris Holden, and former Environmental Science undergraduate Victoria Dearborn (CAS ’15). Former Post-doctoral Associate and current Assistant Professor at Hofstra University Steve Raciti also contributed to the paper.

Chris Holden

Chris Holden

Andrew Reinmann

Andrew Reinmann

To read the paper, click on the title above. To learn more about the work begin done by Professor Hutyra and her team, check out her profile page.

Conor Gately, Lucy Hutyra, and Ian Sue Wing research featured in Scientific American

August 20th, 2015 in 2015, Aug-15, Faculty, Graduate students, Ian Sue Wing, Lucy Hutyra, News

Conor Gately

Conor Gately

Research performed by Earth & Environment Phd candidate Conor Gately, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing has been featured in Scientific American’s “Graphic Science” monthly segment that highlights scientific results with innovative science and graphics.

This month’s segment is titled “Bigger Cities Aren’t Always Greener, Data Show” and showcases Gately, Hutyra, and Sue Wing’s recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Science paper titled Cities, traffic, and CO2: A multidecadal assessment of trends, drivers, and scaling relationships.” 

Ian Sue Wing

Ian Sue Wing

Lucy Hutyra

Lucy Hutyra

Gately is a Phd candidate in Geography; he is advised jointly by Hutyra and Sue Wing.

To learn more about Hutyra’s work, check out her profile page or see her recent news.

To learn more about Sue Wing’s work, check out his profile page or see his recent news.

Rachael Garrett attends workshop in Maryland

August 18th, 2015 in 2015, Aug-15, Faculty, Rachael Garrett, Trips

Rachael Garrett

Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett recently attended a workshop at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center on Teaching Socio-Enivornmental Syntheses with Case Studies.

The workshop focused on the use of socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis in the classroom. The workshop’s website describes Socio-environmetal synthesis as a “problem-solving approach that considers the integrated nature of the environment and human society and combines insights, methods, and data from the natural and social sciences to produce knowledge and inform solutions.”

To learn more about the workshop and its goals, check out the workshop’s website.

To learn more Assistant Professor Garrett, check out her profile page.

Rachael Garrett receives supplement to NSF grant

August 17th, 2015 in 2015, Aug-15, Faculty, Grants, Rachael Garrett

Rachael Garrett

Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett was recently awarded supplemental funding for her grant project titled “Improving agricultural practices for sustainable development.”

The project is funded by the Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems program which is a part of the National Science Foundation’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows program.

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

Prof. Ranga Myneni coauthors three new articles

August 4th, 2015 in 2015, Aug-15, Faculty, Pub-15, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Earth and Environment Prof. Ranga B. Myneni recently coauthored the following journal articles with current- and ex-graduate students and visiting scholars:
  • Xu et al., 2015. Satellite observation of tropical forest seasonality: spatial patterns of carbon exchange in Amazonia. Environ. Res. Lett., 2015 (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084005)
  • Shen et al., 2015. Evaporative cooling over the Tibetan Plateau induced by vegetation growth. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2015 (www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1504418112)
  • Ni et al., 2015. Mapping forest canopy height over continental China using multi-source remote sensing data. Remote Sensing, 2015 (doi: 10.3390/rs70708436)
To read more about Prof. Myneni’s work, check out his web site: http://sites.bu.edu/cliveg

Mike Dietze PEcAn project renewed by NSF

July 13th, 2015 in 2015, Faculty, Grants, July-15, Michael Dietze

Michael Dietze

Michael Dietze

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Mike Dietze‘s Predictive Ecosystem Analyzer or PEcAn project has just received renewed funding from the National Science Foundation.

The PEcAn project is one of the core activities for the Dietze Lab. A full description of the project can be found on its NSF award page or by visiting the Dietze’s Lab Homepage.

To learn more about Prof. Dietze’s work, check out his profile page.

Curtis Woodcock gives presentation at Google

July 1st, 2015 in 2015, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, July-15, Presentations

Curtis Woodcock

Curtis Woodcock

Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock recently gave a presentation on near real-time monitoring at the Google Forest Strategy Meeting.

To learn more about Professor Woodcock’s work, check out his profile page, or see his recent news and publications.

Duncan FitzGerald co-leads field campaign off Louisiana coast

July 1st, 2015 in 2015, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, July-15, Pictures, Trips

Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald and a team of researchers recently undertook a week-long field campaign 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana to the Chandeluer Islands to study the barrier island chain’s response to sea-level rise and hurricane impacts.

The Chandeleur Islands. Photo provided by Duncan FitzGerald. Click photo to enlarge.

The Chandeleur Islands. Photo provided by Duncan FitzGerald. Click photo to enlarge.

Since 2004, numerous Category 3 and higher magnitude hurricanes have severely eroded the islands, segmenting them, and transforming them into a landward migrating barrier arc. Because of this transformation, these islands provide scientists like FitzGerald a natural laboratory to study a possible future scenario of how other barrier coasts of the world, like the East Coast of the United States, might react as they succumb to accelerating sea-level rise.

The Chandeleur Islands. Photo provided by Duncan FitzGerald. Click photo to enlarge.

The Chandeleur Islands. Photo provided by Duncan FitzGerald. Click photo to enlarge.

FitzGerald, who co-led the expedition, and the team gathered sedimentologic and hydrodynamic data to study how the island chain has responded to sea-level rise and to the multiple hurricane impacts. Several more trips are planned to the Chandeleur Islands this year.

This and future expeditions to the Islands are supported by the State of Louisiana and the US Geological Survey. To learn more about FitzGerarld’s work, check out his profile page, or see his recent news and publications.