Student Katelyn Tarrio presents to MA Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee
On March 23 BU undergraduate student Katelyn Tarrio presented to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee. There were approximately 50 officials and professionals in attendance, and the presentation was taped and live-streamed to other agencies and officials involved in waste site cleanup. Tarrio has produced maps of contaminated sites vulnerable to increased flooding due to climate change. DEP’s Thomas Potter asked for the presentation so that waste site cleanup professionals will take this risk into consideration. Tarrio’s work is one of the first efforts to use new FEMA flood maps to target the most at-risk sites. Her presentation was extremely well received. The work was produced as part of Rick Reibstein‘s Directed Study course “Research for Environmental Agencies,” and the original work is at www.bu.edu/rccp. Antonio Chidiac assisted with the project.
“To protect personnel on Southeastern military installations from tickborne diseases, a federal program has awarded a five-year, $2.45 million grant to a team of researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and other institutions.” That includes BU and Associate Professor Michael Dietze.
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BU’s Digital Learning & Innovation recently put together a video and news item on the successful transition of GE 310 (Climate and the Environment) from a traditional lecture-style class to a flipped classroom model. Click to read the full story. Following from this success, Prof. Anderson plans to host a 1-hour discussion and tutorial on what he learned from the experience. Details on the time/date will be provided once they are finalized.
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PhD student Angela Rigden, who studies hydrology with Professor Guido Salvucci, gave a recent interview to Fluxnet, a global network of eddy covariance sites. “From the late 1990s to 2014, we found a relatively spatially uniform decline in summertime [evapotranspiration] across the US,” Rigden said of her recent studies. “Our results suggest that this decline is primarily due to declines in surface conductance.” Click to read the full interview.
Angela and Professor Salvucci published related research in Global Change Biology.
Professor Bruce Anderson spoke with WTBU Radio on February 28 about Boston’s recent record-breaking temperatures in the context of global climate change.
This wide-ranging interview touched upon the recent spate of unusually warm weather here in Boston, the excessive number of record-breaking temperatures being experienced around the nation and globe, the global communities contribution to the increasing frequency of these extremes, and what we can do to prevent similar extremes from becoming a regular occurrence, now and for the next 5000 years.
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Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues from the University of Victoria and Western Washington University have published a paper entitled “Quaternary rupture of a crustal fault beneath Victoria, British Columbia, Canada,” featured on the cover of GSA Today. The article highlights geomorphic and geologic evidence for multiple paleo earthquakes in the past 15,000 yrs along the Leech River fault. The fault passes near population centers and infrastructure near Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.
Congratulations to Sergio Fagherazzi on his promotion to Full Professor!
Assistant Professor Christoph Nolte has co-authored “Decentralized Land Use Zoning Reduces Large-scale Deforestation in a Major Agricultural Frontier” in Ecological Economics. “Political economic theory and evidence suggests that national governments are more likely than subnational governments in agricultural frontiers to adopt restrictive forest conservation policies, due to differences in political constituencies and capacity,” Dr. Nolte and his colleagues write. “We examine the validity of this claim using an impact study of provincial-level land use planning in Argentina’s main deforestation frontier, the Dry Chaco.”
A paper entitled “Greening of the Earth and its Drivers” published in the journal Nature Climate Change in April 2016 has made it into the top 10 climate change articles of 2016. The first author Zaichun Zhu was a Visiting Scholar in Prof. Myneni’s research group. Details can be found here, and the full article can be found here.
Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler has been invited to open a special issue of the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, devoted to the work and impact of G. E. Hutchinson. “His career spanned numerous disciplines from community and historical ecology to taxonomy and geology,” Dr. Fulweiler writes. “He transformed the fields of ecology, biogeochemistry, and limnology.” Read the article here.