Category: Faculty

Assistant professor Christoph Nolte publishes in Ecological Economics

March 20th, 2018 in 2018, Christoph Nolte, Faculty, Mar-18, News, Pub-18, Publications

Assistant professor Christoph Nolte has published his latest research in Ecological Economics. In “Challenges in Attributing Avoided Deforestation to Policies and Actors: Lessons From Provincial Forest Zoning in the Argentine Dry Chaco,” Professor Nolte and his colleagues argue that “provincial zoning plans had significantly reduced deforestation in three provinces [while] critics suggest it had not. In attempting to resolve this debate, we identify six areas in which shared understanding can support more productive interaction,” including advances in methods for casual inference and transparency in standards. Click here to read the full article.

Professors Regalla and Thompson’s ES 107 Climate & Earth Systems Science highlighted in BU Today

March 14th, 2018 in 2018, Christine Regalla, Diane Thompson, Faculty, Interviews, Mar-18, News

ES Climate & Earth Systems Science, the Department of Earth & Environment’s introductory-level course taught by assistant professors Christine Regalla and Diane Thompson, was recently highlighted by BU Today. The article describes how courses have been adapted for the BU Hub, the new general education curriculum debuting this fall.

“Interactions and feedbacks of the solid earth, atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere” drive effects on everyday living, Regalla says, including “weather patterns and storms; hazards like flooding, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanoes, erosion, and changes to beaches and coastal areas; and the presence of natural resources.…Understanding how earth’s climate evolves in response to natural and man-made processes requires an understanding of these earth system processes” over decades, and millions of years. Click here to read the full article.

Center for Remote Sensing’s Farouk El-Baz to receive honorary PhD from Egypt’s Ain Shams University

March 5th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Faculty, Farouk El-Baz, Mar-18, News

Congratulations to Farouk El-Baz, the founding director of BU’s Center for Remote Sensing, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. El-Baz received his BS in Chemistry and Geology from Ain Shams in 1958, and he returns there this spring to address the university’s graduates on “The role of universities in societal development.”

Dr. El-Baz is a member of the United States National Committee for Geological Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the new Alexandria Library, the Arab Science and Technology Foundation, the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, the Egyptian-American Affairs Council, the Moroccan-American Council, the World Affairs Council of Boston, as well as the editorial boards of several international professional journals. He is a member of many national and international professional societies and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Astronomical Society (London), and the Explorers Club (New York).

Adjunct assistant professor John Fegyveresi publishes in Cryosphere

March 5th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Mar-18, News, Pub-18, Publications

Adjunct assistant professor John Fegyveresi and colleagues have published “Surface formation, preservation, and history of low-porosity crusts at the WAIS Divide site, West Antarctica” in The Cryosphere. “Observations at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide site show that near-surface snow is strongly altered by weather-related processes such as strong winds and temperature fluctuations, producing features that are recognizable in the deep ice core,” Fegyveresi and his co-authors write. “Time variations in crust occurrence in the core may provide paleoclimatic information, although additional studies are required. Discontinuity and cracking of crusts likely explain why crusts do not produce significant anomalies in other paleoclimatic records.”

Duncan FitzGerald and Zoe Hughes receive new NSF RAPID grant

February 26th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Feb-18, Grants, News, Researchers, Zoe Hughes

Professor Duncan FitzGerald and Research Assistant Professor Zoe Hughes have received a Rapid Response Research Grant from the National Science Foundation. RAPID funding is used in cases of severe urgency with regard to availability of data, including quick-response research on natural disasters. Professors FitzGerald and Hughes will use the funding to study extreme sedimentation caused by January’s bomb cyclone.

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett featured in new profile

February 16th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Feb-18, News, Rachael Garrett, Trips

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett and her research have been featured in a new profile by BU Research. Reflecting on her work in Brazil’s tropical savannah, Garrett notes, “Most people start with a hypothesis that’s very clear, black and white, and an experiment is supposed to answer that hypothesis. But what happens when the answers aren’t black and white? They never are. It’s messy, but I like messy.” Click to read the full article, “Farmers & Forests.”

Associate professor Michael Dietze wins Hariri Incubation Award

February 9th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Faculty, Feb-18, Michael Dietze, News

Associate professor Michael Dietze and Abraham Matta of the Hariri Institute for Computing have received a Hariri Research Incubation Award for their project “A Scalable and Secure Cyberinfrastructure for the Repeatability of Ecological Research.”

Professor Cutler Cleveland joined Greenovate Boston discussion

February 9th, 2018 in 2018, Cutler Cleveland, Events, Faculty, Feb-18, News, Presentations

Professor Cutler Cleveland joined a discussed with Greenovate City of Boston entitled “Let’s Talk Carbon Neutrality.” The conversation with the Carbon Free Boston project team addressed the attempt to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions. Greenovate is working with BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, the Green Ribbon Commission, and other collaborators to review the costs and benefits of policies and technologies that will help Boston become carbon neutral by 2050.


Suchi Gopal and Jamie Baldwin join Research on Tap

February 9th, 2018 in 2018, Events, Faculty, Feb-18, James Baldwin, Meeting, News, Suchi Gopal

Professor Suchi Gopal and lecturer Jamie Baldwin will be joined by Josh Pitts (Biology), Kevin Gallagher and Zhongshu Li (both of the Global Development Policy Center) for the next installment of Research on Tap: Meet Greet and Learn.

Mapping Global Patterns of Energy Investments

Monday, February 12, 2018, 4:00PM-6:00PM

Trustee Ballroom, Boston University,

1 Silber Way

Boston, MA 02215

Assistant professors Christoph Nolte and Rachael Garrett co-author in Nature

February 1st, 2018 in 2018, Christoph Nolte, Faculty, Feb-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant professors Christoph Nolte and Rachael Garrett have co-authored “The role of supply-chain initiatives in reducing deforestation” in Nature Climate Change. “We review current supply-chain initiatives, their effectiveness, and the challenges they face, and go on to identify knowledge gaps for complementary public–private policies,” they write. “We find zero-deforestation policies by companies may be insufficient to achieve broader impact on their own due to leakage, lack of transparency and traceability, selective adoption and smallholder marginalization. Public-private policy mixes are needed to increase the effectiveness of supply-chain initiatives that aim to reduce deforestation.”