Category: Ethan Baxter
This past week, Earth & Environment graduate student Katie Eccles was awarded an Outstanding Mention for 2014 GSA Grant Proposals of Exceptional Merit in Conception and Presentation at the 2014 Annual Geological Society of America Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
The Exceptional Merit awards were given as part of a special ceremony held October 20th that featured Eccles and fellow recipients receiving their awards from GSA President Hap McSween.
The 10 award recipients were chosen from a pool of 401 graduate students who received 2014 GSA Research Grants. Eccles’s grant will explore a new method to date detrital garnets in modern river sediments.
Eccles is an Earth Science PhD student working with Associate Professor Ethan Baxter. Her research focuses on detrital garnet geochronology.
To learn more about Prof. Baxter’s work and his work with Eccles, check out Baxter’s profile page.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Ethan Baxter was in Vancouver, Canada this past week to give a keynote lecture at the National Science Foundation Earthscope Workshop on Geochronology.
The two day workshop was held October 17-18 and featured Professor Baxter’s talk on the innovations in garnet geochronology he and his students have established in the BU TIMS Facility.
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Nora Sullivan will be defending her PhD dissertation this Friday June 27th at 10 am in CAS B36.
Her dissertation is titled “Advances in Sm-Nd geochronology: applications to early earth garnet, hydrothermal carbonate, and high temperature metamorphic systems.”
All are welcome to attend the defense.
Associate Professor Ethan Baxter will be hosting two guest lectures tomorrow, Thursday May 8th, as part of a Special Solid Earth Seminar.
The first lecture will be held at 10:00 am in CAS 141C. It will feature Dr. Lenka Baratoux of the IRD in Toulouse, France. Dr. Baratoux’s talk is titled “Tectono-metamorphic evolution of the West-African granite-greenstone terrains during the Eburnean orogeny (~2.2-2.0 Ga).”
The second lecture will be held at 1:00 pm in CAS 141C. It will feature Prof. David Baratoux of the Université de Toulouse, France. Prof. Baratoux’s talk is titled “The formation and evolution of the Martian crust.”
All are welcome to attend!
Earth & Environment Graduate Student Katie Eccles has been awarded a Geological Society of America Research Grant of $2500.
With this funding, Katie will study detritral garnet geochronology of modern alluvium from the Southern Appalachians as part of her PhD research.
Congratulation to Katie!
Along with other guest editors Mark J. Caddick and Jay J. Ague, Baxter participated in editing Volume 9 number 6, “Garnet: Common Mineral, Uncommonly Useful,” of Elements.
In addition to his role as guest editor, Baxter also published two separate articles in the magazine. Baxter was lead author on the title article, “Garnet: Common Mineral, Uncommonly Useful,” and lead author on “Garnet Geochronology: Timekeeper of Tectonometamorphic Processes.”
To learn more about Associate Professor Baxter’s other publications, see his recent publications.
Below is a list of scheduled talks being held on Friday December 13th 2013 by Department of Earth and Environment Faculty, Researchers, and students at the AGU Fall Meeting.
8:00 am to 10:00 am
at 3008 (Moscone West)
A51I. A51I. Measurements, Modeling, and Evaluation of Emissions VII
- Conor Gately; Lucy Hutyra; Ian Sue Wing. A new gridded on-road CO2 emissions inventory for the United States, 1980-2011. A51I-06. (9:35 – 10:00)
at 3003 (Moscone West)
- Lucy Hutyra; Steve M. Raciti; Allison L. Dunn; Conor Gately; Ian Sue Wing; Curtis Woodcock; Pontus Olofsson; Mark A. Friedl. Impacts of urbanization on the carbon cycle (Invited). GC51E-02. (8:20 – 8:40)
8:00 am to 12:20 pm
at Hall A-C (Moscone South)
B51C. B51C. Ecosystem Structure: Remote Sensing Observations and Modelling of Its Influence on Radiation Regimes and Gas Exchanges II Posters
- Bin Yang; Yuri Knyazikhin; Lei Yan; Yunsheng Zhao; Jiannan Jiao. IMPACT OF FOLIAGE SURFACE PROPERTIES ON VEGETATION REFLECTION AND ABSORPTION. B51C-0285.
- Zhan Li; Alan H. Strahler, Crystal Schaff, et al. Separating Leaves from Trunks and Branches with Dual-Wavelength Terrestrial Lidar Scanning: Improving Canopy Structure Characterization in 3-D Space. B51C-0289.
- Alan H. Strahler; Xiaoyuan Yang; Zhan Li; Crystal Schaaf; et al. Retrieving Leaf Area Index and Foliage Profiles Through Voxelized 3-D Forest Reconstruction Using Terrestrial Full-Waveform and Dual-Wavelength Echidna® Lidars. B51C-0290.
B51G. B51G. Phenology as Both Forcing and Response: Integrating Measurements and Models Across Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems I Posters [SWIRL_CM]
- Toni Viskari; Michael Dietze; Ankur R. Desai. Model-data assimilation of multiple phenological observations to constrain and forecast leaf area. B51G-0381.
S51A. S51A. Seismology Contributions: Signal Processing, Networks and Instrumentation II Posters
- Bruce C. Beaudoin; Kasey Aderhold; Katyliz Anderson; Mary Pfeifer; Tim Parker; Pnina E. Miller; George W. Slad; Angela Reusch. Direct burial and vault emplacement data quality comparison at Dotson Ranch, New Mexico. S51A-2329.
S51C. S51C. Oceanic Strike-Slip Faulting: Transforms to Intraplate I Posters
- Kasey Aderhold; Rachel E. Abercrombie; Michael S. Antolik. Seismic slip of oceanic strike-slip earthquakes. S51C-2388.
V51B. V51B. Garnet: Common Mineral, Uncommonly Useful I Posters (cosponsored by MSA)
- Nora Sullivan; Claire Ostwald; Xu Chu; Ethan F. Baxter; Jay J. Ague; James O. Eckert. High temperature garnet growth in New England: regional temperature-time trends revealed. V51B-2654.
- Kathryn A. Eccles; Ethan F. Baxter; Stephen J. Mojzsis; Horst Marschall; Michael L. Williams; Michael J. Jercinovic. Neoarchean metamorphism recorded in high-precision Sm-Nd isotope systematics of garnets from the Jack Hills (Western Australia). V51B-2655.
10:20 am – 12:20 pm
at 2006 (Moscone West)
B52C. B52C. New Mechanisms, Feedbacks, and Approaches for Improving Predictions of the Global Carbon Cycle in Earth System Models II [SWIRL_CU]
- Adrien Finzi; Allison L. Gill (BIOLOGY). The carbon cost of nutrient uptake: global patterns and use in regional to global scale models of terrestrial productivity. B52C-01. (10:20 – 10:35)
1:40 pm – 3:40 pm
at 2004 (Moscone West)
B53G. B53G. Remote Sensing of Vegetation for Monitoring Ecosystem Functioning III
- Mark A. Friedl; Joshua P. Gray; Eli K. Melaas; Andrew D. Richardson; Amey Bailey; John O’Keefe. Using Time Series of Landsat, MODIS, and Ground Measurements to Characterize and Quantify the Sensitivity of Temperate Forest Phenology to Climate Change (Invited). B53G-01. (1:40 – 1:55)
at 301 (Moscone South)
V53D. V53D. Garnet: Common Mineral, Uncommonly Useful II (cosponsored by MSA)
- Ethan F. Baxter; Erik E. Scherer. The success and complementarity of Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf garnet geochronology. V53D-08. (3:25-3:40)
The final gathering of the 8th Annual Rocks Beneath Our Toes (RoBOT) Program was held Wednesday night.
The brain child of Department of Earth and Environment Professor Ethan Baxter, the RoBOT Program brings together local area high school students and BU undergraduates in an effort to learn more about the geology of the area. The students collect and analyze local rock samples and then display their findings at the end of the semester.
This years program was organized by Prof. Baxter and graduate student and Teaching Fellow Emily Stewart. The first step in the program is the collection of rock samples. This took place back in October when Professor Baxter and 13 of his ES 222 Mineralogy students took 20 Acton-Boxborough Regional High School students out on a rock collecting field trip.
Then, two weeks ago, the students came back together to analyze their findings:
The students used the Department’s polarized light microscopes to get a closer look at their samples.
Then, Dr. Joel Sparks helped the students run the X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) system lab.
The culmination of the program took place Wednesday night as the 20 high school students returned to campus and were given special tours of our lab facilities:
First the students, donning special clean suits, toured our clean lab facilities where Department personnel and students prepare samples for analysis.
Then, Dr. Denise Honn led the students through a tour of the Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) lab.
Finally, Dr. Tom Ireland took the students through a tour of the Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) facilities.
After the tours, the High School students were treated to a presentation of the Mineralogy students’ semester long research on their collected rock samples:
Dean Sapiro joined in as well. Here, her and a student discuss the results of the program.
The final results of the High School students’ and the Mineralogy students’ hard work are now on display in the halls of the Department, on the first floor of the Stone Science Building.
Professor Ethan Baxter gave a talk last Thursday at the University of New Hampshire as part of UNH’s Department of Earth Sciences Brown Bag Seminar. Prof. Baxter’s talk was titled “Linking garnet to water: The Chronology of Dehydration.”
To learn more about Prof. Baxter’s research visit his research website.
This past Saturday, Professor Ethan Baxter led a group of Boston University undergraduates and area high schoolers on a field trip to take samples of local rocks as part of the the Department of Earth and Environment’s “Rocks Beneath Our Toes” (RoBOT) Program.
Twelve of Dr. Baxter’s ES222 Mineralogy students along with 20 Acton-Boxborough high school students explored several sample sites in the Acton-Boxborough community, collecting rock samples for later analysis. The Mineralogy students carried on into the afternoon collecting samples from sites in New Hampshire, the last of which were outcrops on Dean Virginia Sapiro’s property.
Dr. Baxter and his students will use petrographic microscopes to analyze thin sections from the collected samples over the coming weeks; while RoBOT high school participants perform background research on the geography and underlying geology of the sample locations. Later this fall, the students will reunite at BU to discuss their findings and analyze the rock samples. The participants will then display their findings in a poster session.
For more information on the RoBOT program, check out Prof. Baxter’s flyer.
See pictures from the trip: