Category: Lucy Hutyra
BU trustees have approved an aggressive climate action plan that aims to reduce direct emissions to zero on BU’s campuses by 2040, make buildings more energy-efficient and resilient to flooding, and shifts away from fossil fuels to wind and solar sources. The recommendations were made by the BU Climate Action Task Force, chaired by Earth & Environment Professor Anthony Janetos, joined by EAP major Bridget Baker, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Robert Kaufmann, Professor Nathan Phillips, and Adjunct Assistant Professor/Director of Sustainability Dennis Carlberg. Click to read the full announcement.
Earth & Environment faculty and students publish in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Professors Sucharita Gopal and Robert Kaufmann have published their latest research, which shows local cooling and warming in the United States and captures two aspects of experiential learning that influence how the public perceives a change in climate: recency weighting and an emphasis on extreme events. PhD student Xiaojing Tang and Earth & Environment alum Michelle Gilmore co-authored, along with Jacqueline Liederman of BU’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. Click to read the full article. Further coverage of the research can be found at Eureka Alert and Science Daily.
Also in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra and post-doctoral associate Andrew Reinmann co-authored “Edge effects enhance carbon uptake and its vulnerability to climate change in temperate broadleaf forests” about forest carbon dynamics and their response to climate. Click to read the full article.
“There is no doubt among the world’s scientists (including BU’s) that anthropogenic climate change is underway,” Ann E. Cudd, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, recently wrote to the university community, “which if it continues at the current rate will radically alter the shape of the world’s landmass and the nature of its ecosystems”
Click here to Dean Cudd’s full note, including her description of work done by Earth & Environment faculty members.
Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra and PhD candidate Andrew Trlica will join other members of the sciences faculty to discuss “Urban Earth Science: Understanding the Potential Growing Field.” The panel will meet Wednesday, November 30, 12:00-1:30pm, at The Initiative on Cities, 75 Bay State Road. For more information and to register, visit the Boston University Initiative on Cities.
Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra is in Irvine, California, this week, attending the 28th annual Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia bring together outstanding young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines.
BU President Robert A. Brown has selected Anthony Janetos, Earth & Environment Professor and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, to chair BU’s Climate Action Plan Task Force. Joining Dr. Janetos on the task force are Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Robert Kaufmann, and Professor Nathan Phillips.
The task force is charged with developing a plan to include not only operational measures to reduce the University’s greenhouse gas emissions and energy use but also methods for incorporating research and educational components in line with the University’s mission and strategic plan.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Nathan Phillips, PhD candidate Jon Wang, and ESO President and Senior Environmental Analysis & Policy major Andrew Held have been featured in a new article published in The Daily Free Press.
The article, “Tree density study draws attention to limitations of human knowledge, concern,” focuses on a new study published that estimates the total number of trees on the planet.
To read the article, click here.
To learn more about the work of Professor Hutyra, check out her profile page.
To learn more about the work of Professor Phillips, check out his profile page.
The paper, “Climate change: Track urban emissions on a human scale,” is available now online and focuses on the fact that “cities need to understand and manage their carbon footprint at the level of streets, buildings and communities.”
To read the entire paper, click here.
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.
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.
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.”
Gately is a Phd candidate in Geography; he is advised jointly by Hutyra and Sue Wing.