Category: Lucy Hutyra
At The Conversation US, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra and Postdoctoral Associate Conor Gately advocate for pollution documentation in urban areas. “Over the last decade, our work on urban greenhouse gas emissions has shown that with the right combination of instruments, data and modeling techniques, it is possible to independently quantify carbon dioxide and methane emissions from urban areas.”
On Monday, June 18, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra will join the Boston City Council in a special hearing to discuss and assess the amount and quality of tree covering in the city. The hearing comes on the heels of Boston Globe coverage: “While Boston has challenges that some other cities lack, such as densely populated neighborhoods and limited amounts of open space, its tree canopy lags behind most other cities.”
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- PhD student Luca Morreale has been named a Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow; he will calculate a complete carbon budget for the town of Arlington, Massachusetts, comparing the relative importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts with the carbon offsets provided by public street trees.
- PhD student Sarah Garvey has received a research award from the Initiative on Cities, co-founded by former Mayor Tom Menino to invest in early stage research projects to advance the study of dynamic urban leadership.
- Second-year undergrad Wiley Hundertmark will participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by the National Institute of Standards & Technology through the U.S. Department of Commerce, designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.
- Ian Smith, a 2017 E&E alum and technician in the Hutyra Research Lab, has just published his undergrad thesis in Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. In “Piecing together the fragments: elucidating edge effects on forest carbon dynamics,” Smith explores differences in C dynamics observed across biomes through a trade‐offs framework that considers edge microenvironmental changes and limiting factors to productivity.”
- PhD student Julia Marrs, a co-author on that article, has received a departmental award for outstanding graduate student presentation for “Tracking Primary Productivity with Solar-Induced Fluorescence Data: From Leaf to Tower to Space-Based Retrievals.” Betsy Cowdery, who works with Michael Dietze, also received an award, for “Looking Past Primary Productivity: A Roadmap for Benchmarking System Processes that Drive Ecosystem Level Responses in Models.”
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.
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