Category: Lucy Hutyra

Associate professor Lucy Hutyra will testify for Boston City Council

June 14th, 2018 in 2018, Events, Faculty, Interviews, Jun-18, Lucy Hutyra, Meeting, Presentations, Talks

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.”

Fellowships galore in the Hutyra Research Lab

May 2nd, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Awards, Faculty, Former Students, Graduate students, Grants, Lucy Hutyra, May-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Staff, Undergraduate

Multiple students and a recent alum have received fellowships based on their work in the Hutyra Research Lab, under associate professor Lucy Hutyra‘s guidance.

  • 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 commits to net zero by 2040

December 8th, 2017 in 2017, Anthony Janetos, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News, Robert Kaufmann

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

December 20th, 2016 in 2016, Alumni, Dec-16, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, News, Pub-16, Publications, Researchers, Robert Kaufmann, Suchi Gopal

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.

A Note from Dean Cudd: Tackling the Global Challenge of Climate Change

December 6th, 2016 in 2016, Anne Short, Anthony Janetos, Dec-16, Faculty, Ian Sue Wing, Lucy Hutyra, Michael Dietze, Nathan Phillips, News

“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.

Dr. Lucy Hutyra and Andrew Trlica join urban earth science discussion

November 28th, 2016 in Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, News, Nov-16, Presentations

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 attends Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium

November 4th, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Meeting, News, Nov-16, Trips

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.

Professor Anthony Janetos to chair University’s Climate Action Plan Task Force

November 1st, 2016 in 2016, Anthony Janetos, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News, Oct-16, Robert Kaufmann

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.

Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, Jon Wang, Andrew Held featured in news article

September 10th, 2015 in 2015, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News, Sept-15, Undergraduate

Lucy Hutyra

Lucy Hutyra

Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips

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.

Wang, Jon

Jon Wang

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.

Lucy Hutyra coauthors new paper in Nature

September 8th, 2015 in 2015, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Pub-15, Publications, Sept-15

Lucy Hutyra

Lucy Hutyra

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra has coauthored a new paper published in Nature: News & Comments.

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.

To learn more about Prof. Hutyra’s work, check out her profile page, or see her recent news and publications.