Category: Michael Dietze
Associate Professor Michael Dietze and former EE postdoc Chritine Rollinson co-author article in Global Change Biology
Associate Professor Michael Dietze and former Earth & Environment Postdoctoral Associate Christine Rollinson have co-authored “Emergent climate and CO2 sensitivities of net primary productivity in ecosystem models do not agree with empirical data in temperate forests of eastern North America” in Global Change Biology. “Ecosystem models show divergent responses of the terrestrial carbon cycle to global change over the next century,” they and their colleagues write. “Individual model evaluation and multi-model comparisons with data have largely focused on individual processes at sub-annual to decadal scales.”
Associate Professor Michael Dietze has co-authored “BETYdb: a yield, trait, and ecosystem service database applied to second-generation bioenergy feedstock production” in the journal GCB Bioenergy. “Increasing demand for sustainable energy has led to research and development on the cultivation of diverse plant species for biomass production,” write Dr. Dietze and his colleagues. “To support the research and development required to domesticate and cultivate crops for bioenergy, we developed the Biofuel Ecophysiological Traits and Yields database (BETYdb).” Additional information about the work can be found at EurekAlert!.
Ecological Forecasting, the new book by Associate Professor Michael Dietze, is now available for pre-order.
Ecologists are being asked to respond to unprecedented environmental challenges. How can they provide the best available scientific information about what will happen in the future? Ecological Forecasting is the first book to bring together the concepts and tools needed to make ecology a more predictive science.
Ecological Forecasting presents a new way of doing ecology. A closer connection between data and models can help us to project our current understanding of ecological processes into new places and times. This accessible and comprehensive book covers a wealth of topics, including Bayesian calibration and the complexities of real-world data; uncertainty quantification, partitioning, propagation, and analysis; feedbacks from models to measurements; state-space models and data fusion; iterative forecasting and the forecast cycle; and decision support.
- Features case studies that highlight the advances and opportunities in forecasting across a range of ecological subdisciplines, such as epidemiology, fisheries, endangered species, biodiversity, and the carbon cycle
- Presents a probabilistic approach to prediction and iteratively updating forecasts based on new data
- Describes statistical and informatics tools for bringing models and data together, with emphasis on:
- Quantifying and partitioning uncertainties
- Dealing with the complexities of real-world data
- Feedbacks to identifying data needs, improving models, and decision support
- Numerous hands-on activities in R available online
“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 Michael Dietze has co-authored “A roadmap for improving the representation of photosynthesis in Earth system models” in the journal New Phytologist. Dr. Dietze and his colleagues provide a roadmap for new science needed to improve the representation of photosynthesis in the next generation of terrestrial biosphere and Earth system models. Former Earth & Environment postdoctoral fellow Shawn Serbin was also a co-author.
Dr. Dietze’s latest research, “Novel and lost forests in the upper Midwestern United States, from new estimates of settlement-era composition, stem density, and biomass,” will appear in the forthcoming issue of PLOS ONE, co-authored by former Earth & Environment postdoctoral fellow Jaclyn Hattala Matthes.
Associate Professor Michael Dietze and his colleagues at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been awarded a five-year, $2.45 million grant by the federal Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, an initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. The goal is to protect personnel on Southeastern military installations from tickborne diseases. The research team will determine the effects of invasive plants, fire, and host animal density on tick populations, and assess how these factors could influence such disease risk under future climate conditions.
The paper, “Quantifying the influences of spectral resolution on uncertainty in leaf trait estimates through a Bayesian approach to RTM inversion,” is first authored by Shiklomanov and coauthored by Associate Professor Michael Dietze and former Earth & Environment postdoc Toni Viskari.
The paper can be accessed at this link.
Shiklomanov is advised by Prof. Michael Dietze. To learn more about their work, check out Prof. Dietze’s lab page.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Michael Dietze will be at the Burren bar this coming Monday June 13th at 6:30 pm to give a brief talk on “Fires, Invasives and Ticks, Oh My! Forecasting Ecology in a Changing World” as part of the Science by the Pint series sponsored by Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
The Burren is located in Davis Square in Somerville at 247 Elm St. All members of the public are welcome to attend the event and meet and hear Prof. Dietze’s talk.
Three Earth & Environment PhD candidates are among the winners of this year’s NASA Earth and Space Science (NESSF) Fellowship Program:
Eric Bullock was awarded the NESSF for his project titled “Improved Activity Data for Carbon Emissions from Forest Degradation Through Multi- Sensor Time Series Analysis in Southeast Asia.” Bullock is advised by Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock.
Taejin Park was awarded his fellowship for his project titled “Investigation on Changing Photosynthetically Active Growing Season and Gross Productivity of Northern Boreal/Arctic Vegetation Using EOS MODIS and Suomi VIIRS Data in Conjunction with Ground Observations.” Park is advised by E&E Professor Ranga Myneni.
More information about the NESSF program can be found here.