Category: Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips authors piece featured on The Conversation

January 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Faculty, Jan-15, Nathan Phillips, News, Pub-15, Publications

Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips

Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips has written an article featured on the online new source, The Conversation.

Phillips’ piece”Will Obama’s ‘fugitive methane’ plan reduce or increase our dependence on natural gas?” focuses on “President Obama’s proposal to reduce leaks of methane gas from oil and gas drilling” and highlights how the language of the plan suggests a long term reliance on natural gas, “whose by-product of combustion, carbon dioxide, is the planet’s largest agent of climate change.” Phillips then discusses the ramifications of such a long term reliance and offers alternative solutions to how natural gas should be treated in the coming years.

To read the full article, click on the title above of click here.

To learn more about Phillips’ work, check out his profile page.

Nathan Phillips quoted in NPR article on gas leaks

December 17th, 2014 in 2014, Dec-14, Faculty, Nathan Phillips, News

Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips

Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips has been quoted in a recent NPR article discussing how “Leaking city gas pipes pose climate hazard.”

The article, released yesterday December 16th, 2014, discusses Philadelphia’s aging infrastructure and its resulting natural gas leaks. The article highlights Phillips’s ongoing research to map out natural gas leaks in cities, research that has been featured in a variety of news outlets over the past three years.

To read the article, click here or on the article name above.

To learn more about Phillips’s work, check out his profile page.

Initiative on Cities Conference to feature three Earth & Environment Professors

November 10th, 2014 in 2014, Anthony Janetos, Events, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, Nov-14

Tony Janetos

Tony Janetos

The Boston University Initiative on Cities‘s and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future‘s conference “Sea Level Rise & the Future of Coastal Cities” will feature Earth & Environment Professor Tony Janetos, Professor Nathan Phillips, and Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra.

The conference, held this Thursday and Friday Nov 13-14, will take place in the Metcalf Trustee Center Ballroom and features an extensive agenda on topics related to sea level rise, climate change, and the urban environment.

Professor and Director of the Pardee Center Tony Janetos is organizing the event and will also deliver the keynote address of Friday morning at 9:15 am.

Following Prof. Janetos’s keynote, a panel of scientists will discuss “The Science of Sea Level Rise and Climate Change” which Prof. Nathan Phillips will moderate.

Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips

Lucy Hutyra

Lucy Hutyra

Later in the day Prof. Lucy Hutyra will moderate a panel titled “Innovative Partnerships, Share Missions” that will feature “a multi-discipline panel…discuss[ing] how research institutions, and particularly universities, can collaborate with outside partners such as federal, state and local governments to identify the most fertile technologies and strategies for combating sea level rise and shifting coast lines” (“Agenda“).

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited; visit the conference’s website to register.

Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips featured in Boston Globe article

November 10th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News, Nov-14

Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips

Lucy Hutyra

Lucy Hutyra

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and Professor Nathan Phillips have been featured in a new article out in the Boston Globe.

The article, “The city is an ecosystem, pipes and all,” features research performed by Hutyra and Phillips on the urban ecosystem. The article highlights Prof. Hutyra’s research on the convergence of natural and man-made ecosystems in the urban environment, and it discusses Prof. Phillips’s research on urban natural gas leaks.

In addition to the work of Hutyra and Phillips, the article also highlights work done by Hutyra with Biology Professor Pam Templer.

To read the article, click here.

To learn more about the work of Prof. Hutyra, check out her profile page.

To learn more about the work of Prof. Phillips, check out his profile page.

Margaret Hendrick awarded EPA grant for Environmental Research Project

October 29th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Grants, Nathan Phillips, Oct-14

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Margaret Hendrick is one of “Seven Massachusetts graduate students award EPA grants for Environmental Research Projects,” the Environmental Protection Agency announced today via press release.

Margaret Hendrick

Margaret Hendrick

Hendrick’s now funded grant project will focus on the “Impact of fugitive methane emissions on ecosystem services across a gradient of shale gas extraction to natural gas distribution.”

In total, three Boston University graduate students were among the seven to receive funding from the EPA.

To read the full press release by the EPA, click here.

Hendrick is a PhD candidate in Geography studying global change and urban ecology. She is advised by Professor Nathan Phillips.


Boston Globe Quotes Professor Nathan Phillips on City Gas Leaks

July 17th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, July-14, Nathan Phillips, News, Uncategorized

A Boston Globe article this week, “Google Earth captures city’s leaky gas pipelines,” highlights leaky gas pipes around the city and the technology that is making environmental information more public.

The article can be read here.

The article quotes professor Nathan Phillips of the Department of Earth and Environment, and references his 2012 study on the subject, which he completed with his students.

A CBS Boston news article on professor Nathan Phillips’ work in 2013 can be read here.

Earth & Environment research featured in latest edition of Science Magazine

June 30th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, June-14, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News

Already featured in multiple local, regional, and national news sources, Earth & Environment research on natural gas leaks in Boston has once again been featured on a national stage. This time, the research has been featured in the article “Hunting a climate fugitive” in the latest edition of Science Magazine.

The research in question is the collaborative product of work performed by Professor Nathan Phillips and several others including Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and former Earth & Environment undergraduate Max Brondfield.

The Boston based research project culminated in the publication of “Mapping urban pipeline leaks: Methane leaks across Boston” in Environmental Pollution in February of 2013. The article was first authored by Professor Phillips. Phillips later extended the project to Washington, DC which resulted in the publication of “Natural gas pipeline leaks across Washington, DC” published in Environmental Science & Technology this year.

Also involved in the project was Senior Post-doctoral Associate Steve Raciti. The funding for the Boston based projects came from an EDF grant (Principal Investigator Nathan Phillips and Co-Principal Investigator Lucy Hutyra) and a NASA IDS grant (Principal Investigator Professor Mark Friedl, Co-Principal Investigator Lucy Hutyra, and Co-Principal Investigator Professor Curtis Woodcock).

To see more publications by Professor Phillips and Assistant Professor Hutyra, visit the publication section of our website.


Ph.D. Student Margaret Hendrick awarded 2013 EPA STAR Fellowship

May 28th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Faculty, Graduate students, May-14, Nathan Phillips

Current Ph.D. student Margaret Hendrick has recently been awarded the 2013 EPA STAR fellowship.

Hendrick is advised by Professor Nathan Phillips. Her interests include global change, urban ecology, and fugitive methane emissions.

The EPA STAR Fellowship is a highly competitive research fellowship awarded to applicants whose research fields are environmentally related.

Congratulations to Margaret on her new fellowship!


Nathan Phillip’s expands gas leak testing into DC; work featured in new scientific article, news story

January 17th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, January-14, Nathan Phillips, News, Publications

Department of Earth and Environment Professor Nathan Phillips‘s work on exposing natural gas leaks has expanded into DC.

A new article out in Environmental Science & Technology titled “Natural Gas Pipepline Leaks Across Washington, DC” highlights the ”5893 natural gas leaks” Phillips and a team of researchers, led by Robert Jackson of Duke University, discovered this past January in Washington DC.

The problems with DC’s infrastructure revealed by the study have also garnered the attention of mainstream media. The Washington Post featured the team’s findings in a recent article by Lenny Bernstein.

Phillips’s work in DC is an expansion on his previous work done collecting data on gas leaks in Boston that has been featured on BUToday as well as in scientificnational, and local media.



E&E work on gas leaks featured on local CBS Affiliate

November 25th, 2013 in 2013, Faculty, Graduate students, Nathan Phillips, News, November-13

The Boston gas leak issue first publicized by Department of Earth and Environment Professor Nathan Phillips continues to gain traction in media.

This time, Prof. Phillips and Graduate Students Margaret Hendrick and Bahareh Sanaie were featured on local CBS affiliate WBZ.

This past Sunday, Hendrick and Sanaie went on what Sanaie referred to as a “gas leaks safari” in Jamaica Plains. With CBS reporter and camera in tow, Hendrick and Sanaie, along with Bob Ackley of Gas Safety Inc., traveled around Jamacia Plains collecting data on the severity of gas leaks in the area, expanding on the work Prof. Phillips began over a year ago.

Their work was featured in a short television segment on CBS and in a news article posted online.

To view the article and the television segment, click here.