Category: Faculty

Pontus Olofsson receives research grant from the NASA Carbon Monitoring System program

August 19th, 2016 in Awards, News, Pontus Olofsson, Pub-16

Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a 2016 NASA CMS research grant for his proposal “Tracking Carbon Emissions and Removals by Time Series Analysis of the Land Surface: Prototype Application in Tropical MRV Systems Compliant with IPCC Tier 3.”

Multiple articles by Dan Li recently published

August 18th, 2016 in Dan Li, Faculty, News, Pub-16, Publications

Assistant Professor Dan Li recently published the following articles:

Paper in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, “Revisiting the subgrid-scale Prandtl number for large-eddy simulation

Co-authored paper in Physical Reviews Fluids, “Deviations from unity of the ratio of the turbulent Schmidt to Prandtl numbers in stratified atmospheric flows over water surfaces

Co-authored paper in Environmental Research Letters, “Climate–vegetation control on the diurnal and seasonal variations of surface urban heat islands in China

Co-authored paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, “Contrasting effects of urbanization and agriculture on surface temperature in eastern China


Rachael Garrett speaks on the Jefferson Exchange National Public Radio

August 17th, 2016 in Aug-16, Faculty, News, Rachael Garrett, Talks

On Thursday August 11, Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett spoke on the Jefferson Exchange National Public Radio. The topic was a recent paper published in PNAS by Dr. Garrett and her collaborator Dr. Yann le Polain de Waroux regarding deforestation in the Gran Chaco of South America. The paper examines how differences in deforestation regulations between countries within the Gran Chaco create “deforestation havens” for soy and cattle producers seeking to expand their land area.

You can listen to the interview and read about it here.


Prof. Myneni co-authors article in Nature Climate Change

August 16th, 2016 in August 2016, News, Pub-16, Publications, Ranga Myneni

A research article titled “Human-induced greening of the northern extratropical land surface” was published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change. The paper reports that the observed greening record is consistent with an assumption of anthropogenic forcings, where greenhouse gases play a dominant role, but is not consistent with simulations that include only natural forcings and internal climate variability. The paper can be downloaded from the journal, and a lay man’s description of this work and its significance can be found in a recent news item from the Washington Post.

Prof. Myneni’s web site is:

Professor James Baldwin featured in WalletHub

July 21st, 2016 in James Baldwin, Jul-16, News, Talks

Professor James Baldwin was featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about the most and least energy expensive states here in North America. The article compares a variety of different energy costs throughout the states and is further explained in an interview with professor Baldwin.

You can visit their website and read the article here.

Christine Regalla wins Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award

July 6th, 2016 in 2016, Awards, Christine Regalla, Faculty, Jul-16

Christine Regalla

Christine Regalla

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Christine Regalla has been awarded the Geological Society of America’s 2016 Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award.

From the Geological Society of America: “Christine A. Regalla, Boston University, is recognized for the impact of her Ph.D. research in the geosciences. Regalla’s innovative and comprehensive analysis of upper plate deformation, forearc subsidence, and plate kinematics in northeastern Japan challenges the current paradigm for ‘tectonic erosion’ along convergent margins” (source).

The Doris M. Curtis Award “is made to a woman who has impacted the field of the geosciences in a major way.” Curtis served as GSA’s 103rd and first female President (source).

To learn more about Assistant Professor Regalla’s work, check out her profile page.

Anne Short Gianotti publishes new paper

July 6th, 2016 in 2016, Anne Short, Faculty, Jul-16, Pub-16, Publications

Anne Short Gianotti

Anne Short Gianotti

Earth and Environment Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti and collaborator Patrick Hurley have coauthored a new paper published in Land Use Policy.

The paper “Gathering plants and fungi along the urban-rural gradient: Uncovering differences in the attitudes and practices among urban, suburban, and rural landowners” can be accessed here.

To learn more about Assistant Professor Short Gianotti’s work, check out her profile page here.

Ducan FitzGerald, Bruce Anderson, Zoe Hughes participate in Boston Research Advisory Group and have their finding featured in Boston Globe

June 27th, 2016 in 2016, Bruce Anderson, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Joining Team/Committee, Jun-16, News, Pub-16, Publications, Researchers

Duncan FitzGerald

Duncan FitzGerald

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

Earth & Environment Professors Duncan FitzGerald and Bruce Anderson and E&E postdoctoral associate Zoe Hughes took part in the writing of a report title Climate Ready Boston that was featured in a news article in the Boston Globe.

The report is the product of work done by the Boston Research Advisory Group that was established in 2015 to develop a consensus on the possible climate changes and sea-level rise that the city of Boston will face during the next century. Anderson, FitzGerald, and Hughes are all part of the advisory group team.

Zoe Hughes

Zoe Hughes

The Boston Globe article “Climate change could be even worse for Boston than previously thought” can be read here.

The full Climate Ready Boston report can be downloaded and read by clicking on this link.

William Nardin, Curtis Woodcock, Sergio Fagherazzi publish two new papers

June 23rd, 2016 in 2016, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Jun-16, Pub-16, Publications, Researchers, Sergio Fagherazzi

William Nardin

William Nardin

Sergio Fagherazzi

Sergio Fagherazzi

Earth & Environment postdoctoral associate William Nardin and Professors Curtis Woodcock and Sergio Fagherazzi have published two new papers.

The paper “Bottom sediment affect Sonneratia mangrove forests in the prograding Mekong delta, Vietnam” was published in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science and can be read here.

The paper “Dynamics of a fringe mangrove forest detected by Landsat images in the Mekong river delta, Vietnam” was published in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms and can be read here.

Curtis Woodcock

Curtis Woodcock

Nardin is first author on both publications; he is a postdoctoral associate working primarily with Professor Fagherazzi. To learn more about Professor Fagherazzi’s work, check out his profile page.

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

Prof. Ranga B. Myneni Publishes a Paper

June 22nd, 2016 in Faculty, Jun-16, Pub-16, Publications, Ranga Myneni

A paper titled “Satellite-observed changes in terrestrial vegetation growth trends across the Asia-Pacific region associated with land cover and climate from 1982 to 2011″ was recently published in the International Journal of Digital Earth by Chen et al. Prof. Ranga B. Myneni is a coauthor of this paper.

Prof. Myneni’s web site is