Category: Faculty

Adjunct assistant professor John Fegyveresi publishes in Cryosphere

March 5th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Mar-18, News, Pub-18, Publications

Adjunct assistant professor John Fegyveresi and colleagues have published “Surface formation, preservation, and history of low-porosity crusts at the WAIS Divide site, West Antarctica” in The Cryosphere. “Observations at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide site show that near-surface snow is strongly altered by weather-related processes such as strong winds and temperature fluctuations, producing features that are recognizable in the deep ice core,” Fegyveresi and his co-authors write. “Time variations in crust occurrence in the core may provide paleoclimatic information, although additional studies are required. Discontinuity and cracking of crusts likely explain why crusts do not produce significant anomalies in other paleoclimatic records.”

Duncan FitzGerald and Zoe Hughes receive new NSF RAPID grant

February 26th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Feb-18, Grants, News, Researchers, Zoe Hughes

Professor Duncan FitzGerald and Research Assistant Professor Zoe Hughes have received a Rapid Response Research Grant from the National Science Foundation. RAPID funding is used in cases of severe urgency with regard to availability of data, including quick-response research on natural disasters. Professors FitzGerald and Hughes will use the funding to study extreme sedimentation caused by January’s bomb cyclone.

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett featured in new profile

February 16th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Feb-18, News, Rachael Garrett, Trips

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett and her research have been featured in a new profile by BU Research. Reflecting on her work in Brazil’s tropical savannah, Garrett notes, “Most people start with a hypothesis that’s very clear, black and white, and an experiment is supposed to answer that hypothesis. But what happens when the answers aren’t black and white? They never are. It’s messy, but I like messy.” Click to read the full article, “Farmers & Forests.”

Associate professor Michael Dietze wins Hariri Incubation Award

February 9th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Faculty, Feb-18, Michael Dietze, News

Associate professor Michael Dietze and Abraham Matta of the Hariri Institute for Computing have received a Hariri Research Incubation Award for their project “A Scalable and Secure Cyberinfrastructure for the Repeatability of Ecological Research.”

Professor Cutler Cleveland joined Greenovate Boston discussion

February 9th, 2018 in 2018, Cutler Cleveland, Events, Faculty, Feb-18, News, Presentations

Professor Cutler Cleveland joined a discussed with Greenovate City of Boston entitled “Let’s Talk Carbon Neutrality.” The conversation with the Carbon Free Boston project team addressed the attempt to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions. Greenovate is working with BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, the Green Ribbon Commission, and other collaborators to review the costs and benefits of policies and technologies that will help Boston become carbon neutral by 2050.


Suchi Gopal and Jamie Baldwin join Research on Tap

February 9th, 2018 in 2018, Events, Faculty, Feb-18, James Baldwin, Meeting, News, Suchi Gopal

Professor Suchi Gopal and lecturer Jamie Baldwin will be joined by Josh Pitts (Biology), Kevin Gallagher and Zhongshu Li (both of the Global Development Policy Center) for the next installment of Research on Tap: Meet Greet and Learn.

Mapping Global Patterns of Energy Investments

Monday, February 12, 2018, 4:00PM-6:00PM

Trustee Ballroom, Boston University,

1 Silber Way

Boston, MA 02215

Assistant professors Christoph Nolte and Rachael Garrett co-author in Nature

February 1st, 2018 in 2018, Christoph Nolte, Faculty, Feb-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant professors Christoph Nolte and Rachael Garrett have co-authored “The role of supply-chain initiatives in reducing deforestation” in Nature Climate Change. “We review current supply-chain initiatives, their effectiveness, and the challenges they face, and go on to identify knowledge gaps for complementary public–private policies,” they write. “We find zero-deforestation policies by companies may be insufficient to achieve broader impact on their own due to leakage, lack of transparency and traceability, selective adoption and smallholder marginalization. Public-private policy mixes are needed to increase the effectiveness of supply-chain initiatives that aim to reduce deforestation.”

Associate professor Michael Dietze publishes on ecological forecasting in PNAS

January 31st, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jan-18, Michael Dietze, News, Pub-18, Publications

Associate Professor Michael C. Dietze and his colleagues have just published “Iterative near-term ecological forecasting: Needs, opportunities, and challenges” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS). “Near-term forecasts provide the opportunity to iteratively cycle between performing analyses and updating predictions in light of new evidence,” Dietze and his co-authors argue. “This iterative process of gaining feedback, building experience, and correcting models and methods is critical for improving forecasts.”

PhD student Chi Chen and Prof. Myneni coauthor paper in Nature Sustainability

January 26th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Graduate students, Jan-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Ranga Myneni

A paper coauthored by PhD student Chi Chen and Professor Ranga Myneni entitled “Increased vegetation growth and carbon stock in China karst via ecological engineering” was recently published in the inaugural issue of Nature Sustainability.

The paper describes the use of MODIS LAI data and show a widespread increase in leaf area index (a proxy for green vegetation cover), and aboveground biomass carbon. In spite of drought conditions, aboveground biomass carbon increased by 9% (+0.05 Pg C y−1), mainly in areas of high conservation effort. The authors conclude that large scale conservation projects can contribute to a greening Earth with positive effects on carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change. The paper can be downloaded from

A News & Views item describing the article to the general public appeared in Nature.

For more information about Prof. Myneni’s works, please visit

Don’t miss the Natural Gas Infrastructure & Public Health webcast!

January 26th, 2018 in 2018, Department Seminars, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Jan-18, Nathan Phillips, News

Professor Nathan Phillips and PhD student Jessica Wright, in coordination with the BU School of Public Health, among others, have been organizing a day-long conference entitled Natural Gas Infrastructure and Public Health: From Local to Global.

Tune in Tuesday at 10AM and all day for a live webcast of the event!

Video forthcoming and will be linked from this page – stay tuned.