Category: Faculty

Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi receives new NSF award

September 29th, 2016 in 2016, Awards, Faculty, News, Sept-16, Sergio Fagherazzi

Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi has received an award from the National Science Foundation entitled, “LTER-Plum Island Ecosystems: Dynamics of coastal ecosystems in a region of rapid climate change, sea-level rise.” The research will be carried out in Plum Island Sound, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

Professor Richard Murray speaks to Science 360 News about coastal sustainability

September 28th, 2016 in Faculty, News, Rick Murray, Sept-16

With our large footprint in coastal sands, how do we co-exist with our coastlines? Professor Richard Murray, director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, has answers. Click here to watch the video.

Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler delivers keynote at Society for Women in Marine Science Symposium

September 27th, 2016 in Events, Faculty, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Sept-16, Talks

Earth & Environment associate professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler will deliver the keynote address at the Society for Women in Marine Science Symposium in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The SWMS seeks to create a community of marine researchers who acknowledge and address the difficulties facing women and minorities in the marine field.

PhD student Sungho Choi publishes dissertation research in Global Ecology and Biogeography

September 26th, 2016 in Graduate students, Pub-16, Ranga Myneni, Sept-16

PhD student Sungho Choi recently published his dissertation research in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography. Entitled “Application of the metabolic scaling theory and water–energy balance equation to model large-scale patterns of maximum forest canopy heights,” the article describes refinements to a model called Allometric Scaling and Resource Limitations (ASRL), accounts for the size-dependent metabolism of trees whose maximum growth is constrained by local resource availability. The article can be downloaded at

Mr. Choi was a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the NASA Graduate Fellowship. He hopes to defend his dissertation during the fall 2016 term. His PhD supervisor is Prof. Myneni.

Assistant Dan Li selected as Hariri Institute Fellow

September 15th, 2016 in Awards, Dan Li, Faculty, News, Sept-16

Assistant professor Dan Li has been selected as a 2016 Junior Faculty Fellow at BU’s  Institute for Computing.

The Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellows program was established in 2011 both to recognize outstanding junior faculty at Boston University working in diverse areas of the computational sciences, as well as to provide focal points for supporting broader collaborative research in these areas at BU and beyond. Junior Fellows are selected by the Hariri Institute Steering Committee based on nominations received each spring, and are appointed for a three-year term.

Professor Li works on a wide range of topics in the broad area of boundary layer meteorology and hydrology. His recent research focuses on understanding the impacts of global climate change on cities and the impacts of urbanization on the climate using global and regional climate models.

PhD student Taejin Park publishes dissertation research article in ERL

September 14th, 2016 in Graduate students, Pub-16, Publications, Ranga Myneni, Sept-16

PhD student Taejin Park recently published his ongoing dissertation research in an article in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Entitled “Changes in growing season duration and productivity of northern vegetation inferred from long-term remote sensing data,” the article describes three decades of changes in northern vegetation activity and is part of an ERL special issue on Focus on Recent, Present and Future Arctic and Boreal Productivity and Biomass Changes. The article can be downloaded here.

Mr. Park is a recent NASA Graduate Fellowship winner and is in his third year of PhD studies with Prof. Myneni.

Prof. Prof. Rautiainen and Dr. Mottus visit Earth & Environment’s Myneni & Knyazikhin Research Group

September 14th, 2016 in Faculty, Juri Knjazihhin, News, Ranga Myneni, Sept-16

Prof. Miina Rautiainen of the University of Aalto (Finland) and Dr. Matti Mottus of VTT Technical Research Center of Finland are visiting Profs. Myneni-Knyazikhin research group for three weeks in September. Our collaborative research includes design of field studies, validation of satellite LAI and FPAR products, and radiative transfer theory for remote sensing of vegetation.

More information about the project, Prof. Rautianen, and Dr. Mottus can be found at:

Lecturer Richard Riebstein gives podcast interview

September 13th, 2016 in Faculty, News, Rick Reibstein, Sept-16, Talks

Earth & Environment lecturer Richard Riebstein sat this summer with the Global Energy & Environmental Law Podcast to talk about the problems and issues surrounding the compliance and enforcement of environmental issues. Listen to the interview here.

Lecturer Richard Riebstein publishes Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility

September 12th, 2016 in Faculty, News, Rick Reibstein, Sept-16, Talks

Earth & Environment lecturer Richard Riebstein has published Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility, now available from Trunity Press.


Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility is the first book of its kind, helping readers to embrace the extraordinarily large and often overwhelming field of environmental issues through the integration of individual perspectives and efforts in a shared context. It is an invaluable complement to specialized courses on environmental science, law, policy, journalism, diplomacy, economics, international relations, sociology, psychology and history.  The book’s overviews of history, consciousness, and the principles of democracy show how the environmental emergency can be addressed through rights-based governance and a focus on root causes and problem solving. It contains information and exercises that generate pragmatic hope and enhance skills necessary for removing barriers to progress.

Join us at the Alumni College on Alumni Weekend

September 8th, 2016 in Alumni, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Meeting, News, Sept-16, Talks

Friday, September 30

Join fellow BU alumni and guests for a daylong immersion into the Department of Earth & Environment for

  • Behind-the-scenes tours with faculty and graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Small-group discussions with BU researchers studying around the globe
  • Exclusive access to rooftops labs and a visit to the Center for Remote Sensing
  • Presentation on the study of climate change from a variety of perspectives.

Breakfast, lunch, and closing reception included.

For the full schedule, further information about Alumni College, and to register for this exclusive event, visit the BU Alumni Association website.