Category: Faculty

Robert Kaufmann gives talk at United Nation’s meeting in NYC

November 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Meeting, Oct-14, Robert Kaufmann, Trips

Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann was in New York City last week to give a talk as part of the United Nations‘s Project LINK Meeting.

Prof. Kaufmann’s talk “Price differences among crude oils: an unreliable supplier discount” was given on Monday October 24, 2014.

Project LINK is a United Nations research group in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Project LINK members are a “wide range of experts from academia, economic research institutions and international economic organizations as well as United Nations colleagues” that meet yearly to “discuss the world economic outlook” (“Project LINK“).

Prof. Kaufmann’s research focuses on global climate change, world oil markets, and land-use changes. To learn more about Prof. Kaufmann’s work, check out his profile.

Jared Woollacott participates in D.C. forum

October 31st, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Ian Sue Wing, Oct-14, Talks

Woolacott, Jard

Jared Woollacott

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Jared Woollacott was in Washington D.C. this past week to participate in the 32nd Stanford Energy Modeling Forum.

The goal of the forum was to assess different implementations of US carbon policy including the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Woollacott is a PhD candidate in Geography; he is advised by Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.

 

Sergio Fagherazzi appointed to Editorial Board of Advances in Water Resources

October 31st, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Joining Team/Committee, Oct-14, Sergio Fagherazzi

fagherazzi

Sergio Fagherazzi

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the journal Advances in Water Resources.

On the journal’s website, Advances in Water Resources describes itself as “a forum for the presentation of fundamental scientific advances in the understanding of water resources systems.”

To learn about the type of work done by Prof. Fagherazzi, check out his profile page or read his recent publications.

Jian Bi and Ranga Myneni Coauthor an Article in PNAS

October 30th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Oct-14, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Jian Bi

Jian Bi

Ranga Myneni

Ranga Myneni

Earth and Environment PhD student Jian Bi and Prof. Ranga Myneni coauthored an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA entitled “Vegetation dynamics and rainfall sensitivity of the Amazon” together with colleagues from NASA and Oregon State University.

This article reports that since the year 2000, precipitation has declined across 69% of the tropical evergreen forest (5.4 million km2) and across 80% of the subtropical grasslands (3.3 million km2). These reductions, which coincided with a decline in terrestrial water storage, account for about 55% of a satellite-observed widespread decline in the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI).

The article can be downloaded from: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/10/24/1404870111.abstract

University of Maine Earth Professor, Earth Scientist to speak as part of BU’s Seminar Series on Climate Change this Friday at noon in CAS 224

October 30th, 2014 in 2014, Dave Marchant, Department Seminars, Faculty, Oct-14

George Denton, Libra Professor of Earth Sciences at the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, will be giving a lecture on “Ice Age Puzzles” as part of the Boston university Seminar Series on Climate Change on Friday October 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm in CAS 224.

All members of the University and public are welcome to attend.

This program is supported in part by a grant to Earth & Environment Professor Dave Marchant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Science Education Program.

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.

 

Kira Sullivan-Wiley featured in BUToday

October 29th, 2014 in 2014, Anne Short, Faculty, Graduate students, News, Oct-14

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Kira Sullivan-Wiley and her research have been featured in the latest edition of BUToday.

The BUToday article “Preventing Landslides in Uganda” focuses on Sullivan-Wiley’s research “in preventing environmental disasters in Uganda.”

The article also discusses the Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship Award, which Sullivan-Wiley was one of the first recipients of this past July.

Kira Sullivan-Wiley is a PhD candidate in Geography focusing on valuation and realization of ecosystem services. Sullivan-Wiley’s advisor is Assistant Professor Anne Short.

To read the article, click here.

To learn more about Prof. Short and her graduate students’ work, visit Prof. Short’s profile page.

Wally Broecker to give lecture as part of BU’s Seminar Series on Climate Change this Thursday at 4:00 pm in the School of Management Auditorium

October 29th, 2014 in 2014, Dave Marchant, Department Seminars, Faculty, Oct-14

Wally Broecker, Newberry Professor in Geochemistry at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University (and the man who coined the phrase “global warming”), will be giving a lecture on “What Should We Do about Fossil Fuel CO2?” as part of the Boston University Seminar Series on Climate Change on Thursday October 30th from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in the School of Management Auditorium at 595 Commonwealth Ave.

All members of the University and public are welcome to attend.

This program is supported in part by a grant to Earth & Environment Professor Dave Marchant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Science Education Program.

Rick Murray leads oceanographic research cruise studying Last Glacial Maximum climate in the North Atlantic Ocean

October 28th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Oct-14, Rick Murray, Trips

Earth & Environment Professor Rick Murray is Chief Scientist on a research cruise to the southern North Atlantic ocean to study the deep Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) during the last glacial maximum (LGM).  The cruise, supported by a NSF grant to colleagues from the University of Rhode Island, departed Woods Hole on the R/V Knorr on Sunday, October 26 and will return on or about December 2.  Murray is accompanied by two of his PhD students, Chloe Anderson and Ann Dunlea.  Claire McKinley, a former Earth Sciences undergraduate student who is now a PhD student at Texas A & M, is also part of the team.  Twenty-one scientists from several different countries are involved.  In addition to gathering typical gravity- and multicores, the scientists will be using the highly-specialized Long Core piston coring system and will also be sampling the water column.

To see the cruise’s current location, click here.

To see video of the Long Core operations, click here.

Sergio Fagherazzi coauthors new paper

October 28th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Oct-14, Publications, Sergio Fagherazzi

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi has coauthored a new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface.

The article, “Interactions between barrier islands and back barrier marshes affect island system response to sea level rise: insights form a coupled model,” was published in the 119th volume and 9th issue of the journal.

The article is available online here.

To learn more about Prof. Fagherazzi, check out his profile page or check out a list of his most recent publications.