Category: Faculty

Paper by professors Cutler Cleveland and Robert Kaufmann highlighted by Energy Policy

July 31st, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Cutler Cleveland, Faculty, Jul-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Robert Kaufmann

The editorial team of Energy Policy have highlighted a small selection of recently published papers that encapsulate the journal’s focus on publishing quality original research addressing the policy implications of energy supply and use from their economic, social, planning and environmental aspects. “The Effect of Climate Change on Electricity Expenditures in Massachusetts” by Robert Kaufmann, Cutler Cleveland, and colleagues was included.

“Climate change affects consumer expenditures by altering the consumption of and price for electricity,” the authors write. “Here we present the first empirical estimates for the effect of climate change on electricity prices.” Click to read the full article.

Research associate professor Pontus Olofsson publishes three articles

July 27th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Jul-17, News, Pontus Olofsson, Pub-17, Publications, Researchers

Pontus Olofsson has recently published three papers in Reference Module in Earth Systems & Environmental SciencesInternational Journal of Applied Earth Observation & Geoinformation, and Remote Sensing of Environment. Click below to see his latest research.

Accuracy and Area Estimation

Mapping and Estimating Land Change Between 2001 and 2013 in a Heterogeneous Landscape in West Africa: Loss of Forestlands and Capacity-building Opportunities

Stratification and Sample Allocation for Reference Burned Area Data

Diane Thompson attends School of Rock

July 13th, 2017 in 2017, Diane Thompson, Faculty, Jul-17, Meeting, News, Researchers

Assistant Professor Diane Thompson has been selected to participate in the International Ocean Discovery Program’s “School of Rock,” transiting between Subic Bay Philippines and Townsville, Australia (July 10- 27). While underway, the School of Rock team is discussing and designing course curricula and strategies for increasing diversity in Geosciences. Diane is partnering with Dori Read, a sixth-grade teacher from Scituate Public Schools, to develop hands-on activities with marine sediment core samples in their classrooms (including Earth & Environment Climate and Earth System Science & Paleoclimatology taught by Thompson). This partnership will also provide opportunities for BU students to share their findings with Read’s 6th grade class, stimulating learning across levels and the chance to inspire future earth scientists. You can read more about the School of Rock team and follow their journey from Subic Bay to Townsville at

Diane Thompson and Dori Read

Diane Thompson and Dori Read


Rachael Garrett and Christoph Nolte co-author article in World Development

July 10th, 2017 in 2017, Christoph Nolte, Faculty, Former Students, Jul-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Rachael Garrett, Researchers

Assistant professors Rachael Garrett and Christoph Nolte, along with postdoc Jordan Graesser and MA alum Christopher White, have co-authored “The restructuring of South American soy and beef production and trade under changing environmental regulations” in the journal World Development. The authors use “panel data on soy and beef production and trade in agricultural frontiers of South America to examine how changes in deforestation regulations in South America have altered soy and cattle expansion and exports in this region, and to understand how these changes, if they have occurred, influence the overall effectiveness of deforestation regulations.” Click to read the full article.

Rachel Abercrombie recognized as AGU Outstanding Reviewer

July 6th, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Faculty, Jul-17, News, Rachel Abercrombie

Congratulations to research associate professor Rachel Abercrombie, who has been recognized as one of the American Geophysical Union’s 2016 Outstanding Reviewers. “…Peer review is essential for helping maintain the integrity of science and its efficient advancement (by forcing some quality checks on the official archive of progress),” EOS Earth & Space Science News wrote in announcing the citations. “It also plays a vital role in the granting of awards and has value for society in that the peer-reviewed literature increasingly has official, codified uses in law, regulations, and advisory input.”

Professors Robert Kaufmann and Cutler Cleveland publish on electricity costs and climate change

June 16th, 2017 in 2017, Cutler Cleveland, Faculty, Graduate students, Interviews, Jun-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Robert Kaufmann

A new study by Karina Véliz (GRS’09,’14), a former E&E graduate student, and Professor Kaufmann suggests that price spikes will be the primary drivers of electricity cost increases in response to climate change. The research was published in Energy Policy in March, with co-authors including Professor Cleveland.

Read about the research at BU Today, and read the full article at Science Direct.

Prof. Myneni co-authors papers in Nature Climate Change

June 12th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Jun-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Professor Ranga Myneni has co-authored two papers in Nature Climate Change.

One describes how the greening of the Earth, largely due to CO2 fertilization, has also increased evapo-transpiration and thus cooled the planet.

The second  describes the weakening relationship between temperature and spring carbon uptake in the recent years. These two recent papers from this group of authors are of a larger body of work on the biophysical and biochemical effects of a greening Earth.

Prof. Myneni’s web site is

PhD student Taejin Park and Prof. Myneni co-author article in Science Advances

May 30th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Graduate students, May-17, Pub-17, Publications, Ranga Myneni

NASA Graduate Fellowship recipient and PhD student Taejin Park and Professor Ranga Myneni recently co-authored a paper with their Norwegian colleagues in the journal Science Advance on how vegetation greening in the Arctic due to global warming is affecting the caribou population. The article can be downloaded from

Prof. Myneni’s web site is

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett publishes in Agricultural Systems

May 30th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, May-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has published her latest research in Agricultural Systems. In “Social and Ecological Analysis of Commercial Integrated Crop Livestock Systems: Current Knowledge and Remaining Uncertainty,” Professor Garrett and her colleagues argue, “While many [changes in food systems] have contributed to increasing global food production, another consequence has been the de-coupling of crop and livestock systems and a loss of agricultural diversity at both the field and territorial (regional) scales in many countries.” Click here to read the article.

Research associate professor Pontus Olofsson interviewed by Science Magazine about potential consequences of President’s 2018 budget for NASA CMS and SilvaCarbon activities

May 24th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Interviews, May-17, News, Pontus Olofsson, Pub-17, Publications, Researchers

Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson recently spoke to Science Magazine about the potential impact of President Trump’s 2018 budget proposals. Of carbon monitoring pilot technologies in Latin America and southeast Asia, Olofsson noted, “These countries rely on this collaboration in order to monitor the forests better … It would be devastating not only for us but also these partner countries.” Click here to read the full article.