Category: Rick Murray

Rick Murray quoted in EOS article

May 27th, 2015 in 2015, Faculty, May-15, News, Rick Murray

Rick Murray

Rick Murray

Earth & Environment Professor and Director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences Rick Murray was quoted in an article featured on Earth & Space Science News.

The article titled “National Science Foundation to Rebalance Ocean Science Funding” details the NSF’s “plans to cut back on escalating ocean research infrastructure costs and shift that funding to core research and technology programs” (“National“).

To read more about the article and Prof. Murray’s comments on the issue, click here.

To read more about Prof. Murray’s work, check out his profile page or see his recent news and publications.

BU Research features Rick Murrary and NSF Ocean Sciences

January 30th, 2015 in 2015, Faculty, Jan-15, News, Rick Murray

Rick Murray

Rick Murray

E&E Professor Rick Murray and his new post as Division Director of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Sciences are the subject of a new article published by BU Research.

The article “Richard Murray Goes to Washington” features a Q&A with Murray discussing his research, the oceans, and his new position.

To read the article click the title or click here. To learn more about Rick Murray, check out his profile page, or check out his recent news and publications.

Rachel Scudder Dissertation Defense set for Monday at 9 AM

December 5th, 2014 in 2014, Dec-14, Faculty, Graduate students, Presentations, Rick Murray

Rachel Scudder

Rachel Scudder

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Rachel Scudder‘s dissertation defense is set for this coming Monday, December 8th, 2014, at 9 AM in CAS 132.

Scudder’s dissertation is titled “A Regional Assessment of Volcanic and Terrigenous Inputs to the Western Pacific Ocean ‘Subduction Factory.'”

Scudder is a PhD candidate in Earth Science; her primary advisor is Prof. Rick Murray.

All members of the department are encouraged to come out and support Rachel.

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.

Rick Murray’s research on Asian Monsoon featured in CAS “Arts & Sciences” magazine

October 1st, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, News, Oct-14, Rick Murray, Trips

Professor Rick Murray’s research on the evolution of the Asian Monsoon is featured in the most recent issue of Boston University’s College of Art’s & Sciences Magazine.

The article, “The Future, Buried in the Deep,” relates the findings and impacts of last fall’s International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) research cruise to the Sea of Japan. During the research mission, Murray, who served as Co-Chief Scientist, and the crew collected core samples from the ocean floor that provide valuable data on a myriad of scientific topics related to our climate’s history and possible future trends.

To read the article, click on the title or follow the link here.

Helping Murray with the project were PhD students Ann Dunlea and Chloe Anderson.

To learn more about Rick Murray’s work, check out his profile page.

Rick Murray’s comments on shark sightings quoted in multiple local sources

September 8th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, News, Rick Murray, Sept-14

Earth & Environment Professor Rick Murray‘s recent comments regarding the shark sightings that have occurred in and around the Cape Cod Bay have been published in multiple local news sources.

In the articles, Murray discusses the correlation between seal populations and shark sightings.

View the articles here and here.

To learn more about Rick Murray’s work, check out his profile page on our website.

Rick Murray appointed Division Director, Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation

July 30th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, July-14, News, Rick Murray

Effective January, 2015, Rick Murray has been appointed Division Director, Ocean Sciences, at the National Science Foundation.  He will be serving in this capacity “on detail” from Boston University and will continue his research program and maintain other Boston University ties throughout the duration of the temporary appointment.  As Division Director, he will oversee ~$350M per year for support of ocean sciences research and oceanographic facilities and infrastructure.

The complete announcement can be found here.

Ann Dunlea and Nicolette Leonardi to give talks as part Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series

April 24th, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Department Seminars, Faculty, Graduate students, Rick Murray, Sergio Fagherazzi

Graduate Students Ann Dunlea and Nicolette Leonardi will be giving talks tomorrow, April 25th, at 3:30 pm in STO453 as part of the Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series.

Ann Dunlea is a PhD candidate working with Professor Rick Murray. Her focus is on Marine Biogeochemistry.

Nicolette Leonardi is a PhD candidate working with Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi. Her focus in on Coastal Geomorphology.

Refreshments will be served following the talks.

Abstracts of the presentations are as follows:


“Paleoceanography of the South Pacific Gyre” by Ann Dunlea

The South Pacific Gyre (SPG) is Earth’s largest oceanic desert due to its low levels of biological productivity.  It also has the slowest sedimentation rates of the global ocean. The geochemistry of SPG sediment provides clues to large-scale changes in this vast ocean region and surrounding continents throughout the past 100 million years, including the formation of Australia’s deserts, Southern Hemisphere volcanism, and the opening of major oceanic gateways.


“How waves shape salt marshes” by Nicoletta Leonardi

We used cellular automata simulations and high resolution field measurements of five sites along the United States Atlantic Coast to investigate the erosion of marsh boundaries by waves. Our results justify the unpredictability of erosion events and the possibility of large failures episodes of marsh boundaries despite of a low exposure to wave action.

Rick Murray appointed to Governor’s Special Commission on Coastal Erosion

April 3rd, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Faculty, Joining Team/Committee, Meeting, News, Rick Murray

Earth & Environment Professor Rick Murray was recently appointed to serve on the Governor’s Special Commission on Coastal Erosion.

Murray is serving in his capacity as a Selectman from the town of Scituate. The first Commission meeting was held March 27, 2014 in Boston.

To learn more about the Coastal Erosion Commission, visit their website.

To learn more about Rick Murray, visit his profile page, or check out his current grants or recent publications.


Thursday December 12th AGU Talk Schedule for E&E Faculty, Researchers, and Students

December 11th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Juri Knjazihhin, Researchers, Rick Murray, Talks, Trips

Below is a list of scheduled talks being held on Thursday December 12th 2013 by Department of Earth and Environment Faculty, Researchers, and students at the AGU Fall Meeting.




8:00 am – 12:20 pm

at Hall A-C (Moscone South)

B41A. B41A. Earth Observations for Global Agricultural Monitoring II Posters

  • Josh M. Gray; Mark A. Friedl; Steve E. Frolking; Navin Ramankutty; Andy Nelson.  Large scale maps of cropping intensity in Asia from MODIS. B41A-0385.

B41D. B41D. Multisensor Long-Term Land Surface Data Records II Posters [SWIRL_CU]

  • Xiaoyang Zhang; Mark A. Friedl; Yunyue Yu.  Interannual Variations in Global Vegetation Phenology Derived from a Long Term AVHRR and MODIS Data Record. B41D-0429.

V41D. V41D. Physical Volcanology of Eruptions Involving Water III Posters

  • Richard W. Murray; Rachel Scudder; Steffen Kutterolf; Julie Schindlbeck. Dispersed Ash in Marine Sediment: An Overview Towards Unraveling the “Missing Volcanic Record’. V41D-2824.

10:20 am – 12:20 pm

at 2004 (Moscone West)

B42C. B42C. Ecosystem Structure: Remote Sensing Observations and Modelling of Its Influence on Radiation Regimes and Gas Exchanges I


at 2002 (Moscone West)

B42D. B42D. The Bio-atmospheric N Cycle: N Emissions, Transformations, Deposition, and Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystem Impacts II

  • Pamela H. Templer; Preeti Rao; Lucy Hutyra; Steve M. RacitiAtmospheric nitrogen inputs and losses along an urbanization gradient from Boston to Harvard Forest, MA. B42D-06. (11:35 am – 11:50 am)


4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

at 2022 (Moscone West)

  • Steven C. Wofsy; et al. Measurements and modeling of CH4 and CO2 in the Boston Metro area and Northeastern Megalopolis. A44F-04.  (4:50 pm – 5:10 pm)