Category: Robert Kaufmann

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.

Earth & Environment faculty and students publish in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

December 20th, 2016 in 2016, Alumni, Dec-16, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, News, Pub-16, Publications, Researchers, Robert Kaufmann, Suchi Gopal

Professors Sucharita Gopal and Robert Kaufmann have published their latest research, which shows local cooling and warming in the United States and captures two aspects of experiential learning that influence how the public perceives a change in climate: recency weighting and an emphasis on extreme events. PhD student Xiaojing Tang and Earth & Environment alum Michelle Gilmore co-authored, along with Jacqueline Liederman of BU’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. Click to read the full article. Further coverage of the research can be found at Eureka Alert and Science Daily.

Also in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra and post-doctoral associate Andrew Reinmann co-authored “Edge effects enhance carbon uptake and its vulnerability to climate change in temperate broadleaf forests” about forest carbon dynamics and their response to climate. Click to read the full article.

Professor Anthony Janetos to chair University’s Climate Action Plan Task Force

November 1st, 2016 in 2016, Anthony Janetos, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News, Oct-16, Robert Kaufmann

BU President Robert A. Brown has selected Anthony Janetos, Earth & Environment Professor and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, to chair BU’s Climate Action Plan Task Force. Joining Dr. Janetos on the task force are Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Robert Kaufmann, and Professor Nathan Phillips.

The task force is charged with developing a plan to include not only operational measures to reduce the University’s greenhouse gas emissions and energy use but also methods for incorporating research and educational components in line with the University’s mission and strategic plan.

Professor Robert Kaufmann featured in WalletHub

October 4th, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, News, Robert Kaufmann, Sept-16

Professor Robert Kaufmann is featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about solar panels. Click here to read Dr. Kaufmann’s answer to the question, “Are solar panels worth it?”

Robert Kaufmann featured on BU Research

June 13th, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, Jun-16, News, Pub-16, Publications, Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann and his research have been featured in a new article on BU Research titled “Solar Power Saves Everyone Money.”

The article is based off Kaufmann’s recent study titled “Lower electricity prices and greenhouse gas emissions due to rooftop solar: empirical results for Massachusetts” that was published in the journal Energy Policy; the full text of the study can be read online here.

The article was also picked up and tweeted by popular American Environmentalist Bill McKibben.

To learn more about Kaufmann’s work, check out his profile here.

Robert Kaufmann featured in article on current state of world oil markets

January 26th, 2015 in 2014, 2015, Faculty, Jan-15, News, Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann was recently featured in an article published on Public Radio International.

The article, “How Saudi Arabia can stop America from producing more fuel,” describes the current state of the world oil markets and how American produced oil is one of the “big reasons [] gas prices have plummeted over the last couple of months.”

To read the entire article, click here.

To learn more about the work of Prof. Kaufmann, check out his profile page.

Robert Kaufmann featured in piece on impact of falling oil prices

January 5th, 2015 in 2015, Faculty, Jan-15, News, Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann was recently featured in an article discussing the topic of falling oil prices.

The article, “Ask the Experts: The Impact of Falling Oil Prices on Your Wallet,” is featured on the website Wallethub.

In the article, Kaufmann comments on the anticipated costs of oil in the short term and the long term impact of current increased production of oil by OPEC.

To read the article, click here. To see more news featuring Professor Robert Kaufmann, visit his page of our News Categories section.

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.

Robert Kaufmann to be featured in Pardee House Seminar, RSVP required by Friday

September 8th, 2014 in 2014, Events, Faculty, Robert Kaufmann, Sept-14, Talks

Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann will be participating in a special Pardee House Seminar at noon next Wednesday, September 17th, at the Pardee House at 67 Bay State Road.

The seminar is on “The Future of Urban Housing: Enhancing Energy Efficiency” and will feature Kaufmann and Mechanical Engineer Associate Professor Michael Gevelber and will be moderated by Pardee Senior Research Associate Enrique R. Silva.

Limited seating is available and RSVP is required by this Friday, September 12th. Lunch will also be served at the event beginning at 11:30.

To learn more about the seminar, visit the Pardee center website’s page dedicated to the event.

To learn more about Robert Kaufmann’s work, check out his profile page.

World’s First Web-based Env. Science Textbook

November 8th, 2012 in 2012, 2012, Cutler Cleveland, Faculty, Publications, Robert Kaufmann

By Robert K. Kaufmann and Cutler J. Cleveland

We are pleased to announce the publication of the world’s first entirely web-based, authoritative, introductory textbook on environmental science:

Environmental Science by Robert K. Kaufmann and Cutler J. Cleveland of Boston University.

Environmental Science takes advantage of the latest technologies to transcend the traditional textbook to create engaging, interactive content utilizing video, social networking, image galleries, and other features that only the Web can provide.


  • 100% Web-based and accessible on any device
  • Price = $50.00
  • Thorough coverage of the key topics in environmental science; integration of ecology, economics, and policy using energy and material flows and a systems perspective
  • Case Studies and Policy in Action that develop critical thinking included in each chapter
  • 63 videos and animations, and a Glossary embedded in text to bring content alive
  • Electronic highlighting tool
  • 500 multiple choice question test bank upon adoption
  • Social networking tools to engage students and instructor in online discussion
  • Ability for instructors to quickly and easily customize by deleting/re-ordering chapters, and by adding content of their own (text, links, labs, lecture notes, video, assignments, images, PDFs, Powerpoints, etc.)

To see a sample chapter and request access to an examination copy, please visit

Robert K. Kaufmann
Professor, Department of Earth and Environment
Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies
Boston University

Cutler J. Cleveland
Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University
Founding Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Earth