Category: Former Students

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

May 23rd, 2018 in Former Students, Graduate students, News, Pictures, Undergraduate

On Sunday, May 20, the Department of Earth & Environment graduated 73 students. Good luck, Class of 2018!

Bridget Marie Baker, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and International Relation

Zohar Artel Baruch, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment

Sarah Elisabeth Beaulieu, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, cum laude

Walker Black, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Daria Blackwell, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Lauren Rose Cabrera, BA Environmental Science, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Joshua R. Castigliego, MA Energy & Environment

Emelia Janthina Chamberlain, BA Environmental Science and Marine Science, honors, magna cum laude

Alexandra Chin, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics

Joshua Clayton, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics, cum laude

Caitlin Connelly, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

John Brendan Crowley, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Weston Patrick Dengler, MA Energy & Environment

Donovan P. Dennis, MA Earth Sciences

Maria DiDomenica, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, magna cum laude

Hannah Ditty, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, minor French

Shivani Eherenfeucht, MA Earth Sciences

Connor L. Follis, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Qiyuan Fu (Lucy), BA Environmental Science and International Relations, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Andrea García Gabillo, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Ruizhe Guo, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Shan He, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Alina Hong, BA Environmental Science, cum laude

Haopeng Huang, BA Environmental Science

Anna Janetos, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Chelsea Jelaska, MA Energy & Environment

Xinyu Jiang, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, minor Economics

Kirsten Raquel Johnson, BA Environmental Science, minor Remote Sensing & GIS

Carly Jones, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Biology

William Kearney, PhD Earth Science, dissertation: “Signals of Nonlinear, Multiscale, and Stochastic Processes in Coastal Landscapes,” advisor: Sergio Fagherazzi

Amy Koch, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

Nichole Anne Kulikowski, BA Geophysics & Planetary Sciences

Aidan Brian Lancaster

Tova Levin, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and International Relations, minor Chinese, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Zekun Lin, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Yihao Liu, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Joshua Mantooth, PhD Geography, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, dissertation: “Tree Radial and Carbohydrate Storage in Eastern U.S. Temperate Forests,” advisor: Michael Dietze

Erin McGowan, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Daniella Paola Meza Chávez, MA Energy & Environment

Ana Milosavljevic, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Meredith Moore, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, BS General Science Education, cum laude

Keila Tasaka Munz, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Derek J. Newberry, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment

Peter R. Overfield, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Economics

David Akira Ozer, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Eliza C. Puritz, BA Environmental Science, MA Energy & Environment, honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Lindsay A. Reamer, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Angela Rigden, PhD Earth Science, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, dissertation: “Sources of Variation in Multi-Decadal Water Fluxes Inferred from Weather Station Data,” advisor: Guido Salvucci

Mikayla Rachael Rumph, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Zachary Schmidt, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics, MA Energy & Environment

Xianfei Shen, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Alexey Shiklomanov, PhD Geography, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, “Towards a More Educated Guessing: Improving Ecological Forecasts through Data Constraints,” advisor: Michael Dietze

Olivia Simpson, BA Environmental Science

Sarah J. Smith, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Rebecca Sparks, BA Environmental Science, honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Summer Elisabeth Stebbins, BA Environmental Science, minor Biology, cum laude

Xiaojing Tang, PhD Geography, dissertation: “Near Real-time Monitoring of Forest Disturbance: A Multi-sensor Remote Sensing Approach and Assessment Framework, advisor: Curtis Woodcock

Eliandro Tavares, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Haohan Wang, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Nicole Nalani Wheatman, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Communication, cum laude

Alex White, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katelyn Wolgamuth, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Chelsea Elyse Wolgel, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

Samuel Wright, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Marine Science

Olivia Wrisley, BA Environmental Science, minor Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

Hanqing Wu, BA Environmental Science, minor Business Administration & Management

Xuehui Sophia Xiong, MA Energy & Environment

Luofei Yan, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Hanaan Moinfar Yazdi, BA Environmental Science, minor Public Health, cum laude

Undraa Zayamandakh, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor International Relations

Mona Zayed, BA Environmental Science and International Relations

Wenqiao Zhang, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Chongyang Zhu, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Christopher F. Zielinski, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

 

College of Arts & Sciences Prize for Excellence in Earth & Environment Lauren Rose Cabrera

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Earth & Environmental Science Maria DiDomenica

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Analysis & Policy Derek J. Newberry

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science Eliza C. Puritz

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science Rebecca Sparks

Franklin C. Erickson Prize Sydney Neugebauer

College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching Fellow William Kearney

Earth & Environment Outstanding Teaching Fellow Hollie Emery

Special Prize for Student Leadership Chloe Anderson

Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Talk Betsy Cowdery, “Looking Past Primary Productivity: A Roadmap for Benchmarking System Processes that Drive Ecosystem Level Responses in Models”

Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Talk Julia Marrs, “Tracking Primary Productivity with Solar-Induced Fluorescence Data: From Leaf to Tower to Space-Based Retrievals”

Treicy Torres Memorial Environmental Justice Award Christopher F. Zielinski

Student Sustainability Leadership Award Bridget Marie Baker

E&E PhD alum has top ranked energy econ blog

May 16th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Awards, Cutler Cleveland, Faculty, Former Students, Graduate students, May-18, News

David Stern, a former PhD student of Cutler Cleveland, who is now on the faculty at the Australian National University, has a blog that has been named as a top blog in the entire field of economics. ANU has the 6th ranked program in the world in energy economics.

David is an energy and environmental economist, whose research focuses on the role of energy in growth and development and related environmental impacts including climate change. He is also interested in research assessment using meta-analysis and bibliometrics.

Visit the blog, Stochastric Trend.

Fellowships galore in the Hutyra Research Lab

May 2nd, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Awards, Faculty, Former Students, Graduate students, Grants, Lucy Hutyra, May-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Staff, Undergraduate

Multiple students and a recent alum have received fellowships based on their work in the Hutyra Research Lab, under associate professor Lucy Hutyra‘s guidance.

  • PhD student Luca Morreale has been named a Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow; he will calculate a complete carbon budget for the town of Arlington, Massachusetts, comparing the relative importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts with the carbon offsets provided by public street trees.
  • PhD student Sarah Garvey has received a research award from the Initiative on Cities, co-founded by former Mayor Tom Menino to invest in early stage research projects to advance the study of dynamic urban leadership.
  • Second-year undergrad Wiley Hundertmark will participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by the National Institute of Standards & Technology through the U.S. Department of Commerce, designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.
  • Ian Smith, a 2017 E&E alum and technician in the Hutyra Research Lab, has just published his undergrad thesis in Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. In “Piecing together the fragments: elucidating edge effects on forest carbon dynamics,” Smith explores differences in C dynamics observed across biomes through a trade‐offs framework that considers edge microenvironmental changes and limiting factors to productivity.”
  • PhD student Julia Marrs, a co-author on that article, has received a departmental award for outstanding graduate student presentation for “Tracking Primary Productivity with Solar-Induced Fluorescence Data: From Leaf to Tower to Space-Based Retrievals.” Betsy Cowdery, who works with Michael Dietze, also received an award, for “Looking Past Primary Productivity: A Roadmap for Benchmarking System Processes that Drive Ecosystem Level Responses in Models.”

BU students’ work featured at Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

April 30th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Apr-18, Events, Faculty, Former Students, News, Pictures, Presentations, Rick Reibstein, Undergraduate

Since 2010 environmental conference organizer Jen Boudrie has brought hundreds of people together at the premiere event in Massachusetts for environmental experts, professionals, activists, officials and academics. At this year’s conference in Plymouth Harbor, three BU students presented their work in the class Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532). Samantha Morton researched how to promote the retention of trees for state conservation officials, and with others provided a review of the scientific literature on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Bolaji Olateru-Olagbegi presented her project for the Boston Public Health Commission, investigating whether health providers understand that some of the symptoms they see might be caused by toxic exposures, and with Katharina Voehler explained the work their team performed for the City of Boston on Community Choice Aggregation – bulk purchasing of energy for residents that can be used to promote cleaner energy (and local generation of cleaner energy).  Instructor Rick Reibstein also presented at the conference on the history and future of clean water, including water quality data analyses that Alex Kerr and Michael Silano conducted for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Join us for Giving Day 2018!

April 9th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Apr-18, Events, Faculty, Former Students, Graduate students, News, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate

On Wednesday please join BU alumni, parents, students, and friends in 24 extraordinary hours of giving back. Together we’ll make a huge difference for the Department of Earth & Environment in a short period of time — and celebrate the generosity of our BU community.

The CAS departments with the most number of donors and the largest increase in donors from last year’s Giving Day will be awarded additional funds.

Earth & Environment has a tradition of garnering great support on Giving Day. Whether it’s a gift of $5 or $50, you can make a difference in the lives of our students and the work in our department.

Please click here to make an impact in the lives of our students.

Recent alum Yaofeng Gu publishes in Urban Climate with Assistant Professor Dan Li

December 19th, 2017 in 2017, Alumni, Dan Li, Dec-17, Faculty, Former Students, News, Pub-17, Publications, Undergraduate

Yaofeng Gu, a recently Earth & Environment graduate and now an MA student at Duke University, has recently published “A modeling study of the sensitivity of urban heat islands to precipitation at climate scales” in the journal Urban Climate. The research was based on his Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project with Prof. Dan Li. The paper uses a state-of-the-art earth system model to examine the sensitivity of urban heat islands across the continental United States to precipitation changes at long-term, climate scales. The results have important implications for understanding how urban heat islands respond to global climate change and for improving urban parameterizations in global climate and earth system models. His research was also reported in BU Today.

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.

Assistant Professor Diane Thompson and advisee Jessica Ng publish in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

January 17th, 2017 in 2017, Diane Thompson, Faculty, Former Students, Jan-17, News, Pub-17, Publications

Led by undergraduate Jessica Ng, Assistant Professor Diane Thompson and colleagues have published “Assessing multi-site δ18O-climate calibrations of the coralline alga Clathromorphum across the high-latitude Northern Hemisphere” in the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. “An increased number of climate proxy records and more refined interpretation of proxy data are crucial to improve projections of future climate at high latitudes,” their research finds.

Remote sensing-based research from Earth & Environment faculty is making an impact

January 4th, 2017 in 2017, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Former Students, Jan-17, Pontus Olofsson, Pub-17, Publications, Researchers

Of the most cited articles published in Remote Sensing of Environment since 2012, Earth & Environment professor Curtis Woodcock is a co-author of six articles, associate research professor Pontus Olofsson is the lead author of two, and Zhe Zhu (former student and postdoc of Dr. Woodcock) is the lead author of two, including the most cited article.

Ph.D. graduate Rachel Nalepa and Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti co-author paper in Geoforum

October 26th, 2016 in 2016, Alumni, Anne Short, Dana Bauer, Faculty, Former Students, News, Oct-16, Pub-16, Publications

Earth & Environment Ph.D. graduate Rachel Nalepa and Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti have co-authored a paper with Dana Bauer of Clark University in Geoforum.

The paper, “Marginal land and the global land rush: A spatial exploration of contested lands and state-directed development in contemporary Ethiopia,” unpacks the federal government’s notion of ‘marginal land’ to investigate how land is set aside for future investment and the agro-ecological characteristics and human-environment interactions endemic to these areas. It will be included in a special issue on “Rendering Land Investable.”

Dr. Nalepa completed her Ph.D. in 2015 and is now a post-doctoral researcher at York University. Learn Assistant Professor Short Gianotti’s work here.