Category: Grad students
Earth & Environment Graduate Student Katie Eccles has been awarded a Geological Society of America Research Grant of $2500.
With this funding, Katie will study detritral garnet geochronology of modern alluvium from the Southern Appalachians as part of her PhD research.
Congratulation to Katie!
Jared Woolacott and Dan Gianotti to give talks Friday at 3:30 in STO453 as part of Graduate Student Seminar Series
This Friday marks the return on the Department of Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series.
The seminar will take place beginning at 3:30 pm and will feature presentations by Earth & Environment Graduate Students Jared Woolacott and Dan Gianotti.
Jared Woolacott will begin the seminar with his talk titled “Modeling ecosytem dynamics in general equilibrium.”
Dan Gianotti will immediate follow with his talk titled “Real weather, Fake weather, and the California Drought.”
Refreshments will be served immediately following the event.
To learn more about upcoming Graduate Student Seminars, visit the Department of Earth & Environments calendar.
Abstracts of the talks:
“Modeling ecosystem dynamics in general equilibrium” by Jared Woollacott
This work adapts optimization-based, input-output modeling techniques of economic general equilibrium theory to a biophysical setting. The bioenergetic general equilibrium (BGE) model developed here offers a novel contribution to the theoretical biology literature and, through integration with economic general equilibrium models, has the potential to significantly advance integrated assessment modeling. The model is ideal for assessing human-environment interactions and the policies that guide them.
“Real weather, fake weather, and the California Drought” by Dan Gianotti
Dan’s current research is on using “Stationary Stochastic Weather Models” in comparison with real precipitation data to study the climatic predictability of rain. This presentation will show applications of these methods for looking at the current California drought to attempt to determine how “unusual” it really is.
The Pruitt Award is given out annual by the Society of Woman Geographers to deserving female doctoral candidates in the US and Canada.
The award is designed to support doctoral research in the field of geography or support research into geographical aspects of a related field.
Nguyen will use the award to continue her research which includes interests in carbon cycling, hydrology and ecology, data analysis, and remote sensing.
Nguyen is advised by Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra.
Earth & Environment graduate student Jon Wang was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Award.
Wang’s research will focus on the remote sensing of urban heat islands and the climate-mediated effects of urbanization on phenology in New England.
Wang is advised by Professor Mark Friedl. Wang’s graduate studies focus on the topics of remote sensing and urban ecology.
The award is designed to promote innovation in public policy and governance by giving future leaders access to state and local agencies. With this access, the Summer Fellows can pursue a variety of projects to fit their particular areas of interest.
Gately will spend the summer working with the City of Boston to improve their spatial information on traffic congestion and estimates of on-road CO2 emissions.
Earth & Environment Graduate Student and PhD Candidate Rita Cabral will be defending her dissertation tomorrow, Friday April, 4th at 1 pm in CAS 222.
The title of her dissertation is “A window into the mantle: analyzing the geochemistry of melt inclusions from the volcanic isle of mangaia.”
The presentation will last roughly one hour.
The department encourages everyone possible to attend!
Earth & Environment Graduate Students Aaron Hirsch, Kasey Aderhold, and Esther Raymond attended a Seismology Students Workshop this week at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.
As part of the Workshop, Raymond delivered a talk Friday morning titled “Imaging the Atlantic upper mantle with Rayleigh waves.”
The paper, “Spartina alterniflora and invasive Phragmites australis stands have similar greenhouse gas emissions in a New England marsh,” is the product of the first chapter of Emery’s dissertation. The paper focuses on quantifying the impact of the invasive plant, Phragmites australis, on greenhouse gas emissions in a New England Salt Marsh.
To see more of Asst. Prof. Fulweiler’s publications, visit the publications section of our website.
Silvia Newell, a Department of Earth & Environment Post-doctoral Associate in the Fulweiler lab, co-chaired a session on “The Many Faces of the Nitrogen Cycle.” During the session, several members of the Fulweiler lab presented work.
Newell presented a poster on her work focused on nitrogen fixation in marine sediments and the important role this process plays in adding nitrogen to coastal system.
In the same session, Fulweiler gave a talk on how the most common method for measuring N fixation in marine sediments, the acetylene reduction assay, fundamentally alters the sediment microbial community.
Sarah Foster, a Ph.D. student in the Fulweiler Lab, stayed in Boston but was a co-author of a poster based on the research she did with the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), a University of Hawaii-based Oceanography program, this summer.
And finally, Joanna Carey, a former Fulweiler Lab Ph.D. student and now a postdoc at EPA, presented her recent work on oyster aquaculture impacts on N cycling.
The paper, titled “(Nearly) A Decade of Direct Measured Sediment N2 Fluxes: What Can Narragansett Bay Tell Us About the Global Ocean Nitrogen Budget?“, is an invited paper for the special issue of the The Oceanography Society (TOS) Oceanography Magazine: Special Issue On Changing Ocean Chemistry. This special issue is supported by funds from NSF Chemical Oceanography.