Category: Graduate students
Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Valerie Pasquarella has been named a Teaching-as-Research Fellow. As part of her fellowship, Pasquarella will receive a $1,000 award and participate in a seminar on teaching as research.
Pasquarella is a PhD candidate in Geography with an emphasis in applied remote sensing and GIS. She is advised by Prof. Suchi Gopal.
The Teaching as Research (TAR) Fellowship is sponsored by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network. Boston University’s CIRTL TAR Team member and BU Professor of Physics Bennett Goldberg provides a description of the Fellowship and Pasquarella’s project:
“Teaching-as-Research involves the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of students and teachers. [Pasquarella] will be in the TAR seminar this spring, and implement a project in a classroom in the summer or fall. BU Physics student Joe Hardcastle talks about TAR at: http://www.bu.edu/stem/teaching-as-research-joe-hardcastle/ or find out about upcoming TAR events.
Valerie Pasquarella’s TAR project has the working title: Seeing the map for the globe: Improving spatial reasoning skills through alternative methods of teaching map projections; she has the support of her faculty advisor for the project Brooke Wikgren and her research advisor Prof. Suchi Gopal. Valerie’s TAR project will explore the following idea: Does an alternative approach to teaching map projections that (1) focuses on maps as imperfect representations (models) of reality, and (2) integrates traditional content on map projections (i.e. transformation from 3D to 2D ) with problem-solving tasks that require students to face the problems of map distortion in reverse (i.e. transformation from 2D to 3D) improve the spatial reasoning skills of first-semester (novice) GIS students?”
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Nicoletta Leonardi and Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi have published a new paper in the journal Advances in Water Resources. The article, “Interplay between river discharge and tides in a delta distributary,” is currently in press and is available online now.
The article, “Cold-based debris-covered glaciers: Evaluating their potential as climate archives through studies of ground-penetrating radar and surface morphology,” published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, is also coauthored by E&E Professor Dave Marchant and E&E PhD candidate Jennifer Lamp.
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The next Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar will take place today at 3:00 pm in CAS 313.
Presenting at today’s seminar are Chloe Anderson and Xiaojing Tang. Anderson will be presenting on “Tracking monsoon related provenance changes in continental margin sediment of the East China Sea: Preliminary results from IODP Expedition 346,” and Tang will be presenting on “Near Real-Time Monitoring of Land Cover Disturbance by Fusion of MODIS and Landsat Data.”
The E&E Grad Student Seminars are held weekly as a forum for students to present their work and receive feedback and practice for future presentations.
All students and faculty are expected to attend and provide a short evaluation of each presenter providing positive feedback.
Former Grad Zhe Zhu, Curtis Woodcock, and Christopher Holden publish paper in Remote Sensing of Environment
The paper, “Generating synthetic Landsat images based on all available Landsat data: predicting Landsat surface reflectance at any given time,” was co-authored by Dr. Zhu’s PhD advisor and mentor Professor Curtis Woodcock and by current PhD candidate Chris Holden.
Dr. Zhu is currently a research scientist at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center which is a part of the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Jared Woollacott gave a talk this past Friday, February 13th, at Appalachian State University’s Department of Economics in Boone, NC.
Jared is a PhD candidate in Geography; he is advised by Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.
Earth & Environment Ph.D. Candidate Hollie Emery has just been award funding from the National Science Foundation under their Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDIG) program.
With the grant, Emery will continue to work on research related to her dissertation. In her proposal to seek DDIG funding, Emery writes, “This project will expand my ongoing research into the effects of precipitation change on salt marsh greenhouse gas emissions. DDIG funding will enable me to closely examine changes in the taxonomic diversity and functional gene expression of the microbial community responsible for trace greenhouse gas production and consumption. This approach will connect ecosystem scale gas flux measurements with microbial ecology.”
Emery is a PhD Candidate in Earth Sciences focusing on coastal biogeochemistry and ecology. To learn more about the work Emery and Prof. Fulweiler do, check out the Fulweiler Lab website or check out Prof. Fulweiler’s recent news and publications.
The Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminars will be held today at 3 pm in CAS 313.
This week’s seminar will feature:
“Neoarchean metamorphism recorded in high-precision Sm-Nd isotope systematics of garnet from the Jack Hills, Australia” by Katie Eccles
“Cities and CO2: The importance of quantifying carbon emissions at local scales” By Conor Gately
“Conservation in the Information Age: The role of crowd sourcing in mapping and monitoring bird species” By Valerie Pasquarella
Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Josh Mantooth‘s new grant project titled “Linking Tree Demography and Nonstructural Carbon in Eastern US Forests” has just been selected for Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant funding by the National Science Foundation.
In a summary of the project, Mantooth writes, “this project will build upon ongoing dissertation research, which aims to understand what factors are controlling tree growth and mortality in eastern US forests, by exploring the role of stores tree carbon reserves, also known as non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs), in explaining observations of tree growth and mortality.”
Mantooth is a PhD candidate studying tree carbon reserves in the eastern US. He is advised by Assistant Professor Mike Dietze.
The videos and text, collectively titled “The Search for Ancient Ice,” include interviews with graduate students Sean Mackay, Jen Lamp, and Drew Christ, and follow the team as they conduct fieldwork in the Transantarctic Mountains and return to analyze samples back in the lab at BU.