Category: Graduate students

PhD candidate Chloe Anderson attending Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology

July 11th, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Graduate students, Jul-17, News, Trips

PhD candidate Chloe Anderson has been awarded an NSF scholarship to attend the 14th Urbino Summer School of Paleoclimatology (USSP) in Urbino, Italy. USSP focuses on dynamics of past climate with an emphasis on long-term carbon cycling and its implications on past and future climate. Lead by 25 senior scientists, USSP aims to provide students with an advanced working knowledge of various proxy data and their use in modeling past climates.

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.

PhD student Radost Stanimirova receives NASA fellowship

June 5th, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Graduate students, Jun-17, News

Third-year PhD student Radost Stanimirova has been awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship starting in September. Her fellowship application, “Dynamics of Global Rangelands: Modeling Vulnerabilities and Monitoring Impacts from Humans and Climate Change,” will use remote sensing to improve our understanding of how range-land ecosystems are being affected by pressures exerted by humans and climate change. Her fellowship is one of 69 awards that were selected from a pool of 385 applications. This summer, Radost is working at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, where she was awarded a Young Scientist Summer Program Fellowship to work on related questions.

PhD student Taejin Park and Prof. Myneni co-author article in Science Advances

May 30th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Graduate students, May-17, Pub-17, Publications, Ranga Myneni

NASA Graduate Fellowship recipient and PhD student Taejin Park and Professor Ranga Myneni recently co-authored a paper with their Norwegian colleagues in the journal Science Advance on how vegetation greening in the Arctic due to global warming is affecting the caribou population. The article can be downloaded from

Prof. Myneni’s web site is

Congratulations to graduate coordinator Alissa Beideck!

May 10th, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Graduate students, May-17, News, Staff

This April, academic administrators in CAS and GRS were recognized with a luncheon for all their invaluable work and service to their students, their departments, our College, and our University. A few administrators in particular were recognized for demonstrating truly outstanding service over the past academic year. Specifically, their chairs, faculty members, or peers nominated them for performing responsibilities at an outstanding level, demonstrating exceptional care for students, serving as a role model for others, and promoting exceptional working relationships both within a department and across the University.  Our 2017 Outstanding Service Award Winners were Jessica Aither (GRS), Alissa Beideck (CAS Earth & Environment), Wendy Czik (CAS Religion), Chris DeVits (CAS Computer Science), Liz Tingley (CAS Neurosciene), and for her outstanding partnership with our College, Liza Burke Bates (Office of the University Registrar).

PhD grad Kira Sullivan-Wiley and assistant professor Anne Short Gianotti coauthor paper in World Development

May 5th, 2017 in 2017, Alumni, Anne Short, Faculty, Graduate students, May-17, News, Pub-17, Publications

Recent Earth & Environment PhD graduate Kira Sullivan-Wiley and Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti have co-authored a paper in World Development.

The paper, “Risk Perception in a Multi-Hazard Environment,” investigates how small-holder farmers’ in eastern Uganda perceive the risk of multiple, overlapping hazards. Though it is widely recognized that many communities are at risk from multiple, overlapping threats, little is known about how individuals perceive and prioritize multiple hazards in the developing world. This study shows that risk perception is shaped both by the characteristics of the individual and the hazard itself.

Dr. Sullivan-Wiley completed her PhD last year and is now NatureNet Science Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University and The Nature Conservancy. Learn about Assistant Professor Short Gianotti’s work here.

PhD student Chi Chen publishes his first research article

May 3rd, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Graduate students, Juri Knjazihhin, May-17, Pub-17, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Second year PhD student Chi Chen published his first research article entitled “Prototyping of LAI and FPAR Retrievals from MODIS Multi-Angle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction (MAIAC) Data” in the open source journal Remote Sensing. Mr. Chen is advised by Profs. Knyazikhin and Myneni. The article can be downloaded here.

PhD student Yaxiong Ma wins BU Initiative on Cities Urban Research Award

April 14th, 2017 in 2017, Apr-17, Awards, Graduate students, Grants, News

Congratulations to Earth & Environment PhD student Yaxiong Ma, recipient of BU’s 2017 Initiative on Cities Urban Research Award! Ma is building a VR simulation of urban green and gray infrastructure.

PhD student Taejin Park and Prof. Myneni co-author article in ERL

April 10th, 2017 in 2017, Apr-17, Faculty, Graduate students, Pub-17, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Taejin Park and Prof. Ranga Myneni contributed to an article recently published in Environmental Research Letters under the title “Was the extreme Northern Hemisphere greening in 2015 predictable?” The article can be freely downloaded from

PhD student Radost Stanimirova attending International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

April 5th, 2017 in 2017, Apr-17, Awards, Graduate students, News, Trips

PhD student Radost Stanimirova has been accepted as a fellow in the Young Scientists Summer Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna. Since 1977, IIASA’s annual 3-month program offers research opportunities to talented young researchers with interests in global environmental, economic, and social change. Radost will join the Ecosystems Services and Management research team.