Category: Graduate students

PhD students Jon Wang and Kathryn Wheeler win AGU Outstanding Paper Awards

January 26th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Graduate students, Jan-18, News, Presentations

Congratulations to PhD candidate Jon Wang and first-year PhD student Kathryn Wheeler, who have each received an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the AGU Fall Meeting 2017.

Wang’s presentation was entitled “Multidecadal Rates of Disturbance- and Climate Change-Induced Land Cover Change in Arctic and Boreal Ecosystems over Western Canada and Alaska Inferred from Dense Landsat Time Series.”

Wheeler’s won for “Using parallel factor analysis modeling (PARAFAC) and self-organizing maps to track senescence-induced patterns in leaf litter leachate.”

Both student were in the Biogeosciences division.

PhD student Chi Chen and Prof. Myneni coauthor paper in Nature Sustainability

January 26th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Graduate students, Jan-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Ranga Myneni

A paper coauthored by PhD student Chi Chen and Professor Ranga Myneni entitled “Increased vegetation growth and carbon stock in China karst via ecological engineering” was recently published in the inaugural issue of Nature Sustainability.

The paper describes the use of MODIS LAI data and show a widespread increase in leaf area index (a proxy for green vegetation cover), and aboveground biomass carbon. In spite of drought conditions, aboveground biomass carbon increased by 9% (+0.05 Pg C y−1), mainly in areas of high conservation effort. The authors conclude that large scale conservation projects can contribute to a greening Earth with positive effects on carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change. The paper can be downloaded from

A News & Views item describing the article to the general public appeared in Nature.

For more information about Prof. Myneni’s works, please visit

Don’t miss the Natural Gas Infrastructure & Public Health webcast!

January 26th, 2018 in 2018, Department Seminars, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Jan-18, Nathan Phillips, News

Professor Nathan Phillips and PhD student Jessica Wright, in coordination with the BU School of Public Health, among others, have been organizing a day-long conference entitled Natural Gas Infrastructure and Public Health: From Local to Global.

Tune in Tuesday at 10AM and all day for a live webcast of the event!

Video forthcoming and will be linked from this page – stay tuned.


PhD student Claudia Mazur publishes at

January 19th, 2018 in 2018, Graduate students, Jan-18, News, Pub-18, Publications

PhD student Claudia Mazur has published “Deep Sea Mining and Ecosystem Adaptability” at, a site dedicated to making research accessible to wider audiences. “Since the beginning of civilization, the Earth’s surface has been exploited for its valuable resources (e.g., metals, coal, minerals, etc.) through the act of mining,” Claudia argues. “These invasive operations cause a negative environmental impact by the physical destruction of habitats and chemical contamination, which ultimately contribute to the loss of biodiversity.”

PhD student Claudia Mazur joined Deep Sea Submergence Committee New Users Program

December 20th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, Graduate students, News, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Trips

Claudia Mazur, a first-year PhD student working with Wally Fulweiler, participated in the 2017 Deep Sea Submergence Committee (DeSSC) New Users Program, a workshop tailored to new users of deep submergence facilities such as U.S. submersible Alvin, the remotely operated vehicle Jason/Medea, and the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry. At the meeting, Claudia engaged in trainings where she learned how to develop research programs that use these vehicles and networked with scientists actively involved in deep-sea research. Claudia hopes to use the skills she learned from this meeting to conduct research on nitrogen cycling in sediments off the continental shelf and in the deep sea.

Minkyu Moon, Mark Friedl, and carbon absorption featured in BU Today

December 14th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, Graduate students, Mark Friedl, News

PhD candidate Minkyu Moon and Professor Mark Friedl were featured in BU Today, discussing the relationship between ecosystems and climate change. “Their research, which combines satellite data with on-the-ground measurements, suggests that as global temperatures rise, spring in the U.S. Northeast is starting earlier.” Click here to read the article.

PhD student Hollie Emery publishes on tidal restoration with Associate Professor Fulweiler

December 13th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, Graduate students, News, Pub-17, Publications, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

PhD student Hollie Emery joined Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler in co-authoring an article on tidal restoration. “Tidal restriction from coastal development can alter salt marsh plant and animal communities as well as marsh biogeochemistry,” they note. “However, much less is known about how tidal restriction, and subsequent tidal restoration, may alter greenhouse gas emissions.” Read the full article in Ecosphere.

Spanish speaker needed for conservation research

December 12th, 2017 in 2017, Christoph Nolte, Dec-17, Faculty, Graduate students, Interviews, Undergraduate

Assistant Professor Christoph Nolte is looking for a fluent Spanish speaker ot help conduct remote interviews with representatives of Colombia’s public environmental agencies.


Don’t miss the Environmental Career Fair on Monday!

September 28th, 2017 in 2017, Events, Graduate students, Sept-17, Undergraduate

Join us on Monday as a wide range of environmental employers come to BU to recruit you!


Monday, October 2

1pm – 5pm

Metcalf Ballroom, 2nd floor of the GSU

775 Comm Ave.


Participating companies include:

Abt Associates


Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER)

Cadmus Group

Ceres, Inc.

City of Boston, Planning & Development

Energy Federation


JDM Associates


NMR Group

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Triumvirate Environmental

Career Fair


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.