Category: Grad students

Grad Student Katie Eccles awarded GSA Research Grant

April 15th, 2014 in Awards, 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!

Katie Eccles is advised by Associate Professor Ethan Baxter. To learn more about Baxter’s work, visit his website.



Jared Woolacott and Dan Gianotti to give talks Friday at 3:30 in STO453 as part of Graduate Student Seminar Series

April 8th, 2014 in Events, Grad students, Talks

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.


Ha Nguyen awarded Fellowship to support dissertation research

April 7th, 2014 in Awards, Grad students

Earth & Environment graduate student Ha Nguyen was recently awarded the Pruitt National Dissertation Fellowship Award for 2014-2015.

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.



Grad Student Jon Wang awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 7th, 2014 in Grad students, Grants

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.



Conor Gately awarded Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellowship

April 4th, 2014 in Grad students

Earth & Environment graduate student Conor Gately was recently awarded a Rappaport Publicy Policy Summer Fellowship for the upcoming summer.

The Rappaport Institute, a part of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, awards the Public Policy Summer Fellowship award for graduate students from schools in the Greater Boston Area.

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.


Rita Cabral’s PhD Dissertation Defense set for Tomorrow at 1 pm

April 3rd, 2014 in Events, Grad students

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!

Seismology students attend workshop at Columbia University

March 21st, 2014 in Grad students

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.”


PhD student Hollie Emery and Wally Fulweiler publish paper in Aquatic Botany

March 6th, 2014 in Grad students, Publications

Department of Earth & Environment PhD Student Hollie Emery and her advisor, Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler, recently published a paper in Aquatic Botany.

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.

Wally Fulweiler and team present research at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Hawaii

March 6th, 2014 in Grad students, Talks, Trips

Last week Department of Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler and members of the Fulweiler Lab traveled to Hawaii for the Ocean Sciences Meeting.

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.

To learn more about Professor Fulweiler’s lab, visit her lab website. To learn more about Sarah Foster’s experience with the CMORE program, check out her blog on the Fulweiler Lab site.



Wally Fulweiler publishes paper in Oceanography

February 21st, 2014 in Grad students, Publications

Department of Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Robinson Wally Fulweiler just published a paper in the latest edition of Oceanography.

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.

To learn more about Wally Fulweiler’s work, visit her personal lab website, or check out her recent publications and grants on our website.