Category: Grants

PhD student Claudia Mazur receives Sigma Xi research award

June 14th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Faculty, Graduate students, Grants, Jun-18, News, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

Claudia Mazur, a second-year PhD student and member of the Fulweiler Lab, has won a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid-of-Research award. The GIAR program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society, is the international honor society of science and engineering, founded in 1886.

Professors Cleveland and Gopal receive Microsoft grant

May 8th, 2018 in 2018, Cutler Cleveland, Faculty, Grants, May-18, Suchi Gopal

Professors Cutler Cleveland and Suchi Gopal, along with their colleague Michael Walsh of BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, have been awarded a grant through Microsoft’s AI for Earth Program. The award will support the development of a cloud-based analytical workflow for urban and regional-scale integrated assessment of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation pathways. This work supports the Carbon Free Boston project of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Department of Earth and Environment.

AI for Earth puts Microsoft’s cloud and AI tools in the hands of those working to solve global environmental challenges. Through grants that provide access to cloud and AI tools, opportunities for education and training on AI, and investments in innovative, scalable solutions, AI for Earth works to advance sustainability across the world.

Fellowships galore in the Hutyra Research Lab

May 2nd, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Awards, Faculty, Former Students, Graduate students, Grants, Lucy Hutyra, May-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Staff, Undergraduate

Multiple students and a recent alum have received fellowships based on their work in the Hutyra Research Lab, under associate professor Lucy Hutyra‘s guidance.

  • PhD student Luca Morreale has been named a Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow; he will calculate a complete carbon budget for the town of Arlington, Massachusetts, comparing the relative importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts with the carbon offsets provided by public street trees.
  • PhD student Sarah Garvey has received a research award from the Initiative on Cities, co-founded by former Mayor Tom Menino to invest in early stage research projects to advance the study of dynamic urban leadership.
  • Second-year undergrad Wiley Hundertmark will participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by the National Institute of Standards & Technology through the U.S. Department of Commerce, designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.
  • Ian Smith, a 2017 E&E alum and technician in the Hutyra Research Lab, has just published his undergrad thesis in Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. In “Piecing together the fragments: elucidating edge effects on forest carbon dynamics,” Smith explores differences in C dynamics observed across biomes through a trade‐offs framework that considers edge microenvironmental changes and limiting factors to productivity.”
  • PhD student Julia Marrs, a co-author on that article, has received a departmental award for outstanding graduate student presentation for “Tracking Primary Productivity with Solar-Induced Fluorescence Data: From Leaf to Tower to Space-Based Retrievals.” Betsy Cowdery, who works with Michael Dietze, also received an award, for “Looking Past Primary Productivity: A Roadmap for Benchmarking System Processes that Drive Ecosystem Level Responses in Models.”

Pontus Olofsson receives funding from the USGS and USAID to support international capacity building efforts

April 17th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Faculty, Grants, News, Pontus Olofsson

Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson has received a grant from the USGS and USAID to support SilvaCarbon capacity building efforts in developing countries aimed at reducing deforestation and forest degradation within the REDD+/UNFCCC framework. The grant ensures Olofsson’s support to SilvaCarbon partner countries over the next two years.

Duncan FitzGerald and Zoe Hughes receive new NSF RAPID grant

February 26th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Feb-18, Grants, News, Researchers, Zoe Hughes

Professor Duncan FitzGerald and Research Assistant Professor Zoe Hughes have received a Rapid Response Research Grant from the National Science Foundation. RAPID funding is used in cases of severe urgency with regard to availability of data, including quick-response research on natural disasters. Professors FitzGerald and Hughes will use the funding to study extreme sedimentation caused by January’s bomb cyclone.

New research funding for local and national coastal projects

November 1st, 2017 in 2017, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Grants, News, Nov-17, Zoe Hughes

Research Assistant Professor Zoe Hughes, Professor Duncan FitzGerald, and the Coastal Lab have secured funding from the National Science Foundation to investigate sedimentation on marshes from Florida to South Carolina due to Hurricane Irma, and from the National Park Service to study the effects of sea level rise and increased storm severity on the Boston Harbor Islands.

Pontus Olofsson receives research funding from NASA

October 25th, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Grants, News, Oct-17, Pontus Olofsson, Rachael Garrett, Researchers

Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a three-year research grant from the NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program for his proposal “Comprehensive analysis of thirty years of land change in Georgia: patterns, carbon dynamics and drivers.” Olofsson, together with co-investigators Rachael Garrett and Curtis Woodcock, will analyze the land change patterns and terrestrial carbon dynamics of the country of Georgia over the last 30 years. The study has a strong social science component and includes analyses of impacts of shifting policies, globalization, and of the economic and political turmoil of modern Georgia.

Diane Thompson receives NSF funding to investigate the link between tropical Pacific trade winds and global temperatures

August 10th, 2017 in 2017, Aug-17, Diane Thompson, Faculty, Grants, News

Assistant professor Diane Thompson has been awarded a $342,652 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the recent history of tropical Pacific trade wind strength recorded in the skeleton of corals from equatorial atolls. These natural archives of tropical Pacific wind strength have the potential to dramatically improve our understanding of the impact of winds on the rate of global climate change.

This project will also contribute to broadening participation and diversity in science by supporting two early career female scientists (Thompson and co-PI Jessica Carilli), a postdoctoral researcher (H. Sayani) and two undergraduates, who will together develop programs to promote race, gender, and LGBTQ diversity, equity, and inclusion at Boston University.

Click to read more: “NSF Award 1702130: Reconstructing Pacific Trade Wind Variability – Extending and Replicating a Promising New Coral Proxy.”

Rachael Garrett receives nearly a half-million to study deforestation and supply chains

August 9th, 2017 in 2017, Aug-17, Faculty, Grants, News, Rachael Garrett

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett has been awarded $400,000 from the National Science Foundation to study connections between deforestation and global supply chains.

“This project will provide new knowledge on the complex global telecouplings and public-private governance interactions of how zero-deforestation commitments influence land cover change,” Garrett and her colleagues propose. “The research will enhance our fundamental understanding about the conditions under which zero-deforestation commitments lead to ecosystem conservation.”

Click to read more about “Assessing the Influence of Zero-Deforestation Supply-Chain Commitments on the Conservation of Ecosystems.”

Research assistant professor Alyssa Novak and colleagues receive EPA award

May 11th, 2017 in 2017, Alyssa Novak, Awards, Faculty, Grants, May-17, News, Researchers

The Great Marsh Resiliency Partnership received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Merit Award in a ceremony on May 3rd at Faneuil Hall in Boston for their outstanding contribution to environmental restoration and protection. The team includes Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Alyssa Novak.

The “Partnership,” led by the National Wildlife Federation, received a $2.9M Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Grant in 2015 to reduce the vulnerability of communities within the Great Marsh to coastal storms, sea-level rise and other stressors. The project, entitled “Community Risk Reduction through Comprehensive Coastal Resiliency Enhancement for the Upper North Shore, Massachusetts,” takes a holistic approach that includes near-term restoration activities and long-term modeling and planning. Over the past two years the partnerships accomplishments have included: eradicating the invasive pepperweed and common reed from over 400 acres of saltmarsh; establishing 3,000 feet of dunes in front of vulnerable coastal infrastructure; reintroducing eelgrass to the subtidal waters; implementing a monitoring and management program for the invasive green crab; identifying and integrating 100 strategies into a comprehensive Great Marsh Coastal Adaptation Plan; identifying more than 1,200 barriers, including dams, water crossings and culverts for retro fits and upgrades. This project navigated the complex interconnections between natural resource conservation and economic and political priorities, jurisdictional authority, and diverse management values.