Category: Grants

Suchi Gopal and Magaly Koch receive NSF grant to study Indonesian coast

September 21st, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Grants, News, Sept-18, Suchi Gopal

Professor Suchi Gopal and Research Associate Professor Magaly Koch of the Center for Remote Sensing will receive $200,000 over three years for 18 U.S. students to gain international research experience in earth, life and data sciences as applied to the coastal region of Northern Central Java. Assessing the impacts of present and future coastal hazards requires an understanding of the complex interactions between geological, hydrological, biophysical and socioeconomic systems.

This is a collaborative three year IRES project for 18 US students to gain international research experience in earth, life and data sciences as applied to the coastal region of Northern Central Java, Indonesia. The collaborative activities will be performed in partnership between Boston University (BU), Tufts University (TU) and the University of Diponegoro (UNDIP), Semarang, Indonesia. A cohort of six students per year will gain hands-on laboratory and field experience in coastal zone research during a six-week stay at the foreign institution. Coastal cities worldwide are facing the enormous task to become resilient against physical, social and economic challenges, in addition to challenges due to climate variations. Assessing the impacts of present and future coastal hazards requires an understanding of the complex interactions betweengeological, hydrological, biophysical and socioeconomic systems. This project seeks to undertake effective, innovative, and transformative research to understand how coastal environments respond to natural and anthropogenic factors. Students will learn data acquisition techniques and the ability to analyze and interpret scientific information.

Associate Professor Anne Short Gianotti receives NSF grant for research on the politics of urban and suburban wildlife management

September 21st, 2018 in 2018, Anne Short, Faculty, Grants, John Connors, News, Sept-18

Associate Professor Anne Short Gianotti has been awarded $375,000 for the project “Deer in the Suburbs: A Comparative Study of the Mobilization and Mutation of Wildlife Management Strategies.” Along with collaborator John Casellas Connors (Texas A&M; E&E Adjunct djunct Research Assistant Professor), Short Gianotti will examine the shifting management strategies related to growing white-tailed deer populations in municipalities across Massachusetts and New York State. The project will help wildlife managers tackle the growing challenge of (sub)urban wildlife and produce new knowledge about how management strategies spread among municipal actors and the ways that environmental politics unfold in (sub)urban areas.

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.”