Category: Grants

Margaret Hendrick awarded EPA grant for Environmental Research Project

October 29th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Grants, Nathan Phillips, Oct-14

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Margaret Hendrick is one of “Seven Massachusetts graduate students award EPA grants for Environmental Research Projects,” the Environmental Protection Agency announced today via press release.

Margaret Hendrick

Margaret Hendrick

Hendrick’s now funded grant project will focus on the “Impact of fugitive methane emissions on ecosystem services across a gradient of shale gas extraction to natural gas distribution.”

In total, three Boston University graduate students were among the seven to receive funding from the EPA.

To read the full press release by the EPA, click here.

Hendrick is a PhD candidate in Geography studying global change and urban ecology. She is advised by Professor Nathan Phillips.


Katie Eccles awarded Outstanding Mention for 2014 GSA Grant Proposals

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Ethan Baxter, Faculty, Graduate students, Grants, Meeting, Oct-14, Trips

This past week, Earth & Environment graduate student Katie Eccles was awarded an Outstanding Mention for 2014 GSA Grant Proposals of Exceptional Merit in Conception and Presentation at the 2014 Annual Geological Society of America Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

The Exceptional Merit awards were given as part of a special ceremony held October 20th that featured Eccles and fellow recipients receiving their awards from GSA President Hap McSween.

Eccles receives award

Eccles receives award from GSA President, Hap McSween.


The 10 award recipients were chosen from a pool of 401 graduate students who received 2014 GSA Research Grants. Eccles’s grant will explore a new method to date detrital garnets in modern river sediments.

Eccles is an Earth Science PhD student working with Associate Professor Ethan Baxter. Her research focuses on detrital garnet geochronology.

To learn more about Prof. Baxter’s work and his work with Eccles, check out Baxter’s profile page.

Lucy Hutyra, SCOPE project featured in BU Today

October 17th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Grants, Lucy Hutyra, News, Oct-14

Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and the Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform & Ecosystem project, or SCOPE, are featured in today’s web publication of BU Today.

The article, “Designing an intelligent urban ecosystem,” highlights the cloud-based NSF funded project that will develop “services and products to solve urban problems ranging from traffic congestion to dirty air” (“Designing”).

Part of the article highlights Hutyra’s work on measuring and recording miles traveled by vehicles in the city in an effort to better understand and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

To read the full article, visit this link.

To read more about Hutyra’s work, check out her profile page.




Job Opportunity: Ph.D. Assistantship, Marine Biogeocehmistry and Engineering

September 10th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Grants, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Sept-14

Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler has been awarded a new NSF grant and is seeking a student worker to assist in the research.

To learn more about the job opportunity, check out our job postings page (job posted until position filled).


Wally Fulweiler grant awarded funding by NSF

September 10th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Grants, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Sept-14, Undergraduate

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler has just received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new grant.

Fulweiler is PI on the grant titled “Collaborative Research: Development of an In Situ Porewater Sampler Coupled to an Underwater Mass Spectrometer for High-Resolution Biogenic Gas Measurements in Permeable Sediment.” Fulweiler is working in collaboration with colleague at SRI and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

The project’s goals are described in detail on Fulweiler’s laboratory site at this link, or more information can be found on the project on the NSF’s website.

To assist with the project, Fulweiler is also seeking a student researcher; to learn more about the research opportunity, contact Associate Professor Fulweiler or check out the job description on our job postings page (posted until job filled).

Yuri Knjazihhin awarded new NASA grant

September 5th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Grants, Juri Knjazihhin, Ranga Myneni, Sept-14

Earth & Environment Professor Yuri Knjazihhin was awarded a new NASA Grant titled “Earth System Data Records of Global Vegetation Index, Fraction of Absorbed PAR, Leaf Area and its Sunlit Fraction from DSCOVR data” under the NASA DSCOVR Earth Science Algorithms Program.

The objective of this three year proposal is to develop Earth System Data Records of global Fraction vegetation absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FPAR), Leaf Area Index (LAI) and its sunlit fraction (SLAI), and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) from the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) data.

A special emphasis will be given to achieving consistency and complementarity between DSCOVR EPIC and existing NASA land surface products.

Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni is co-investigator.

Pontus Olofsson PI on new research grant

August 14th, 2014 in 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Grants, Pontus Olofsson

Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a two-year research grant from the U.S. Forest Service to prototype a system for monitoring of land cover change and carbon emissions and removals for subregion in Colombia. The research will be conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment in Colombia.

Ranga Myneni awarded new NASA Grant

August 13th, 2014 in 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Grants, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni was awarded a new NASA Grant titled “Global LAI-FPAR Earth System Data Records from Suomi VIIRS to Extend the EOS MODIS Time Series” under the NASA Suomi VIIRS Science Team Program. The objective of this three year grant is to provide and maintain the algorithm for operational production of global LAI/FPAR science data records by the NASA Suomi NPP Land SIPS from Suomi VIIRS data and to evaluate these products to assure continuity with the EOS MODIS product time series. A list of Myneni’s grants can be found at

Lucy Hutyra Co-PI on new BU Smart-City NSF grant

August 5th, 2014 in 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Graduate students, Grants, Lucy Hutyra

A new grant sponsored by members of the BU community has been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation.

The goal of the project, “A Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform and Ecosystem (SCOPE),” is to “research, prototype, and evaluate novel ‘smart-city’ services for the city of Boston and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts” through the creation of the cloud-based open platform, SCOPE (“NSF“). In developing and utilizing SCOPE, the investigators hope to learn more about the functionality of smart cities and implement “specific SCOPE-enabled smart-city services” some of which include technology to improve traffic congestion and technology to monitor carbon emissions.

The grant is led by Principal Investigator Azer Bestavros, a Computer Science Professor at BU. Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra is a Co-PI on the project. Working with Hutyra on the project is Ph.D. candidate Conor Gately.

To learn more about the SCOPE project, visit the NSF award information page here.

To learn more about the work of Lucy Hutyra, visit her profile page on our website.


Dave Marchant appointed HHMI Professorship, featured in BU Today

July 1st, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Dave Marchant, Faculty, Grants, July-14, News

Professor Dave Marchant has been appointed to a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professorship, effective September 1, 2014.

The highly competitive appointment, which comes with $1,000,000, is given to “accomplished research scientists who also are deeply committed to making science more engaging for undergraduates. … The 40 scientists who have been named HHMI professors since the program began in 2002 have introduced innovative approaches for teaching science in the classroom, expanded and enhanced student research opportunities, developed new educational resources, and implemented novel mentoring programs for student support” (HHMI Professors).

To view the announcement directly from HHMI, click here.

Marchant’s plans for his grant are described in the BU Today feature article that can be read here.