Category: Grants

PhD student Yaxiong Ma wins BU Initiative on Cities Urban Research Award

April 14th, 2017 in 2017, Apr-17, Awards, Graduate students, Grants, News

Congratulations to Earth & Environment PhD student Yaxiong Ma, recipient of BU’s 2017 Initiative on Cities Urban Research Award! Ma is building a VR simulation of urban green and gray infrastructure.

Read the update on Michael Dietze’s tickborne disease research

March 23rd, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Grants, Mar-17, Michael Dietze, News

“To protect personnel on Southeastern military installations from tickborne diseases, a federal program has awarded a five-year, $2.45 million grant to a team of researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and other institutions.” That includes BU and Associate Professor Michael Dietze.

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Associate Professor Michael Dietze receives federal grant to study tickborne diseases

November 28th, 2016 in 2016, Awards, Faculty, Grants, Michael Dietze, News, Nov-16

Associate Professor Michael Dietze and his colleagues at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been awarded a five-year, $2.45 million grant by the federal Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, an initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. The goal is to protect personnel on Southeastern military installations from tickborne diseases. The research team will determine the effects of invasive plants, fire, and host animal density on tick populations, and assess how these factors could influence such disease risk under future climate conditions.

Rachel Abercrombie receives three research award to continue earthquake research

June 10th, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, Grants, Jun-16, News, Rachel Abercrombie

Rachel Abercrombie

Rachel Abercrombie

Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie has received 3 new research awards in the last few months to continue her work in earthquake seismology. She is collaborating with scientists and graduate students at a number of different universities and institutions. The awards, their focus, and Prof. Abercrombie’s work on them are described below:

NSF Collaborative Award

The U.S.-led international experiment project titled Hikurangi Ocean Bottom Investigation of Tremor and Slow Slip or HOBITSS  deployed an ocean bottom instrument array offshore New Zealand. The aim is to investigate the physical environment that hosts shallow slow slip and its relationship to destructive, seismic slip on the Hikurangi subduction thrust. Prof. Abercrombie is a PI with Prof. Schwartz (UCSC) and Prof. Sheehan (U Colorado) on a two-year project that will build on the initial data analysis from this experiment. Prof. Abercrombie is leading the analysis of earthquake source parameters to explore their spatial and temporal relationships with slow slip, geodetic coupling and physical properties of the plate interface.

The original deployment and early results featured in a recent EOS article titled “Investigations of Shallow Slow Slip Offshore of New Zealand.”

NSF Collaborative Award

Prof. Abercrombie and Prof. Chen (University of Oklahoma) received three years of funding to investigate earthquake stress drops, their uncertainties, and spatial and temporal changes using data from around Parkfield, California. This section of the San Andreas Fault near Parkfield, has a high rate of earthquakes, and is one of the best-instrumented sections of fault in the world.

Southern California Earthquake Center Award

For this one year award, Prof. Abercrombie is working with Prof. Shearer at UCSD to improve measurements of earthquake stress drop in Southern California.


 Prof. Abercrombie also regularly visits scientists at MIT and Harvard with whom she works on a range of different projects. To learn more about her work, check out her profile page.

Bruce Anderson and Magaly Koch part of new $10 million, 5-year NASA K-12 project

April 12th, 2016 in 2016, Apr-16, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Grants

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

E&E Professor Bruce Anderson and BU Center for Remote Sensing Research Associate Professor Magaly Koch, along with School of Education Professors Peter Garik, Donald Derosa and Evangeline Stefanakis, were recently awarded $3 million as part of a $10 million multi-institutional NASA project called “MISSION EARTH: Fusing GLOBE with NASA Assets to Build Systemic Innovation In STEM Education.”

The project seeks to leverage the resources of both NASA and Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) in order to develop a K-12 progression of activities to get students out taking observations that they can compare with NASA satellite imagery and use to do real, hands-on science about their local environment within a global perspective.  The unique contribution of the project will be to develop these activities such that they build upon each other as the students complete each grade so that the students are eventually able to use GLOBE and NASA resources to propose and answer their own original research questions.

To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here .  To learn more about Prof. Koch’s work, you can visit her website here.

Josh Gray, Mark Friedl grant funded

February 8th, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, Feb-16, Grants, Josh Gray, Mark Friedl, News

Josh Gray

Josh Gray


Mark Friedl

Mark Friedl

Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Josh Gray and Professor Mark Friedl have been awarded funding from NASA. The three year long grant will create phenological indicators of climate impacts on ecosystems. Gray is the PI on the grant and Friedl is the Co-I.

To learn more about Gray and Friedl’s work, check out their profile pages by clicking on their names above.

Mike Dietze’s grant receives funding from DOD

October 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Faculty, Grants, Michael Dietze, Oct-15

Michael Dietze

Michael Dietze

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Mike Dietze was just awarded grant funding from the Department of Defense for a new project that will focus on the risks of Tick-borne diseases that could potentially result from the effects of climate change.

In the grant’s abstract, Dietze and his colleague describe the objectives of the project:

“1) Evaluate the interactions between fire and plant invasions spanning a gradient in fire management, invasive plant distribution and abundance, and climatic conditions across the southeastern U.S.

2) Quantify the effects of fire and plant invasions, and their interactions, for variation in wildlife abundance, tick abundance, tick infection rates, and TBD risk to humans.

3) Calibrate a spatially explicit model of TBD risk in response to fire-invasion interactions and incorporate simulations of climate change scenarios to examine the responses of fire, plant invasions, wildlife, TBD risk, and their interactions.”

To learn more about Associate Professor Dietze’s work, check out his profile page or see his recent news and publications.

Rachael Garrett receives supplement to NSF grant

August 17th, 2015 in 2015, Aug-15, Faculty, Grants, Rachael Garrett

Rachael Garrett

Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett was recently awarded supplemental funding for her grant project titled “Improving agricultural practices for sustainable development.”

The project is funded by the Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems program which is a part of the National Science Foundation’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows program.

To learn more about Assistant Professor Garrett’s work, check out her profile page.

Mike Dietze PEcAn project renewed by NSF

July 13th, 2015 in 2015, Faculty, Grants, July-15, Michael Dietze

Michael Dietze

Michael Dietze

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Mike Dietze‘s Predictive Ecosystem Analyzer or PEcAn project has just received renewed funding from the National Science Foundation.

The PEcAn project is one of the core activities for the Dietze Lab. A full description of the project can be found on its NSF award page or by visiting the Dietze’s Lab Homepage.

To learn more about Prof. Dietze’s work, check out his profile page.

Duncan FitzGerald and research group receive new grant

May 14th, 2015 in 2015, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Grants, May-15

Duncan FitzGerald

Duncan FitzGerald

Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald and his research team have been awarded a new grant from the Department of Interior and additional funding from the National Wildlife Federation.

With the grant funds, FitzGerald and his team will study the hydrodynamics and sediment transport in Plum Island Sound, MA. This two year study is aimed at providing data for a hydrodynamic model of the region and evaluating the long-term sustainability of the Great Marsh in a regime of accelerating sea-level rise.

To learn more about Prof. FitzGerald’s work check out his profile page, or see his recent news and publications.