The PEcAn Project, headed by Associate Professor Mike Dietze, will be holding a workshop this week from May 9th -11th on Terrestrial Model Informatics. Starting in the afternoon on the 9th and ending in the evening of the 11th, it will primarily take place in Room 453 of the Stone Science Building.
Eleven representatives from different ecological/land surface modelling teams will be attending to identify informatic, analysis, and cyber-infrastructure bottlenecks in the current workflows of the terrestrial ecosystem/land surface modeling community. In addition, the PEcAn team will soliciting their feedback to outline a development road-map so that the project can better provide the tools and analysis the community needs.
More information will be posted on the PEcAn Project website (http://pecanproject.github.io/) and all are welcome to attend.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett recently participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by the United States Agency for International Development on Cities and the Future of Agriculture and Food Securities.
Prof. Garrett took part in the event based on her expertise in the area of secondary cities and rural-urban agri-food value chains.
To learn more about Prof. Garrett’s work, check out her profile page.
Last week Earth & Environment Associate Professor Mike Dietze organized a meeting titled “Operationalizing Ecological Forecasting.” Dietze described the meeting in an email to the Department:
“The meeting was aimed at discussing the needs and benefits of focusing more on near-term, iterative forecasts. In other words, on making predictions that are both management- and theory-relevant on timescales that are short enough that we, as a community, learn and improve from making such forecasts. These time scales contrast with the growing ecological literature making projections under IPCC climate scenarios, which are important but will never be validated over the careers of those making the projections. The iterative part highlights the need to update predictions as new information becomes available and emphasizes the accelerated learning that comes from this. While the ecological community has gotten much better at monitoring environmental change, it needs to get better at anticipating future change as all decision making is fundamentally about the future. The combination of societal need (COP21, Executive Order on “Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Federal Decision Making”, etc) and scientific advances (e.g. unprecedented open data availability), plus our much greater emphasis on the near-term, make the time particularly ripe for such a change in perspective.”
The “Operationalizing Ecological Forecasting” meeting was attended by 21 top scientists across a wide range of ecological sub-disciplines, such as disease ecology, wildlife management, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, ecohydrology, and decision support. The meeting was hosted by the USGS Powell Center in Ft Collins, CO, funded by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), and organized with the assistance of NEON Staff Scientist, Andy Fox.
More information can be found at http://ecoforecast.org/workshops/oef2016/
Fore more information on Prof. Dietze and his work, check out his profile page.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor R. Wally Fuweiler and many of the students that comprise the Fulweiler Lab are in Portland, OR this week to take part in the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federations 23rd Biennial Conference.
As part of the conference, Fulweiler and her team are participating in the conference in a number of ways:
Fulweiler will be giving an invited plenary talk on “Triaging the Coastal Ocean” as well as chairing a session on the same subject.
Currently Ph.D. Sarabeth Buckley will be giving a presentation on “The Race Between Salt Marshes and Sea Level Rise: Northeastern US and Bay of Fundy.”
Current PhD Hollie Emery will be giving a presentation on “Salt marshes in a changing climate: greenhouse gas emissions, carbon cycling, and precipitation change.”
Undergraduate member of the Fulweiler Lab Rob Lauto will be giving a presentation on “The impact of harmful algal bloom organic matter on sediment denitrification.”
Current Ph.D. Sarah Foster will be presenting a poster on “Evidence of phosphorus limitation on sediment nitrous oxide uptake in a shallow, temperate estuary”
Current Ph.D. Tim Maguire will be giving a presentation on “Waste water and urban runoff – significant anthropogenic sources of silica to coastal systems.”
Former PhD student and now postdoctoral associate at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole Jo Carey is cockering a session titled Responses of Salt Marshes to Sea Level Rise and giving a talk titled “Salt marsh greenhouse gas emissions in a warmer world.”
Former Fulweiler lab student and current UCONN Ph.D. student Amanda Vieillard is giving a presentation on “How the eastern oyster influences coastal nutrient cycling: stable isotopes in a mesocosm study.”
Former Ph.D. co-advised by Fulweiler at the University of Rhode Island and now postdoctoral associate at the University of Georgia Lindsey Fields will be giving a talk on “Resuspension of sedimented oil from the Deepwater Horizon: Impact on biogeochemistry at the sediment-water interface.”
Earth & Environment PhD student Chris Holden is serving today on the LCMAP (Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection) System Concept and Review at EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Other members of the review panel are senior leaders from the USGS, NASA, and the Landsat Program and international experts.
Holden is working toward his PhD in Geography under the guidance of Professor Curtis Woodcock. Professor Woodcock writes of Holden’s participation in LCMAP: “The decision to invite him to participate speaks volumes about the respect for his capabilities within the USGS at EROS Data Center.”
To learn more about the work done by Holden and Woodcock, check out Professor Woodcock’s profile page.
This past Monday, April 6th, 2015, Research Assistant Professor Alyssa Novak hosted an on-campus meeting to discuss the development of a market for the invasive green crab. MA State Senator Bruce Tarr along with representatives from Coastal Zone Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Federation, Salem Coast Watch, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, and the Boston Globe were all present at the meeting.
To learn more about Novak’s work, check out her profile page.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra is in Washington D.C. this week to participate in the 5th annual North American Carbon Program Principle Investigators Meetings & AmeriFlux Principal Investigators Meeting.
In addition to attending the three day meeting, Hutyra is also coordinating a breakout session on the Urban Carbon Cycle on Tuesday afternoon.
To learn more about the North American Carbon Program, visit their website.
To learn more about Hutyra’s work, check out her profile page.
Prof. Kaufmann’s talk “Price differences among crude oils: an unreliable supplier discount” was given on Monday October 24, 2014.
Project LINK is a United Nations research group in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Project LINK members are a “wide range of experts from academia, economic research institutions and international economic organizations as well as United Nations colleagues” that meet yearly to “discuss the world economic outlook” (“Project LINK“).
Prof. Kaufmann’s research focuses on global climate change, world oil markets, and land-use changes. To learn more about Prof. Kaufmann’s work, check out his profile.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Michael Dietze was in Boulder, Colorado this week to take part in the 7th Annual National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Meeting.
At the meeting, Prof. Dietze organized and and ran a one day workshop on “Scaling ecological processes: theoretical, empirical, modeling, and remote sensing perspectives.”
Attending the meeting and workshop with Prof. Dietze were PhD student Josh Mantooth and Post-doctoral Associate Christy Rollinson.
To learn more about the meeting, visit NEON’s website.
To learn more about the work of Prof. Dietze, check out his profile page.
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.
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.