Category: News

New blog accompanies lecturer Rick Reibstein’s environmental responsibility textbook

July 12th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jul-2018, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein, Undergraduate

Trunity, the publisher of E&E Lecturer Rick Reibstein‘s Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility​, now hosts a blog “for people who want to help meet the challenge of how to live within the biosphere without harming it, and thus protect ourselves, other living things, future generations, and the source of all wealth and value that we hold dear.” The Environmental Citizen offers stories about collective social responsibility, federal policy for land management, and legislative proposals surround clean energy. The last topic was explored by E&E students in Reibstein’s course GE 532 Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (now enrolling for Fall 2018).

Assistant professor Jeffrey Geddes speaks about his $1 million in research awards for air quality

July 5th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Faculty, Interviews, Jeffrey Geddes, Jul-2018, News

Assistant Professor Jeffrey Geddes, who joined E&E in 2016, has spoken to BU Today about the $1 million in early career research awards he has won from the National Science Foundation and NASA.

As BU Today notes: “The funding will allow him to expand his use of satellite-based remote sensing observations, computer modeling, and targeted field observations to study the impact on air quality in North America of the interaction between natural emissions from the biosphere and those caused by human activities such as burning fossil fuels.”

“While emissions from forests and other natural ecosystems alone don’t normally cause air pollution, Geddes says, they can interact with emissions caused by human activities to create ‘a complex air pollution mixture that can determine how effective controlling emissions from human activities will be in improving air quality in any given year.'”

Pontus Olofsson, Eric Bullock, and Curtis Woodcock lead session on map accuracy and area estimation at Google Earth Engine User Summit in Dublin

June 14th, 2018 in 2018, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Graduate students, Jun-18, News, Pontus Olofsson, Presentations, Researchers

A team of E&E remote sensors recently presented at the Google Earth Engine User Summit in Dublin. Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson, Professor Curtis Woodcock, and PhD candidate Eric Bullock are seeking to rectify classification errors in remote sensing-based maps that may introduce severe bias in mapped areas of land cover and land cover change. The summit is designed for mapping and technology specialists, researchers, and instructors who are actively working on projects or teaching courses related to remote sensing or mapping.

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.

Read assistant professor Rachael Garrett’s take on necessary tradeoffs in Brazil’s livestock production

June 11th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have just published “Tradeoffs in the Quest for Climate Smart Agricultural Intensification in Mato Grosso, Brazil” in Environmental Research Letters. “We compare the costs and benefits of a typical extensive, continuously grazed cattle system relative to a specialized soybean production system and two improved cattle management strategies (rotational grazing and integrated soybean-cattle) under different climate scenarios. We find that relative to continuously grazed or rotationally grazed cattle systems, the integrated soybean-cattle system showed higher food production and lower GHG emissions per unit of human digestible protein, as well as increased resilience under climate change (both in terms of productivity and financial returns). By underscoring the economic feasibility of improving the performance of cattle systems, and by quantifying the tradeoffs of each option, our results are useful for directing agricultural and climate policy.”

Lecturer Rick Reibstein writes about lead poisoning and democracy

June 11th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has recently penned “Environmental Law—Resuming Progress On Lead Poisoning: A Prime Indicator of Civilization” in the Western New England University Law Review. “The quality of the effort made to prevent lead poisoning is an indicator of whether a society has become civilized,” Reibstein writes. “It is hard to argue with the logic that, at the very least, a society must act to avoid foreseeable harms—particularly to its own members and to itself as a body.” Click to read the full article.

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett co-authors article on global commodity supply chains

June 4th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have published their latest research in World Development. In “Transparency and sustainability in global commodity supply chains,” the team “present a typology to distinguish among types of supply chain information that are needed to support improvements in sustainability governance, and illustrate a number of major shortfalls and systematic biases in existing information systems. We also propose a set of ten propositions that, taken together, serve to expose some of the potential pitfalls and undesirable outcomes that may result from (inevitably) limited or poorly designed transparency systems, while offering guidance on some of the ways in which greater transparency can make a more effective, lasting and positive contribution to sustainability.”

Assistant professor Christoph Nolte publishes on forest acquisition for conservation

June 4th, 2018 in 2018, Christoph Nolte, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications

Assistant professor Christoph Nolte has published “Buying forests for conservation: contours of a global trend” in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. In the article, Professor Nolte notes, “Acquisitions of private forest rights have become a widespread conservation instrument.” He argues, “Improved behavioral models of landowners and conservation organizations might help steer acquisitions towards more efficient and equitable outcomes.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

May 23rd, 2018 in Former Students, Graduate students, News, Pictures, Undergraduate

On Sunday, May 20, the Department of Earth & Environment graduated 73 students. Good luck, Class of 2018!

Bridget Marie Baker, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and International Relation

Zohar Artel Baruch, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment

Sarah Elisabeth Beaulieu, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, cum laude

Walker Black, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Daria Blackwell, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Lauren Rose Cabrera, BA Environmental Science, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Joshua R. Castigliego, MA Energy & Environment

Emelia Janthina Chamberlain, BA Environmental Science and Marine Science, honors, magna cum laude

Alexandra Chin, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics

Joshua Clayton, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics, cum laude

Caitlin Connelly, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

John Brendan Crowley, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Weston Patrick Dengler, MA Energy & Environment

Donovan P. Dennis, MA Earth Sciences

Maria DiDomenica, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, magna cum laude

Hannah Ditty, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, minor French

Shivani Eherenfeucht, MA Earth Sciences

Connor L. Follis, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Qiyuan Fu (Lucy), BA Environmental Science and International Relations, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Andrea García Gabillo, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Ruizhe Guo, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Shan He, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Alina Hong, BA Environmental Science, cum laude

Haopeng Huang, BA Environmental Science

Anna Janetos, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Chelsea Jelaska, MA Energy & Environment

Xinyu Jiang, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, minor Economics

Kirsten Raquel Johnson, BA Environmental Science, minor Remote Sensing & GIS

Carly Jones, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Biology

William Kearney, PhD Earth Science, dissertation: “Signals of Nonlinear, Multiscale, and Stochastic Processes in Coastal Landscapes,” advisor: Sergio Fagherazzi

Amy Koch, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

Nichole Anne Kulikowski, BA Geophysics & Planetary Sciences

Aidan Brian Lancaster

Tova Levin, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and International Relations, minor Chinese, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Zekun Lin, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Yihao Liu, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Joshua Mantooth, PhD Geography, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, dissertation: “Tree Radial and Carbohydrate Storage in Eastern U.S. Temperate Forests,” advisor: Michael Dietze

Erin McGowan, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Daniella Paola Meza Chávez, MA Energy & Environment

Ana Milosavljevic, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Meredith Moore, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, BS General Science Education, cum laude

Keila Tasaka Munz, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Derek J. Newberry, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment

Peter R. Overfield, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Economics

David Akira Ozer, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Eliza C. Puritz, BA Environmental Science, MA Energy & Environment, honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Lindsay A. Reamer, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Angela Rigden, PhD Earth Science, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, dissertation: “Sources of Variation in Multi-Decadal Water Fluxes Inferred from Weather Station Data,” advisor: Guido Salvucci

Mikayla Rachael Rumph, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Zachary Schmidt, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics, MA Energy & Environment

Xianfei Shen, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Alexey Shiklomanov, PhD Geography, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, “Towards a More Educated Guessing: Improving Ecological Forecasts through Data Constraints,” advisor: Michael Dietze

Olivia Simpson, BA Environmental Science

Sarah J. Smith, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Rebecca Sparks, BA Environmental Science, honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Summer Elisabeth Stebbins, BA Environmental Science, minor Biology, cum laude

Xiaojing Tang, PhD Geography, dissertation: “Near Real-time Monitoring of Forest Disturbance: A Multi-sensor Remote Sensing Approach and Assessment Framework, advisor: Curtis Woodcock

Eliandro Tavares, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Haohan Wang, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Nicole Nalani Wheatman, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Communication, cum laude

Alex White, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katelyn Wolgamuth, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Chelsea Elyse Wolgel, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

Samuel Wright, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Marine Science

Olivia Wrisley, BA Environmental Science, minor Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

Hanqing Wu, BA Environmental Science, minor Business Administration & Management

Xuehui Sophia Xiong, MA Energy & Environment

Luofei Yan, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Hanaan Moinfar Yazdi, BA Environmental Science, minor Public Health, cum laude

Undraa Zayamandakh, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor International Relations

Mona Zayed, BA Environmental Science and International Relations

Wenqiao Zhang, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Chongyang Zhu, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Christopher F. Zielinski, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

 

College of Arts & Sciences Prize for Excellence in Earth & Environment Lauren Rose Cabrera

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Earth & Environmental Science Maria DiDomenica

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Analysis & Policy Derek J. Newberry

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science Eliza C. Puritz

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science Rebecca Sparks

Franklin C. Erickson Prize Sydney Neugebauer

College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching Fellow William Kearney

Earth & Environment Outstanding Teaching Fellow Hollie Emery

Special Prize for Student Leadership Chloe Anderson

Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Talk Betsy Cowdery, “Looking Past Primary Productivity: A Roadmap for Benchmarking System Processes that Drive Ecosystem Level Responses in Models”

Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Talk Julia Marrs, “Tracking Primary Productivity with Solar-Induced Fluorescence Data: From Leaf to Tower to Space-Based Retrievals”

Treicy Torres Memorial Environmental Justice Award Christopher F. Zielinski

Student Sustainability Leadership Award Bridget Marie Baker

See how PhD alum Kasey Aderhold explores the world deep beneath our feet

May 21st, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, May-18, News

Kasey Aderhold, who received her PhD in Earth Sciences from BU, is an earthquake seismologist with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), a NSF-backed group that helps conduct and coordinate major seismology projects. They’re currently finishing a major project in which they put seismic sensors all over the United States. Their goal is to better understand earthquakes. Although she’s based in D.C., Kasey often travels to her home state of Alaska to help set up, monitor, and maintain seismic sensors across the remote Alaskan wilderness.

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