Category: News

Professor Cutler Cleveland reflects on Trump’s first year

January 19th, 2018 in 2018, Cutler Cleveland, Faculty, Jan-18, News

Professor Cutler Cleveland and other BU experts spoke with BU Today about the President’s first year in office. “Most of the nation’s key institutions that protect human health and the environment—the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Energy, Interior, and Agriculture—are headed by individuals who openly disdain science and who personally benefit from the extraction of natural resources,” Cleveland articles. Click here to read the full article.



PhD student Claudia Mazur publishes at

January 19th, 2018 in 2018, Graduate students, Jan-18, News, Pub-18, Publications

PhD student Claudia Mazur has published “Deep Sea Mining and Ecosystem Adaptability” at, a site dedicated to making research accessible to wider audiences. “Since the beginning of civilization, the Earth’s surface has been exploited for its valuable resources (e.g., metals, coal, minerals, etc.) through the act of mining,” Claudia argues. “These invasive operations cause a negative environmental impact by the physical destruction of habitats and chemical contamination, which ultimately contribute to the loss of biodiversity.”

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett publishes in Agronomy for Sustainable Development

January 12th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jan-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have published “Ecological and Economic Benefits and Challenges for Integrating Sheep into Viticulture Production” in Agronomy for Sustainable Development. “Viticulture expansion has led to significant land use change in recent years and new environmental challenges, particularly with respect to herbicide use,” the authors argue. “Sheep integration into vineyards offers the potential to utilize the synergies of both systems to reduce external inputs, promote soil health, and increase farmer profit.”

Prof. Myneni coauthors paper in Nature Ecology and Evolution

January 12th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jan-18, News, Pub-17, Publications, Ranga Myneni

A paper coauthored by Professor Ranga Myneni entitled “Velocity of change in vegetation productivity over northern high latitudes” was recently published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. The paper compares changes in the spatial patterns of vegetation productivity and temperature using the velocity of change concept, which expresses these two variables in the same unit of displacement per time. Click to read the full article.

For more information about Prof. Myneni’s works, please visit

Farouk El-Baz wiull receive 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize

December 21st, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Dec-17, Faculty, Farouk El-Baz, News

Farouk El-Baz, founding director of BU’s Center for Remote Sensing, will receive the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize in recognition of contributions to NASA’s Apollo space program and search for desperately needed scarce resources on the Earth to save lives and resolve deadly conflicts. Inamori Center director Shannon French referred to Dr. El-Baz as “an international treasure.”

El-Baz is known for pioneering work in applying space images to groundwater exploration in arid lands. Based on the analysis of space photographs, his recommendations resulted in the discovery of groundwater resources in Egypt, India, China, Sudan, Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates and Chad.

The Center for Remote Sensing was established at BU in 1986 as a facility for scientific research in the fields of archaeology, geography and geology. It use satellite images and other data from airborne and ground sensors to study the Earth and its resources, particularly groundwater. This includes the monitoring of environmental changes due to both natural processes and human activities. In 1997, the Center was selected by NASA as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing.”

PhD student Claudia Mazur joined Deep Sea Submergence Committee New Users Program

December 20th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, Graduate students, News, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Trips

Claudia Mazur, a first-year PhD student working with Wally Fulweiler, participated in the 2017 Deep Sea Submergence Committee (DeSSC) New Users Program, a workshop tailored to new users of deep submergence facilities such as U.S. submersible Alvin, the remotely operated vehicle Jason/Medea, and the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry. At the meeting, Claudia engaged in trainings where she learned how to develop research programs that use these vehicles and networked with scientists actively involved in deep-sea research. Claudia hopes to use the skills she learned from this meeting to conduct research on nitrogen cycling in sediments off the continental shelf and in the deep sea.

Recent alum Yaofeng Gu publishes in Urban Climate with Assistant Professor Dan Li

December 19th, 2017 in 2017, Alumni, Dan Li, Dec-17, Faculty, Former Students, News, Pub-17, Publications, Undergraduate

Yaofeng Gu, a recently Earth & Environment graduate and now an MA student at Duke University, has recently published “A modeling study of the sensitivity of urban heat islands to precipitation at climate scales” in the journal Urban Climate. The research was based on his Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project with Prof. Dan Li. The paper uses a state-of-the-art earth system model to examine the sensitivity of urban heat islands across the continental United States to precipitation changes at long-term, climate scales. The results have important implications for understanding how urban heat islands respond to global climate change and for improving urban parameterizations in global climate and earth system models. His research was also reported in BU Today.

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues publish in Tectonics

December 19th, 2017 in 2017, Christine Regalla, Dec-17, Faculty, News, Pub-17, Publications

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues have published “Slip Inversion Along Inner Fore-Arc Faults, Eastern Tohoku, Japan” in the journal Tectonics. This work highlights the potential for reversals in forearc fault slip sense not only over the million-year time frame in response to changing tectonic boundary conditions, but also over decadal time scales in response to changes in stress state following large-magnitude subduction earthquakes.

Minkyu Moon, Mark Friedl, and carbon absorption featured in BU Today

December 14th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, Graduate students, Mark Friedl, News

PhD candidate Minkyu Moon and Professor Mark Friedl were featured in BU Today, discussing the relationship between ecosystems and climate change. “Their research, which combines satellite data with on-the-ground measurements, suggests that as global temperatures rise, spring in the U.S. Northeast is starting earlier.” Click here to read the article.

Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler joins Baird Sea Grant Symposium

December 13th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Events, Faculty, News, Presentations, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Talks

Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler participated in the Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, a forum for researchers, resource managers, and stakeholders to discuss the most current science in various areas important to Rhode Island coastal communities and coastal and ocean environments. Dr. Fulweiler noted that quanitifying the impacts of the changing climate and decrease nutrient loading are Narragansett Bay’s biggest challenges and opportunities. Click here to download her presentation, and read more about the event here.