Category: News

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.

Dr. Farouk El-Baz mentioned in Houston Space News Examiner

July 1st, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Farouk El-Baz, June-14, News

June 27, 2014, released an article that can be seen here.

In this article Dr. Farouk El-Baz, directer of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, debunks the pronouncement of Ahmed Shaheen, the self-described “Nostradamus of the Arabs,” on the theory Mars has gone through an apocalypse type scenario.

Dr. El-Baz worked for NASA between 1967 and 1972, selecting Apollo lunar landing sites and training astronauts on field geology.

This article is written by Mark Whittington for the Houston Space News Examiner.

Earth & Environment research featured in latest edition of Science Magazine

June 30th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, June-14, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News

Already featured in multiple local, regional, and national news sources, Earth & Environment research on natural gas leaks in Boston has once again been featured on a national stage. This time, the research has been featured in the article “Hunting a climate fugitive” in the latest edition of Science Magazine.

The research in question is the collaborative product of work performed by Professor Nathan Phillips and several others including Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and former Earth & Environment undergraduate Max Brondfield.

The Boston based research project culminated in the publication of “Mapping urban pipeline leaks: Methane leaks across Boston” in Environmental Pollution in February of 2013. The article was first authored by Professor Phillips. Phillips later extended the project to Washington, DC which resulted in the publication of “Natural gas pipeline leaks across Washington, DC” published in Environmental Science & Technology this year.

Also involved in the project was Senior Post-doctoral Associate Steve Raciti. The funding for the Boston based projects came from an EDF grant (Principal Investigator Nathan Phillips and Co-Principal Investigator Lucy Hutyra) and a NASA IDS grant (Principal Investigator Professor Mark Friedl, Co-Principal Investigator Lucy Hutyra, and Co-Principal Investigator Professor Curtis Woodcock).

To see more publications by Professor Phillips and Assistant Professor Hutyra, visit the publication section of our website.


Valerie Pasquarella’s dissertation research featured in Mass Audubon’s Sanctuary Magazine

June 23rd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Graduate students, June-14, News, Publications, Suchi Gopal

Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Valerie Pasquarella’s dissertation research is featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Sanctuary Magazine, the journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. (, pages 22-23.)

Ann Prince’s article titled “Integrating Satellite Remote Sensing and On-the-Ground Observation” describes Pasquarella’s work using Landsat time series and ground-based ecological records to improve understanding of long-term ecological dynamics at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, MA.

Pasquarella is jointly advised by Profs. Suchi Gopal and Curtis Woodcock in Earth & Environment and Prof. Les Kaufman in Biology.

Suchi Gopal and her work featured in Virginia Quarterly Review Article

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, June-14, News, Suchi Gopal

Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal‘s work has been featured in a recent article published by the Virginia Quarterly Review.

The article, “The Giving Flood,”  by Chris Berdik is an in-depth, first hand account of the work done by Boston University Biologist Les Kaufman and a team of scientists as they analyze the ecosystems of Cambodia’s waterways. The article focuses on the impact Lake Tonle Sap has on the Cambodian society and environment and the threats currently facing the lake as the country develops into a more modernized nation.

Gopal’s work on a software system called Marine Integrated Decision Analysis System (MIDAS) is featured prominently in the third part of the article.

To read the full article, click here.


Ranga Myneni named a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Faculty, June-14, News, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni was recently selected to the list Highly Cited Researchers 2014 by Thomson-Reuters.

In creating the list, Thomson-Reuters collected data on articles indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection from 2002 to 2012, selecting only articles that were labeled as Highly Cited Papers. As their website explains, “Highly Cited Papers are defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year indexed in the Web of Science.” This process, they claim, eliminated “the citation disadvantage of recently published papers relative to older ones, since papers are weighted against others in the same annual cohort.”

Researchers were then selected and ranked based on the number of  ”citations to his or her Highly Cited Papers to rank in the top 1% by total citations in the ESI field in which they were considered.” The Essential Science Indicators, or ESI, fields are “21 broad fields defined by sets of journals and exceptionally, in the case of multidisciplinary journals such as Nature and Science, by a paper-by-paper assignment to a field.”

Their selection process yielded the top 1% of researchers in 21 different scientific fields.

Myneni was selected in the top 1% of researchers in the field of geosciences. He was one of nine Boston University researchers included on the list and the only Boston University selection in the field of geoscience.

To learn more about the methodology behind the selection of the 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list, visit Thomson-Reuters’s website.

To see Prof. Myneni’s list of recent publications, visit our publications section of the website.

Wally Fulweiler’s “The Immortal Life of Nitrogen” lecture available online

June 10th, 2014 in 2014, Events, Faculty, June-14, News, Presentations, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Talks

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler‘s recent New England Aquarium lecture titled “The Immortal Life of Nitrogen” is now available online.

It can be accessed via our department media section by clicking here; Fulweiler’s lecture is the first video available on the playlist.

You can also see the entire New England Aquarium Lecture Series on their YouTube Channel.

You can learn more about the work of Assoc. Prof. Fulweiler by visiting her lab website or checking out her recent publications and grants.

You can view other department media including short news stories and more in-depth lectures by visiting our Department Media Section.



Wally Fulweiler to give public talk at New England Aquarium Tuesday June 3rd

May 29th, 2014 in 2014, Events, Faculty, June-14, News, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Talks

Earth & Environment Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler will be at the New England Aquarium this coming Tuesday June 3rd, 2014 to give a talk on “The Immortal Life of Nitrogen” as part of the New England Aquarium’s Lecture Series.

The talk will be begin at 7:00 pm and last one hour.

It will be open and free to the public.

To learn more about the event, visit the New England Aquarium Lecture Series website.

Click here to get directions to the aquarium.


Read the talk’s abstract below:

Without nitrogen there would be no life—no me, no you, no blue whale, no Atlantic cod, no Antarctic krill. But too much nitrogen leads to a series of negative consequences. Human activities have more than doubled the amount of nitrogen cycling through the biosphere in the past 100 years, and in doing so we have introduced large amounts of nitrogen to coastal waters. This excess nitrogen has led to eutrophication, loss of submerged aquatic vegetation, harmful algal blooms, increased low oxygen conditions and dead zones, fish kills, and loss of biodiversity. Fortunately, we can take steps to mitigate this excess nitrogen and to decrease future inputs to marine waters. Fulweiler will tell the story of how one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century transformed our planet and how each of us can help save our coastal ocean through simple, easily adaptable changes.

Rick Murray appointed to Governor’s Special Commission on Coastal Erosion

April 3rd, 2014 in 2014, April-14, Faculty, Joining Team/Committee, Meeting, News, Rick Murray

Earth & Environment Professor Rick Murray was recently appointed to serve on the Governor’s Special Commission on Coastal Erosion.

Murray is serving in his capacity as a Selectman from the town of Scituate. The first Commission meeting was held March 27, 2014 in Boston.

To learn more about the Coastal Erosion Commission, visit their website.

To learn more about Rick Murray, visit his profile page, or check out his current grants or recent publications.


Wally Fulweiler to give online lecture live today at noon, free to all

March 25th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, March-14, News, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Talks

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Robinson Wally Fulweiler will be giving an online webinar live today, Tuesday March 25, 2014, at 12:00 ET.

The webinar will focus on “Climate, Carbon, and Nitrogen– Searching for Balance in the Global Ocean N-Budget, One Estuary at a Time” and will last for one hour.

The webinar is available free of charge to anyone who registers for the meeting. To watch, click on this link and sign up at the bottom of the page.