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.
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.
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.
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.
Nathan Phillip’s expands gas leak testing into DC; work featured in new scientific article, news story
Department of Earth and Environment Professor Nathan Phillips‘s work on exposing natural gas leaks has expanded into DC.
A new article out in Environmental Science & Technology titled “Natural Gas Pipepline Leaks Across Washington, DC” highlights the ”5893 natural gas leaks” Phillips and a team of researchers, led by Robert Jackson of Duke University, discovered this past January in Washington DC.
The problems with DC’s infrastructure revealed by the study have also garnered the attention of mainstream media. The Washington Post featured the team’s findings in a recent article by Lenny Bernstein.
Her article, “POV: What We Can Learn from a Poor Nation,” can be read here.
The article, titled “POV: Is Philippines Typhoon the New Normal?” can be read by following this link.
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Research of former Grad Student Xu Liang and Prof. Ranga Myneni presented in Colloquium to King of Sweden
Professor Terry Callaghan of the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom presented the findings of former Graduate Student Xu Liang and Department of Earth and Environment Professor Ranga Myneni to the King of Sweden as part of the Royal Colloquium convened roughly every two years by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf.
The topics of the Royal Colloquium usually focus on environmental issues of global importance; this year’s theme was “A Changing World: Redrawing the Map,” and it was held at the Abisko Scientific Research Station in the Swedish sub-Arctic and at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
Prof. Callaghan presented a talk titled “Arctic climate change: mismatches in expectations among the players and possible consequences” as part of the Colloquium and included examples of climate change impacts from Liang’s 2013 Nature Climate Change paper, “Temperature and vegetation seasonality diminishment over northern lands,” in his talk.
Prof. Callaghan, who was also a coauthor on Liang’s 2013 paper, was presented the prestigious Vega Medal in 2011 by His Majesty.
The Boston gas leak issue first publicized by Department of Earth and Environment Professor Nathan Phillips continues to gain traction in media.
This past Sunday, Hendrick and Sanaie went on what Sanaie referred to as a “gas leaks safari” in Jamaica Plains. With CBS reporter and camera in tow, Hendrick and Sanaie, along with Bob Ackley of Gas Safety Inc., traveled around Jamacia Plains collecting data on the severity of gas leaks in the area, expanding on the work Prof. Phillips began over a year ago.
Their work was featured in a short television segment on CBS and in a news article posted online.
To view the article and the television segment, click here.
Professor Rick Murray was recently quoted in “Scale of Destruction Slows Relief Efforts in the Philippines,” a New York Times article that discusses Typhoon Haiyan and its destructive effects on the Philippines.
Click here to read the article. Prof. Murray’s quote is on page two.
Annual Carbon Day held in Copley Square
Professor Nathan Phillips and members of the Department of Earth and Environment took part in Carbon Day 2013 this past October. Along with Sustainability@BU and other organizations, E&E members spent the afternoon of October 16, 2013 in Copley Square spreading the news about carbon footprints.
Sponsored this year by Sustainable Neighborhood Lab and Greenovate, Carbon Day promotes public awareness of how individuals, businesses, and communities can reduce the amount of carbon emissions they produce: from basic steps like turning off electrical equipment or using cold water to wash dishes and clothing to much larger projects like the Sustainable Neighborhood Lab initiative. Other participants at Carbon Day included Boston Bikes, Livable Streets, a unique percussion demonstration by Reyna Herrera, and many more organizations.
Joining Dr. Phillips, E&E graduate students Margaret Hendrick, Bahareh Sanaiemovahed, and Xiaojing Tang all participated in the event. In addition to discussing the reduction of carbon footprints, Dr. Phillips and the graduate students also spent the day informing the public about their recent Boston based research project. Over the summer, Phillips and company discovered over “3,300 leaks spewing natural gas into the streets.” Phillips and his team discovered that these leaks are causing higher electric bills and damage to the environment (BU Today).
In informing the public and this research and other carbon-related issues, Dr. Phillips, E&E graduate students, and other participants hope to show the public the practical and positive impact carbon reduction can have on the environment and the wallet.
Margaret Hendrick is a Ph.D. candiate working with Professor Nathan Phillips on global change, urban ecology, and fugitive methane emissions. Baraeh Sanaiemovahed is a graduate student working with Professor Curtis Woodcock, and Xiaojing Tang is a graduate student working with Professor Suchi Gopal.