Category: News

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.

 

Nathan Phillip’s expands gas leak testing into DC; work featured in new scientific article, news story

January 17th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, January-14, Nathan Phillips, News, Publications

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.

Phillips’s work in DC is an expansion on his previous work done collecting data on gas leaks in Boston that has been featured on BUToday as well as in scientificnational, and local media.

 

 

EAP Undergraduate writes article published in BU Today

December 19th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, News, Undergraduate

Department of Earth and Environment Environmental Analysis and Policy undergraduate Helen Petty recently wrote an article that was featured in BU Today.

Her article, “POV: What We Can Learn from a Poor Nation,” can be read here.

Richard Murray Opinion Article featured in BU Today

December 3rd, 2013 in 2013, December-13, Faculty, News, Rick Murray

Department of Earth and Environment Professor Richard Murray has written an opinion piece featured on Boston University’s daily news site, BU Today.

The article, titled “POV: Is Philippines Typhoon the New Normal?” can be read by following this link.

For more information on happenings with E&E faculty, students, and alumni, visit our news section, or subscribe to our e-mail updates at the bottom of the page.

Research of former Grad Student Xu Liang and Prof. Ranga Myneni presented in Colloquium to King of Sweden

November 26th, 2013 in 2013, Faculty, Graduate students, News, November-13, Ranga Myneni

Professor Terry Callaghan and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Photo by Ranga Myneni

Professor Terry Callaghan and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Photo by Ranga Myneni

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.

E&E work on gas leaks featured on local CBS Affiliate

November 25th, 2013 in 2013, Faculty, Graduate students, Nathan Phillips, News, November-13

The Boston gas leak issue first publicized by Department of Earth and Environment Professor Nathan Phillips continues to gain traction in media.

This time, Prof. Phillips and Graduate Students Margaret Hendrick and Bahareh Sanaie were featured on local CBS affiliate WBZ.

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.

Rick Murray quoted in the New York Times

November 12th, 2013 in 2013, Faculty, News, November-13, Rick Murray

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.

Nathan Phillips and Grad Students take part in Carbon Day 2013

November 8th, 2013 in 2013, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Nathan Phillips, News, November-13

Annual Carbon Day held in Copley Square

Carbon day members promote carbon awareness in Copley Square on October 16, 2013. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Carbon day members promote carbon awareness in Copley Square on October 16, 2013. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

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.

Nathan Phillips answers the public's questions about the reduction of carbon emissions. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Nathan Phillips answers the public’s questions about the reduction of carbon emissions. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

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.

Reyna Herrera performs for a group of onlookers.

Reyna Herrera performs for a group of onlookers.

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).

Margaret Hendrick stands by an informational display highlighting research on methane escape in the city of Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

Margaret Hendrick stands by an informational display highlighting research on methane escape in the city of Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

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.

A close up image of the information on methane escape in Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

A close up image of the information on methane escape in Boston. Photo by Sayaka Yamaki

For more information about Carbon Day, visit their website or read BU’s news service article.

For more information on Sustainable Neighboorhood Lab or Boston’s Greenovate, click on the links to their respective websites.

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.