Category: News

Diane Thompson attends School of Rock

July 13th, 2017 in 2017, Diane Thompson, Faculty, Jul-17, Meeting, News, Researchers

Assistant Professor Diane Thompson has been selected to participate in the International Ocean Discovery Program’s “School of Rock,” transiting between Subic Bay Philippines and Townsville, Australia (July 10- 27). While underway, the School of Rock team is discussing and designing course curricula and strategies for increasing diversity in Geosciences. Diane is partnering with Dori Read, a sixth-grade teacher from Scituate Public Schools, to develop hands-on activities with marine sediment core samples in their classrooms (including Earth & Environment Climate and Earth System Science & Paleoclimatology taught by Thompson). This partnership will also provide opportunities for BU students to share their findings with Read’s 6th grade class, stimulating learning across levels and the chance to inspire future earth scientists. You can read more about the School of Rock team and follow their journey from Subic Bay to Townsville at

Diane Thompson and Dori Read

Diane Thompson and Dori Read


PhD candidate Chloe Anderson attending Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology

July 11th, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Graduate students, Jul-17, News, Trips

PhD candidate Chloe Anderson has been awarded an NSF scholarship to attend the 14th Urbino Summer School of Paleoclimatology (USSP) in Urbino, Italy. USSP focuses on dynamics of past climate with an emphasis on long-term carbon cycling and its implications on past and future climate. Lead by 25 senior scientists, USSP aims to provide students with an advanced working knowledge of various proxy data and their use in modeling past climates.

Rachael Garrett and Christoph Nolte co-author article in World Development

July 10th, 2017 in 2017, Christoph Nolte, Faculty, Former Students, Jul-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Rachael Garrett, Researchers

Assistant professors Rachael Garrett and Christoph Nolte, along with postdoc Jordan Graesser and MA alum Christopher White, have co-authored “The restructuring of South American soy and beef production and trade under changing environmental regulations” in the journal World Development. The authors use “panel data on soy and beef production and trade in agricultural frontiers of South America to examine how changes in deforestation regulations in South America have altered soy and cattle expansion and exports in this region, and to understand how these changes, if they have occurred, influence the overall effectiveness of deforestation regulations.” Click to read the full article.

Rachel Abercrombie recognized as AGU Outstanding Reviewer

July 6th, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Faculty, Jul-17, News, Rachel Abercrombie

Congratulations to research associate professor Rachel Abercrombie, who has been recognized as one of the American Geophysical Union’s 2016 Outstanding Reviewers. “…Peer review is essential for helping maintain the integrity of science and its efficient advancement (by forcing some quality checks on the official archive of progress),” EOS Earth & Space Science News wrote in announcing the citations. “It also plays a vital role in the granting of awards and has value for society in that the peer-reviewed literature increasingly has official, codified uses in law, regulations, and advisory input.”

Professors Robert Kaufmann and Cutler Cleveland publish on electricity costs and climate change

June 16th, 2017 in 2017, Cutler Cleveland, Faculty, Graduate students, Interviews, Jun-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Robert Kaufmann

A new study by Karina Véliz (GRS’09,’14), a former E&E graduate student, and Professor Kaufmann suggests that price spikes will be the primary drivers of electricity cost increases in response to climate change. The research was published in Energy Policy in March, with co-authors including Professor Cleveland.

Read about the research at BU Today, and read the full article at Science Direct.

Prof. Myneni co-authors papers in Nature Climate Change

June 12th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Jun-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Professor Ranga Myneni has co-authored two papers in Nature Climate Change.

One describes how the greening of the Earth, largely due to CO2 fertilization, has also increased evapo-transpiration and thus cooled the planet.

The second  describes the weakening relationship between temperature and spring carbon uptake in the recent years. These two recent papers from this group of authors are of a larger body of work on the biophysical and biochemical effects of a greening Earth.

Prof. Myneni’s web site is

PhD student Radost Stanimirova receives NASA fellowship

June 5th, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Graduate students, Jun-17, News

Third-year PhD student Radost Stanimirova has been awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship starting in September. Her fellowship application, “Dynamics of Global Rangelands: Modeling Vulnerabilities and Monitoring Impacts from Humans and Climate Change,” will use remote sensing to improve our understanding of how range-land ecosystems are being affected by pressures exerted by humans and climate change. Her fellowship is one of 69 awards that were selected from a pool of 385 applications. This summer, Radost is working at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, where she was awarded a Young Scientist Summer Program Fellowship to work on related questions.

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett publishes in Agricultural Systems

May 30th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, May-17, News, Pub-17, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has published her latest research in Agricultural Systems. In “Social and Ecological Analysis of Commercial Integrated Crop Livestock Systems: Current Knowledge and Remaining Uncertainty,” Professor Garrett and her colleagues argue, “While many [changes in food systems] have contributed to increasing global food production, another consequence has been the de-coupling of crop and livestock systems and a loss of agricultural diversity at both the field and territorial (regional) scales in many countries.” Click here to read the article.

Research associate professor Pontus Olofsson interviewed by Science Magazine about potential consequences of President’s 2018 budget for NASA CMS and SilvaCarbon activities

May 24th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Interviews, May-17, News, Pontus Olofsson, Pub-17, Publications, Researchers

Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson recently spoke to Science Magazine about the potential impact of President Trump’s 2018 budget proposals. Of carbon monitoring pilot technologies in Latin America and southeast Asia, Olofsson noted, “These countries rely on this collaboration in order to monitor the forests better … It would be devastating not only for us but also these partner countries.” Click here to read the full article.

New book by associate professor Michael Dietze now available

May 17th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, May-17, Michael Dietze, News, Pub-17, Publications

Associate Professor Michael Dietze has published Ecological Forecasting through Princeton University Press. “Dietze shows us how to approach forecasting using models based on large datasets and how to make the results easy to digest,” writes one reviewer. “This book is certain to be a benchmark in the science of ecological forecasting for decades to come.”