Category: News

Suchi Gopal and Jamie Baldwin join Research on Tap

February 9th, 2018 in 2018, Events, Faculty, Feb-18, James Baldwin, Meeting, News, Suchi Gopal

Professor Suchi Gopal and lecturer Jamie Baldwin will be joined by Josh Pitts (Biology), Kevin Gallagher and Zhongshu Li (both of the Global Development Policy Center) for the next installment of Research on Tap: Meet Greet and Learn.

Mapping Global Patterns of Energy Investments

Monday, February 12, 2018, 4:00PM-6:00PM

Trustee Ballroom, Boston University,

1 Silber Way

Boston, MA 02215

Assistant professors Christoph Nolte and Rachael Garrett co-author in Nature

February 1st, 2018 in 2018, Christoph Nolte, Faculty, Feb-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant professors Christoph Nolte and Rachael Garrett have co-authored “The role of supply-chain initiatives in reducing deforestation” in Nature Climate Change. “We review current supply-chain initiatives, their effectiveness, and the challenges they face, and go on to identify knowledge gaps for complementary public–private policies,” they write. “We find zero-deforestation policies by companies may be insufficient to achieve broader impact on their own due to leakage, lack of transparency and traceability, selective adoption and smallholder marginalization. Public-private policy mixes are needed to increase the effectiveness of supply-chain initiatives that aim to reduce deforestation.”

Associate professor Michael Dietze publishes on ecological forecasting in PNAS

January 31st, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jan-18, Michael Dietze, News, Pub-18, Publications

Associate Professor Michael C. Dietze and his colleagues have just published “Iterative near-term ecological forecasting: Needs, opportunities, and challenges” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS). “Near-term forecasts provide the opportunity to iteratively cycle between performing analyses and updating predictions in light of new evidence,” Dietze and his co-authors argue. “This iterative process of gaining feedback, building experience, and correcting models and methods is critical for improving forecasts.”

PhD students Jon Wang and Kathryn Wheeler win AGU Outstanding Paper Awards

January 26th, 2018 in 2018, Awards, Graduate students, Jan-18, News, Presentations

Congratulations to PhD candidate Jon Wang and first-year PhD student Kathryn Wheeler, who have each received an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the AGU Fall Meeting 2017.

Wang’s presentation was entitled “Multidecadal Rates of Disturbance- and Climate Change-Induced Land Cover Change in Arctic and Boreal Ecosystems over Western Canada and Alaska Inferred from Dense Landsat Time Series.”

Wheeler’s won for “Using parallel factor analysis modeling (PARAFAC) and self-organizing maps to track senescence-induced patterns in leaf litter leachate.”

Both student were in the Biogeosciences division.

PhD student Chi Chen and Prof. Myneni coauthor paper in Nature Sustainability

January 26th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Graduate students, Jan-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Ranga Myneni

A paper coauthored by PhD student Chi Chen and Professor Ranga Myneni entitled “Increased vegetation growth and carbon stock in China karst via ecological engineering” was recently published in the inaugural issue of Nature Sustainability.

The paper describes the use of MODIS LAI data and show a widespread increase in leaf area index (a proxy for green vegetation cover), and aboveground biomass carbon. In spite of drought conditions, aboveground biomass carbon increased by 9% (+0.05 Pg C y−1), mainly in areas of high conservation effort. The authors conclude that large scale conservation projects can contribute to a greening Earth with positive effects on carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change. The paper can be downloaded from

A News & Views item describing the article to the general public appeared in Nature.

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Don’t miss the Natural Gas Infrastructure & Public Health webcast!

January 26th, 2018 in 2018, Department Seminars, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Jan-18, Nathan Phillips, News

Professor Nathan Phillips and PhD student Jessica Wright, in coordination with the BU School of Public Health, among others, have been organizing a day-long conference entitled Natural Gas Infrastructure and Public Health: From Local to Global.

Tune in Tuesday at 10AM and all day for a live webcast of the event!

Video forthcoming and will be linked from this page – stay tuned.


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.

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