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Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

May 23rd, 2018 in Former Students, Graduate students, News, Pictures, Undergraduate

On Sunday, May 20, the Department of Earth & Environment graduated 73 students. Good luck, Class of 2018!

Bridget Marie Baker, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and International Relation

Zohar Artel Baruch, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment

Sarah Elisabeth Beaulieu, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, cum laude

Walker Black, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Daria Blackwell, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Lauren Rose Cabrera, BA Environmental Science, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Joshua R. Castigliego, MA Energy & Environment

Emelia Janthina Chamberlain, BA Environmental Science and Marine Science, honors, magna cum laude

Alexandra Chin, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics

Joshua Clayton, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics, cum laude

Caitlin Connelly, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

John Brendan Crowley, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Weston Patrick Dengler, MA Energy & Environment

Donovan P. Dennis, MA Earth Sciences

Maria DiDomenica, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, magna cum laude

Hannah Ditty, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, minor French

Shivani Eherenfeucht, MA Earth Sciences

Connor L. Follis, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Qiyuan Fu (Lucy), BA Environmental Science and International Relations, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Andrea García Gabillo, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Ruizhe Guo, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Shan He, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Alina Hong, BA Environmental Science, cum laude

Haopeng Huang, BA Environmental Science

Anna Janetos, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Chelsea Jelaska, MA Energy & Environment

Xinyu Jiang, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, minor Economics

Kirsten Raquel Johnson, BA Environmental Science, minor Remote Sensing & GIS

Carly Jones, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Biology

William Kearney, PhD Earth Science, dissertation: “Signals of Nonlinear, Multiscale, and Stochastic Processes in Coastal Landscapes,” advisor: Sergio Fagherazzi

Amy Koch, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

Nichole Anne Kulikowski, BA Geophysics & Planetary Sciences

Aidan Brian Lancaster

Tova Levin, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and International Relations, minor Chinese, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Zekun Lin, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Yihao Liu, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Joshua Mantooth, PhD Geography, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, dissertation: “Tree Radial and Carbohydrate Storage in Eastern U.S. Temperate Forests,” advisor: Michael Dietze

Erin McGowan, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Daniella Paola Meza Chávez, MA Energy & Environment

Ana Milosavljevic, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Meredith Moore, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, BS General Science Education, cum laude

Keila Tasaka Munz, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Derek J. Newberry, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment

Peter R. Overfield, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Economics

David Akira Ozer, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Eliza C. Puritz, BA Environmental Science, MA Energy & Environment, honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Lindsay A. Reamer, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Angela Rigden, PhD Earth Science, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, dissertation: “Sources of Variation in Multi-Decadal Water Fluxes Inferred from Weather Station Data,” advisor: Guido Salvucci

Mikayla Rachael Rumph, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Zachary Schmidt, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics, MA Energy & Environment

Xianfei Shen, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Alexey Shiklomanov, PhD Geography, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, “Towards a More Educated Guessing: Improving Ecological Forecasts through Data Constraints,” advisor: Michael Dietze

Olivia Simpson, BA Environmental Science

Sarah J. Smith, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Rebecca Sparks, BA Environmental Science, honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Summer Elisabeth Stebbins, BA Environmental Science, minor Biology, cum laude

Xiaojing Tang, PhD Geography, dissertation: “Near Real-time Monitoring of Forest Disturbance: A Multi-sensor Remote Sensing Approach and Assessment Framework, advisor: Curtis Woodcock

Eliandro Tavares, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Haohan Wang, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Nicole Nalani Wheatman, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Communication, cum laude

Alex White, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katelyn Wolgamuth, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Chelsea Elyse Wolgel, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

Samuel Wright, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Marine Science

Olivia Wrisley, BA Environmental Science, minor Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

Hanqing Wu, BA Environmental Science, minor Business Administration & Management

Xuehui Sophia Xiong, MA Energy & Environment

Luofei Yan, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Hanaan Moinfar Yazdi, BA Environmental Science, minor Public Health, cum laude

Undraa Zayamandakh, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor International Relations

Mona Zayed, BA Environmental Science and International Relations

Wenqiao Zhang, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Chongyang Zhu, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Christopher F. Zielinski, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

 

College of Arts & Sciences Prize for Excellence in Earth & Environment Lauren Rose Cabrera

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Earth & Environmental Science Maria DiDomenica

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Analysis & Policy Derek J. Newberry

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science Eliza C. Puritz

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science Rebecca Sparks

Franklin C. Erickson Prize Sydney Neugebauer

College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching Fellow William Kearney

Earth & Environment Outstanding Teaching Fellow Hollie Emery

Special Prize for Student Leadership Chloe Anderson

Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Talk Betsy Cowdery, “Looking Past Primary Productivity: A Roadmap for Benchmarking System Processes that Drive Ecosystem Level Responses in Models”

Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Talk Julia Marrs, “Tracking Primary Productivity with Solar-Induced Fluorescence Data: From Leaf to Tower to Space-Based Retrievals”

Treicy Torres Memorial Environmental Justice Award Christopher F. Zielinski

Student Sustainability Leadership Award Bridget Marie Baker

BU students’ work featured at Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

April 30th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Apr-18, Events, Faculty, Former Students, News, Pictures, Presentations, Rick Reibstein, Undergraduate

Since 2010 environmental conference organizer Jen Boudrie has brought hundreds of people together at the premiere event in Massachusetts for environmental experts, professionals, activists, officials and academics. At this year’s conference in Plymouth Harbor, three BU students presented their work in the class Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532). Samantha Morton researched how to promote the retention of trees for state conservation officials, and with others provided a review of the scientific literature on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Bolaji Olateru-Olagbegi presented her project for the Boston Public Health Commission, investigating whether health providers understand that some of the symptoms they see might be caused by toxic exposures, and with Katharina Voehler explained the work their team performed for the City of Boston on Community Choice Aggregation – bulk purchasing of energy for residents that can be used to promote cleaner energy (and local generation of cleaner energy).  Instructor Rick Reibstein also presented at the conference on the history and future of clean water, including water quality data analyses that Alex Kerr and Michael Silano conducted for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Earth & Environment and the next generation of women scientists

March 30th, 2017 in 2017, Events, Graduate students, Mar-17, News, Pictures

Every week a handful of grad students bring their research projects to life and talk about their passions with elementary school girls. Click on the magical phrase below to see how EE PhD students Sarabeth Buckley, Angela Rigden, and Radost Stanimirova, lead officer of BU’s Graduate Women in Science & Engineering, spend their Thursday evenings. Check out the group’s blog here.

“Maybe I’ll be a scientist.”

Student Katelyn Tarrio presents to MA Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee

March 24th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Mar-17, News, Pictures, Presentations, Rick Reibstein, Talks, Undergraduate

On March 23 BU undergraduate student Katelyn Tarrio presented to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee. There were approximately 50 officials and professionals in attendance, and the presentation was taped and live-streamed to other agencies and officials involved in waste site cleanup. Tarrio has produced maps of contaminated sites vulnerable to increased flooding due to climate change. DEP’s Thomas Potter asked for the presentation so that waste site cleanup professionals will take this risk into consideration. Tarrio’s work is one of the first efforts to use new FEMA flood maps to target the most at-risk sites. Her presentation was extremely well received. The work was produced as part of Rick Reibstein‘s Directed Study course “Research for Environmental Agencies,” and the original work is at www.bu.edu/rccp. Antonio Chidiac assisted with the project.

 

Alyssa Novak, Duncan FitzGerald perform fieldwork in Great Marsh of Northern New England

October 1st, 2015 in 2015, Alyssa Novak, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Oct-15, Pictures, Trips

Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Alyssa Novak and Professor Duncan FitzGerald have been involved in a long-term study of how marshes are responding to climate change and their future sustainability as sediment supplies diminish and the rate of sea-level rise accelerates. One aspect of this research is determining how the rate of marsh edge retreat relates to various parameters including the type of vegetation. This work, which is being funded by Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Fund through the Department of Interior and other stakeholder agencies, including the National Fish and Wildlife Federation and Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, is depicted in the accompanying photographs taken earlier this week in Great Marsh of Northern New England. New creek edge monitoring sites are being established in Phragmite stands to investigate how an invasive species of grass, although severely limiting diversity and impacting marsh natural marsh habitats, may be beneficially retarding marsh edge erosion. This research will continue for the next several years. 

Duncan FitzGerald performs fieldwork.

Duncan FitzGerald performs fieldwork. Image credit: Duncan FitzGerald

Duncan FitzGerald co-leads field campaign off Louisiana coast

July 1st, 2015 in 2015, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, July-15, Pictures, Trips

Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald and a team of researchers recently undertook a week-long field campaign 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana to the Chandeluer Islands to study the barrier island chain’s response to sea-level rise and hurricane impacts.

The Chandeleur Islands. Photo provided by Duncan FitzGerald. Click photo to enlarge.

The Chandeleur Islands. Photo provided by Duncan FitzGerald. Click photo to enlarge.

Since 2004, numerous Category 3 and higher magnitude hurricanes have severely eroded the islands, segmenting them, and transforming them into a landward migrating barrier arc. Because of this transformation, these islands provide scientists like FitzGerald a natural laboratory to study a possible future scenario of how other barrier coasts of the world, like the East Coast of the United States, might react as they succumb to accelerating sea-level rise.

The Chandeleur Islands. Photo provided by Duncan FitzGerald. Click photo to enlarge.

The Chandeleur Islands. Photo provided by Duncan FitzGerald. Click photo to enlarge.

FitzGerald, who co-led the expedition, and the team gathered sedimentologic and hydrodynamic data to study how the island chain has responded to sea-level rise and to the multiple hurricane impacts. Several more trips are planned to the Chandeleur Islands this year.

This and future expeditions to the Islands are supported by the State of Louisiana and the US Geological Survey. To learn more about FitzGerarld’s work, check out his profile page, or see his recent news and publications.

Curtis Woodcock spends evening in house carved in loess

June 17th, 2015 in 2015, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Jun-15, Pictures, Talks

During his recent trip to China, Professor Curtis Woodcock had the opportunity to spend an evening at a house carved out of loess in Shan Xi province. Below is a picture of Professor Woodcock in front of the unique home.

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Professor Woodcock and his host family. Photo by Curtis Woodcock.

 

Curtis Woodcock gives keynote address at conference in Hangzhou, China

June 16th, 2015 in 2015, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Jun-15, Pictures, Presentations, Talks

Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock was in China this past week to give the keynote address at the International Conference on Carbon Cycle and Global Change in Hangzhou, China.

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Curtis Woodcock giving his key note address. Photo by Curtis Woodcock.

Professor Woodcock’s presentation was titled “Time Series Analysis of Landsat Data for Continuous Monitoring of Land Cover Change and Condition.”

To learn more about Professor Woodcock’s work check out his profile page, or see his recent news and publications.

Curtis Woodcock gives presentations in Beijing, China

June 15th, 2015 in 2015, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Former Students, Jun-15, Pictures, Presentations, Trips

Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock  was in China this past week to give presentations at two institutions. On June 3rd, Professor Woodcock gave a presentation titled “Continuous Classification and Change Detection” at Beijing Normal University.

Curtis Woodcock presents his work. Photo by Curtis Woodcock.

Five Boston University Department of Geography and Environment (now Earth & Environment) alumni were present at Professor Woodcock’s presentation.

Curtis Woodcock and alumni at Beijing Normal University. Photo Curtis Woodcock.

Curtis Woodcock and alumni at Beijing Normal University. Photo by Curtis Woodcock.

During his visit to Beijing Normal University, Professor Woodcock also visited Key State Lab for Remote Sensing Science.

Later that same day Professor Woodcock was at the Chinese Academy of Science Institute for Geography and Natural Resources Research to give a presentation titled “Time Series Analysis with Landsat.”

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Professor Woodcock at CAS IGNRR. Photo by Curtis Woodcock.

To learn more about Professor Woodcock’s work, check out his profile page, or see his recent news and publications.

Duncan FitzGerald gives invited lecture in Brazil

April 16th, 2015 in 2015, Alumni, Apr-15, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Pictures, Trips

Duncan FitzGerald

Duncan FitzGerald

Professor Duncan FitzGerald and his former student Chris Hein (faculty at Virginia Institute of Marine Science [VIMS]) gave invited lectures at UNIVALI in Itajai, Santa Catarina, Brazil on April 16th, 2015.

These lectures are part of an ongoing research collaboration (12 years) between UNIVALI and Boston University (and now VIMS). During the past week, FitzGerald and Hein along with UNIVALI professors and students have been collecting geophysical, sedimentologic, and stratigraphic data looking at the Holocene 6 ka highstand, Pleistocene 120 ka highstand, and perhaps the Pliocene (~ 4 million yrs BP) shoreline.

 

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Professor Duncan FitzGerald working hard in the field.

FitzGerald’s talk was titled “Can Barrier Islands Survive Marsh Deterioration in a Regime of Accelerating Sea Level Rise?”, and Hein’s talk was titled “Barrier-Inlet Processes and the Formation of Plum Island Barrier Island, Massachusetts, USA.”

To learn more about Fitzgerald’s work, check out his profile page or check out his recent news and publications.