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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 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.


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.


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.”


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.



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.

Alan Strahler, GE 502 celebrate Strahler’s Last Class

December 11th, 2014 in 2014, Alan Strahler, Curtis Woodcock, Dec-14, Faculty, Graduate students, Pictures


Earth & Environment Professor Alan Strahler along with family, friends, and students celebrate the end of the semester and Strahler’s final class as an active Professor at Boston University.


Our department Administrative Coordinator Fred George was there to photograph the special occasion. Check out his pictures below.



Alan Strahler, left, and Curtis Woodcock showing off their festive spirits.




Strahler addresses the party as his wife, Kristi, and Prof. Woodcock look on.





Strahler poses with colleagues Crystal Schaaf and Curtis Woodcock.



Strahler and his wife Kristi




Strahler’s students enjoying the event.




Graduate students celebrating Strahler’s tenure with champagne.




Strahler’s students enjoy the party.




Students waiting for the party to get started.




Graduate Student Paulo Arevalo, front right, smiles for the camera as the party unfolds.



Undergrad Moira Poje presents at CUR REU Symposium

October 29th, 2014 in 2014, Oct-14, Pictures, Presentations, Undergraduate

E&E Undergraduate Moira Poje presented her work from the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE) on Pueblo San Marcos at the Council on Undergraduate Research, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium on Oct 26-27th.

Poje Picture

Geophysics & Planetary Science Senior Moira Poje stands with her work at the CUR REU Symposium.

Pueblo San Marcos is an unexcavated archaeological site south of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Moira is a senior Geophysics and Planetary Science major working with Assistant Professor Paul Hall and Professor John Ferguson of University of Texas at Dallas.

SAGE is a summer REU sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.