Category: Publications

New blog accompanies lecturer Rick Reibstein’s environmental responsibility textbook

July 12th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jul-2018, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein, Undergraduate

Trunity, the publisher of E&E Lecturer Rick Reibstein‘s Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility​, now hosts a blog “for people who want to help meet the challenge of how to live within the biosphere without harming it, and thus protect ourselves, other living things, future generations, and the source of all wealth and value that we hold dear.” The Environmental Citizen offers stories about collective social responsibility, federal policy for land management, and legislative proposals surround clean energy. The last topic was explored by E&E students in Reibstein’s course GE 532 Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (now enrolling for Fall 2018).

Read assistant professor Rachael Garrett’s take on necessary tradeoffs in Brazil’s livestock production

June 11th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have just published “Tradeoffs in the Quest for Climate Smart Agricultural Intensification in Mato Grosso, Brazil” in Environmental Research Letters. “We compare the costs and benefits of a typical extensive, continuously grazed cattle system relative to a specialized soybean production system and two improved cattle management strategies (rotational grazing and integrated soybean-cattle) under different climate scenarios. We find that relative to continuously grazed or rotationally grazed cattle systems, the integrated soybean-cattle system showed higher food production and lower GHG emissions per unit of human digestible protein, as well as increased resilience under climate change (both in terms of productivity and financial returns). By underscoring the economic feasibility of improving the performance of cattle systems, and by quantifying the tradeoffs of each option, our results are useful for directing agricultural and climate policy.”

Lecturer Rick Reibstein writes about lead poisoning and democracy

June 11th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has recently penned “Environmental Law—Resuming Progress On Lead Poisoning: A Prime Indicator of Civilization” in the Western New England University Law Review. “The quality of the effort made to prevent lead poisoning is an indicator of whether a society has become civilized,” Reibstein writes. “It is hard to argue with the logic that, at the very least, a society must act to avoid foreseeable harms—particularly to its own members and to itself as a body.” Click to read the full article.

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett co-authors article on global commodity supply chains

June 4th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have published their latest research in World Development. In “Transparency and sustainability in global commodity supply chains,” the team “present a typology to distinguish among types of supply chain information that are needed to support improvements in sustainability governance, and illustrate a number of major shortfalls and systematic biases in existing information systems. We also propose a set of ten propositions that, taken together, serve to expose some of the potential pitfalls and undesirable outcomes that may result from (inevitably) limited or poorly designed transparency systems, while offering guidance on some of the ways in which greater transparency can make a more effective, lasting and positive contribution to sustainability.”

Assistant professor Christoph Nolte publishes on forest acquisition for conservation

June 4th, 2018 in 2018, Christoph Nolte, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications

Assistant professor Christoph Nolte has published “Buying forests for conservation: contours of a global trend” in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. In the article, Professor Nolte notes, “Acquisitions of private forest rights have become a widespread conservation instrument.” He argues, “Improved behavioral models of landowners and conservation organizations might help steer acquisitions towards more efficient and equitable outcomes.”

Fellowships galore in the Hutyra Research Lab

May 2nd, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Awards, Faculty, Former Students, Graduate students, Grants, Lucy Hutyra, May-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Staff, Undergraduate

Multiple students and a recent alum have received fellowships based on their work in the Hutyra Research Lab, under associate professor Lucy Hutyra‘s guidance.

  • PhD student Luca Morreale has been named a Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow; he will calculate a complete carbon budget for the town of Arlington, Massachusetts, comparing the relative importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts with the carbon offsets provided by public street trees.
  • PhD student Sarah Garvey has received a research award from the Initiative on Cities, co-founded by former Mayor Tom Menino to invest in early stage research projects to advance the study of dynamic urban leadership.
  • Second-year undergrad Wiley Hundertmark will participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by the National Institute of Standards & Technology through the U.S. Department of Commerce, designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.
  • Ian Smith, a 2017 E&E alum and technician in the Hutyra Research Lab, has just published his undergrad thesis in Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. In “Piecing together the fragments: elucidating edge effects on forest carbon dynamics,” Smith explores differences in C dynamics observed across biomes through a trade‐offs framework that considers edge microenvironmental changes and limiting factors to productivity.”
  • PhD student Julia Marrs, a co-author on that article, has received a departmental award for outstanding graduate student presentation for “Tracking Primary Productivity with Solar-Induced Fluorescence Data: From Leaf to Tower to Space-Based Retrievals.” Betsy Cowdery, who works with Michael Dietze, also received an award, for “Looking Past Primary Productivity: A Roadmap for Benchmarking System Processes that Drive Ecosystem Level Responses in Models.”

Lecturer Rick Reibstein urges action on lead hazards

April 17th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Faculty, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Rick Reibstein has just published “Resuming Progress on Lead Poisoning” in the Western New England Law Review. “I have always found the lead issue maddening,” Reibstein writes, “because it is so obvious there is much that must be done, and much that can be done, which would be extraordinarily worthwhile to do–paying off substantially in so many ways.” He urges, “Talk to the American public about this problem.” Click here to read the full article.

Research led by E&E alum Arnold Fernandes highlighted in EOS

April 9th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Apr-18, Faculty, Graduate students, Michael Dietze, Pub-18, Publications, Sergio Fagherazzi

A new publication by E&E alum Arnold Fernandes and E&E PhD student William Kearney has been highlighted in Earth & Space Science News. In their article, “Declining Radial Growth Response of Coastal Forests to Hurricanes and Nor’easters,” published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, Fernandes, Kearney, and their colleagues “adopt a dendroclimatic and statistical modeling approach to understand the response and resilience of a coastal pine forest to extreme storm events, over the past few decades.” They suggest their results “can help predict vegetation response patterns to similar disturbances in the future.” Their co-authors include E&E faculty members Michael Dietze and Sergio Fagherazzi.

Visiting scholars in Professor Myneni’s group publish three articles

March 22nd, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Mar-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Visiting Scholar Dr. Kai Yan from Beijing Normal University and Mr. Baodong Xu from the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Beijing, published three articles on the physics and implementation of LAI/FPAR algorithm for the NASA’s Suomi VIIRS sensor and an evaluation of the derived product. The articles are in collaboration with PhD students Taejin Park and Chi Chen in Professor Ranga Myneni’s research group.

Yan et al., 2017. “Generating Global Products of LAI and FPAR From SNPP-VIIRS Data: Theoretical Background and Implementation.” IEEE Transactions on Geoscience & Remote Sensing, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2017.2775247.

Xu et al., 2018. “Analysis of Global LAI/FPAR Products from VIIRS and MODIS Sensors for Spatio-Temporal Consistency and Uncertainty from 2012–2016.” Forests, doi:10.3390/f9020073.

Xu et al., 2018. “An integrated method for validating long-term leaf area index products using global networks of site-based measurements.” Remote Sensing of the Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2018.02.049.

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Assistant professor Christoph Nolte publishes in Ecological Economics

March 20th, 2018 in 2018, Christoph Nolte, Faculty, Mar-18, News, Pub-18, Publications

Assistant professor Christoph Nolte has published his latest research in Ecological Economics. In “Challenges in Attributing Avoided Deforestation to Policies and Actors: Lessons From Provincial Forest Zoning in the Argentine Dry Chaco,” Professor Nolte and his colleagues argue that “provincial zoning plans had significantly reduced deforestation in three provinces [while] critics suggest it had not. In attempting to resolve this debate, we identify six areas in which shared understanding can support more productive interaction,” including advances in methods for casual inference and transparency in standards. Click here to read the full article.