Assistant Professor Diane Thompson and advisee Jessica Ng publish in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Led by undergraduate Jessica Ng, Assistant Professor Diane Thompson and colleagues have published “Assessing multi-site δ18O-climate calibrations of the coralline alga Clathromorphum across the high-latitude Northern Hemisphere” in the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. “An increased number of climate proxy records and more refined interpretation of proxy data are crucial to improve projections of future climate at high latitudes,” their research finds.
Earth & Environment’s newest faculty member, Christoph Nolte, has co-authored “Conditions influencing the adoption of effective anti-deforestation policies in South America’s commodity frontiers” in Global Environmental Change. “Reducing large-scale deforestation in commodity frontiers remains a key challenge for climate change mitigation and the conservation of biodiversity,” Dr. Nolte and his colleagues argue.
Associate Professor Michael Dietze and former EE postdoc Chritine Rollinson co-author article in Global Change Biology
Associate Professor Michael Dietze and former Earth & Environment Postdoctoral Associate Christine Rollinson have co-authored “Emergent climate and CO2 sensitivities of net primary productivity in ecosystem models do not agree with empirical data in temperate forests of eastern North America” in Global Change Biology. “Ecosystem models show divergent responses of the terrestrial carbon cycle to global change over the next century,” they and their colleagues write. “Individual model evaluation and multi-model comparisons with data have largely focused on individual processes at sub-annual to decadal scales.”
Associate Professor Michael Dietze has co-authored “BETYdb: a yield, trait, and ecosystem service database applied to second-generation bioenergy feedstock production” in the journal GCB Bioenergy. “Increasing demand for sustainable energy has led to research and development on the cultivation of diverse plant species for biomass production,” write Dr. Dietze and his colleagues. “To support the research and development required to domesticate and cultivate crops for bioenergy, we developed the Biofuel Ecophysiological Traits and Yields database (BETYdb).” Additional information about the work can be found at EurekAlert!.
Of the most cited articles published in Remote Sensing of Environment since 2012, Earth & Environment professor Curtis Woodcock is a co-author of six articles, associate research professor Pontus Olofsson is the lead author of two, and Zhe Zhu (former student and postdoc of Dr. Woodcock) is the lead author of two, including the most cited article.
Earth & Environment faculty and students publish in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Professors Sucharita Gopal and Robert Kaufmann have published their latest research, which shows local cooling and warming in the United States and captures two aspects of experiential learning that influence how the public perceives a change in climate: recency weighting and an emphasis on extreme events. PhD student Xiaojing Tang and Earth & Environment alum Michelle Gilmore co-authored, along with Jacqueline Liederman of BU’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. Click to read the full article. Further coverage of the research can be found at Eureka Alert and Science Daily.
Also in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra and post-doctoral associate Andrew Reinmann co-authored “Edge effects enhance carbon uptake and its vulnerability to climate change in temperate broadleaf forests” about forest carbon dynamics and their response to climate. Click to read the full article.
Ecological Forecasting, the new book by Associate Professor Michael Dietze, is now available for pre-order.
Ecologists are being asked to respond to unprecedented environmental challenges. How can they provide the best available scientific information about what will happen in the future? Ecological Forecasting is the first book to bring together the concepts and tools needed to make ecology a more predictive science.
Ecological Forecasting presents a new way of doing ecology. A closer connection between data and models can help us to project our current understanding of ecological processes into new places and times. This accessible and comprehensive book covers a wealth of topics, including Bayesian calibration and the complexities of real-world data; uncertainty quantification, partitioning, propagation, and analysis; feedbacks from models to measurements; state-space models and data fusion; iterative forecasting and the forecast cycle; and decision support.
- Features case studies that highlight the advances and opportunities in forecasting across a range of ecological subdisciplines, such as epidemiology, fisheries, endangered species, biodiversity, and the carbon cycle
- Presents a probabilistic approach to prediction and iteratively updating forecasts based on new data
- Describes statistical and informatics tools for bringing models and data together, with emphasis on:
- Quantifying and partitioning uncertainties
- Dealing with the complexities of real-world data
- Feedbacks to identifying data needs, improving models, and decision support
- Numerous hands-on activities in R available online
Associate Professor Michael Dietze has co-authored “A roadmap for improving the representation of photosynthesis in Earth system models” in the journal New Phytologist. Dr. Dietze and his colleagues provide a roadmap for new science needed to improve the representation of photosynthesis in the next generation of terrestrial biosphere and Earth system models. Former Earth & Environment postdoctoral fellow Shawn Serbin was also a co-author.
Dr. Dietze’s latest research, “Novel and lost forests in the upper Midwestern United States, from new estimates of settlement-era composition, stem density, and biomass,” will appear in the forthcoming issue of PLOS ONE, co-authored by former Earth & Environment postdoctoral fellow Jaclyn Hattala Matthes.
In conjunction with his new textbook Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility, Lecturer Rick Reibstein will host webinars over the next month. The free series will elaborate on the concept of the book: the goal of developing the sense of responsibilities that would result in sustainability, and which could be sustained. Click here to register for free.
This month Research Assistant Professor Robert Buchwaldt co-authored “Rapid conversion of an oceanic spreading center to a subduction zone inferred from high-precision geochronology” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The research has been covered by Geology In and Science Daily.