Category: Publications

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 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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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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Recent alum Yaofeng Gu publishes in Urban Climate with Assistant Professor Dan Li

December 19th, 2017 in 2017, Alumni, Dan Li, Dec-17, Faculty, Former Students, News, Pub-17, Publications, Undergraduate

Yaofeng Gu, a recently Earth & Environment graduate and now an MA student at Duke University, has recently published “A modeling study of the sensitivity of urban heat islands to precipitation at climate scales” in the journal Urban Climate. The research was based on his Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project with Prof. Dan Li. The paper uses a state-of-the-art earth system model to examine the sensitivity of urban heat islands across the continental United States to precipitation changes at long-term, climate scales. The results have important implications for understanding how urban heat islands respond to global climate change and for improving urban parameterizations in global climate and earth system models. His research was also reported in BU Today.

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues publish in Tectonics

December 19th, 2017 in 2017, Christine Regalla, Dec-17, Faculty, News, Pub-17, Publications

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues have published “Slip Inversion Along Inner Fore-Arc Faults, Eastern Tohoku, Japan” in the journal Tectonics. This work highlights the potential for reversals in forearc fault slip sense not only over the million-year time frame in response to changing tectonic boundary conditions, but also over decadal time scales in response to changes in stress state following large-magnitude subduction earthquakes.

PhD student Hollie Emery publishes on tidal restoration with Associate Professor Fulweiler

December 13th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, Graduate students, News, Pub-17, Publications, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

PhD student Hollie Emery joined Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler in co-authoring an article on tidal restoration. “Tidal restriction from coastal development can alter salt marsh plant and animal communities as well as marsh biogeochemistry,” they note. “However, much less is known about how tidal restriction, and subsequent tidal restoration, may alter greenhouse gas emissions.” Read the full article in Ecosphere.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein publishes on carbon emissions lawsuit

December 13th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, News, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has published in the latest issue of TYL, the publication of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.

The 2016 ruling in Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana v. USA is one of the greatest recent events in our system of law. A group of children between the ages of eight and nineteen filed suit against the federal government, asking the court to order the government to act on climate change, asserting harm from carbon emissions. Read the full article here.