Category: Publications

Michael Dietze publishes seven new articles

August 20th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Graduate students, Michael Dietze, Publications, Researchers

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Michael Dietze has published several new articles over the course of the summer. These articles include:

  1. Niu S, Y Luo, M Dietze, T Keenan, Z Shi, J Li, FS Chapin III. 2014. The role of data assimilation in predictive ecology. Ecosphere. Accepted
  2. Fisher J, M Sikka, W Oechel, D Huntzinger, J Melton, C Koven, A Ahlström, A Arain, I Baker, J Chen, P Ciais, C Davidson*, M Dietze, B El-Masri, D Hayes, C Huntingford, A Jain, P Levy, M Lomas, B Poulter, D Price, A Sahoo, K Schaefer, H Tian, E Tomelleri, H Verbeeck, N Viovy, R Wania, N Zeng, C Miller. 2014. Carbon cycle uncertainty in the Alaskan Arctic. Biogeosciences Discuss., 11, 2887-2932 doi:10.5194/bgd-11-2887-2014
  3. De Kauwe M, B Medlyn, S Zaehle, A Walker, S Asao, M Dietze, B El-Masri, T Hickler, A Jain, Y Luo, W Parton, IC Prentice, B Smith, P Thornton, S Wang, Y-P Wang, D Wårlind, E Weng, P Hanson. Where does the carbon go? A model-data intercomparison of carbon allocation at two temperate forest free-air CO2 enrichment sites. New Phytologist. DOI: 10.1111/nph.12847
  4. Walker A, P Hanson, M De Kauwe, B Medlyn, S Zaehle, S Asao, M Dietze, T Hickler, C Huntingford, C Iversen, A Jain, M Lomas, Y Luo, H McCarthy, W Parton, IC Prentice, P Thornton, S Wang, Y-P Wang, D Warlind, E Weng, J Warren, I Woodward, R Oren, R Norby. Comprehensive ecosystem model-data synthesis using multiple datasets at two temperate forest free-air CO2 enrichment experiments: model performance at ambient CO2 concentration. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeoscience. DOI: 10.1002/2013JG002553
  5. Matheny A, G Bohrer, P Stoy, I Baker, A Black, A Desai, M Dietze, C Gough, V Ivanov, P Jassal, K Novick, K Schäfer, H Verbeeck. Characterizing the diurnal patterns of errors in land-surface models’ prediction of evapotranspiration: an NACP analysis Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences.
  6. Dietze M, J Hatala Matthes*. A general ecophysiological framework for modeling the impact of pests and pathogens on forest ecosystems. Ecology Letters In press.
  7. Viskari T*, B Hardiman*, A Desai, M Dietze. Model-data assimilation of multiple phenological observations to constrain and predict leaf area index. Ecological Applications In press

To see a complete list of Assistant Professor Dietze’s recent publications, including links to the articles, visit his recent publications page in our publications section.

The starred authors indicate students and/or members of Dr. Dietze’s research team.

Ranga Myneni publishes three new articles

August 14th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni recently co-authored three new articles:

  • Ciais et al., 2014. Current systematic carbon-cycle observations and the need for implementing a policy-relevant carbon observing system, Biogeosciences, 11: 3547-3602 (doi:10.5194/bg-11-3547-2014).
  • Van Oijen et al., 2014. Impact of droughts on the C-cycle in European Vegetation: a probabilistic risk analysis using six vegetation models, Biogeosciences Discussion, doi:10.5194/bgd-11-8325-2014.
  • Yan et al., 2014. Development of a remotely sensing seasonal vegetation-based Palmer Drought Severity Index and its application of global drought monitoring, JGR-Atmospheres, doi: 10.1002/2014JD021673.

To learn more about articles published by Prof. Myneni, visit his section of our publications page.

Grad student Taejin Park publishes article in Remote Sensing

August 13th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Graduate students, Juri Knjazihhin, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment PhD student Taejin Park published an article in the journal Remote Sensing. The article is titled “Application of physically-based slope correction for maximum forest canopy height estimation using waveform lidar across different footprint sizes and locations: Tests on LVIS and GLAS.” The article can be downloaded from

Park was assisted on the article by fellow graduate students Sungho Choi, Jian Bi and Joshua Mantooth and Earth & Environment Professors Ranga Myneni and Yuri Knyazikhin.

Taejin Park is a second year PhD student in Prof. Myneni’s research group. To learn more about publications by Professor Myneni, check out his recent publications in our publications section.

Duncan FitzGerald and former grad student to be published in Marine Geology

August 7th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Aug-14, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Publications

A new article to be published in Marine Geology features the work of Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald and former graduate student Chris Hein.

The article, “Internal architecture of mixed sand-and-gravel beach ridges: Miquelon-Langlade Barrier, NW Atlantic,” will be featured in the upcoming 358th volume of the journal due out later this year.

An online version of the article is available now and can be accessed here.

To learn more about FitzGerald’s work, visit his profile page, or check out his recent publications.


Boston Globe Quotes Professor Nathan Phillips on City Gas Leaks

July 17th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, July-14, Nathan Phillips, News, Uncategorized

A Boston Globe article this week, “Google Earth captures city’s leaky gas pipelines,” highlights leaky gas pipes around the city and the technology that is making environmental information more public.

The article can be read here.

The article quotes professor Nathan Phillips of the Department of Earth and Environment, and references his 2012 study on the subject, which he completed with his students.

A CBS Boston news article on professor Nathan Phillips’ work in 2013 can be read here.

Bruce Anderson co-authors Nature paper refuting widely publicized study of ecological impacts arising from climate change

July 16th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, July-14, News, Publications

Professor Bruce Anderson, along with many of the lead authors of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, coauthored a comment in the journal Nature. The comment is titled “Uncertainties in the timing of unprecedented climates.” It can be downloaded here.

The comment shows how methodological flaws in the first study resulted in artificially low uncertainty in the timing of climatic impacts on biodiversity hotspots, an oversight that can lead to poor planning decisions and that hopefully will be avoided in the future by researchers interested in climatic impacts upon ecological and human welfare.

An accompanying News & Views article titled “Climate science: Expulsion from history” explaining the significance of this paper is also published in Nature – the first time they have ever done this for a comment.  It can be downloaded here.

To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here.

Amanda Vieillard and Robinson Fulweiler published in Ecology Today

July 15th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Alumni, Faculty, July-14, Publications, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

Amanda Vieillard, who recently earned her MS with Robinson Fulweiler here at Boston University, was published by the Ecological Society of America.

The paper, “Tidal pulsing alters nitrous oxide fluxes in a temperate intertidal mudflat,” co-written by Robinson Fulweiler, can be read here.

Amanda Vieillard is currently working towards her Ph.D. at UCONN. You can see more of her articles here.


Ph.D. Candidate Nicolette Leonardi first authors paper in Journal of Sedimentary Research

June 24th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, June-14, Publications, Sergio Fagherazzi

Earth & Environment graduate student Nicolette Leonardi recently published a first authored paper in the Journal of Sedimentary Research.

The article is titled “Modeling Tidal Bedding in Distributary-Mouth Bars” and can be accessed online here.

Publishing with Leonardi is her advisor Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi.

Leonardi is a Ph.D. candidate in Earth Science with an emphasis in coastal geomorphology.


Valerie Pasquarella’s dissertation research featured in Mass Audubon’s Sanctuary Magazine

June 23rd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Graduate students, June-14, News, Publications, Suchi Gopal

Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Valerie Pasquarella’s dissertation research is featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Sanctuary Magazine, the journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. (, pages 22-23.)

Ann Prince’s article titled “Integrating Satellite Remote Sensing and On-the-Ground Observation” describes Pasquarella’s work using Landsat time series and ground-based ecological records to improve understanding of long-term ecological dynamics at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, MA.

Pasquarella is jointly advised by Profs. Suchi Gopal and Curtis Woodcock in Earth & Environment and Prof. Les Kaufman in Biology.

Lucy Hutyra and grad student Ha Nguyen paper accepted in Environmental Pollution

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, June-14, Lucy Hutyra, Publications

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and graduate student Ha Nguyen have coauthored a paper that is to be published in Environmental Pollution.

The paper, “Carbon fluxes from an urban tropical grassland,” features Hutyra as second author and Nguyen as third author.

The paper is currently in press and will be published at a later date.

To see all of Hutyra’s publications, check out her recent publication‘s section of the website.