Category: 2014

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.

Remote Sensing Research Scientist Bradley J. Thompson’s latest article published by Earth & Planetary Science Letters

June 6th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, June-14, Publications, Researchers

Senior Research Scientist at Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing, Dr. Bradley J. Thompson, has a new article published by Earth & Planetary Science Letters.

His article, “The effects of weathering on the strength and chemistry of Columbia River Basalts and their implications for Mars Exploration Rover Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) results,” can be read via the link:

To see more of Brad’s work and publications, visit his page here.

PhD Student Jian Bi and Prof. Myneni coauthor article in Nature

June 2nd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, June-14, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment PhD student Jian Bi and Professor Ranga Myneni coauthored an article in the journal Nature. The article is titled “Contribution of semi-arid ecosystems to interannual variability of the global carbon cycle.” It can be downloaded from

An accompanying News & Views article titled “Climate Science: A sink down under” explaining the significance of this paper is also published in Nature and can be downloaded from

Several press releases accompanying the publication and their coverage are listed at:

To learn more about Prof. Myneni’s work, visit his profile, or check out his recent grants and publications.

You can also see other stories about Prof. Myneni by checking out our News section.

Wally Fulweiler, former student publish paper in Frontiers in Plant Science

May 28th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, May-14, Publications, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler has published a new paper in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science.

The article, “Silica uptake by Spartina–evidence of multiple modes of accumulation from salt marshes around the world,” is a joint project between Fulweiler and lead author and former Earth & Environment Ph.D. student Joanna Carey.

The article was published online May 20, 2014 and can be accessed here.

Joanna Carey graduated with a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences in 2013 and is now a post-doctoral associate at Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole.

The paper is a product of Carey’s dissertation here at Boston University.

To learn more about the work of Wally Fulweiler, check out her recent publications or visit her lab website.

You can also read other new stories about Professor Fulweiler here.