Category: Researchers

E&E Fullbright scholar Maria Kozlowska to give talk Thursday, 12:30 in B31C

March 17th, 2015 in 2015, Department Seminars, Faculty, Mar-15, Rachel Abercrombie, Researchers

Visiting Fullbright scholar Maria Kozlowska will be giving a talk titled “Effect of the coseismic static stress transfer on the seismicity in mines” this coming Thursday, March 19th, at 12:30 pm in room B31C.

Kozlowska is a visiting Fullbright scholar from Poland who has been working with Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie.


Anne Short, Lucy Hutyra, and Jackie Getson coauthor paper in Biological Conservation

February 3rd, 2015 in 2015, Anne Short, Faculty, Feb-15, Lucy Hutyra, Pub-15, Publications, Researchers

Anne Short

Anne Short

Lucy Hutyra

Lucy Hutyra

Earth & Environment Assistant Professors Anne Short and Lucy Hutyra along with Research Fellow Jackie Getson have coauthored a new paper published in the journal Biological Conservation.

The paper, “Landowner conservation awareness across rural-to-urban gradients in Massachusetts,” will be published in the 184th volume of the journal in April 2015; however, an early release of the paper is available now.

To learn more about Short’s work, check out her recent news and publications.

To learn more about Hutyra’s work, check out her recent news and publications.

Andrew Reinmann presents at NACP meeting in DC

January 27th, 2015 in 2015, Faculty, Jan-15, Lucy Hutyra, Presentations, Researchers

Andrew Reinmann

Andrew Reinmann

Earth & Environment Postdoctoral Associate Andrew Reinmann is in Washington, D.C. today to present at the 5th annual North American Carbon Program (NACP) Principal Investigators & AmeriFlux Principal Investigators Meeting.

Reinmann’s presentation will be featured as part of the Tuesday Morning “Science Sessions 3: Human Impacts on the Carbon Cycle.” Reinmann’s presentation is titled “Assessing the influences of urbanization on albedo and terrestrial carbon pools and fluxes.”

Reinmann is a first year postdoctoral associate having graduated with his PhD in Biology from Boston University in 2014; he current works with Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra where he focuses on carbon, carbon flux, and carbon exchange on an urban to rural gradient. To learn more about Reinmann, check out his profile page.

Former Research Professor Xiaowen Li Passes Away

January 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Alan Strahler, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Jan-15, News, Researchers

Former Geography Research Professor Xiaowen Li succumbed to illness in Beijing on January 10th at the age of 67. Working closely with Professors Alan Strahler, Curtis Woodcock, and Crystal Schaaf, Professor Li developed a succession of physical models of directional reflectance of forest land cover that saw wide use in land remote sensing. He was also the primary architect of the algorithms underlying the MODIS BRDF/Albedo product. Soon after the MODIS launch, Professor Li transitioned to Beijing Normal University (BNU), where he held the rank of Professor and Dean in the School of Geography, and most recently served there as the Director of the Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Research Center. He also served as the Director of the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications of the Chinese Academy of Science from 2002-2008, and was the Principal Investigator for several important Key Projects in remote sensing supported by the Chinese Academy of Science under the five-year planning mechanism.

Professor Li’s contributions were recognized with his appointment as Academician of the Chinese Academy of Science in 2001. He also received several prestigious science prizes from that academy and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in China.

In contributions to Boston University, Professor Li served as the liaison for an academic exchange program in remote sensing between BU and Beijing Normal, which brought BNU doctoral students to BU. He also generously endowed a fund within the Department of Geography and Environment for assistance to the exchange students.

He is survived by his widow, Wu Chuanqi, and his two daughters, Li Jie and Li Zhung, who reside in the United States.

In recent years, Professor Li’s quiet and self-effacing demeanor, unusual for an Academician, was recognized through social media and earned him the title of the “Cloth Shoes Academician.” Here follows two translations of media reports on his death, kindly provided by Dr. David Jupp of CSIRO, Australia, also a friend and colleague of Professor Li. Text and photographs of Professor Li’s funeral are posted on the web site


Translated From:

The “Cloth Shoes” Academician, Li Xiaowen has passed away. From now on the “Humble Sage”1 is no longer with us 

This popular web based image of Academician Li Xiaowen was taken on April 18, 2014 as he delivered a lecture at the Chinese Academy of Sciences university. From his plain monastic dress, unkempt beard and cloth shoes, it is clear how he has become the "Teacher Immortal." (

This popular web based image of Academician Li Xiaowen was taken on April 18, 2014 as he delivered a lecture at the Chinese Academy of Sciences university. From his plain monastic dress, unkempt beard and cloth shoes, it is clear how he has become the “Teacher Immortal.” (Source)


On the 10th [of January 2014], the reporter learned from the web that Academician Li Xiaowen of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Director of the Centre for Geographic Information at Beijing Normal University, also known popularly as the “Cloth Shoes Academician”, had passed away in Beijing.

Brief summary of academic achievements:

Academician Li Xiaowen graduated from the Chengdu Academy of Telecommunications Engineering in [Sichuan Province, China in] 1968. In 1985 he achieved Master and PhD degrees in Geographic Science, and Master in Computer and Electronic Engineering [in the US] at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has been Head of the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dean and Teaching Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environment at Beijing Normal

University. [At the University] He was The Great River Meritorious Professor2, specializing in the fundamental theory of remote sensing science. He is originator of the Li-Strahler geometrical optics model which has been recognised by the International Society for Optical Engineering [SPIE] as a “Landmark achievement”, and he has achieved great fame at home and abroad in Remote Sensing Science.

In 2014, a report and photograph of Academician Li Xiaowen, with his plain and simple clothing and footwear, became popular on the Web, with some Netizens3 feeling that Li Xiaowen looked like a “Humble Sage”: [eg] “with humble demeanour but who from a seemingly inconspicuous role, displayed amazing gifts and brought about miraculous achievements.”


Related Report:

The Cloth Shoes Academician gives a lecture at University – the Weibo Netizens “Humble Sage”

Wearing plain and simple monastic dress, without socks, and wearing black cloth shoes, with thin features, grizzled hair and straggling beard, 67 year old Academician Li Xiaowen sits lecturing his works at the Chinese Academy of Sciences University. His humble presence is “like that of an immortal Sage”: Since the end of 1970, Li Xiaowen has been engaged in research into the area of Geography and Remote Sensing Information Science. He was originator of the Li-Strahler Geo-Optical Model, which was selected by the International Society for Optical Engineering [SPIE] as a “Landmark achievement”. The research achievements he and his team have made have advanced the development of quantitative remote sensing science, and made China one of the leaders in the field of quantitative Remote Sensing Science.


1 Literally, “the sweeping monk”. A monk sweeping the temple yard is in the position of a lowly person and emphasises virtuous unimportance. Apparent unimportance brings little fame and recognition but they are of little importance to a monk.

2 As Great River Professor, Li Xiaowen would have been used to the endless noise of the apes on the banks as he drifted from Baidi City through endless mountains of new ideas.

3 It is wonderful that people in the social media age, where your value is measured by number of friends multiplied the number of likes, can value unimportance, it is also wonderful they recognised the true nature of Li Xiaowen behind the picture.





Mike Dietze leads workshop at 7th Annual NEON Meeting

October 24th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Meeting, Michael Dietze, Oct-14, Researchers, Talks

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Michael Dietze was in Boulder, Colorado this week to take part in the 7th Annual National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Meeting.

At the meeting, Prof. Dietze organized and and ran a one day workshop on “Scaling ecological processes: theoretical, empirical, modeling, and remote sensing perspectives.”

Attending the meeting and workshop with Prof. Dietze were PhD student Josh Mantooth and Post-doctoral Associate Christy Rollinson.

To learn more about the meeting, visit NEON’s website.

To learn more about the work of Prof. Dietze, check out his profile page.

Zhe Zhu and Curtis Woodcock publish new paper in Remote Sensing of Environment

September 23rd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Publications, Researchers, Sept-14

Earth & Environment post-doc Zhe Zhu and Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock have published a new paper in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment.

The paper, “Automated cloud, cloud shadow, and snow detection in multitemporal Landsat data: An algorithm designed specifically for monitoring land cover change,” provides a new, better way to detect cloud, cloud shadow, and snow in Landsat data using the multitemporal information of the data.

The article was published in the 152th volume of the journal and can be accessed online here.

Additionally, Zhu and Woodcock have also provided a stand alone software for this algorithm (Tmask) for both windows and linux, and it can be accessed here.

Lucy Hutyra publish new paper in Biogeochemistry

September 10th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, Publications, Researchers, Sept-14

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra along with former members of the department, former graduate student Preeti Rao and former Post-doctoral Associate Steve Raciti, and Biology Associate Professor Pam Templer have published a new article in the journal Biogeochemistry.

The article, “Atmospheric nitrogen inputs and losses along an urbanization gradient from Boston to Harvard Forest, MA,” is first authored by Rao and was published in the 121st volume of the journal.

The article can be read online here.

To learn more about Lucy Hutyra’s work, check out her profile page on our website, or visit her recent publication section.

William Nardin publishes paper in Nature Geoscience

September 9th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Publications, Researchers, Sept-14, Sergio Fagherazzi

Earth & Environment Post-doctoral Associate William Nardin has recently been published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Nardin’s article, “Optimum vegetation height and density for inorganic sedimentation in deltaic marshes,” was published online this past August. The full text is available here.

Nardin works with Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi.

To learn more about Nardin’s work, check out his profile page.

Bradley Thomson and Farouk El-Baz publish paper in EOS

September 3rd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Farouk El-Baz, Publications, Researchers, Sept-14

Senior Research Scientist Dr. Bradley Thomson and Director Dr. Farouk El-Baz at Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing have recently published a paper in Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union.

The paper, “Future Mars Rovers: The Next Places to Direct Our Curiosity,” presents an overview of Mars landing site selection activity for the Mars 2020 and ExoMars rovers, and makes comparisons to site selection process for the Apollo lunar program.

To learn more about Thomson’s publications, check out his website in the Center for Remote Sensing’s staff profiles. To learn more about El-Baz’s work, visit his website.

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.