Category: Researchers

Congratulations to former EE postdoc Christine Rollinson on new research position

January 17th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Jan-17, Michael Dietze, News, Researchers

Christine Rollinson, a former postdoctoral associate with Associate Professor Michael Dietze, has joined the Morton Arboretum’s Center for Tree Science as their Forest Ecologist.

Associate Professor Michael Dietze and former EE postdoc Chritine Rollinson co-author article in Global Change Biology

January 17th, 2017 in Faculty, Michael Dietze, News, Pub-17, Publications, Researchers

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.”

Landsat Science Team meets at BU

January 5th, 2017 in 2017, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Graduate students, Jan-17, Mark Friedl, Meeting, News, Pontus Olofsson, Presentations, Researchers

The Landsat Science Team will meet at Boston University from January 10-12. The meeting is hosted
by Professors Woodcock, Friedl, and Olofsson and will focus on many issues related to the Landsat Program, including:

  1. Identify priorities for future Landsat measurements and technologies
  2. Review status of Landsat 9 development
  3. Review plans and status of USGS Landsat product initiatives – collections and analysis-ready data

The meeting will also include an opportunity for many of the Department’s students and researchers to present their work that is relevant to the Landsat Program.

Remote sensing-based research from Earth & Environment faculty is making an impact

January 4th, 2017 in 2017, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Former Students, Jan-17, Pontus Olofsson, Pub-17, Publications, Researchers

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

December 20th, 2016 in 2016, Alumni, Dec-16, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, News, Pub-16, Publications, Researchers, Robert Kaufmann, Suchi Gopal

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.

Article co-authored by Research Assistant Professor Robert Buchwaldt reaches wider media

November 16th, 2016 in 2016, Nov-16, Pub-16, Publications, Researchers

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.

Postdoc William Nardin joins University of Maryland faculty

October 20th, 2016 in 2016, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, News, Oct-16, Researchers, Sergio Fagherazzi

William Nardin, currently a postdoc at BU, has joined the faculty at the University of Maryland as assistant professor. During his PhD William worked at BU on delta morphodynamics with associate professor Sergio Fagherazzi’s research group. During his first postdoc, he worked on mangrove dynamics in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam with Professors Fagherazzi and Curtis Woodcock. He is currently part of the NSF National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics 2 Synthesis Postdoc program with UC Berkeley, University of Virginia, and BU.

Research assistant professor Pontus Olofsson teaching in Thailiand

October 12th, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, News, Oct-16, Pontus Olofsson, Researchers

Pontus Olofsson is teaching a capacity building workshop organized by NASA and GOFC-GOLD at Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). The 40 workshop participants are members of the GOFC-GOLD Southeast Asian regional network and the workshop is focused on the use of open-source software for satellite-based monitoring of land change.

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett and former EE postdoc Juliana Gil publish new article in Land Use Policy

October 11th, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, Oct-16, Pub-16, Publications, Rachael Garrett, Researchers

Integrated crop-livestock systems (iCL) are advocated as a promising strategy to increase agricultural production and rehabilitate degraded pastures while mitigating GHG emissions. Although iCL in Brazil has increased over the past few years, it still occupies a small share of the country’s total agricultural area. In “Determinants of crop-livestock integration in Brazil: Evidence from the household and regional levels,” we investigate the determinants of iCL occurrence in Mato Grosso state, a globally important producer of beef cattle and grains that has experienced rapid land cover change and environmental degradation in recent decades.

Pontus Olofsson teaches workshop in Laos

August 26th, 2016 in Aug-16, Faculty, Pontus Olofsson, Presentations, Researchers, Talks

Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson is teaching a week-long workshop at the National University of Laos on how to achieve IPCC-compliant estimates of deforestation. The workshop is part of the SilvaCarbon capacity building program of the U.S. Government which aims to enhance capacity worldwide in monitoring and managing forest and terrestrial carbon.