James J. McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University, will be giving a talk entitled “Changing Sea Ice Conditions and Arctic Marine Ecosystems,” today, Tuesday, September 27.
The shrinking area of Arctic sea ice in summer is one of the most often cited examples of anthropogenic climate change. The areal extent of sea ice at the time of the September minimum has declined by about 1% per year since satellite observations began 35 years ago. Sea ice is very different from lake ice. A brine is created as ice crystallizes, a portion of which remains in channels within the ice and provides habitat for microscopic plankton. These organisms include photosynthetic algae and microscopic animals that feed on the algae, and they then become food for shrimp and fish under and at the edges of the ice. This production is the base of the food web that supports marine mammals and birds that flourish in the Arctic during spring and summer. Climate models project that, with additional warming from greenhouse gases, summer sea ice could vanish in the Arctic my mid-century, with profound implications for many iconic species.
Tuesday, September 27, 4 pm, CAS 132
Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler delivers keynote at Society for Women in Marine Science Symposium
Earth & Environment associate professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler will deliver the keynote address at the Society for Women in Marine Science Symposium in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The SWMS seeks to create a community of marine researchers who acknowledge and address the difficulties facing women and minorities in the marine field.
Earth & Environment lecturer Richard Riebstein sat this summer with the Global Energy & Environmental Law Podcast to talk about the problems and issues surrounding the compliance and enforcement of environmental issues. Listen to the interview here.
Earth & Environment lecturer Richard Riebstein has published Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility, now available from Trunity Press.
Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility is the first book of its kind, helping readers to embrace the extraordinarily large and often overwhelming field of environmental issues through the integration of individual perspectives and efforts in a shared context. It is an invaluable complement to specialized courses on environmental science, law, policy, journalism, diplomacy, economics, international relations, sociology, psychology and history. The book’s overviews of history, consciousness, and the principles of democracy show how the environmental emergency can be addressed through rights-based governance and a focus on root causes and problem solving. It contains information and exercises that generate pragmatic hope and enhance skills necessary for removing barriers to progress.
Friday, September 30
Join fellow BU alumni and guests for a daylong immersion into the Department of Earth & Environment for
- Behind-the-scenes tours with faculty and graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences
- Small-group discussions with BU researchers studying around the globe
- Exclusive access to rooftops labs and a visit to the Center for Remote Sensing
- Presentation on the study of climate change from a variety of perspectives.
Breakfast, lunch, and closing reception included.
For the full schedule, further information about Alumni College, and to register for this exclusive event, visit the BU Alumni Association website.
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.
On Thursday August 11, Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett spoke on the Jefferson Exchange National Public Radio. The topic was a recent paper published in PNAS by Dr. Garrett and her collaborator Dr. Yann le Polain de Waroux regarding deforestation in the Gran Chaco of South America. The paper examines how differences in deforestation regulations between countries within the Gran Chaco create “deforestation havens” for soy and cattle producers seeking to expand their land area.
You can listen to the interview and read about it here.
Professor James Baldwin was featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about the most and least energy expensive states here in North America. The article compares a variety of different energy costs throughout the states and is further explained in an interview with professor Baldwin.
You can visit their website and read the article here.
Duncan FitzGerald gives invited talks in Brazil and Netherlands; attends thesis defense in Netherlands
Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald was recently in Santa Catarina, Brazil to give an invited talk titled “Future of northern latitude marshes and their effects on barrier island sand reservoirs” at the Universidade Federal of Santa Catarina.
Professor FitzGerald was also in the Netherlands recently where he gave an invited colloquium titled “Diverse styles of coastal evolution along Santa Catarina Brazil” at the University of Utrecht.
While at the University of Utrecht, Prof. FitzGerald also attended a thesis defense as an outside committee member for University of Utrecht Phd Candidate Wim Ridderinkhof. Ridderinkhof’s thesis was titled “Morphodynamics of ebb-tidal deltas.”
To learn more about Prof. FitzGerald’s work, check out his profile page.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Michael Dietze will be at the Burren bar this coming Monday June 13th at 6:30 pm to give a brief talk on “Fires, Invasives and Ticks, Oh My! Forecasting Ecology in a Changing World” as part of the Science by the Pint series sponsored by Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
The Burren is located in Davis Square in Somerville at 247 Elm St. All members of the public are welcome to attend the event and meet and hear Prof. Dietze’s talk.