Earth & Environment PhD candidate Jordan Winkler‘s dissertation defense is scheduled for today at 3 PM in CAS 132.
Winkler’s dissertation is titled “Climate Change Impact on Crop Yield: Towards a Probabilistic Modeling Framework.”
Winkler is a PhD candidate in Geography; his advisor is Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.
All members of the department are encouraged to come support Jordan.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Mike Dietze is in Potsdam Germany this week to give a keynote talk as part of the EU COST meeting for the “Towards robust PROjections of European Forests UNDer climate change,” or PROFOUND, project.
Dietze’s talk is titled “On the communication between models and data;” the project meeting will take place Wednesday morning at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
To learn more about the PROFOUND project meeting, visit COST’s website.
The focus of Thursday’s seminar will be “The Resilient City” and will feature experts from around BU discussing “how cities can prepare for threats from catastrophic weather events to critical infrastructure loss to urban health crises” (“Urban Seminar Series“).
The seminar will take place from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at 75 Bay State Road and will feature the panel discussion along with a Q&A and a complimentary lunch.
To participate in the seminar, individuals must register for the event at this link.
The goal of the forum was to assess different implementations of US carbon policy including the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
Woollacott is a PhD candidate in Geography; he is advised by Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Robinson Fulweiler is in Delaware today to give a seminar lecture on “Climate Change Impacts on Nitrogen Cycling in the Coastal Ocean.”
Fulweiler’s lecture is being held at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.
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.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Ethan Baxter was in Vancouver, Canada this past week to give a keynote lecture at the National Science Foundation Earthscope Workshop on Geochronology.
The two day workshop was held October 17-18 and featured Professor Baxter’s talk on the innovations in garnet geochronology he and his students have established in the BU TIMS Facility.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Michael Dietze will be in the Boston University Mathematics & Statistics Department tomorrow, Thursday October 16th, 2014, to give a lecture as part of the Statistics and Probability Seminar Series.
Dietze’s lecture, “Ecological Forecasting: An Emerging Challenge,” will be held at 4:00 pm in Room MCS 148. Tea will be served from 3:30 – 4:00 pm.
All members of the department are encouraged to attend.
To learn more about Prof. Dietze’s work, check out his profile page.
The abstract for Prof. Dietze’s lecture:
Understanding how terrestrial ecosystems will respond to climate change is one of the most critical scientific questions of our time. This is not only because these ecosystems provide the natural resources and ecosystem services our species depends upon for survival, but because feedbacks from the terrestrial biosphere are one of the greatest sources of uncertainty in climate change projections. Reducing uncertainty requires not only a better understanding of the basic science involved, but also a systematic effort to synthesize existing knowledge, quantify uncertainties, and target measurements where they maximize new information. In this effort ecologists are increasingly being called upon to make quantitative, data-driven forecasts using sophisticated statistical tools and computer models. Such models are not only tools for forecasting but also represent a mathematical formalization of our current understanding of how ecosystems function. As such they provide a critical scaffold for assimilating a diverse array of data types on different spatial and temporal scales which cannot otherwise be directly compared. My work within the nascent field of ecological forecasting is heavily focused on the assimilation of data into terrestrial biosphere models as a means of quantifying, partitioning, and reducing uncertainty about how terrestrial ecosystems will respond to climate change. In this talk I will highlight work done in my lab to confront process-based ecosystem models with data and introduce some of the tools we have been developing to manage model-data fusion. I will also discuss the nature of the ecological forecasting problem, how it differs from other forecasting problems (e.g. weather forecasting), and some of the open statistical challenges in this emerging discipline.
Dietze’s talk was titled “The PEcAn Project: A Community Platform for Synthesis & Forecasting Ecosystems.”
To learn more about Dietze’s work, check out his profile page.
Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson will be at UMass Lowell this coming Tuesday, October 7th, to take part in Climate Change Teach-In.
The event “Taking the High Ground: Real Actions to Address Global Climate Change” will feature Anderson, Dr. John Sterman of MIT, and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. Together the speakers will address climate change, communication, and policies related to society’s choices regarding climate change and how those choices will impact our collective future.
The event will be held from 4 to 6 pm at Cumnock Hall on the North Campus of UMass Lowell.
Registration is free and open to the the public, but space is limited to register early!