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!
The panel, which includes Hutyra, Janetos, and several other distinguished University faculty members, will be discussing the topic “Advancing the Human Condition: An Agenda for Research and Education.”
The lecture will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7:00 in the TSAI auditorium in CAS.
All members of the BU community are encouraged to attend.
The seminar is on “The Future of Urban Housing: Enhancing Energy Efficiency” and will feature Kaufmann and Mechanical Engineer Associate Professor Michael Gevelber and will be moderated by Pardee Senior Research Associate Enrique R. Silva.
Limited seating is available and RSVP is required by this Friday, September 12th. Lunch will also be served at the event beginning at 11:30.
To learn more about Robert Kaufmann’s work, check out his profile page.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra will be giving her tenure talk this coming Monday at noon in room CAS 132.
The title of Hutyra’s talk is “Terrestrial carbon emissions & exchange: Looking across the landscape to the atmosphere.”
All members of the department are encouraged to attend and support Lucy.
Lucy Hutyra, Tony Janetos to participate in the first annual Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family CAS Lecture
Two members of the Department of Earth & Environment will be featured in the inaugural Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family CAS Lecture.
Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and Professor Tony Janetos will be featured as part of the “Advancing the Human Condition: An Agenda for Research and Education” lecture on Thursday September 18th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the TSAI auditorium.
Participating in the panel with Hutyra and Janetos are Rosella Cappella from the Dept. of Political Science, Sharon Goldberg from the Dept. of Computer Science, Joe Harris from the Dept. of Sociology, Jeremy Menchik from the Pardee School of Global Studies, Henrik Selin from the Pardee School of Global Studies, Dean Virginia Sapiro of CAS and Dean Adil Najam of the Pardee School of Global Studies.
All members of the Boston University community are welcome to attend.
Earth & Environment Ph.D. candidate Qingsong Sun is set to defend his dissertation tomorrow, Wednesday August 6th, at 2 pm in CAS 132.
Sun’s dissertation is titled “Assessing Change in the Earth’s Land Surface Albedo with Moderate Resolution Satellite Imagery.”
All are encouraged to attend and support Qingsong as he completes his Ph.D.
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Nora Sullivan will be defending her PhD dissertation this Friday June 27th at 10 am in CAS B36.
Her dissertation is titled “Advances in Sm-Nd geochronology: applications to early earth garnet, hydrothermal carbonate, and high temperature metamorphic systems.”
All are welcome to attend the defense.
Earth & Environment Ph.D. candidate Jared Woollacott will be presenting research this Sunday at the World Congress of Environmental Resource Economists.
The conference is being held June 28 to July 2 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Woollacott will be presenting research on the “costs and ancillary benefits of carbon policy in the US electric sector.”