Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald and a team of researchers recently undertook a week-long field campaign 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana to the Chandeluer Islands to study the barrier island chain’s response to sea-level rise and hurricane impacts.
Since 2004, numerous Category 3 and higher magnitude hurricanes have severely eroded the islands, segmenting them, and transforming them into a landward migrating barrier arc. Because of this transformation, these islands provide scientists like FitzGerald a natural laboratory to study a possible future scenario of how other barrier coasts of the world, like the East Coast of the United States, might react as they succumb to accelerating sea-level rise.
FitzGerald, who co-led the expedition, and the team gathered sedimentologic and hydrodynamic data to study how the island chain has responded to sea-level rise and to the multiple hurricane impacts. Several more trips are planned to the Chandeleur Islands this year.
This and future expeditions to the Islands are supported by the State of Louisiana and the US Geological Survey. To learn more about FitzGerarld’s work, check out his profile page, or see his recent news and publications.
Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock was in China this past week to give presentations at two institutions. On June 3rd, Professor Woodcock gave a presentation titled “Continuous Classification and Change Detection” at Beijing Normal University.
Five Boston University Department of Geography and Environment (now Earth & Environment) alumni were present at Professor Woodcock’s presentation.
During his visit to Beijing Normal University, Professor Woodcock also visited Key State Lab for Remote Sensing Science.
Later that same day Professor Woodcock was at the Chinese Academy of Science Institute for Geography and Natural Resources Research to give a presentation titled “Time Series Analysis with Landsat.”
Prof. Hutyra’s seminar will be held this Thursday and is titled “Quantifying and modeling the urban carbon cycle — An examination of land use change, vegetation responses, and emissions.”
Fagherazzi’s lecture, “Marsh collapse does not require sea-level rise,” will be held Monday afternoon as part of the Dept. of Marine and Coastal Sciences’s IMCS Seminar Series.
Professor Duncan FitzGerald and his former student Chris Hein (faculty at Virginia Institute of Marine Science [VIMS]) gave invited lectures at UNIVALI in Itajai, Santa Catarina, Brazil on April 16th, 2015.
These lectures are part of an ongoing research collaboration (12 years) between UNIVALI and Boston University (and now VIMS). During the past week, FitzGerald and Hein along with UNIVALI professors and students have been collecting geophysical, sedimentologic, and stratigraphic data looking at the Holocene 6 ka highstand, Pleistocene 120 ka highstand, and perhaps the Pliocene (~ 4 million yrs BP) shoreline.
FitzGerald’s talk was titled “Can Barrier Islands Survive Marsh Deterioration in a Regime of Accelerating Sea Level Rise?”, and Hein’s talk was titled “Barrier-Inlet Processes and the Formation of Plum Island Barrier Island, Massachusetts, USA.”
Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra will be in Utah this week to give a seminar at the Global Change and Sustainability Center at the University of Utah.
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Jared Woollacott gave a talk this past Friday, February 13th, at Appalachian State University’s Department of Economics in Boone, NC.
Jared is a PhD candidate in Geography; he is advised by Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra is in Washington D.C. this week to participate in the 5th annual North American Carbon Program Principle Investigators Meetings & AmeriFlux Principal Investigators Meeting.
In addition to attending the three day meeting, Hutyra is also coordinating a breakout session on the Urban Carbon Cycle on Tuesday afternoon.
To learn more about the North American Carbon Program, visit their website.
To learn more about Hutyra’s work, check out her profile page.
Earth & Environment PhD student Sarabeth Buckley has just returned from an intensive two week ecology seminar at the world-renowned Cary Institute. The prestigious seminar focused on the Fundamentals of Ecosystem Ecology and was taught by leading experts in the field.
James’s talk was titled “A Three-Dimensional Shear-Velocity Model of the Atlantic Upper Mantle from Analysis of a Regional Dataset of Fundamental-Mode Rayleigh Waves.”
James gave her talk this morning, Wednesday December 17, 2014, at 9:15 am as part of the “Imaging the Earth IV Seismic Studies of Crust and Mantle Structure” session.
James is a PhD candidate in Earth Science with an emphasis on seismology and mantle tomography.