Congratulations to Professor Sergio Fagherazzi, who will receive the 2017 JJ Mehta Award for outstanding contributions to the study of cohesive sediment dynamics. Professor Fagherazzi will be honored at the upcoming INTERCOH meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay.
INTERCOH offers an international platform where young, experienced and world leading scientists and engineers can meet and discuss the latest progress in the area of cohesive sediment properties, dynamics and modeling.
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PhD candidate Chloe Anderson has been awarded an NSF scholarship to attend the 14th Urbino Summer School of Paleoclimatology (USSP) in Urbino, Italy. USSP focuses on dynamics of past climate with an emphasis on long-term carbon cycling and its implications on past and future climate. Lead by 25 senior scientists, USSP aims to provide students with an advanced working knowledge of various proxy data and their use in modeling past climates.
Associate Profess Rachael Garrett recently participated in two workshops. INFEWS, the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems group of the The National Science Foundation held a principal investigators workshop in Arlington, Virginia at the end of March.
The Global Land Project workshop on middle-range theories in land system science met in Weggis, Switzerland.
PhD student Radost Stanimirova has been accepted as a fellow in the Young Scientists Summer Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna. Since 1977, IIASA’s annual 3-month program offers research opportunities to talented young researchers with interests in global environmental, economic, and social change. Radost will join the Ecosystems Services and Management research team.
The Scientista Symposium is a three-day conference that aims to empower pre-professional women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by introducing them to inspirational role models and by providing them with opportunities to hone valuable skills. The Symposium will bring together approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate women from across the country. The symposium will be held April 8-9, 2017, at the Microsoft building in Times Square in NYC
Our programming, themed “Scientistas Stand Up! Becoming a Leader in STEM,” will cover a range of topics from research to business to social good. It will include inspirational talks and panels, a poster fair, and ample opportunities for students and professionals to network.
CALL FOR POSTERS
What makes the Scientista Symposium truly unique is our platform for women in STEM to present their original research to a national audience of peers and judges. The process of presenting one’s work in a national forum is an invaluable opportunity that can help instill confidence in young women. We encourage students, particularly college seniors, currently involved in research to submit an abstract for the symposium’s poster fair. Students may submit abstracts here.
CALL FOR JUDGES
The symposium is also seeking postdocs, research associates, professors, and other experts to judge the poster fair.
Symposium registration is also open.
Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra is in Irvine, California, this week, attending the 28th annual Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia bring together outstanding young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines.
Earth & Environment’s own marine biologist fulfilled a lifelong dream this summer when she dove 1,130 meters beneath the ocean’s surface. Read about her dive at medium.com.
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.
Each year, Earth & Environment Professor Duncan Fitzgerald and his ES 142 Beaches and Shoreline students take an annual trip to Cape Cod.
This year’s trip took place this past Saturday where students boarded buses at BU at 8:00 am and made the hour-long journey to the Cape. After arriving, students were provided with guidebooks and headed for Humarock Beach in Marshfield where they viewed an eroding drumlin cliff, a boulder retreat platform, and various types of protective engineering structures. This particularly spit system is sediment-starved and severely impacted during winter storms.
The trip included six stops covering dunes, marshes, tidal inlets, beach processes, and glacial landforms. Students learned about the 15 ka evolution of Cape Cod and examined the present-day effects of sea-level rise. The trip ended after climbing the 30-m high parabolic dunes in the Province Lands of the outer Cape (see below).
Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald recently traveled to Brazil to study former shoreline processes. The coast of Brazil is an ideal area to study former shoreline processes because sea level has dropped 2.5 to 4 m during the past 6,000 years (far-field effects). FitzGerald and Chris Hein (former BU-PhD, Assistant Professor at Virginia Institute of Marine Science) and colleagues Dr. Ioannis Georgiou (University of New Orleans) and Dr. Antonio Klein (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil) are studying Chenier (sand ridges within mud coast) development using instrument deployments at mouth of the Tijucas River and by dating and determining the stratigraphy of the ancient onshore chenier plain through coring, ground-penetrating radar, RTK, and LiDAR surveys. This group is also studying the double Holocene (5.8 ka) and Pleistocene (~ 120 ka) high stand shorelines in the landward section of the Tijucas strandplain. These two sea-level highstands are somewhat unique as they are separated by only 0.4 km but a hundred thousand years.