Category: Undergraduate

E&E students head to City Hall

December 13th, 2018 in 2018, Dec-18, Events, Faculty, News, Rick Reibstein, Trips, Undergraduate

On December 12th students in Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532, taught by Rick Reibstein), presented to officials of the city of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission on actions that can develop green economies and improve public health in areas currently suffering the impact of high levels of pollution and neglect. The students discussed tree retention, urban gardening, electric buses, green roofs, farmers markets, tax credits that can be used for funding green businesses, programs for training a local workforce for green commerce, developing brownfields, new climate change mitigation funds, new air quality monitoring technologies, improvements in programs for residential building energy efficiency and more, including an idea for a new workforce development program that the students originated themselves, and ways to mitigate the effects of “eco-gentrification” (the reduction in affordable housing that can follow neighborhood improvement). The BPHC has requested future students of the class continue the work, especially concentrating on the issue of repairs necessary before weatherization, green roofs and for healthy homes; and the eco-gentrification problem.

E&E major Emma Quirk rows for BU

October 18th, 2018 in 2018, Oct-18, Undergraduate

Emma Quirk, an Earth & Environmental Science major and senior, joins the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend with BU’s Rowing Team. The event attracts more than 11,000 athletes competing in more than 1,900 boats in 53 races and is the largest two-day regatta in the world. The competition attracts tens of thousands of spectators to the banks of the Charles River each year. Go Terriers!

New Culture of Science Seminar group forming

September 11th, 2018 in 2018, Department Seminars, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Meeting, Researchers, Sept-18, Staff, Undergraduate

Come to the planning meeting for an interdisciplinary research and reading group provisionally titled Cultures of Science.

We are casting a wide net, including: history of science and medicine, science and technology studies (STS), philosophy of science; Indigenous Traditional Knowledge; medical humanities; literature, sciences and the arts; environmental humanities; bioethics. Faculty, graduate students, and researchers from the full range of science, humanities, and social science disciplines are welcome.

The goal is to generate collaboration and conversation about pressing issues at the science/culture interchange, starting with a series of faculty-led workshops on recent compelling research that colleagues are engaging with and would like to open up to wider, crossdisciplinary discussion and critique. Rather than presenting formal talks or works in progress, the aim is to generate discussion across and outside our comfort zones, methodologies, and usual spheres of circulation.

Come and share suggestions for readings/topics, questions, lab visits, possible future invited speakers, or just to meet colleagues interested in science studies broadly conceived. Bring your lunch (if you like) and drop in when you can.

Tuesday Sept. 18, 12-2PM in CAS 132 

Questions/ideas: Adriana Craciun, Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Chair of Humanities, acraciun@bu.edu.

Environmental Career Fair – October 11

September 6th, 2018 in 2018, Events, Graduate students, News, Sept-18, Undergraduate

Join us on Thursday, October 11, for the Environmental Career Fair! Learn about employment and internship opportunities from local and national organizations working to protect the environment. Attending companies include Atmospheric & Environmental Research (AER), Energy Federation Inc. (EFI), ESRI, NASA DEVELOP, NE Interstate Water Pollution Control (NEIWPCC), Sustainserv, Toxics Action Center, United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Thursday, October 11, 11AM-3PM

George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Metcalf Ballroom (2nd floor)

E&E minor Katie Camero writes on diamonds for the Globe

August 6th, 2018 in 2018, Aug-18, Christine Regalla, Faculty, Pub-18, Publications, Undergraduate

Katie Camero, a Journalism major and Earth & Environmental Science minor, recently penned “More than a quadrillion tons of diamonds are under your feet, new study proposes” in the Boston Globe. Camero writes of MIT’s new study finding that the diamonds, 100 miles below ground and detected by seismic activity, are more common that conventionally thought. Camero noted her recent coursework with Christine Regalla in ES 107 Introduction to Climate & Earth System Science bolstered her reporting.

New blog accompanies lecturer Rick Reibstein’s environmental responsibility textbook

July 12th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jul-2018, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein, Undergraduate

Trunity, the publisher of E&E Lecturer Rick Reibstein‘s Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility​, now hosts a blog “for people who want to help meet the challenge of how to live within the biosphere without harming it, and thus protect ourselves, other living things, future generations, and the source of all wealth and value that we hold dear.” The Environmental Citizen offers stories about collective social responsibility, federal policy for land management, and legislative proposals surround clean energy. The last topic was explored by E&E students in Reibstein’s course GE 532 Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (now enrolling for Fall 2018).

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

May 23rd, 2018 in Former Students, Graduate students, News, Pictures, Undergraduate

On Sunday, May 20, the Department of Earth & Environment graduated 73 students. Good luck, Class of 2018!

Bridget Marie Baker, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and International Relation

Zohar Artel Baruch, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment

Sarah Elisabeth Beaulieu, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, cum laude

Walker Black, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Daria Blackwell, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Lauren Rose Cabrera, BA Environmental Science, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Joshua R. Castigliego, MA Energy & Environment

Emelia Janthina Chamberlain, BA Environmental Science and Marine Science, honors, magna cum laude

Alexandra Chin, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics

Joshua Clayton, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics, cum laude

Caitlin Connelly, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

John Brendan Crowley, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Weston Patrick Dengler, MA Energy & Environment

Donovan P. Dennis, MA Earth Sciences

Maria DiDomenica, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, magna cum laude

Hannah Ditty, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, minor French

Shivani Eherenfeucht, MA Earth Sciences

Connor L. Follis, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Qiyuan Fu (Lucy), BA Environmental Science and International Relations, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Andrea García Gabillo, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Ruizhe Guo, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Shan He, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Alina Hong, BA Environmental Science, cum laude

Haopeng Huang, BA Environmental Science

Anna Janetos, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Chelsea Jelaska, MA Energy & Environment

Xinyu Jiang, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, minor Economics

Kirsten Raquel Johnson, BA Environmental Science, minor Remote Sensing & GIS

Carly Jones, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Biology

William Kearney, PhD Earth Science, dissertation: “Signals of Nonlinear, Multiscale, and Stochastic Processes in Coastal Landscapes,” advisor: Sergio Fagherazzi

Amy Koch, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

Nichole Anne Kulikowski, BA Geophysics & Planetary Sciences

Aidan Brian Lancaster

Tova Levin, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and International Relations, minor Chinese, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Zekun Lin, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Yihao Liu, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Joshua Mantooth, PhD Geography, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, dissertation: “Tree Radial and Carbohydrate Storage in Eastern U.S. Temperate Forests,” advisor: Michael Dietze

Erin McGowan, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Daniella Paola Meza Chávez, MA Energy & Environment

Ana Milosavljevic, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Meredith Moore, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences, BS General Science Education, cum laude

Keila Tasaka Munz, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Derek J. Newberry, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment

Peter R. Overfield, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Economics

David Akira Ozer, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Eliza C. Puritz, BA Environmental Science, MA Energy & Environment, honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Lindsay A. Reamer, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Angela Rigden, PhD Earth Science, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, dissertation: “Sources of Variation in Multi-Decadal Water Fluxes Inferred from Weather Station Data,” advisor: Guido Salvucci

Mikayla Rachael Rumph, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Zachary Schmidt, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy and Economics, MA Energy & Environment

Xianfei Shen, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Alexey Shiklomanov, PhD Geography, Certificate in Terrestrial Biogeoscience, “Towards a More Educated Guessing: Improving Ecological Forecasts through Data Constraints,” advisor: Michael Dietze

Olivia Simpson, BA Environmental Science

Sarah J. Smith, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Rebecca Sparks, BA Environmental Science, honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Summer Elisabeth Stebbins, BA Environmental Science, minor Biology, cum laude

Xiaojing Tang, PhD Geography, dissertation: “Near Real-time Monitoring of Forest Disturbance: A Multi-sensor Remote Sensing Approach and Assessment Framework, advisor: Curtis Woodcock

Eliandro Tavares, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Haohan Wang, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Business Administration & Management

Nicole Nalani Wheatman, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Communication, cum laude

Alex White, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katelyn Wolgamuth, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Chelsea Elyse Wolgel, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

Samuel Wright, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor Marine Science

Olivia Wrisley, BA Environmental Science, minor Environmental Analysis & Policy, MA Energy & Environment, cum laude

Hanqing Wu, BA Environmental Science, minor Business Administration & Management

Xuehui Sophia Xiong, MA Energy & Environment

Luofei Yan, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy

Hanaan Moinfar Yazdi, BA Environmental Science, minor Public Health, cum laude

Undraa Zayamandakh, BA Environmental Analysis & Policy, minor International Relations

Mona Zayed, BA Environmental Science and International Relations

Wenqiao Zhang, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Chongyang Zhu, MA Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

Christopher F. Zielinski, BA Earth & Environmental Sciences

 

College of Arts & Sciences Prize for Excellence in Earth & Environment Lauren Rose Cabrera

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Earth & Environmental Science Maria DiDomenica

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Analysis & Policy Derek J. Newberry

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science Eliza C. Puritz

Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science Rebecca Sparks

Franklin C. Erickson Prize Sydney Neugebauer

College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching Fellow William Kearney

Earth & Environment Outstanding Teaching Fellow Hollie Emery

Special Prize for Student Leadership Chloe Anderson

Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Talk Betsy Cowdery, “Looking Past Primary Productivity: A Roadmap for Benchmarking System Processes that Drive Ecosystem Level Responses in Models”

Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Talk Julia Marrs, “Tracking Primary Productivity with Solar-Induced Fluorescence Data: From Leaf to Tower to Space-Based Retrievals”

Treicy Torres Memorial Environmental Justice Award Christopher F. Zielinski

Student Sustainability Leadership Award Bridget Marie Baker

Fellowships galore in the Hutyra Research Lab

May 2nd, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Awards, Faculty, Former Students, Graduate students, Grants, Lucy Hutyra, May-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Staff, Undergraduate

Multiple students and a recent alum have received fellowships based on their work in the Hutyra Research Lab, under associate professor Lucy Hutyra‘s guidance.

  • PhD student Luca Morreale has been named a Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow; he will calculate a complete carbon budget for the town of Arlington, Massachusetts, comparing the relative importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts with the carbon offsets provided by public street trees.
  • PhD student Sarah Garvey has received a research award from the Initiative on Cities, co-founded by former Mayor Tom Menino to invest in early stage research projects to advance the study of dynamic urban leadership.
  • Second-year undergrad Wiley Hundertmark will participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by the National Institute of Standards & Technology through the U.S. Department of Commerce, designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.
  • Ian Smith, a 2017 E&E alum and technician in the Hutyra Research Lab, has just published his undergrad thesis in Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. In “Piecing together the fragments: elucidating edge effects on forest carbon dynamics,” Smith explores differences in C dynamics observed across biomes through a trade‐offs framework that considers edge microenvironmental changes and limiting factors to productivity.”
  • PhD student Julia Marrs, a co-author on that article, has received a departmental award for outstanding graduate student presentation for “Tracking Primary Productivity with Solar-Induced Fluorescence Data: From Leaf to Tower to Space-Based Retrievals.” Betsy Cowdery, who works with Michael Dietze, also received an award, for “Looking Past Primary Productivity: A Roadmap for Benchmarking System Processes that Drive Ecosystem Level Responses in Models.”

BU students’ work featured at Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

April 30th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Apr-18, Events, Faculty, Former Students, News, Pictures, Presentations, Rick Reibstein, Undergraduate

Since 2010 environmental conference organizer Jen Boudrie has brought hundreds of people together at the premiere event in Massachusetts for environmental experts, professionals, activists, officials and academics. At this year’s conference in Plymouth Harbor, three BU students presented their work in the class Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532). Samantha Morton researched how to promote the retention of trees for state conservation officials, and with others provided a review of the scientific literature on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Bolaji Olateru-Olagbegi presented her project for the Boston Public Health Commission, investigating whether health providers understand that some of the symptoms they see might be caused by toxic exposures, and with Katharina Voehler explained the work their team performed for the City of Boston on Community Choice Aggregation – bulk purchasing of energy for residents that can be used to promote cleaner energy (and local generation of cleaner energy).  Instructor Rick Reibstein also presented at the conference on the history and future of clean water, including water quality data analyses that Alex Kerr and Michael Silano conducted for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Join us for Giving Day 2018!

April 9th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Apr-18, Events, Faculty, Former Students, Graduate students, News, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate

On Wednesday please join BU alumni, parents, students, and friends in 24 extraordinary hours of giving back. Together we’ll make a huge difference for the Department of Earth & Environment in a short period of time — and celebrate the generosity of our BU community.

The CAS departments with the most number of donors and the largest increase in donors from last year’s Giving Day will be awarded additional funds.

Earth & Environment has a tradition of garnering great support on Giving Day. Whether it’s a gift of $5 or $50, you can make a difference in the lives of our students and the work in our department.

Please click here to make an impact in the lives of our students.