Earth & Environment Environmental Analysis & Policy major Emily Korman will be presenting her senior thesis research on “Political Ecology: the Reality of Boston’s Gas Leaks Policies” later today, Thursday April 30th, 2015, at 3:30 pm in CAS 132.
In an email sent to the department, Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips described Korman’s work on the project:
“Emily Korman has spent the last year identifying and analyzing inter-relationships among entities involved in management of Boston’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure. As part of her work Emily managed to interview many key players to gain some valuable insights into this issue. I invite you to her talk…where she uses this knowledge as a basis for solutions to managing urban infrastructure problems.”
All members of the department are encouraged to attend Korman’s talk.
Earth & Environment Environmental Science senior Victoria Dearborn will be presenting her senior thesis research on “Carbon Dynamics of Urban Street Trees” this afternoon, Monday April 27th, at 4 pm in CAS 132.
Dearborn is advised by Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra.
All members of the department are encouraged to come and support Victoria!
Earth & Environment undergraduate Patricia Zundritsch will be holding her thesis defense this coming Monday April 13th, 2015 at 10 am in room CAS 116.
Zundritsch’s thesis is titled “Labor Market Implications of Solar Energy Policy In the US, Germany, and China.”
All members of the department are encouraged to attend and support Patricia.
Zundritsch’s thesis abstract is below.
“Labor Market Implications of Solar Energy Policy In the US, Germany, and China”
This study analyzes how the Porter hypothesis applies to employment effects of solar energy policies. The Porter hypothesis argues that environmental regulations can generate economic benefits. Few of the 21 studies reviewed comprehensively consider the myriad of employment effects, which critically determine the magnitude of net employment effects, and whether these effects are positive or negative. Though the studies are hardly comparable due to the heterogeneity of assumptions and measuring metrics, the majority show positive net employment effects based on the high labor intensity of solar photovoltaics (PV). Model results and trade data support the Porter hypothesis as countries that established renewable energy policies gained a competitive advantage in the global market. The results also indicate that job impacts are time-dependent; delayed impacts of the budget effect, time at which policies are established, and changes in demand related to policy introduction and price reductions all constitute different time dimensions of employment effects. The influence of cyclical policy support on the comparative advantage of the US illustrates the importance of consistent policies. Germany’s policy created a mature PV market, but the plateauing comparative advantage and declining domestic market suggest that current employment in the PV market may be hard to sustain. China’s rapidly growing exports, but low domestic demand, also illustrate a one-sided dependence that is more vulnerable to negative employment effects. The employment effects of late adopting countries are uncertain as they may be unable to build a comparative advantage, but could benefit from PV reaching grid parity.
Earth & Environment Environmental Analysis & Policy Senior Claire Richer and Professor Nathan Phillips have been featured in a recent article published in the Boston Globe.
The article, “Boston University offers pedal power to charge electronics,” features Richer and Phillip’s 2014 project to obtain two electricity-generating stationary bikes. The bikes, obtained from the Belgian company WeWatt, are currently housed in the Earth & Environment student lounge, CAS 442.
The article, “Time-dependent behavior of a placed bed of cohesive sediment subjected to erosion and deposition cycles,” is available online now. Valentine is second author on the paper, and Fagherazzi is third. The paper’s primary author is Fagherazzi’s former student and now postdoc at MIT, Giulio Mariotti.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Dana Bauer is in Washington DC this week to present research at the A Community on Ecosystem Services or ACES Conference.
Bauer will make two presentations during the conference: her first presentation features research performed by Bauer and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing on “Macroeconomic Consequences of Lost Pollination Services.”
Her second presentation feature research performed by Bauer and former Earth & Environment undergraduate Jessika Rose Smith on “Pollination Services and Grower Decision Making.”
To learn more about Prof. Bauer’s work, check out her profile page.
The Boston University Geological Society is hosting a viewing of The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers this Thursday, Dec. 11th at 5 pm in CAS B31C.
The viewing will feature the film and fun geological facts about the filming locations.
Snacks will be provided.
E&E Undergraduate Moira Poje presented her work from the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE) on Pueblo San Marcos at the Council on Undergraduate Research, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium on Oct 26-27th.
Pueblo San Marcos is an unexcavated archaeological site south of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Moira is a senior Geophysics and Planetary Science major working with Assistant Professor Paul Hall and Professor John Ferguson of University of Texas at Dallas.
SAGE is a summer REU sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.
Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Robert Buchwaldt and his Introduction to Geochemistry, ES 371, students traveled to Maine this past weekend as part of a field trip to explore the interaction of different magmas and the geochemical signature of nearby landscapes.
The field trip took the students to Camdem Hill State Park on the coast of the Atlantic and then over to Acadia National Park where they were able to observe the many fascinating landscapes of the area:
Last week, students in Prof James Baldwin’s Sustainable Energy class took advantage of the free admission for college students at the Museum of Science “College Night” to look at exhibits related to energy and the environment.
Prof. Baldwin met his students at the museum and discussed some of the exhibits on renewable energy, energy conservation and basic energy related science. In addition students were given a set of clues leading to specific exhibits. To prove they figured out the clue and found the exhibits the class took pictures of themselves (selfies) in front of them.