Category: Undergraduate

Undergrad Moira Poje presents at CUR REU Symposium

October 29th, 2014 in 2014, Oct-14, Pictures, Presentations, Undergraduate

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.

Poje Picture

Geophysics & Planetary Science Senior Moira Poje stands with her work at the CUR REU Symposium.

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.

Robert Buchwaldt, Geochemistry students visit Camden State Park and Acadia

October 15th, 2014 in 2014, Oct-14, Pictures, Trips, Undergraduate

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:


group lake shot

This picture on the coast is looking onto different Injection Diabase dikes within a Magma chamber. Following this picture, the group walked along the shoreline to look at a cross section through a granite Magma chamber.


Group mist shot

This rainy picture features the students on top of Cadillac Mountain, a granite intrusion.


Ridge Shot

In this shot, the students are climbing down a cliff that illustrates a three dimensional view of a 400 million year old fissure eruption within the Ellsworth formation.


group sunny shot

The students of ES 371, Introduction to Geochemistry

James Baldwin and Sustainable Energy students go to Museum of Science

October 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, James Baldwin, Oct-14, Undergraduate

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.


Wally Fulweiler grant awarded funding by NSF

September 10th, 2014 in 2014, Faculty, Grants, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Sept-14, Undergraduate

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler has just received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new grant.

Fulweiler is PI on the grant titled “Collaborative Research: Development of an In Situ Porewater Sampler Coupled to an Underwater Mass Spectrometer for High-Resolution Biogenic Gas Measurements in Permeable Sediment.” Fulweiler is working in collaboration with colleague at SRI and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

The project’s goals are described in detail on Fulweiler’s laboratory site at this link, or more information can be found on the project on the NSF’s website.

To assist with the project, Fulweiler is also seeking a student researcher; to learn more about the research opportunity, contact Associate Professor Fulweiler or check out the job description on our job postings page (posted until job filled).

Nicoletta Leonardi and Sergio Fagherazzi publish new paper in Geology

August 29th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Publications, Sept-14, Sergio Fagherazzi, Undergraduate

Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Nicoletta Leonardi and Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi have recently published a paper in the journal Geology.

The paper, “How waves shape salt marshes,” is first authored by Leonardi and co-authored by Fagherazzi.

The paper presents both field measurements and a numeric model; the field measurements were largely collected thanks to the students of the Boston University Marine Program (BUMP) during Fagherazzi’s ES 543 Estuaries and Nearshore Systems class.

To learn more about Fagherazzi’s publications, check out his recent publications in our publication section. To learn more about Leonardi’s work, visit her website.


Sergio Fagherazzi, Wally Fulweiler, and students publish paper

May 14th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, May-14, Publications, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Sergio Fagherazzi, Undergraduate

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi first authored and Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler co-authored a new paper in the journal Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.

The paper, “The relationship among hydrodynamics, sediment distribution, and chlorophyll in a mesotidal estuary,” was published in the 144 volume of the journal on May 1st, 2014. The article can be read by clicking the title.

Working with Fagherazzi and Fulweiler are current and former Earth & Environment students G. Mariotti, A. T. Banks, and E. J. Morgan.

To learn more about Fagherazzi’s work, check out his list of recent publications and grants.

To learn more about Fulweiler’s work, check out her list of recent publications and grants.


Sergio Fagherazzi and Undergrad Advisee publish new article

April 1st, 2014 in 2014, 2014, April-14, Faculty, Publications, Sergio Fagherazzi, Undergraduate

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi and his former undergraduate advisee Kendall Valentine recently published a new article in the journal Advances in Geosciences.

The article is titled “Repeated erosion of cohesive sediments with biofilms” and was published in the 39th volume of Advances in Geosciences.

To learn more about publications by Sergio Fagherazzi visit his recent publications section of our publications page.


EAP Undergraduate writes article published in BU Today

December 19th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, News, Undergraduate

Department of Earth and Environment Environmental Analysis and Policy undergraduate Helen Petty recently wrote an article that was featured in BU Today.

Her article, “POV: What We Can Learn from a Poor Nation,” can be read here.

8th Annual RoBOT Program Final Gathering Held Wednesday Night

December 6th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, Ethan Baxter, Events, Faculty, Pictures, Presentations, Undergraduate

The final gathering of the 8th Annual Rocks Beneath Our Toes (RoBOT) Program was held Wednesday night.

The brain child of Department of Earth and Environment Professor Ethan Baxter, the RoBOT Program brings together local area high school students and BU undergraduates in an effort to learn more about the geology of the area. The students collect and analyze local rock samples and then display their findings at the end of the semester.

This years program was organized by Prof. Baxter and graduate student and Teaching Fellow Emily Stewart. The first step in the program is the collection of rock samples. This took place back in October when Professor Baxter and 13 of his ES 222 Mineralogy students took 20 Acton-Boxborough Regional High School students out on a rock collecting field trip.

Then, two weeks ago, the students came back together to analyze their findings:

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

The students used the Department’s polarized light microscopes to get a closer look at their samples.



Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Then, Dr. Joel Sparks helped the students run the X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) system lab.


The culmination of the program took place Wednesday night as the 20 high school students returned to campus and were given special tours of our lab facilities:

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

First the students, donning special clean suits, toured our clean lab facilities where Department personnel and students prepare samples for analysis.


Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Then, Dr. Denise Honn led the students through a tour of the Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) lab.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Finally, Dr. Tom Ireland took the students through a tour of the Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) facilities.


After the tours, the High School students were treated to a presentation of the Mineralogy students’ semester long research on their collected rock samples:

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Dean Sapiro joined in as well. Here, her and a student discuss the results of the program.


Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

Photo provided by Ethan Baxter.

The final results of the High School students’ and the Mineralogy students’ hard work are now on display in the halls of the Department, on the first floor of the Stone Science Building.

Urban Ecology Students to Present Posters this Friday

December 5th, 2013 in 2013, December-13, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, Presentations, Undergraduate

Department of Earth and Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and her GE 475/675 Urban Ecology class will be holding a special end of semester session open to the public this Friday December 6th from 2 to 5 pm in CAS 132.

During the session, Hutyra’s students will be presenting posters that are the summation of their semester projects. These projects cover a wide range of topics related to urban ecology including

  • green roofs as urban heat island mitigation
  • coyotes in the city
  • urban bird phenology changes
  • urbain soil carbon losses
  • urban heat islands
  • and much, much more.

The session will begin at 2, followed at 3 by the students presenting short summaries of their work.

Please feel free to stop by anytime and check out some of their very impressive posters.