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E&E students head to City Hall

By Matthew Dicintio

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... More

PhD student Claudia Mazur speaks to Holyoke about sediment-water interface

By Matthew Dicintio

PhD student Claudia Mazur was invited to give a talk as a part of the Fall 2018 Earth Adventure Series hosted by the Department of Environmental Studies, Geology, & Geography at Mount Holyoke College, Claudia's alma mater. The purpose of Earth Adventures is to expose current students to scientific research... More

PhD candidate Emily Chua selected for LOREX Canada initiative

By Matthew Dicintio

PhD candidate Emily Chua has been invited to join the Limnology & Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX), sponsored by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography. This NSF-funded initiative sponsors up to 30 U.S.-based graduate students per year to conduct collaborative research in aquatic science at an international host institution. More

BU earthquake science well represented at AGU

By Matthew Dicintio

Research Assistant Professor Rachel Abercrombie, and Assistant Professor Christine Regalla, and PhD student Emily Schottenfels are attending this month's Fall AGU Meeting to present their work, interact with their colleagues and catch up with the latest research in Geophysics. Together they are co-authors on 10 presentations, working with colleagues and students... More

Three E&E professors recognized as Highly Cited Researcher

By Matthew Dicintio

Professors Mark Friedl, Ranga Myneni, and Curtis Woodcock have been recently recognized as "Highly Cited Researchers" in the interdisciplinary "Cross Field" category by Clarivate Analytics for the year 2018. Clarivate runs the Web of Science and recognized a total of 20 researchers from BU. The list identifies scientists who have demonstrated... More

Lucy Hutyra and Conor Gately urge cities to show climate progress with data

By Matthew Dicintio

At The Conversation US, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra and Postdoctoral Associate Conor Gately advocate for pollution documentation in urban areas. "Over the last decade, our work on urban greenhouse gas emissions has shown that with the right combination of instruments, data and modeling techniques, it is possible to independently quantify... More

Jeffrey Geddes publishes on geostationary observations of nitrogen dioxide from space

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant Professor Jeffrey Geddes has published "Stratosphere-troposphere separation of nitrogen dioxide columns from the TEMPO geostationary satellite instrument" in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. "Separating the stratospheric and tropospheric contributions in satellite retrievals of atmospheric NO2 column abundance is a crucial step in the interpretation and application of the satellite observation," Geddes... More

Nathan Phillips talks to Free Press about Massachusetts gas leaks

By Matthew Dicintio

In an interview with the BU Daily Free Press, Professor Nathan Phillips described his work leading rehabilitation efforts in the Merrimack Valley, in the wake of the September gas explosions. In collaboration with local climate advocacy nonprofits, Phillips has raised more than $14,000 through a GoFundMe page he started. More

Christine Regalla co-authors paper on earthquake surface rupture in Geophysical Research Letters

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and her colleagues have published "Holocene Surface Rupture History of an Active Forearc Fault Redefines Seismic Hazard in Southwestern British Columbia, Canada" in Geophysical Research Letters. This paper documents the first detailed history of earthquake surface rupture for an onland fault within the Cascadia subduction... More

Cutler Cleveland presents emissions findings to City of Boston

By Matthew Dicintio

On November 8 Professor Cutler Cleveland presented preliminary results of his team's research to the the City of Boston's Green Ribbon Commission. BU President Robert Brown sits on the commission. Professor Cleveland and his colleagues provide technical analyses of the options available to the City to reach its goal of... More

PhD student Chi Chen co-authors article on 2015/16 ENSO event impacts to the carbon cycle

By Matthew Dicintio

PhD student Chi Chen (advised by Ranga Myneni) contributed to a recently published article on the impacts of 2015/16 El Niño event to the terrestrial Carbon cycle. In "Impact of the 2015/2016 El Niño on the terrestrial carbon cycle constrained by bottom-up and top-down approaches," published in Philosophical Transactions of... More

E&E major Emma Quirk rows for BU

By Matthew Dicintio

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... More

Yasmin Romitti contributes to NAS report on carbon dioxide removal and sequestration

By Matthew Dicintio

First-year PhD student Yasmin Romitti has collaborated with the National Academy of Sciences to develop a research agenda for dealing carbon dioxide capture. Negative emissions technologies that aim to remove and sequester excess carbon from the atmosphere have been identified as an important part of the portfolio of responses to... More

Suchi Gopal and James Baldwin publish on Chinese global energy investment

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Suchi Gopal, Lecturer James Baldwin, and Kevin Gallagher of BU's Global Development Policy Center have penned "Fueling Global Energy Finance: The Emergence of China in Global Energy Investment" in Energies. The writers assess the investment trends in the global energy sector during, before, and after the financial crisis of... More

John Fegyveresi publishes on ice core bubbles as strain indicators

By Matthew Dicintio

Adjunct Assistant Professor John Fegyveresi and his colleagues have penned "Instruments and methods: a case study of ice core bubbles as strain indicators" in Annals of Glaciology. In their abstract, the authors note, "Measurements of a sample from ~580 m depth in the WAIS Divide (WDC06A) ice core reveal that... More

Rick Murray elected to AGU Board of Directors

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Rick Murray has been elected to a two-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Geophysical Association, where he will help oversee AGU's business, organizational, and legal affairs. For nearly a century AGU has worked to promote discovery in Earth and space science for... More

Dan Li publishes on atmospheric boundary layer in Atmospheric Research

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant Professor Dan Li has published a single-author, invited review article titled "Turbulent Prandtl number in the atmospheric boundary layer - where are we now?" in Atmospheric Research. Turbulent Prandtl number is named after the Father of Modern Fluid Mechanics, Ludwig Prandtl, and is an indicator of how turbulent transport... More

Istem Fer, Elizabeth Cowdery, and Mike Dietze publish in Biogeosciences

By Matthew Dicintio

Postdoc Istem Fer, PhD candidate Elizabeth Cowdery, and Associate Professor Mike Dietze have co-authored "Linking big models to big data: efficient ecosystem model calibration through Bayesian model emulation" in Biogeosciences. "Bayesian methods provide a rigorous data assimilation framework for these applications, especially for problems with multiple data constraints," the authors... More

Sergio Fagherazzi and Cédric Fichot join the newly funded NASA Delta-X team to study the future of the Mississippi delta

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Sergio Fagherazzi and Assistant Professor Cédric Fichot have joined the Delta-X investigation at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to better understand the natural processes that maintain and build land in major river deltas threatened by rising seas. The project will improve models that predict loss of coastal... More

Wally Fulweiler to speak about discovering the unknown at Radcliffe Institute

By Matthew Dicintio

Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler will join The Undiscovered, a Radcliffe Institute science symposium that will focus on how scientists explore realities they cannot anticipate. Speakers from across the disciplines of modern science will present personal experiences and discuss how to train scientists, educators, and funders to foster the expertise and open-mindedness... More

Professor Nathan Phillips discusses recent gas leaks in Merrick Valley

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Nathan Phillips recently spoke with BU Today about the gas leaks and explosions in Merrimack Valley. "Piecing together information from a press briefing, it appears that a routine removal of a pipe from the aging, leaking pipeline system was done without first removing a pressure sensor on that old... More

Rachael Garrett publishes on causes of changes in land use extent and intensity

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has published "Middle-range Theories of Land System Change" in Global Environmental Change. Dr. Garrett and her colleagues note that while an integrated theory of land system change remains elusive, they show that contextual generalizations that describe chains of causal mechanisms explaining a well-bounded range of phenomena, More

Suchi Gopal and Magaly Koch receive NSF grant to study Indonesian coast

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Suchi Gopal and Research Associate Professor Magaly Koch of the Center for Remote Sensing will receive $200,000 over three years for 18 U.S. students to gain international research experience in earth, life and data sciences as applied to the coastal region of Northern Central Java. Assessing the impacts of... More

Associate Professor Anne Short Gianotti receives NSF grant for research on the politics of urban and suburban wildlife management

By Matthew Dicintio

Associate Professor Anne Short Gianotti has been awarded $375,000 for the project “Deer in the Suburbs: A Comparative Study of the Mobilization and Mutation of Wildlife Management Strategies.” Along with collaborator John Casellas Connors (Texas A&M; E&E Adjunct djunct Research Assistant Professor), Short Gianotti will examine the shifting management strategies... More

Associate Professor Mike Dietze to deliver NSF Distinguished Lecture

By Matthew Dicintio

On September 27 Associate Professor Mike Dietze will deliver the Distinguished Lecture for the National Science Foundation, hosted by the Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Biological Infrastructure. His talk is entitled "Solving the Challenge of Predicting Nature: How Close Are We and How Do We Get There." Is nature... More

New Culture of Science Seminar group forming

By Matthew Dicintio

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, More

Associate Professor Mike Dietze hosts NOAA webinar on predicting nature

By Matthew Dicintio

Associate Professor Mike Dietze hosts "Solving the Challenge of Predicting Nature: How Close Are We and How Do We Get There?" as part of NOAA's National Ocean Service Science Seminar Series. Wednesday, September 12, 12-1PM EDT Is nature predictable? If so, can we use that understanding to better manage and conserve ecosystems?... More

Environmental Career Fair – October 11

By Matthew Dicintio

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... More

PhD alum Yan Yang publishes in Nature Communications

By Matthew Dicintio

Yan Yang, a 2017 PhD graduate, recently published part of her dissertation research in Nature Communications. In "Post-drought Decline of the Amazon Carbon Sink" Yang and her colleagues report a significant loss of carbon over the entire Amazon basin at a rate of 0.3 +/- 0.2 PgC per year after... More

PhD candidate Chloe Anderson publishes on sediment in the East China Sea

By Matthew Dicintio

PhD candidate Chloe Anderson has just published "Climatically Driven Changes in the Supply of Terrigenous Sediment to the East China Sea" in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. She and her colleagues examine the paleoceanographic record over the last ∼400 kyr derived from major, trace, and rare earth elements in bulk sediment from... More

Eric Bullock leads forest monitoring workshops in Central and South America

By Matthew Dicintio

Eric Bullock, a PhD candidate studying with Curtis Woodcock, this summer helped lead workshops in San José, Costa Rica; Lima, Peru; and Bogotá, Colombia. The workshops involved capacity building for forest monitoring on the Google Earth Engine. Bullock's ongoing dissertation involves developing and implementing a methodology to map forest degradation. Click... More

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

By Matthew Dicintio

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, More

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla reports on earthquake and tsunami hazards in Japan

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla has penned "At-Sea Workshop Advances Subduction Zone Research" in EOS. The report highlights the research and training opportunities afforded by Dr. Regalla's IODP (International Ocean Discovery Program) workshop at sea. She spent January of 2017 aboard the Chikyu ocean drilling vessel, where she and her team... More

Congratulations to newly minted Dr. Hollie Emery

By Matthew Dicintio

Hollie Emery has successfully defended her doctoral thesis, "The Effects of Tidal Restriction, Phragmites Australis Invasion, and Precipitation Change on Salt Marsh Greenhouse Gas Emissions." The research examines how salt marshes, which are important carbon-sequestering ecosystems, might be affected by a variety of human impacts (climate change, invasive species, and... More

Congratulations to Associate Professor Anne Short

By Matthew Dicintio

The Department of Earth & Environment is thrilled to announce that Anne Short Gianotti was recently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein hosts webinar on ties between BU and local energy policy

By Matthew Dicintio

Leveraging Universities for Advancing State & Local Energy Policy August 6, Noon ET Presented by Richard Reibstein Earth & Environment Lecturer Rick Reibstein has recently created GE 532 Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations, in which students perform discrete research tasks for government and nonprofit groups on environmental and public health matters. The... More

New blog accompanies lecturer Rick Reibstein’s environmental responsibility textbook

By Matthew Dicintio

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... More

E&E searching for student digital marketing assistant

By Matthew Dicintio

The Department of Earth & Environment is seeking a talented, enthusiastic, and energetic Digital Marketing Assistant to conduct outreach in support of the Department’s BA programs in Earth & Environmental Sciences and Environmental Analysis & Policy. The Digital Marketing Assistant will devise and implement digital and social media campaigns aimed... More

Assistant professor Jeffrey Geddes speaks about his $1 million in research awards for air quality

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant Professor Jeffrey Geddes, who joined E&E in 2016, has spoken to BU Today about the $1 million in early career research awards he has won from the National Science Foundation and NASA. As BU Today notes: "The funding will allow him to expand his use of satellite-based remote sensing observations, More

Research assistant professor Robert Buchwaldt talks to WGBH about the volcano in Roxbury

By Matthew Dicintio

Research Assistant Professor Robert Buchwaldt was featured recently in a WGBH "Curiosity Desk" segment, discussing rock formations in West Roxbury. "As we traversed the ancient urban volcano, Buchwaldt explained that it's eruption would have had much more in common with Mt. Fuego’s recent sudden, violent bursting in Guatemala than the... More

Associate professor Wally Fulweiler speaks on EPA and Narragansett Bay

By Matthew Dicintio

Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler has spoken to numerous media outlets about the ecology of Narragansett Bay and recent attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency to censor scientists' presentations. "EPA yanks scientists’ conference presentations, including on climate change" (Washington Post) "EPA flap overtakes report on the state of Narragansett Bay" (Providence... More

Pontus Olofsson, Eric Bullock, and Curtis Woodcock lead session on map accuracy and area estimation at Google Earth Engine User Summit in Dublin

By Matthew Dicintio

A team of E&E remote sensors recently presented at the Google Earth Engine User Summit in Dublin. Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson, Professor Curtis Woodcock, and PhD candidate Eric Bullock are seeking to rectify classification errors in remote sensing-based maps that may introduce severe bias in mapped areas of land... More

Associate professor Lucy Hutyra will testify for Boston City Council

By Matthew Dicintio

On Monday, June 18, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra will join the Boston City Council in a special hearing to discuss and assess the amount and quality of tree covering in the city. The hearing comes on the heels of Boston Globe coverage: "While Boston has challenges that some other cities... More

PhD student Claudia Mazur receives Sigma Xi research award

By Matthew Dicintio

Claudia Mazur, a second-year PhD student and member of the Fulweiler Lab, has won a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid-of-Research award. The GIAR program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement... More

Read assistant professor Rachael Garrett’s take on necessary tradeoffs in Brazil’s livestock production

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have just published "Tradeoffs in the Quest for Climate Smart Agricultural Intensification in Mato Grosso, Brazil" in Environmental Research Letters. "We compare the costs and benefits of a typical extensive, continuously grazed cattle system relative to a specialized soybean production system and two improved... More

Professor Suchi Gopal presents at Regional Science Association International

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Suchi Gopal, teaming with Kevin Gallagher of Pardee's Global Development Center, presented last month at the 12th World Congress of the Regional Science Association International. They presented their research as "Mapping China’s foreign direct investment and M&As in the Energy Sector" for the organization's "Spatial Systems: Social Integration, Regional... More

Lecturer Rick Reibstein writes about lead poisoning and democracy

By Matthew Dicintio

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has recently penned "Environmental Law—Resuming Progress On Lead Poisoning: A Prime Indicator of Civilization" in the Western New England University Law Review. "The quality of the effort made to prevent lead poisoning is an indicator of whether a society has become civilized," Reibstein writes. "It is hard... More

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett co-authors article on global commodity supply chains

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have published their latest research in World Development. In "Transparency and sustainability in global commodity supply chains," the team "present a typology to distinguish among types of supply chain information that are needed to support improvements in sustainability governance, and illustrate a number... More

Assistant professor Christoph Nolte publishes on forest acquisition for conservation

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant professor Christoph Nolte has published "Buying forests for conservation: contours of a global trend" in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. In the article, Professor Nolte notes, "Acquisitions of private forest rights have become a widespread conservation instrument." He argues, "Improved behavioral models of landowners and conservation organizations might help... More

E&E Convocation

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

By Matthew Dicintio

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... More