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Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have published “Ecological and Economic Benefits and Challenges for Integrating Sheep into Viticulture Production” in Agronomy for Sustainable Development. "Viticulture expansion has led to significant land use change in recent years and new environmental challenges, particularly with respect to herbicide use," the authors... More
A paper coauthored by Professor Ranga Myneni entitled "Velocity of change in vegetation productivity over northern high latitudes" was recently published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. The paper compares changes in the spatial patterns of vegetation productivity and temperature using the velocity of change concept, which expresses these two variables... More
Farouk El-Baz, founding director of BU's Center for Remote Sensing, will receive the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize in recognition of contributions to NASA’s Apollo space program and search for desperately needed scarce resources on the Earth to save lives and resolve deadly conflicts. Inamori Center director Shannon French referred to... More
Claudia Mazur, a first-year PhD student working with Wally Fulweiler, participated in the 2017 Deep Sea Submergence Committee (DeSSC) New Users Program, a workshop tailored to new users of deep submergence facilities such as U.S. submersible Alvin, the remotely operated vehicle Jason/Medea, and the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry. At the... More
Yaofeng Gu, a recently Earth & Environment graduate and now an MA student at Duke University, has recently published "A modeling study of the sensitivity of urban heat islands to precipitation at climate scales" in the journal Urban Climate. The research was based on his Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)... More
Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues have published "Slip Inversion Along Inner Fore-Arc Faults, Eastern Tohoku, Japan” in the journal Tectonics. This work highlights the potential for reversals in forearc fault slip sense not only over the million-year time frame in response to changing tectonic boundary conditions, but also over decadal... More
PhD candidate Minkyu Moon and Professor Mark Friedl were featured in BU Today, discussing the relationship between ecosystems and climate change. "Their research, which combines satellite data with on-the-ground measurements, suggests that as global temperatures rise, spring in the U.S. Northeast is starting earlier." Click here to read the article.
Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler participated in the Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, a forum for researchers, resource managers, and stakeholders to discuss the most current science in various areas important to Rhode Island coastal communities and coastal and ocean environments. Dr. Fulweiler noted that quanitifying the impacts of... More
PhD student Hollie Emery joined Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler in co-authoring an article on tidal restoration. "Tidal restriction from coastal development can alter salt marsh plant and animal communities as well as marsh biogeochemistry," they note. "However, much less is known about how tidal restriction, and subsequent tidal restoration, may alter... More
Lecturer Rick Reibstein has published in the latest issue of TYL, the publication of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. The 2016 ruling in Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana v. USA is one of the greatest recent events in our system of law. A group of children between the... More
Assistant Professor Christoph Nolte is looking for a fluent Spanish speaker ot help conduct remote interviews with representatives of Colombia's public environmental agencies.
BU trustees have approved an aggressive climate action plan that aims to reduce direct emissions to zero on BU’s campuses by 2040, make buildings more energy-efficient and resilient to flooding, and shifts away from fossil fuels to wind and solar sources. The recommendations were made by the BU Climate Action... More
Professor Cutler Cleveland and BU's Institute for Sustainable Energy are helping the City of Boston launch a new initiative to achieve its climate goals under the auspices of Carbon Free Boston. "Boston has committed to being carbon neutral by 2050," pledges Mayor Marty Walsh. "Carbon Free Boston will start by... More
Lecturer Rick Reibstein has authored an essay for The Regulatory Review, arguing that "the real story about regulation is not that businesses hate it. Rather, the truth is that they just want actual unnecessary, adverse economic impacts to be lifted." Click here to read the full article. Click here to Tweet... More
Professor Richard Murray, PhD graduate Ann Dunlea (now at WHOI), and their colleagues from Princeton have published "Cenozoic global cooling and increased seawater Mg/Ca via reduced reverse weathering" in Nature Communications. "Authigenic clay minerals ... are recognized to be a major sink of many elements in the ocean but are... More
Research Assistant Professor Zoe Hughes, Professor Duncan FitzGerald, and the Coastal Lab have secured funding from the National Science Foundation to investigate sedimentation on marshes from Florida to South Carolina due to Hurricane Irma, and from the National Park Service to study the effects of sea level rise and increased... More
Lecturer Rick Reibstein has just published "Legal Challenges to Leaf Blower Ordinances: The Issue of Preemption" in Quiet Communities. "The issue of preemption has loomed large in the willingness of local government to impose restrictions on local sources of excessive noise and pollution," Reibstein writes. Click here to read the... More
Assistant professor Rachael Garrett has penned "For cattle farmers in the Brazilian Amazon, money can’t buy happiness" in the latest issue of The Conservation. Based on research published in Ecology and Society, Garrett writes, "Ranching rates have remained fairly steady over the past 20 years. That’s because, as our research... More
Professor Suchi Gopal has been invited as a panelist for the upcoming Society for Women in Marine Science annual symposium, "Swimming in Confidence: Declaring Your Scientific Authority." Professor Gopal and her colleagues will close the event with the panel "The Journey to Confidence." Society for Women in Marine Science 4th Annual SWMS... More
Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a three-year research grant from the NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program for his proposal “Comprehensive analysis of thirty years of land change in Georgia: patterns, carbon dynamics and drivers.” Olofsson, together with co-investigators Rachael Garrett and Curtis Woodcock, will analyze... More
Professor Cutler Cleveland has been appointed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). The IAC is composed of representatives from various sectors in the Commonwealth to advise the Executive Office Energy and Environmental Affairs on implementation of the GWSA. The IAC... More
Lecturer Rick Reibstein's article, "A More Ethical Chemistry," appears in the journal Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry. "Because of the success of greener and safer alternatives the industry now has a new responsibility," Reibstein urges, "to investigate whether better alternatives are feasible, and continuously evolve to impose less... More
Professor Suchi Gopal has just been awarded a Blended Learning Grant from BU's Center for Teaching & Learning. She received the fellowship grant for GE 365, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Professor Gopal is now a member of the Faculty Steering Committee of the new Global Development Policy Center, More
Join us on Monday as a wide range of environmental employers come to BU to recruit you! Monday, October 2 1pm - 5pm Metcalf Ballroom, 2nd floor of the GSU 775 Comm Ave. Participating companies include: Abt Associates Aerotek Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) Cadmus Group Ceres, Inc. City of Boston, Planning & Development Energy Federation ESRI JDM Associates NASA DEVELOP NMR Group U.S. Environmental... More
PhD student Emily Schottenfels is currently on board of the R/V Roger Revelle in the region of the Cascadia subduction margin. The training cruise is funding by the NSF Early Career Seismic Chief Scientist program. Along with 18 other graduate students, post-docs, and professors, Schottenfels is learning to design and... More
"A Public Conversation on Lead,” a new film by lecturer Rick Reibstein and Rebecca Reibstein, will be featured at the 2017 APHA Global Public Health Film Festival during the APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta in November. As the disgust and dismay about the events in Flint, Michigan, lingers, lead... More
Assistant professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have published “Explaining the Persistence of Low Income and Environmentally Degrading Land Uses in the Brazilian Amazon" in Ecology and Society. This research examines why so many farmers in the Brazilian Amazon remain engaged in low income and environmentally degrading agricultural activities. Using statistical... More
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... More
Associate professor Michael Dietze has co-authored "Vegetation Demographics in Earth System Models: a review of progress and priorities" in the journal Global Change Biology. "...We review the developments that permit the representation of plant demographics in [Earth System Models]," writes Dietze and his colleagues, "and identify issues raised by these... More
The Department of Earth & Environment is sponsoring a contest for a Department logo that will be used on t-shirts and stickers that will be available for purchase by members of the Department. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to submit designs. Multiple submissions are welcome. Designs will be evaluated by... More
Making a Big Impact in Sustainability Science with Big Data Thursday, September 21, 2017 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM EDT Issues in sustainability science are increasingly being addressed using "big data" and data analytics. Data rich modeling techniques can assist in improving systems thinking to integrate business operations, people, ecosystems and climate. Join ... More
“Tropical Pacific climate variability over the last 6000 years as recorded in Bainbridge Crater Lake, Galápagos” highlights results of long-term monitoring of Bainbridge Crater Lake (since 2009). Sediments from this lake provide a record of both El Niño and La Niña events over the past 6000 years. “Spatiotemporal variability in the... More
Assistant professor Diane Thompson has been awarded a $342,652 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the recent history of tropical Pacific trade wind strength recorded in the skeleton of corals from equatorial atolls. These natural archives of tropical Pacific wind strength have the potential to dramatically improve our... More
Assistant professor Rachael Garrett has been awarded $400,000 from the National Science Foundation to study connections between deforestation and global supply chains. "This project will provide new knowledge on the complex global telecouplings and public-private governance interactions of how zero-deforestation commitments influence land cover change," Garrett and her colleagues propose. "The... More
This summer research associate professor Pontus Olofsson conducted workshops for Vietnam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The instruction was in support of Vietnam's REED+ reporting in coordination with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; it focused on estimating deforestation and greenhouse gas inventory.
The editorial team of Energy Policy have highlighted a small selection of recently published papers that encapsulate the journal’s focus on publishing quality original research addressing the policy implications of energy supply and use from their economic, social, planning and environmental aspects. "The Effect of Climate Change on Electricity Expenditures in... More
Pontus Olofsson has recently published three papers in Reference Module in Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation & Geoinformation, and Remote Sensing of Environment. Click below to see his latest research. "Accuracy and Area Estimation" "Mapping and Estimating Land Change Between 2001 and 2013 in a Heterogeneous Landscape in... More
Assistant Professor Diane Thompson has been selected to participate in the International Ocean Discovery Program’s “School of Rock,” transiting between Subic Bay Philippines and Townsville, Australia (July 10- 27). While underway, the School of Rock team is discussing and designing course curricula and strategies for increasing diversity in Geosciences. Diane... More
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, More
Assistant professors Rachael Garrett and Christoph Nolte, along with postdoc Jordan Graesser and MA alum Christopher White, have co-authored "The restructuring of South American soy and beef production and trade under changing environmental regulations" in the journal World Development. The authors use "panel data on soy and beef production and... More
Congratulations to research associate professor Rachel Abercrombie, who has been recognized as one of the American Geophysical Union's 2016 Outstanding Reviewers. "...Peer review is essential for helping maintain the integrity of science and its efficient advancement (by forcing some quality checks on the official archive of progress)," EOS Earth &... More
A new study by Karina Véliz (GRS’09,’14), a former E&E graduate student, and Professor Kaufmann suggests that price spikes will be the primary drivers of electricity cost increases in response to climate change. The research was published in Energy Policy in March, with co-authors including Professor Cleveland. Read about the research... More
Professor Ranga Myneni has co-authored two papers in Nature Climate Change. One describes how the greening of the Earth, largely due to CO2 fertilization, has also increased evapo-transpiration and thus cooled the planet. https://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v7/n6/full/nclimate3299.html The second describes the weakening relationship between temperature and spring carbon uptake in the recent years. These two... More
Third-year PhD student Radost Stanimirova has been awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship starting in September. Her fellowship application, "Dynamics of Global Rangelands: Modeling Vulnerabilities and Monitoring Impacts from Humans and Climate Change,” will use remote sensing to improve our understanding of how range-land ecosystems are being affected... More
NASA Graduate Fellowship recipient and PhD student Taejin Park and Professor Ranga Myneni recently co-authored a paper with their Norwegian colleagues in the journal Science Advance on how vegetation greening in the Arctic due to global warming is affecting the caribou population. The article can be downloaded from http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/4/e1601365.full. Prof. Myneni's... More
Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has published her latest research in Agricultural Systems. In “Social and Ecological Analysis of Commercial Integrated Crop Livestock Systems: Current Knowledge and Remaining Uncertainty,” Professor Garrett and her colleagues argue, "While many [changes in food systems] have contributed to increasing global food production, another consequence has... More
Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson recently spoke to Science Magazine about the potential impact of President Trump's 2018 budget proposals. Of carbon monitoring pilot technologies in Latin America and southeast Asia, Olofsson noted, "These countries rely on this collaboration in order to monitor the forests better ... More
Associate Professor Michael Dietze has published Ecological Forecasting through Princeton University Press. "Dietze shows us how to approach forecasting using models based on large datasets and how to make the results easy to digest," writes one reviewer. "This book is certain to be a benchmark in the science of ecological... More
The Great Marsh Resiliency Partnership received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Merit Award in a ceremony on May 3rd at Faneuil Hall in Boston for their outstanding contribution to environmental restoration and protection. The team includes Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Alyssa Novak. The “Partnership,” led by the National Wildlife... More
This April, academic administrators in CAS and GRS were recognized with a luncheon for all their invaluable work and service to their students, their departments, our College, and our University. A few administrators in particular were recognized for demonstrating truly outstanding service over the past academic year. Specifically, their chairs, More