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William Nardin, currently a postdoc at BU, has joined the faculty at the University of Maryland as assistant professor. During his PhD William worked at BU on delta morphodynamics with associate professor Sergio Fagherazzi’s research group. During his first postdoc, he worked on mangrove dynamics in the Mekong Delta in... More
Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler has co-authored "Low ratios of silica to dissolved nitrogen supplied to rivers arise from agriculture not reservoirs" in Ecology Letters. Read about the research through the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, and find the full article at Ecology Letters.
Professor Cutler J. Cleveland spoke to WERS's "You Are Here" about the impact of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's Energy Diversity Act on offshore wind. Listen to the program here.
Pontus Olofsson is teaching a capacity building workshop organized by NASA and GOFC-GOLD at Thailand's Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). The 40 workshop participants are members of the GOFC-GOLD Southeast Asian regional network and the workshop is focused on the use of open-source software for satellite-based monitoring of... More
Professor Rick Murray recently spoke with the Chronicle of Higher Education about the modernization of research vessels.
Integrated crop-livestock systems (iCL) are advocated as a promising strategy to increase agricultural production and rehabilitate degraded pastures while mitigating GHG emissions. Although iCL in Brazil has increased over the past few years, it still occupies a small share of the country’s total agricultural area. In "Determinants of crop-livestock integration... More
Valerie Pasquarella, a recent graduate and current postdoctoral fellow with the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Northeast Climate Science Center, has released a series of new maps showing the magnitude and extent of damage from the current gypsy moth outbreak in southern New England. Click to read the news release.
Professor Robert Kaufmann is featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about solar panels. Click here to read Dr. Kaufmann's answer to the question, "Are solar panels worth it?"
PhD student William Kearney and Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi have published a paper in Nature Communications entitled "Salt marsh vegetation promotes efficient tidal channel networks."
Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi has received an award from the National Science Foundation entitled, “LTER-Plum Island Ecosystems: Dynamics of coastal ecosystems in a region of rapid climate change, sea-level rise.” The research will be carried out in Plum Island Sound, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods... More
With our large footprint in coastal sands, how do we co-exist with our coastlines? Professor Richard Murray, director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, has answers. Click here to watch the video.
James J. McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University, will be giving a talk entitled "Changing Sea Ice Conditions and Arctic Marine Ecosystems," today, Tuesday, September 27. The shrinking area of Arctic sea ice in summer is one of the most often cited examples of anthropogenic climate change. The areal... More
Earth & Environment associate professor Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler will deliver the keynote address at the Society for Women in Marine Science Symposium in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The SWMS seeks to create a community of marine researchers who acknowledge and address the difficulties facing women and minorities in the marine field.
PhD student Sungho Choi recently published his dissertation research in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography. Entitled "Application of the metabolic scaling theory and water–energy balance equation to model large-scale patterns of maximum forest canopy heights," the article describes refinements to a model called Allometric Scaling and Resource Limitations (ASRL), More
Assistant professor Dan Li has been selected as a 2016 Junior Faculty Fellow at BU's Institute for Computing. The Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellows program was established in 2011 both to recognize outstanding junior faculty at Boston University working in diverse areas of the computational sciences, as well as to provide... More
PhD student Taejin Park recently published his ongoing dissertation research in an article in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Entitled "Changes in growing season duration and productivity of northern vegetation inferred from long-term remote sensing data," the article describes three decades of changes in northern vegetation activity and is part... More
Prof. Miina Rautiainen of the University of Aalto (Finland) and Dr. Matti Mottus of VTT Technical Research Center of Finland are visiting Profs. Myneni-Knyazikhin research group for three weeks in September. Our collaborative research includes design of field studies, validation of satellite LAI and FPAR products, and radiative transfer theory... More
Earth & Environment lecturer Richard Riebstein sat this summer with the Global Energy & Environmental Law Podcast to talk about the problems and issues surrounding the compliance and enforcement of environmental issues. Listen to the interview here.
Earth & Environment lecturer Richard Riebstein has published Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility, now available from Trunity Press. Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility is the first book of its kind, helping readers to embrace the extraordinarily large and often overwhelming field of environmental issues through the integration of individual perspectives and efforts in... More
Friday, September 30 Join fellow BU alumni and guests for a daylong immersion into the Department of Earth & Environment for Behind-the-scenes tours with faculty and graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences Small-group discussions with BU researchers studying around the globe Exclusive access to rooftops labs and a visit to the... More
PhD student William Kearney and Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi have published "Salt marsh vegetation promotes efficient tidal channel networks" in Nature Communications.
Earth & Environment's own marine biologist fulfilled a lifelong dream this summer when she dove 1,130 meters beneath the ocean’s surface. Read about her dive at medium.com.
Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson is teaching a week-long workshop at the National University of Laos on how to achieve IPCC-compliant estimates of deforestation. The workshop is part of the SilvaCarbon capacity building program of the U.S. Government which aims to enhance capacity worldwide in monitoring and managing forest and... More
The newly published second version of the GFOI Methods of Guidance Document provides recommendations on establishing national measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems consistent with IPCC guidance and UNFCCC requirements for REDD+ reporting.
Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson published "Time series analysis of satellite data reveals continuous deforestation of New England since the 1980s" in Environmental Research Letters. He also co-authored "Including land cover change in analysis of greenness trends using all available Landsat 5, 7, and 8 images: A case study from Guangzhou, China... More
Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a 2016 NASA CMS research grant for his proposal "Tracking Carbon Emissions and Removals by Time Series Analysis of the Land Surface: Prototype Application in Tropical MRV Systems Compliant with IPCC Tier 3."
Assistant Professor Dan Li recently published the following articles: Authored article in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, "Revisiting the subgrid-scale Prandtl number for large-eddy simulation" Co-authored paper in Physical Reviews Fluids, "Deviations from unity of the ratio of the turbulent Schmidt to Prandtl numbers in stratified atmospheric flows over water surfaces" Co-authored paper... More
On Thursday August 11, Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett spoke on the Jefferson Exchange National Public Radio. The topic was a recent paper published in PNAS by Dr. Garrett and her collaborator Dr. Yann le Polain de Waroux regarding deforestation in the Gran Chaco of South America. The paper examines how... More
A research article titled "Human-induced greening of the northern extratropical land surface" was published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change. The paper reports that the observed greening record is consistent with an assumption of anthropogenic forcings, where greenhouse gases play a dominant role, but is not consistent with... More
Professor James Baldwin was featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about the most and least energy expensive states here in North America. The article compares a variety of different energy costs throughout the states and is further explained in an interview with professor Baldwin. You can visit their website and read the... More
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Christine Regalla has been awarded the Geological Society of America's 2016 Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award. From the Geological Society of America: "Christine A. Regalla, Boston University, is recognized for the impact of her Ph.D. research in the geosciences. Regalla's innovative and comprehensive... More
Earth and Environment Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti and collaborator Patrick Hurley have coauthored a new paper published in Land Use Policy. The paper “Gathering plants and fungi along the urban-rural gradient: Uncovering differences in the attitudes and practices among urban, suburban, and rural landowners” can be accessed here. To learn more... More
Earth & Environment Professors Duncan FitzGerald and Bruce Anderson and E&E postdoctoral associate Zoe Hughes took part in the writing of a report title Climate Ready Boston that was featured in a news article in the Boston Globe. The report is the product of work done by the Boston Research Advisory Group that was established in... More
Earth & Environment postdoctoral associate William Nardin and Professors Curtis Woodcock and Sergio Fagherazzi have published two new papers. The paper "Bottom sediment affect Sonneratia mangrove forests in the prograding Mekong delta, Vietnam" was published in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science and can be read here. The paper "Dynamics of a fringe mangrove forest detected by... More
A paper titled "Satellite-observed changes in terrestrial vegetation growth trends across the Asia-Pacific region associated with land cover and climate from 1982 to 2011" was recently published in the International Journal of Digital Earth by Chen et al. Prof. Ranga B. Myneni is a coauthor of this paper. Prof. Myneni's web... More
Ms. Yan Yang, a PhD student has published a paper titled "Abiotic Controls on Macroscale Variations of Humid Tropical Forest Height" in the peer-refereed journal Remote Sensing. The paper describes her PhD dissertation research. The paper can be downloaded from http://sites.bu.edu/cliveg/publications/publications-2016/ Her first reader is Prof. Ranga B. Myneni.
A new Boston Globe article by David Abel title "Legislation may force utilities to fix gas leaks quicker" features research done by Earth & Environment PhD candidate Margaret Hendrick and her advisor Professor Nathan Phillips. The article highlights the revelation in Hendrick's research that "found little difference between the dangers of so-called... More
Mr. Sungho Choi, a final year PhD student won the prestigious NASA post-doctoral fellowship tenable at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. Mr. Choi will defend his dissertation later this year. His research is focused on modeling tree heights and biomass using principles of allometric scaling and resource... More
Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann and his research have been featured in a new article on BU Research titled "Solar Power Saves Everyone Money." The article is based off Kaufmann's recent study titled "Lower electricity prices and greenhouse gas emissions due to rooftop solar: empirical results for Massachusetts" that was published in the journal Energy... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Alexey Shiklomanov has published the first paper from his PhD research in Remote Sensing of Environment. The paper, "Quantifying the influences of spectral resolution on uncertainty in leaf trait estimates through a Bayesian approach to RTM inversion," is first authored by Shiklomanov and coauthored by Associate Professor Michael... More
Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie has received 3 new research awards in the last few months to continue her work in earthquake seismology. She is collaborating with scientists and graduate students at a number of different universities and institutions. The awards, their focus, and Prof. Abercrombie's work on them are described... More
Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald was recently in Santa Catarina, Brazil to give an invited talk titled "Future of northern latitude marshes and their effects on barrier island sand reservoirs" at the Universidade Federal of Santa Catarina. Professor FitzGerald was also in the Netherlands recently where he gave an invited... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Michael Dietze will be at the Burren bar this coming Monday June 13th at 6:30 pm to give a brief talk on "Fires, Invasives and Ticks, Oh My! Forecasting Ecology in a Changing World" as part of the Science by the Pint series sponsored by... More
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Dan Li has published a new paper in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics. The paper titled "Connections between the Ozmidov scale and mean velocity profile in stably stratified atmospheric surface layers" can be read at this link. In addition, Prof. Li has also had two papers accepted in the Journal... More
Former Earth & Environment PhD candidate Sam Tuttle and Professor Guido Salvucci recently published part of Tuttle's dissertation in Science. The article, "Empirical evidence of contrasting soil moisture-percipitation feedbacks across the United States," is available online at this link. Tuttle and Salvucci's work also received news coverage. A brief article titled "Soil moisture alters... More
Three Earth & Environment PhD candidates are among the winners of this year's NASA Earth and Space Science (NESSF) Fellowship Program: Eric Bullock was awarded the NESSF for his project titled "Improved Activity Data for Carbon Emissions from Forest Degradation Through Multi- Sensor Time Series Analysis in Southeast Asia." Bullock is advised... More
Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald and his former graduate student, and now Assistant Professor at William and Mary, Chris Hein have published two new papers in the Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) and Sedimentology. The JCR paper titled "Records of migration and ebb-delta breaching at historic and ancient tidal inlets along... More
Earth & Environment graduate student Jon Wang has coauthored a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The paper "Predicting the evolutionary dynamics of seasonal adaptation to novel climates in Arabidopsis thaliana" is available online now at this link. Wang is a PhD student in Geography advised by Professor Mark... More
2015 PhD graduate Jian Bi and Earth & Environment Prof. Myneni recently published an article "Amazon Forests' Response to Droughts: A Perspective from the MAIAC Product" in the journal Remote Sensing. The article can be freely downloaded from the web address: http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/8/4/356 For more information on Prof. Myneni's activties, please see http://sites.bu.edu/cliveg
Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie and recent E&E PhD recipient Dr. Kasey Aderhold (now with IRIS) have published a new paper in Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth. The paper is titled "Seismotectonics of diffuse plate boundary: Observations off the Sumatra-Andaman trench," and it can be downloaded here. The... More