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Please join the BU Marine Program for our annual Lang Lecture. This year Stephen Palumbi will speak about climate change adaptations among marine organisms. Climate Change Adaptations of Wild Populations from Corals to Fish: The Power of Deep Genomics April 19, 6:00 PM BU Law Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Ave. Steve Palumbi is the Director of... More
Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson has received a grant from the USGS and USAID to support SilvaCarbon capacity building efforts in developing countries aimed at reducing deforestation and forest degradation within the REDD+/UNFCCC framework. The grant ensures Olofsson's support to SilvaCarbon partner countries over the next two years. Click here to... More
Rick Reibstein has just published "Resuming Progress on Lead Poisoning" in the Western New England Law Review. "I have always found the lead issue maddening," Reibstein writes, "because it is so obvious there is much that must be done, and much that can be done, which would be extraordinarily worthwhile... More
Assistant professor Christine Regalla has been awarded nearly $350,000 to research the tectonics of the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada. Regalla is joined in the project, "Collaborative Research: Permanent forearc strain partitioning in Northern Cascadia," by Kristin D. Morell of UC - Santa Barbara. The National Science Foundation award... More
A new publication by E&E alum Arnold Fernandes and E&E PhD student William Kearney has been highlighted in Earth & Space Science News. In their article, "Declining Radial Growth Response of Coastal Forests to Hurricanes and Nor'easters," published in the Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, Fernandes, Kearney, and their... More
On Wednesday please join BU alumni, parents, students, and friends in 24 extraordinary hours of giving back. Together we’ll make a huge difference for the Department of Earth & Environment in a short period of time — and celebrate the generosity of our BU community. The CAS departments with the most... More
The Treicy Torres Memorial Environmental Justice Award was established to honor the memory of Department of Earth & Environment Student Treicy Torres, who passed away in 2017 before completing her senior year. Treicy was a remarkable and inspirational woman who lived a life in service to her family, friends and... More
Visiting Scholar Dr. Kai Yan from Beijing Normal University and Mr. Baodong Xu from the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Beijing, published three articles on the physics and implementation of LAI/FPAR algorithm for the NASA's Suomi VIIRS sensor and an evaluation of the derived product. The articles are... More
Assistant professor Christoph Nolte has published his latest research in Ecological Economics. In "Challenges in Attributing Avoided Deforestation to Policies and Actors: Lessons From Provincial Forest Zoning in the Argentine Dry Chaco," Professor Nolte and his colleagues argue that "provincial zoning plans had significantly reduced deforestation in three provinces [while]... More
ES Climate & Earth Systems Science, the Department of Earth & Environment's introductory-level course taught by assistant professors Christine Regalla and Diane Thompson, was recently highlighted by BU Today. The article describes how courses have been adapted for the BU Hub, the new general education curriculum debuting this fall. “Interactions and... More
Congratulations to Farouk El-Baz, the founding director of BU's Center for Remote Sensing, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. El-Baz received his BS in Chemistry and Geology from Ain Shams in 1958, and he returns there this spring to address... More
Adjunct assistant professor John Fegyveresi and colleagues have published “Surface formation, preservation, and history of low-porosity crusts at the WAIS Divide site, West Antarctica” in The Cryosphere. "Observations at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide site show that near-surface snow is strongly altered by weather-related processes such as strong... More
PhD student Sarabeth Buckley will spend a month this summer at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, for the Ewha-Luce International Seminar, "Expanding Horizons 2018." The program, for women graduate students from the U.S. and East Asia, aspires to promote equal opportunities for those in STEM fields, with... More
Professor Duncan FitzGerald and Research Assistant Professor Zoe Hughes have received a Rapid Response Research Grant from the National Science Foundation. RAPID funding is used in cases of severe urgency with regard to availability of data, including quick-response research on natural disasters. Professors FitzGerald and Hughes will use the funding... More
Over the next five years, Jeffrey Geddes will receive nearly $700,000 through a National Science Foundation CAREER Grant to investigate how natural and human-caused interannual variability in the sources and sinks of reactive trace gases from forests influence air quality across North America. The funding comes through the NSF Division... More
Assistant professor Rachael Garrett and her research have been featured in a new profile by BU Research. Reflecting on her work in Brazil's tropical savannah, Garrett notes, “Most people start with a hypothesis that’s very clear, black and white, and an experiment is supposed to answer that hypothesis. But what... More
Associate professor Michael Dietze and Abraham Matta of the Hariri Institute for Computing have received a Hariri Research Incubation Award for their project "A Scalable and Secure Cyberinfrastructure for the Repeatability of Ecological Research."
Professor Cutler Cleveland joined a discussed with Greenovate City of Boston entitled "Let's Talk Carbon Neutrality." The conversation with the Carbon Free Boston project team addressed the attempt to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions. Greenovate is working with BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, the Green Ribbon Commission, and other collaborators... More
Professor Suchi Gopal and lecturer Jamie Baldwin will be joined by Josh Pitts (Biology), Kevin Gallagher and Zhongshu Li (both of the Global Development Policy Center) for the next installment of Research on Tap: Meet Greet and Learn. Mapping Global Patterns of Energy Investments Monday, February 12, 2018, 4:00PM-6:00PM Trustee Ballroom, Boston University, 1... More
Assistant professors Christoph Nolte and Rachael Garrett have co-authored "The role of supply-chain initiatives in reducing deforestation" in Nature Climate Change. "We review current supply-chain initiatives, their effectiveness, and the challenges they face, and go on to identify knowledge gaps for complementary public–private policies," they write. "We find zero-deforestation policies... More
Associate Professor Michael C. Dietze and his colleagues have just published "Iterative near-term ecological forecasting: Needs, opportunities, and challenges" in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS). "Near-term forecasts provide the opportunity to iteratively cycle between performing analyses and updating predictions in light of... More
Congratulations to PhD candidate Jon Wang and first-year PhD student Kathryn Wheeler, who have each received an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the AGU Fall Meeting 2017. Wang's presentation was entitled "Multidecadal Rates of Disturbance- and Climate Change-Induced Land Cover Change in Arctic and Boreal Ecosystems over Western Canada and Alaska... More
A paper coauthored by PhD student Chi Chen and Professor Ranga Myneni entitled "Increased vegetation growth and carbon stock in China karst via ecological engineering" was recently published in the inaugural issue of Nature Sustainability. The paper describes the use of MODIS LAI data and show a widespread increase in leaf... More
Professor Nathan Phillips and PhD student Jessica Wright, in coordination with the BU School of Public Health, among others, have been organizing a day-long conference entitled Natural Gas Infrastructure and Public Health: From Local to Global. Tune in Tuesday at 10AM and all day for a live webcast of the event! https://www.bu.edu/earth/naturalgaspublichealth/. Video... More
Professor Cutler Cleveland and other BU experts spoke with BU Today about the President's first year in office. "Most of the nation’s key institutions that protect human health and the environment—the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Energy, Interior, and Agriculture—are headed by individuals who openly disdain science and who personally... More
PhD student Claudia Mazur has published "Deep Sea Mining and Ecosystem Adaptability" at envirobites.org, a site dedicated to making research accessible to wider audiences. "Since the beginning of civilization, the Earth’s surface has been exploited for its valuable resources (e.g., metals, coal, minerals, etc.) through the act of mining," Claudia... More
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 quantifying 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