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The PEcAn Project, headed by Associate Professor Mike Dietze, will be holding a workshop this week from May 9th -11th on Terrestrial Model Informatics. Starting in the afternoon on the 9th and ending in the evening of the 11th, it will primarily take place in Room 453 of the Stone Science... More
Each year, Earth & Environment Professor Duncan Fitzgerald and his ES 142 Beaches and Shoreline students take an annual trip to Cape Cod. This year's trip took place this past Saturday where students boarded buses at BU at 8:00 am and made the hour-long journey to the Cape. After arriving, students were... More
An article titled "Greening of the Earth and its Drivers" has been published on April 25th 2016 reporting carbon dioxide as the major reason for greening of our planet. All related materials can be found at http://sites.bu.edu/cliveg/highlights/articles-with-press-releases/greening-earth-zhu/
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi is giving an invited talk at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Thursday April 28th. The title of Prof. Fagherazzi's talk is "Gradients in water surface drive coastal ecosystems and determine the resilience of shorelines against extreme events." To learn more about Prof. Fagherazzi's work, check... More
Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald recently traveled to Brazil to study former shoreline processes. The coast of Brazil is an ideal area to study former shoreline processes because sea level has dropped 2.5 to 4 m during the past 6,000 years (far-field effects). FitzGerald and Chris Hein (former BU-PhD, More
By Rick Reibstein Seven students this semester participated in a new directed study course performing research tasks related to climate change for state agencies. Each week they met and went over progress, reporting to each other on their work. They were supervised by Rick Reibstein, lecturer in environmental law and policy, who... More
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has published a new article in Environmental Research Letters. The article titled "Assessing the potential additionality of certification by the Round table on Responsible Soybeans and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil" is first authored by Garrett and her colleague Kim Carlson. The full article can... More
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti will be participating in a "Science by the Pint" outreach event tonight, Wednesday April 20th, 2016, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. This "Science by the Pint" event is titled "In a Haze: Studying Marijuana." As part of the event, Short Gianotti... More
Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson and PhD candidate Dan Gianotti along with collaborators from Georgia Tech and the University of Oklahoma have published a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters. The paper is titled “A decadal precession of atmospheric pressures over the North Pacific.” It can be downloaded here. In the paper, Anderson and Gianotti... More
E&E Professor Bruce Anderson and BU Center for Remote Sensing Research Associate Professor Magaly Koch, along with School of Education Professors Peter Garik, Donald Derosa and Evangeline Stefanakis, were recently awarded $3 million as part of a $10 million multi-institutional NASA project called “MISSION EARTH: Fusing GLOBE with NASA Assets to Build Systemic Innovation... More
The Boston University-affiliated Sea Education Association (SEA) has just been awarded the 2016 Public Service Award by the National Science Board (NSB). The NSB is the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation. A full press release on the award can be found on the National Science Foundation's website.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett recently participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by the United States Agency for International Development on Cities and the Future of Agriculture and Food Securities. Prof. Garrett took part in the event based on her expertise in the area of secondary cities and rural-urban... More
Earth & Environment Professor Rick Murray has been elected to the position of Councillor of The Oceanography Society (TOS). The Council is The Oceanography Society’s governing body and is responsible for directing the affairs and determining the future of the Society. Council members serve three-year terms, and are elected by the general... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Sarah Foster and Associate Professor R. Wally Fulweiler have published a new paper in frontiers in Marine Science. The paper, "Sediment Nitrous Oxide Fluxes are Dominated by Uptake in a Temperate Estuary," can be found online here. The work for the paper was funded by Prof. Fulweiler's Woods... More
Jian Bi, a PhD graduate of our department, was recently awarded a NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship. He will be located at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography with Prof. Ralph Keeling as his adviser. Dr. Bi's research specialty is remote sensing of vegetation, in particular the Amazonian rainforests. He graduated in September 2015... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Emily Chua was recently award a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council doctoral scholarship from the Canadian government. Chua is a first-year PhD candidate in Earth Sciences studying under Associate Professor R. Wally Fulweiler. To learn more about Chua and Prof. Fulweiler's work, check out the Fulweiler lab... More
Former visiting scholar Zaichun Zhu and Earth & Environment Prof. Ranga Myneni are coauthors on two recent articles. Yan et al., 2016. Assessing spatiotemporal variation of drought in China and its impact on agriculture during 1982-2011 by using PDSI indices and agriculture drought survey data. J. Geophys. Res., (Atmos.), (doi:doi: 10.1002/2015JD024285) Catalano et... More
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has published a new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The article titled "Land-use policies and corporate investments in agriculture in the Gran Chaco and Chiquitano" can be read online now by following this link. To read more about Prof. Garrett's... More
Earth & Environment graduate student Margaret Hendrick is the lead author on a new article published in Environmental Pollution. The article is titled "Fugitive methane emissions from leak-prone natural gas distribution infrastructure in urban environments" and can be accessed online now. The article is co-authored by current graduate student Xiaojing Tang, former... More
As early spring uncovers winter’s impact on the Great Marsh in northern Massachusetts, Alyssa Novak and Duncan FitzGerald began monitoring stations throughout Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, and the Merrimack Estuaries measuring marsh edge recession and chronicling the evolution of edge cracks. One of the major and most dramatic processes of marsh... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Ann Dunlea, who is finishing her dissertation working with Professor Rick Murray’s group, was just awarded an institutional post-doctoral position at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), through their Ocean and Climate Change Institute. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, Ann joined Murray’s... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Mike Dietze and his work on the Paleon Project have been featured in a new article published in The Atlantic. The article titled "The World's Most Urgent Science Project" focuses exclusively on the work being done by on the Paleon Project. To read the article, click here. Professor... More
Earth and Environment Research Assistant Professor Josh Gray has been awarded a NASA New Investigator Award for his proposal titled "Water, Climate, and Food in the Anthropocene." According to NASA, "these awards are designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists and engineers at the early stage... More
Former Earth & Environment Post-doctoral Associate Jackie Matthes and her post-doctoral advisor Associate Professor Mike Dietze have published a new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences. The paper, "Benchmarking historical CMIP5 plant functional types across the Upper Midwest and Northeastern United States," is first authored by Matthees and senior authored... More
Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips has been featured in a new segment featured on WBUR radio. The article, "In Mass., Many Small Gas leaks Add Up To Big Consequences For The Environment," discusses Phillips work on measuring gas leaks in Boston. The article can be accessed here, or the radio version of the... More
Earth & Environment Professor Sergio Fagherazzi's new coauthor paper, "Overestimation of marsh vulnerability to sea level rise," is featured on the cover of the current issue of Nature Climate Change. The paper is available now online and can be accessed here. To learn more about Prof. Fagherazzi's work, check out his profile page.
Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal will be at MIT today to give a talk on "GIS and Spatial Analysis for Delivery and Optimization of Telemedicine." The talk is part of an MIT class seminar on Telehealth for Enhancing Global Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges. To learn more about Prof. Gopal's work, check... More
Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Josh Gray has just accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and Center for Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University. His appointment will begin August 1, 2016. Gray has been a member of the Department since 2012 when... More
Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson received the American Meteorological Society’s 2016 Editor’s Award from the Journal of Climate. This award was given for his consistently outstanding and insightful reviews of manuscripts across a broad array of topics related to climate dynamics. The award was presented at the 96th annual meeting of... More
Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Josh Gray and Professor Mark Friedl have been awarded funding from NASA. The three year long grant will create phenological indicators of climate impacts on ecosystems. Gray is the PI on the grant and Friedl is the Co-I. To learn more about Gray and Friedl's... More
Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips has been quoted in a pair of articles that are focused on the current methane leaks in California. The first article titled "California methane leaks hit local people - and the global climate" can be read here. The second article titled "Methane is leaking all over the... More
Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal and her research have been featured in Boston University's 2015 Annual Report. Prof. Gopal's work is highlighted in the section of the report that focuses on the question "how do we keep the research flowing?" You can find the feature in the section titled "Building a... More
Earth & Environment Professors Bruce Anderson and Anthony Janetos, along with participants from NOAA, the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers, IFC International and the City of Cambridge, led a 2-day training of professional and governmental leaders designed to increase their understanding of climate science and variability, identify their exposure to climate hazards, More
Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips and his work on a major gas leak in California are the focus of a new BU Today article published today. The article "CAS Prof Investigates 'the Mother of All Gas Leaks'" features an interview with Prof. Phillips as he discusses the magnitude of the gas leak in... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi and Professor Curtis Woodcock along with visiting student Daniele la Cecilia published a new paper in the journal Advances in Water Resources. The paper titled "Interactions between river stage and wetland vegetation detected with a Seasonality Index derived from LANDSAT images in the Apalachicola delta, More
Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips and the new sustainable living community for Boston University students Earth House have been featured in a new article on BU Today. The article "Earth House Doubles as Environmental Classroom" discusses the benefits of Earth House for the students participating and also Prof. Phillips's role... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor R. Wally Fulweiler and PhD candidate Tim Maguire have published a new article in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The article "Urban Dissolved Silica: Quantifying the Role of Groundwater and Runoff in Wastewater Influent" is first authored by Maguire and is available online now at this link. Maguire... More
Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips has been featured in a new Los Angeles Daily News article titled "'Plume chaser' researchers fan out across San Fernando Valley to map reach of Porter Ranch gas leak." The article can be accessed online by clicking the link above or here. To learn more about Prof. Phillips's... More
Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal has been invited to give a public lecture at the Boston Athenæum this Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The lecture, "Mapping in the 21st Century: Maps, Apps, Tools & Beyond" is open to the public but registration is required. To learn... More
Last week Earth & Environment Associate Professor Mike Dietze organized a meeting titled “Operationalizing Ecological Forecasting.” Dietze described the meeting in an email to the Department: "The meeting was aimed at discussing the needs and benefits of focusing more on near-term, iterative forecasts. In other words, on making predictions that are... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Kira Sullivan-Wiley has been offered a postdoctoral fellowship at the Nature Conservancy as a part of their NatureNet program. As par at of her fellowship, Sullivan-Wiley will be working with Leah VanWey, an environmental sociologist at Brown IBES and Daniela Miteva, an environmental economist at the Nature Conservancy. Sullivan-Wiley is... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Nicoletta Leonardi and Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi have published a new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article titled "A linear relationship between wave power and erosion determines salt-marsh resilience to violent storms and hurricanes" is available now online. The article was also featured... More
Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips has pinned a short letter published in the Boston Globe. The letter "AG Healey's pipeline study points the way on meeting energy needs" discusses the need to fix leaking natural gas pipelines; it can be read here. To learn more about Professor Phillips's work, check out his profile... More
Former visiting scholar Zaichun Zhu and Earth & Environment Prof. Ranga Myneni are coauthors of an article titled "Global Impacts of the 1980s Regime Shift" in the journal Global Change Biology. The article, authored by 29 scientists from multiple countries, reports the discovery of a world-wide climate regime shift in... More
Center for Remote Sensing Director Farouk El-Baz was recently interviewed on NECN for his take on the situation with ISIS. The segment titled "Is ISIS at War With Civilization?" can be viewed below. To learn more about El-Baz, check out the Center for Remote Sensing's website.
Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni was quoted in a new article published by the BBC about climate change. The article, "Society 'to be hit by climate change,'" can be found online here. To learn more about Prof. Myneni's work, visit out his website.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Christine Regalla was at the University of Connecticut this week to give an invited talk as part of the Center for Integrative Geoscience's Fall Seminar Series. Regalla's talk was titled "A tale of two forearcs: Noetectonics in northeast Japan and Cascadia." To learn more about Regalla's work, More
Richard Reibstein, who has been providing courses on environmental law and policy in the College of Arts and Sciences since 2000, now as part of the Earth and Environment department, was recently declared a "P2 Champion" of 2015 by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), the premiere group for pollution prevention (P2) professionals. Congress... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Sarah Farron is in Portland, Oregon this week to present a paper at the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federations (CERF) 23rd Biennial Conference. Farron's presentation will be on "Quantifying the effects of crab bioturbation on salt marsh sediment erodibility." Farron is a PhD candidate in Earth Science working with Professor... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor R. Wally Fuweiler and many of the students that comprise the Fulweiler Lab are in Portland, OR this week to take part in the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federations 23rd Biennial Conference. As part of the conference, Fulweiler and her team are participating in the conference... More