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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
Earth & Environment Associate Professor R. Wally Fulweiler gave an invited talk at the Geological Society of America Meeting on November 1st. Prof. Fulweiler's talk, "City Shortcuts: Documenting Si Export Pathways in an Urban Ecosystem," was on research performed by Fulweiler's Ph.D. student Tim Maguire on silica. Maguire's research was supported... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor R. Wally Fulweiler was recently awarded the University of Rhode Island Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award. The URI Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award is given annual to URI alumni with "at least 10 years in their career field who are already making significant contributions to their profession and... More
In their continuing study of the Great Marsh in northern Massachusetts, Alyssa Novak and Duncan FitzGerald are preparing for winter by implementing a number of experiments designed to determine the effects that freeze and thaw, ice wedging, ice loading, and increased wave energy have on marsh degradation. One of these... More
Earth & Environment PhD student Chris Holden is serving today on the LCMAP (Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection) System Concept and Review at EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Other members of the review panel are senior leaders from the USGS, NASA, and the Landsat Program and... More
On Sunday October 25th, Earth and Environment faculty member James Baldwin was invited to speak to the Middlesex Canal Association, a local historical group. Baldwin's talk, titled "The Middlesex Canal in the Context of the Great 19th Century Energy Transition" discussed the rise and fall of the Middlesex Canal and the role of it's chief... More
Earth & Environment Professor Cutler Cleveland will be giving a talk at 4:00 pm today as part of Boston University BURECS Seminar Series on Climate Change. Professor Cleveland's talk will focus on "Climate Change and the Transition to Sustainable Energy." The talk will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm today, Nov. 2nd, in... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi will be at MIT tomorrow, Thursday October 29th, to give a presentation at the Environmental Science and Engineering Parsons Laboratory. The title of Fagherazzi's presentation is "Salt Marsh Collapse Does Not Require Sea Level Rise." To learn more about Fagherazzi's work, check out his profile... More
Former PhD student Jian Bi and Visiting Scientist Anna Ukkola together with Earth and Environment Prof. Ranga Myneni coauthored an article published in Nature Climate Change on October-19-2015. The article entitled "Reduced streamflow in water-stressed climates consistent with CO2 effects on vegetation" reports that the precipitation threshold for water limitation... More
Center for Remote Sensing Director Dr. Farouk El-Baz and his work were recently referenced in a Wall Street Journal article titled "The 400,000 Man March? A Brief History of Crowd Counting." The article can be found here (login required). To learn more about the Center for Remote Sensing and Dr. El-Baz, check out the... More
Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips has been elected as the President-Elect for the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). Phillips will fulfill his role as President-Elect from 2015 to 2017 and will then step in as President from 2017 to 2019. CEDD is a National Council for Science and... More
Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni has been quoted in a blog article posted on Desmog. The article "Climate Science Denialist Matt Ridley Criticised By Same Scientist He Sources on Greening Planet Claims" critiques a Matt Ridley-pinned opinion piece that purportedly uses Prof. Myneni's work to back up Ridley's argument. To read the article, click... More
Earth & Environment Lecturer Rick Reibstein has published a new article published in the Lexington Minuteman. The article "Commentary: Our legislators are right, industry leaders have toxic reasoning" can be found online here. To learn more about Reibstein's work, check out his profile page.
Earth & Environment Professors Suchi Gopal and Nathan Phillips have been featured in a new video published by BU Today. The video "Cycling on Comm Ave, Seriously" focuses on the benefits and dangers of commuting via bicycle in a large city like Boston. The video is embedded below. To see other more... More
For the past 3 years, Earth & Environment's James Baldwin has been accompanying his GE150 students to the Boston Museum of Science (MOS). GE150, Sustainable Energy- Technology, Resources, Society and Environment is a course that examines the social, economic and environmental implications of energy technologies with a goal of considering how... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi will gives a talk on sea level rise and coastal impacts as part of CafeSci's Rock the Cafe series. Fagherazzi's talk will be held on Tuesday Oct. 20th from 7-8 pm at CafeSci in Cambridge. For direction and more information on the event, see the event... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler has been featured in a new article published in The Westerly Sun. The article, "Experts gather to discuss effects of aquaculture's rapid growth," can be accessed online here. To learn more about Prof. Fulweiler's work, check out her profile or lab page, or see her recent... More
Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson was invited to give a talk at the United States Department of the Interior headquarters in Washington DC. He presented a capacity-building initiative aimed at providing open-source software and educational materials for monitoring land cover change, an initiative developed by Olofsson and graduate students Chris Holden and Eric... More
Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips has been quoted in a new article on gas leaks. The article "Brookline has third most gas leaks in state" was published in the Brookline Tab. It can be accessed online here. To learn more about Nathan Phillips's work, check out his profile page or see his recent... More
Former Earth & Environment Post-doctoral Associate William Nardin has received a Synthesis Post-doc award from the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics. Nardin will work with members of the Department and others from the Department of Geography at the University of California Berkeley and the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Mike Dietze was just awarded grant funding from the Department of Defense for a new project that will focus on the risks of Tick-borne diseases that could potentially result from the effects of climate change. In the grant's abstract, Dietze and his colleague describe the objectives of the project: "1)... More
Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal is set to participate in a roundtable discussion on "Digital Humanities in the Classroom" as part of the Boston University Digital Humanities 2015 Symposium. The roundtable will take place from 2:00-3:30 pm in the Photonics Center and feature Gopal, Christina Carrick from History, Arnold Lele from... More
Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Alyssa Novak and Professor Duncan FitzGerald have been involved in a long-term study of how marshes are responding to climate change and their future sustainability as sediment supplies diminish and the rate of sea-level rise accelerates. One aspect of this research is determining how... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Ann Dunlea and Professor Rick Murray have published a new paper in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. The new paper, "Cobalt-based age models of pelagic clay in the South Pacific Gyre," is first authored by Dunlea and second authored by Murray. To read the article, click here. To learn more about... More
Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips was recently quoted in an article on gas leaks in Dorchester. The article, "Cry at Council hearing: Let's deal with gas leaks in city - right now," was published by the Dorchester Reporter and can be read online here. To read more about Professor Phillips's work, check out... More
Undergraduate Environmental Analysis & Policy major Kristen Noviello took part in NASA's Develop program this past summer. Noviello was a member of the research team working on the project "Utilizing NASA Earth Observations to Identify Oil Spills and Natural Oil Seeps off Coastal Alaska." As part of the project, NASA produced the... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Ann Dunlea and her advisor Professor Rick Murray have coauthored a new paper published in the journal Paleoceanography. The article titled "Dust, volcanic ash, and the evolution of the South Pacific Gyre through the Cenozoic," is first authored by Dunlea and second authored by Murray. To read the article, click here. To... More
Earth & Environment Lecturer Rick Reibstein has been featured in a new Huffington Post article. The article, "This Rocker Has a Heavy Metal Warning for Fellow Parents," focuses on Jon Fishman, the drummer for the band Phish, and his campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of lead paint. Reibstein and his research on the Regulated... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi, PhD candidate Nicoletta Leonardi, and two Earth & Environment Earth Sciences PhD graduates--Anthony Priestas and Giulio Mariotti--have published a new paper in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. The article titled "Coupled Wave Energy and Erosion Dynamics along a Salt Marsh Boundary, Hog Island... More
Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie was in California this week to participate in the 2015 Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting. At the meeting Abercrombie presented a poster on the topic of "Earthquake stress drop measurements - variability and resolution." The abstract for her poster can be found here. To... More
Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal has been invited to give a talk at Clark University in Worcester, MA this week as part of the Clark's "Graduate School of Geography Fall 2015 Colloquium Speaker Series." The seminar will be held this Thursday, September 17th. Gopal's talk will focus on "Spatial Dynamics... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Nathan Phillips, PhD candidate Jon Wang, and ESO President and Senior Environmental Analysis & Policy major Andrew Held have been featured in a new article published in The Daily Free Press. The article, "Tree density study draws attention to limitations of human knowledge, concern,"... More
Earth & Environment Professor Cutler Cleveland's coauthored paper on "Order from Chaos: A Preliminary Protocol for Determining the EROI of Fuels" was recently awarded the First Prize, Best Paper Awards for 2015 by the journal Sustainability. The inaugural Best Paper Awards "recognize the most outstanding papers in the area of environmental, cultural, More