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Wally Fulweiler wins URI award

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Alyssa Novak, Duncan FitzGerald study winter effects on Great Marsh

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

  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

Chris Holden serves on USGS Review Panel

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

James Baldwin gives talk to local historical society

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Cutler Cleveland to give talk as part of Seminar Series on Climate Change

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Sergio Fagherazzi to give presentation at Parsons Lab

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Prof. Myneni’s Group Coauthors Article in Nature Climate Change

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Farouk El-Baz referenced in Wall St. Journal article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Nathan Phillips to serve as President-Elect, President of Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Ranga Myneni cited in blog article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Rick Reibstein publishes commentary on toxicity in products

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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.

Suchi Gopal, Nathan Phillips featured in BU Today video

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

James Baldwin, GE 150 students visit Museum of Science

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Sergio Fagherazzi to give talk at CafeSci Boston

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Wally Fulweiler featured in news article on effects of aquaculture

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Pontus Olofsson gives talk at the United States Department of the Interior

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Nathan Phillips quoted in news article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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 postdoc William Nardin receives award from National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Mike Dietze’s grant receives funding from DOD

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Suchi Gopal to participate in roundtable discussion at 2:00 pm Friday in Photonics Center

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Alyssa Novak, Duncan FitzGerald perform fieldwork in Great Marsh of Northern New England

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Ann Dunlea, Rick Murray publish new article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Cutler Cleveland to give talk on Arctic Drilling and Climate Change

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Nathan Phillips quoted in article on fixing gas leaks

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

VIDEO: Undergrad Kristen Noviello participates in NASA project

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Paper published by Ann Dunlea, Rick Murray in Paleoceanography

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Rick Reibstein featured in Huffington post article on lead paint

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Sergio Fagherazzi, Nicoletta Leonadri, former students publish paper

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Rachel Abercrombie presents at Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Suchi Gopal to give invited talk at Clark University

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, Jon Wang, Andrew Held featured in news article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Cutler Cleveland coauthored paper awarded First Prize by Sustainability

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Lucy Hutyra coauthors new paper in Nature

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra has coauthored a new paper published in Nature: News & Comments. The paper, "Climate change: Track urban emissions on a human scale," is available now online and focuses on the fact that "cities need to understand and manage their carbon footprint at the level of... More

Katie Eccles award Goldschmidt Student Travel Grant

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Phd candidate Katie Eccles was recently award the Goldschmidt Student Travel Grant, paying for her to attend the Goldschmidt Conference in Prague and present her research. The travel grant is award on a competitive basis to student applicants. Eccles is seeking a Phd in Earth Sciences with an emphasis on detrital... More

Four E&E Professor named 2015-16 Pardee Center Research Fellows and Associates

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Four faculty members from the Department of Earth & Environment have been named the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of Longer-Range Future's 2015-16 Faculty Research Fellows. Professors Bruce Anderson and Sucharita Gopal and Associate Professors Lucy Hutyra and Ian Sue Wing are among the 10 Faculty Research fellows named... More

Duncan FitzGerald publishes two new articles

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald has published two new articles. FitzGerald is coauthor on the article "Insight into the late Holocene sea-level changes in the NW Atlantic from a paraglacial beach-ridge plain south of Newfoundland" published in Geomorphology. FitzGerland also first authored (and is the sole author on) the article "Geologic controls on... More

Department welcomes new graduate cohorts

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

        The Department welcomed its new graduate student cohorts for Fall 2015 today:       Our Fall 2015 PhD students Not pictured: Eric Bullock, Chi Chen, and Yaxiong Ma   Our Fall 2015 Masters students Not pictured: Arnold Fernandez, and Cunhao Jiang

Rachael Abercrombie, Kasey Aderhold publish papers

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie has published two new papers, one with recent Earth Science PhD graduate Kasey Aderhold. The first paper, published this past May in Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, is first authored by Aderhold and titled "Seismic Rupture on an Oceanic–Continental Plate Boundary: Strike‐Slip... More

Nathan Phillips quoted in article on gas leaks in Arlington

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Professor Nathan Phillips was recently quoted in a new article on gas leaks in the town of Arlington, MA. The article, "Arlington riddled with natural gas leaks," is available online. To learn more about Professor Phillips's work, check out his profile page or see his recent publications or news.

Brittain Briber, Lucy Hutyra published in PLOS One

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Recent PhD graduate Brittain Briber has first authored a new article published in PLOS One titled "Tree Productivity Enhanced with Conversion from Forest to Urban Land Covers." The article is coauthored by Dr. Briber's PhD advisor, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, and several other members of the department including Post-doctoral Associate Andrew... More

Conor Gately, Lucy Hutyra, and Ian Sue Wing research featured in Scientific American

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Research performed by Earth & Environment Phd candidate Conor Gately, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing has been featured in Scientific American's "Graphic Science" monthly segment that highlights scientific results with innovative science and graphics. This month's segment is titled "Bigger Cities Aren't Always Greener, Data Show" and... More

Rachael Garrett attends workshop in Maryland

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett recently attended a workshop at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center on Teaching Socio-Enivornmental Syntheses with Case Studies. The workshop focused on the use of socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis in the classroom. The workshop's website describes Socio-environmetal synthesis as a "problem-solving approach that considers the integrated nature of the environment... More

Rachael Garrett receives supplement to NSF grant

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett was recently awarded supplemental funding for her grant project titled "Improving agricultural practices for sustainable development." The project is funded by the Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems program which is a part of the National Science Foundation's Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows... More

Prof. Ranga Myneni coauthors three new articles

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth and Environment Prof. Ranga B. Myneni recently coauthored the following journal articles with current- and ex-graduate students and visiting scholars: Xu et al., 2015. Satellite observation of tropical forest seasonality: spatial patterns of carbon exchange in Amazonia. Environ. Res. Lett., 2015 (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084005) Shen et al., 2015. Evaporative cooling over the Tibetan Plateau induced by... More

Mike Dietze PEcAn project renewed by NSF

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Mike Dietze's Predictive Ecosystem Analyzer or PEcAn project has just received renewed funding from the National Science Foundation. The PEcAn project is one of the core activities for the Dietze Lab. A full description of the project can be found on its NSF award page or... More

Curtis Woodcock gives presentation at Google

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock recently gave a presentation on near real-time monitoring at the Google Forest Strategy Meeting. To learn more about Professor Woodcock's work, check out his profile page, or see his recent news and publications.

Duncan FitzGerald co-leads field campaign off Louisiana coast

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald and a team of researchers recently undertook a week-long field campaign 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana to the Chandeluer Islands to study the barrier island chain's response to sea-level rise and hurricane impacts. Since 2004, numerous Category 3 and higher magnitude hurricanes have severely eroded the... More

Sergio Fagherazzi, students, postdocs publish new article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi and a team of current and former graduate students and postdoctoral associates from the Department have published a new article in Reviews of Geophysics. The article "Dynamics of River Mouth Deposits" is first authored by Fagherazzi and coauthored by current postdoctoral associate William Nardin, current... More

Anne Short Gianotti publishes new paper in BioScience

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti along with collaborators at The Nature Conservancy, UC Berkeley, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Integral Ecology Research Center, Trout Unlimited, McBain Associates, and Stanford University published a new paper in Bioscience.  The paper is titled "High time for conservation: Adding the environment to the debate on marijuana liberalization" and draws... More

Nathan Phillip’s quoted in article on gas leaks

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips was recently quoted in a Reuters article on the subject of gas leaks. The article, "Gas leaks often caused by avoidable damage to utility lines" features a recent study that found that human error was the cause of a large percentage of gas-leak-related injuries. Phillip's was... More