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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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock has coauthored two new papers that have been published in Remote Sensing of Environment. The articles are both first authored by former E&E PhD candidate and current United States Geological Survey (USGS): Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Land Change Scientist, Zhe Zhu. The first article titled "Improvement... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Nicoletta Leonardi and Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi published a new article in Geophysical Research Letters. The article titled "Local variability in erosional resistance affects large scale morphodynamic response of salt marshes to wind waves" is available online now at this link. To learn more about Leonardi's work, check... More
Earth and Environment Profs. Yuri Knyazikhin and Ranga B. Myneni recently coauthored the following article: Bi et al., 2015. Sunlight mediated seasonality in canopy structure and photosynthetic activity of Amazonian rainforests. Environ. Res. Lett., 2015 (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/6/064014) The first author Jian Bi is a 2015 PhD graduate of the Department. To read more about Prof. More
Earth and Environment Prof. Ranga B. Myneni recently coauthored the following journal article: Hilker et al., 2015. On the measurability of change in Amazon vegetation from MODIS. Remote Sens. Environ., 2015 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2015.05.020) To read more about Prof. Myneni’s work, check out his web site: http://sites.bu.edu/cliveg
During his recent trip to China, Professor Curtis Woodcock had the opportunity to spend an evening at a house carved out of loess in Shan Xi province. Below is a picture of Professor Woodcock in front of the unique home.
Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock was in China this past week to give the keynote address at the International Conference on Carbon Cycle and Global Change in Hangzhou, China. Professor Woodcock's presentation was titled "Time Series Analysis of Landsat Data for Continuous Monitoring of Land Cover Change and Condition." To learn... More
Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock was in China this past week to give presentations at two institutions. On June 3rd, Professor Woodcock gave a presentation titled "Continuous Classification and Change Detection" at Beijing Normal University. Five Boston University Department of Geography and Environment (now Earth & Environment) alumni were present at Professor... More
Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal and graduate students Valerie Pasquarella, Marta Ribera, and Chris Holden have published a new article in the journal Coastal Management. The article titled "Modeling Coastal and Marine Environmental Risks in Belize: the Marine Integrated Decision Analysis System (MIDAS)" will be published in the upcoming 3rd issue... More
Earth and Environment Prof. Ranga B. Myneni recently coauthored the following three journal articles: Piao et al., 2015. Leaf onset in the northern hemisphere triggered by daytime temperature. Nature Communications, 2015 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms7911) Shi et al., 2015. Mapping annual precipitation across mainland China in the period 2001-2010 from TRMMM3B43 product using spatial downscaling approach. More
Earth & Environment Professor and Director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences Rick Murray was quoted in an article featured on Earth & Space Science News. The article titled "National Science Foundation to Rebalance Ocean Science Funding" details the NSF's "plans to cut back on escalating ocean research infrastructure costs... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra will be in the Kendall Square area tonight to give a talk on "Investigating Urban Carbon Cycles." The talk will focus on the role of urban environments in contributing to CO2 emissions and how cities can potential "serve as 'first responders' for climate action"... More
Incoming Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has published a new article in The Journal of Peasant Studies. The article titled "Green for gold social and ecological tradeoff influencing the sustainability of the Brazilian soy industry" "assesses the sustainability of the Brazilian soy industry over the past 40 years in comparison... More
Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald and his research team have been awarded a new grant from the Department of Interior and additional funding from the National Wildlife Federation. With the grant funds, FitzGerald and his team will study the hydrodynamics and sediment transport in Plum Island Sound, MA. This two... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra will be in Tennessee this week to give a seminar at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prof. Hutyra's seminar will be held this Thursday and is titled "Quantifying and modeling the urban carbon cycle -- An examination of land use... More
Prof. Alan Strahler has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "RCN-IDBR: Coordinating the Development of Terrestrial Lidar Scanning for Forest Carbon Inventory and Ecological Applications." The award supports a Research Coordination Network to develop a simple, low-cost, tripod-mounted terrestrial laser scanner that can rapidly survey a forest stand and... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi will be in New Jersey on Monday to give a lecture at the Deaprtment of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. Fagherazzi's lecture, "Marsh collapse does not require sea-level rise," will be held Monday afternoon as part of the Dept. of Marine and... More
Earth & Environment Phd Candidates in Geography Kira Sullivan-Wiley and Andrew Trlica have been named 2015 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows. The Pardee Summer Fellows program allows "outstanding master's and doctoral students an opportunity for intensive interdisciplinary research and writing on topics that are aligned with the broad research interests of the... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi recently became a member of the Ecohydrology Technical Committee of the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union. The AGU Ecohydrology Technical Committee's goal "is to foster a collaborative exchange of ideas and promote the development of our understanding of ecohydrological processes through field... More
Earth & Environment Environmental Analysis & Policy major Emily Korman will be presenting her senior thesis research on "Political Ecology: the Reality of Boston's Gas Leaks Policies" later today, Thursday April 30th, 2015, at 3:30 pm in CAS 132. In an email sent to the department, Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips described... More
Earth & Environment Environmental Science senior Victoria Dearborn will be presenting her senior thesis research on "Carbon Dynamics of Urban Street Trees" this afternoon, Monday April 27th, at 4 pm in CAS 132. Dearborn is advised by Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra. All members of the department are encouraged to come and support Victoria!
Biology Associate Professor Pam Templer and Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson and PhD Candidate Toby Fusco along with collaborators from Cornell University, UC Berkeley, Syracuse University, University of New Hampshire, and the USDA published a new paper in Ecology. The paper is titled “The promise and peril of intensive-site-based ecological research: .” Given... More
Last Friday, Earth & Environment students presented research at the New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS) Spring Meeting. PhD Candidate in Earth Science Sarahbeth Buckley presented research on "Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Long Island Sound Salt Marshes;" PhD Candidate in Earth Science Sarah Foster presented research on "Environmental Controls on Sediment... More
Recent research by Earth & Environment PhD candidate Conor Gately, Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra, and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing has been featured in a new article on BUToday. The article "A New Map for Greenhouse Gas" explores the research team's new findings recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy. The... More
Earth & Environment Professor Cutler Cleveland has been featured in a new article on WalletHub that outlines WalletHub's recent look at "2015's Most & Least Eco-Friendly States." In the article, Prof. Cleveland gives his take on state and local environmental policies, economic concerns related to environmentally-friendly policies, and the most important things individuals... More
Professor Duncan FitzGerald and his former student Chris Hein (faculty at Virginia Institute of Marine Science [VIMS]) gave invited lectures at UNIVALI in Itajai, Santa Catarina, Brazil on April 16th, 2015. These lectures are part of an ongoing research collaboration (12 years) between UNIVALI and Boston University (and now VIMS). During... More
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra has been awarded a 2015 Templeton Award for Excellence in Student Advising. The Templeton Award is given each year to three deserving faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences who have been nominated by members of the CAS senior class. Hutyra and her fellow... More