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Former Geography Research Professor Xiaowen Li succumbed to illness in Beijing on January 10th at the age of 67. Working closely with Professors Alan Strahler, Curtis Woodcock, and Crystal Schaaf, Professor Li developed a succession of physical models of directional reflectance of forest land cover that saw wide use in... More
Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips has written an article featured on the online new source, The Conversation. Phillips' piece"Will Obama's 'fugitive methane' plan reduce or increase our dependence on natural gas?" focuses on "President Obama's proposal to reduce leaks of methane gas from oil and gas drilling" and highlights how the... More
Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminars will begin for the Spring semester this Friday, January 23rd, at 3 PM in CAS 313. This weeks presenters will be Nicoletta Leonardi presenting on "Salt marsh resistance to violent storms and hurricanes;" Angela Rigden presenting on "Multi-decadal estimation of trends in evapotranspiration from weather station data... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Sean Mackay has first authored a new paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. The article, "Cold-based debris-covered glaciers: Evaluating their potential as climate archives through studies of ground-penetrating radar and surface morphology," is also coauthored by E&E Professor Dave Marchant and E&E PhD... More
Earth and Environment Professor Ranga Myneni coauthored a paper in Global Change Biology with a multi-national group of researchers on the detection and attribution of vegetation greening trend in China over the last 30 years. The paper can be downloaded from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.12795/pdf
Earth & Environment Associate Professor. R. Wally Fulweiler recently co-authored a paper published in BioScience. Since its publication, the paper, "Reconsidering Ocean Calamities," has been featured in two news stories at Nature News, "Deep mysteries" and "Ocean 'calamities oversold, say researchers." To read the paper, click here. To read the articles, click on their... More
Earth & Environment PhD student Sarabeth Buckley has just returned from an intensive two week ecology seminar at the world-renowned Cary Institute. The prestigious seminar focused on the Fundamentals of Ecosystem Ecology and was taught by leading experts in the field. Buckley wrote about her experiences at the seminar in a... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor R. Wally Fulweiler gave an invited lecture this past Tuesday, January 13th, at the Marine Biological Lab. The seminar was titled "Shore Nitrogen Cycling - Variation in Space and Time." To learn more about Fulweiler's work, visit her website.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler has first authored a new paper published in Frontiers in Plant Science. The paper, "Does elevated CO2 alter silica uptake in trees?", is the first to examine the impacts of elevated CO2 on the terrestrial Si cycle. Second author on the paper is Fulweiler's PhD... More
Geography program alumni Zhe Zhu along with current graduate student Geography PhD candidate Shixiong Wang and Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock have published a new paper in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment. The paper, "Improvement and expansion of the Fmask algorithm: cloud, cloud shadow, and snow detection for Landsats 4-7, 8, More
Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann was recently featured in an article discussing the topic of falling oil prices. The article, "Ask the Experts: The Impact of Falling Oil Prices on Your Wallet," is featured on the website Wallethub. In the article, Kaufmann comments on the anticipated costs of oil in the... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi and his undergraduate student Kendall Valentine have recently published a paper in the journal Ocean Dynamics. The article, "Time-dependent behavior of a placed bed of cohesive sediment subjected to erosion and deposition cycles," is available online now. Valentine is second author on the paper, and... More
Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Professor of Earth & Environment Adil Najam was quoted today in a new article released by the Associated Press on Pakistani military strategies and the recent Pakistani school attack. The article, "Analysis: New Focus on How Pakistan Will Address Militancy,"... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Esther James gave a talk today at the Fall 2014 Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). James's talk was titled "A Three-Dimensional Shear-Velocity Model of the Atlantic Upper Mantle from Analysis of a Regional Dataset of Fundamental-Mode Rayleigh Waves." James gave her talk this morning, Wednesday December... More
Earth & Environment Professor Nathan Phillips has been quoted in a recent NPR article discussing how "Leaking city gas pipes pose climate hazard." The article, released yesterday December 16th, 2014, discusses Philadelphia's aging infrastructure and its resulting natural gas leaks. The article highlights Phillips's ongoing research to map out natural gas leaks... More
Earth & Environment Professor Alan Strahler along with family, friends, and students celebrate the end of the semester and Strahler's final class as an active Professor at Boston University. Our department Administrative Coordinator Fred George was there to photograph the special occasion. Check out his pictures below.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Dana Bauer is in Washington DC this week to present research at the A Community on Ecosystem Services or ACES Conference. Bauer will make two presentations during the conference: her first presentation features research performed by Bauer and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing on "Macroeconomic Consequences of Lost... More
The Boston University Geological Society is hosting a viewing of The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers this Thursday, Dec. 11th at 5 pm in CAS B31C. The viewing will feature the film and fun geological facts about the filming locations. Snacks will be provided.
Earth & Environment Phd candidate Esther James has published a new article in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. James is first author on the article titled "Rayleigh wave phase velocities in the Atlantic upper mantle." The article is available online here. Esther James is a PhD candidate in Earth Science with an emphasis in... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Rachel Scudder's dissertation defense is set for this coming Monday, December 8th, 2014, at 9 AM in CAS 132. Scudder's dissertation is titled "A Regional Assessment of Volcanic and Terrigenous Inputs to the Western Pacific Ocean 'Subduction Factory.'" Scudder is a PhD candidate in Earth Science; her... More
The Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series will be held tomorrow at 3:00 pm in CAS 313. Tomorrow's seminar will feature two talks lasting fifteen minutes each. The first scheduled talk will feature Damien Sulla-Menashe discussing his research on "Are the boreal forests of Canada browning?: An investigation using Landsat Data." The... More
Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie has published an article in Geophysical Research Letters. The article, "Stress Drops of Repeating Earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault at Parkfield," has been published online and will be published in a later volume of the journal. To read the article, click here. To check... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Jordan Winkler's dissertation defense is scheduled for today at 3 PM in CAS 132. Winkler's dissertation is titled "Climate Change Impact on Crop Yield: Towards a Probabilistic Modeling Framework." Winkler is a PhD candidate in Geography; his advisor is Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing. All members of the department... More
Josh Gray and Mark Friedl's recent publication in Nature continues to receive media attention. A new article posted on Futurity quotes Friedl discussing the research and an article on Climate Central quotes Gray. To read the articles, click on the respective links above.
Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Josh Gray and Professor Mark Friedl have published a new article in Nature. The article, "Direct human influence on atmospheric CO2 seasonality from increased cropland productivity," is first authored by Gray and discusses Gray's and Friedl's research on how crop production influences the carbon cycle. The article... More
Center for Energy & Environmental Studies alum and State Representative Matthew Beaton has been selected by Governor-Elect Charlie Baker to serve as his secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. To read more about Beaton and his new position, click here.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Mike Dietze has been featured in a new article on International science grid this week. The article, "Brown Dog software sniffs out and transforms inaccessible data," focuses on Dietze's NSF funded project Brown Dog and features Dietze discussing the project. To read the article, click here. To learn more... More
Earth & Environment Ph.D. candidate Jared Woollacott was in Albuquerque, New Mexico this past week to present his research at the 2014 Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference. Woollacott presented his research on the "costs and ancillary benefits of greenhouse gas policy in the US electric... More
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Mike Dietze is in Potsdam Germany this week to give a keynote talk as part of the EU COST meeting for the "Towards robust PROjections of European Forests UNDer climate change," or PROFOUND, project. Dietze's talk is titled "On the communication between models and data;" the... More
The Boston University Initiative on Cities's and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future's conference "Sea Level Rise & the Future of Coastal Cities" will feature Earth & Environment Professor Tony Janetos, Professor Nathan Phillips, and Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra. The conference, held this Thursday and Friday... More
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra has joined the Oak Ridge National Labs DAAC User Working Group (ORNL-DAAC UWG). The User Working Group is an external advisory group that provide guidance on the assembly of data and model products needed in biogeochemical studies. The DAAC or Distributed Active Archive Center for... More
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and Professor Nathan Phillips have been featured in a new article out in the Boston Globe. The article, "The city is an ecosystem, pipes and all," features research performed by Hutyra and Phillips on the urban ecosystem. The article highlights Prof. Hutyra's research on the... More
Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Sarah Foster and her advisor Associate Professor Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler have published a new article in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science. The article, "Spatial and historic variability of benthic nitrogen cycling in an anthropogenically impacted estuary," is first authored by Foster and co-authored by Fulweiler. Sarah... More
This Thursday, November 6, 2014, Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra will participate in Boston University's Initiative on Cities Urban Seminar Series. The focus of Thursday's seminar will be "The Resilient City" and will feature experts from around BU discussing "how cities can prepare for threats from catastrophic weather events... More
Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann was in New York City last week to give a talk as part of the United Nations's Project LINK Meeting. Prof. Kaufmann's talk "Price differences among crude oils: an unreliable supplier discount" was given on Monday October 24, 2014. Project LINK is a United Nations research group... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Jared Woollacott was in Washington D.C. this past week to participate in the 32nd Stanford Energy Modeling Forum. The goal of the forum was to assess different implementations of US carbon policy including the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Woollacott is a PhD candidate in Geography; he is... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the journal Advances in Water Resources. On the journal's website, Advances in Water Resources describes itself as "a forum for the presentation of fundamental scientific advances in the understanding of water resources systems." To learn about the type of work... More
Earth and Environment PhD student Jian Bi and Prof. Ranga Myneni coauthored an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA entitled "Vegetation dynamics and rainfall sensitivity of the Amazon" together with colleagues from NASA and Oregon State University. This article reports that since the year 2000, More
George Denton, Libra Professor of Earth Sciences at the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, will be giving a lecture on "Ice Age Puzzles" as part of the Boston university Seminar Series on Climate Change on Friday October 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm in CAS 224. All... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Margaret Hendrick is one of "Seven Massachusetts graduate students award EPA grants for Environmental Research Projects," the Environmental Protection Agency announced today via press release. Hendrick's now funded grant project will focus on the "Impact of fugitive methane emissions on ecosystem services across a gradient of... More
E&E Undergraduate Moira Poje presented her work from the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE) on Pueblo San Marcos at the Council on Undergraduate Research, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium on Oct 26-27th. Pueblo San Marcos is an unexcavated archaeological site south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Moira is a senior... More
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Kira Sullivan-Wiley and her research have been featured in the latest edition of BUToday. The BUToday article "Preventing Landslides in Uganda" focuses on Sullivan-Wiley's research "in preventing environmental disasters in Uganda." The article also discusses the Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship Award, which Sullivan-Wiley was one of the first recipients of... More
Wally Broecker, Newberry Professor in Geochemistry at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University (and the man who coined the phrase "global warming"), will be giving a lecture on "What Should We Do about Fossil Fuel CO2?" as part of the Boston University Seminar Series on Climate Change on Thursday October... More
Earth & Environment Professor Rick Murray is Chief Scientist on a research cruise to the southern North Atlantic ocean to study the deep Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) during the last glacial maximum (LGM). The cruise, supported by a NSF grant to colleagues from the University of Rhode Island, departed Woods... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi has coauthored a new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface. The article, "Interactions between barrier islands and back barrier marshes affect island system response to sea level rise: insights form a coupled model," was published in the 119th volume and 9th issue... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Robinson Fulweiler is in Delaware today to give a seminar lecture on "Climate Change Impacts on Nitrogen Cycling in the Coastal Ocean." Fulweiler's lecture is being held at the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. To learn more about Prof. Fulweiler's work, check out... More
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Michael Dietze was in Boulder, Colorado this week to take part in the 7th Annual National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Meeting. At the meeting, Prof. Dietze organized and and ran a one day workshop on "Scaling ecological processes: theoretical, empirical, modeling, and remote sensing perspectives." Attending the... More
This past week, Earth & Environment graduate student Katie Eccles was awarded an Outstanding Mention for 2014 GSA Grant Proposals of Exceptional Merit in Conception and Presentation at the 2014 Annual Geological Society of America Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The Exceptional Merit awards were given as part of a special ceremony held October... More
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Ethan Baxter was in Vancouver, Canada this past week to give a keynote lecture at the National Science Foundation Earthscope Workshop on Geochronology. The two day workshop was held October 17-18 and featured Professor Baxter's talk on the innovations in garnet geochronology he and his students... More
Tony Janetos, Earth & Environment Professor and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future, will be giving a lecture on "Developing Indicators of Impacts and Change in the US: Sustaining National Assessments of Climate Change" on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm... More