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Rachael Garrett publishes new article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Anne Short Gianotti to participate in “Science by the Pint” tonight

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Bruce Anderson and Dan Gianotti lead study published in Geophysical Research Letters

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Bruce Anderson and Magaly Koch part of new $10 million, 5-year NASA K-12 project

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

BU-affiliated SEA Semester program wins NSF/NSB award

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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.  

Rachael Garrett participated in roundtable discussion event

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Rick Murray elected to The Oceanography Society Council

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Sarah Foster, Wally Fulweiler publish new paper

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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 (PhD 2015) Awarded NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Emily Chua awarded doctoral scholarships

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Prof. Ranga Myneni’s group members coauthor two articles

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Rachael Garrett publishes new article in PNAS

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Margaret Hendrick publishes new article in Environmental Pollution

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Alyssa Novak, Duncan FitzGerald perform fieldwork on Great Marsh

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Ann Dunlea awarded postdoc at WHOI

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Mike Dietze project called “World’s Most Urgent Science Project”

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Josh Gray wins NASA New Investigator Award

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Jackie Matthes, Mike Dietze publish new paper

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Nathan Phillips featured in WBUR radio segment

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Sergio Fagherazzi coauthors Nature Climate Change cover paper

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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.

Suchi Gopal to give talk at MIT today

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Josh Gray accepts tenure track faculty position at NC State

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Bruce Anderson wins prestigious American Meteorological Society Editor’s Award

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Josh Gray, Mark Friedl grant funded

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

  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

Nathan Phillips featured in pair of articles on methane leaks

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Suchi Gopal featured in BU Annual Report

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Bruce Anderson and Anthony Janetos Help Lead 2-day Training of Climate Change Officers

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Nathan Phillips interviewed, featured in BU Today article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Sergio Fagherazzi, Curtis Woodcock, student publish paper

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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 House, Nathan Phillips featured in BU Today

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Wally Fulweiler, Tim Maguire publish new article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Nathan Phillips featured in LA Daily News article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Suchi Gopal to give invited public lecture at Boston Athenæum

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Mike Dietze runs Ecological Forecasting meeting

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Kira Sullivan-Wiley receives postdoc at Nature Conservancy

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Nicoletta Leonardi, Sergio Fagherazzi publish paper in PNAS

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Nathan Phillips pins letter in Boston Globe

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Prof. Ranga Myneni’s group members coauthor an article published Global Change Biology

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Farouk El-Baz interviewed

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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.

Ranga Myneni quoted in BBC article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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.

Christine Regalla gives invited talk at UConn

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Rick Reibstein wins award

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Sarah Farron presents paper at CERF conference

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Wally Fulweiler, lab members give presentations at CERF annual meeting

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Wally Fulweiler gives talk at GSA Meeting

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

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