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Research by Conor Gately, Lucy Hutyra, and Ian Sue Wing featured in multiple news articles

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Research by PhD candidate Conor Gately, Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra, and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing recently published in PNAS has been featured in multiple news articles over the past several days. The articles focus on the findings presented in "Cities, traffic, and CO2: A multidecadal assessment of trends, drivers, and scaling... More

Bruce Anderson leads international study on terrestrial precipitation

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Professor Bruce Anderson along with collaborators from the University of Reading, the University of Queensland, UCLA and Rutgers, published a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters. The paper is titled “Sensitivity of terrestrial precipitation trends to the structural evolution of sea-surface temperatures.” It can be downloaded here. While variations and trends in... More

Conor Gately, Lucy Hutyra, and Ian Sue Wing publish paper in PNAS

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Conor Gately, Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra, and Associate Professor Ian Sue Wing have published a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). Gately is first author on the article titled "Cities, traffic, and CO2: A multidecadal... More

Lucy Hutyra gives seminar in Utah

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra will be in Utah this week to give a seminar at the Global Change and Sustainability Center at the University of Utah. Hutyra's seminar is titled "Quantifying and modeling the urban carbon cycle - An examination of land use change, vegetation responses, and emissions." To learn more about... More

Alyssa Novak hosts meeting on invasive green crab

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

This past Monday, April 6th, 2015, Research Assistant Professor Alyssa Novak hosted an on-campus meeting to discuss the development of a market for the invasive green crab.  MA State Senator Bruce Tarr along with representatives from Coastal Zone Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Federation, Salem Coast Watch, Merrimack Valley... More

Boston College Bosi Center holds lecture on “Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial”

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Drew Christ awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment PhD candidate student Drew Christ has been awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) is awarded to 2,000 students each year and "provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution) for... More

Bruce Anderson, Dan Gianotti and Guido Salvucci publish new findings in the Journal of Hydrometeorology

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson, PhD candidate Dan Gianotti and Professor Guido Salvucci have published a new paper in the Journal of Hydrometeorology. The paper is titled “Characterizing the potential predictability of seasonal, station-based heavy precipitation accumulations and extreme dry-spell durations.” It can be downloaded here.  Using daily precipitation data... More

Suchi Gopal featured in new article on BU Research, BU Today

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal has been featured in a new article published by BU Research and featured on BU Today. The article "Mapmaker, Matchmaker: Suchi Gopal and the Power of Maps," discusses Gopal's work with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and how Gopal uses her research to span a variety of disciplines "from... More

Sarabeth Buckley awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment graduate student Sarabeth Buckley has been selected to receive an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) is awarded to 2,000 students each year and "provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance... More

Undergrad Claire Richer, Nathan Phillips, and WeWatt Bikes featured in Boston Globe article

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Environmental Analysis & Policy Senior Claire Richer and Professor Nathan Phillips have been featured in a recent article published in the Boston Globe. The article, "Boston University offers pedal power to charge electronics," features Richer and Phillip's 2014 project to obtain two electricity-generating stationary bikes. The bikes, obtained from... More

Bruce Anderson leads study published in Climate Dynamics

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Professor Bruce Anderson along with a collaborator from the Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami published a new paper in the journal Climate Dynamics. The paper is titled “ENSO and Non-ENSO induced charging and discharging of the equatorial Pacific.” It can be downloaded here. Using... More

Valerie Pasquarella awarded Teaching-as-Research Fellowship

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Valerie Pasquarella has been named a Teaching-as-Research Fellow. As part of her fellowship, Pasquarella will receive a $1,000 award and participate in a seminar on teaching as research. Pasquarella is a PhD candidate in Geography with an emphasis in applied remote sensing and GIS. She is advised... More

Energy & Environmental Law Society’s Inaugural Climate Change Conference, Friday at School of Law

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Nicoletta Leonardi and Sergio Fagherazzi publish new paper

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Nicoletta Leonardi and Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi have published a new paper in the journal Advances in Water Resources. The article, "Interplay between river discharge and tides in a delta distributary," is currently in press and is available online now. Leonardi is a PhD candidate in... More

Sean Mackay’s work featured on EOS, Earth and Space Sciences News

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Sean Mackay’s recent paper has been selected as a feature publication in the Research Spotlight selection of EOS, Earth and Space Sciences News. The article, “Cold-based debris-covered glaciers: Evaluating their potential as climate archives through studies of ground-penetrating radar and surface morphology,” published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, More

Prof. Ranga Myneni coauthors three journal articles

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth and Environment Professor Ranga Myneni recently coauthored the following three journal articles: Wang et al., 2015. Has the advancing onset of spring vegetation green-up slowed down or changed abruptly over the last three decades? Global Ecol. Biogeography, 2015 (doi: 10.1111/geb.12289) Hilker et al., 2015. Reply to Gonsamo et al.: Effect of the Eastern... More

Former grad Zhe Zhu and Prof. Curtis Woodcock’s paper attracts highest number of full-text downloads in Remote Sensing of Environment in 2014

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Former grad Zhe Zhu and Curtis Woodcock's paper "Continuous change detection and classification of land cover using all available Landsat data" attracted the highest number of full-text downloads from articles published in Remote Sensing of Environment in 2014 with more than 4,000 downloads: This paper can be accessed online here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034425714000248 Zhe Zhu is... More

E&E Fullbright scholar Maria Kozlowska to give talk Thursday, 12:30 in B31C

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Visiting Fullbright scholar Maria Kozlowska will be giving a talk titled "Effect of the coseismic static stress transfer on the seismicity in mines" this coming Thursday, March 19th, at 12:30 pm in room B31C. Kozlowska is a visiting Fullbright scholar from Poland who has been working with Earth & Environment Research... More

Grad Student Seminar Today at 3 in CAS 313

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

The next Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar will take place today at 3:00 pm in CAS 313. Presenting at today's seminar are Chloe Anderson and Xiaojing Tang. Anderson will be presenting on "Tracking monsoon related provenance changes in continental margin sediment of the East China Sea: Preliminary results from IODP... More

Former Grad Zhe Zhu, Curtis Woodcock, and Christopher Holden publish paper in Remote Sensing of Environment

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Former Earth & Environment Postdoctoral Associate and graduate student Zhe Zhu is first author on a new paper published in Remote Sensing of Environment. The paper, "Generating synthetic Landsat images based on all available Landsat data: predicting Landsat surface reflectance at any given time," was co-authored by Dr. Zhu's PhD advisor and... More

Jared Woollacott gives talk at Appalachian State

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment PhD candidate Jared Woollacott gave a talk this past Friday, February 13th, at Appalachian State University's Department of Economics in Boone, NC. Jared's talk was titled "No-regrets climate policy - the ancillary benefits and welfare costs of CO2 abatement in the US electricity sector." Jared is a PhD candidate... More

Cutler Cleveland and Rick Reibstein publish report on fossil fuel divestment

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Professor Cutler Cleveland and Lecturer Rick Reibstein have published a new report titled "The Path to Fossil Fuel Divestment for Universities: Climate Responsible Investment." In the report, Cleveland and Reibstein outline their argument for why universities should divest in fossil fuels. To read the executive summary to the... More

Hollie Emery awarded DDIG funding from NSF

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Ph.D. Candidate Hollie Emery has just been award funding from the National Science Foundation under their Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDIG) program. With the grant, Emery will continue to work on research related to her dissertation. In her proposal to seek DDIG funding, Emery writes, "This project will... More

Bruce Anderson featured in BU Today article on Boston snowfall

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson has been featured in a Q&A article published on BUToday. In the article,"What's Up with All this Snow?", Anderson addresses issues related to the major snow fall that has impacted Boston over the past several weeks. To read the article, click here. To learn more about Bruce Anderson's... More

Grad student seminars today at 3 pm

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

The Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminars will be held today at 3 pm in CAS 313. This week's seminar will feature:   "Neoarchean metamorphism recorded in high-precision Sm-Nd isotope systematics of garnet from the Jack Hills, Australia" by Katie Eccles     "Cities and CO2: The importance of quantifying carbon emissions at local scales” By... More

Josh Mantooth awarded DDIG project funding by NSF

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Josh Mantooth's new grant project titled "Linking Tree Demography and Nonstructural Carbon in Eastern US Forests" has just been selected for Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant funding by the National Science Foundation. In a summary of the project, Mantooth writes, "this project will build upon ongoing dissertation... More

Alum Joanna Carey’s article featured on Frontiers Facebook page

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment graduate and now Postdoctoral associate at the Marine Biological Laboratory Joanna Carey has had one of her recent publications featured on the Frontiers Facebook page. The article featured, "Silica uptake by Spartina—evidence of multiple modes of accumulation from salt marshes around the world," is part of Carey's dissertation work at BU... More

Lucy Hutyra and Biology Prof. Pam Templer publish article in Environmental Pollution

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra has coauthored a new paper first authored by Biology Professor Pam Templer in an upcoming edition of Environmental Pollution. The article titled "Nitrogen and carbon export from urban areas through removal and export of litterfall" will be published in the 197th edition of the... More

Terrestrial Biogeoscience Seminar featuring Jennifer Talbot today at 3 pm in CAS 442

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

The Terrestrial Biogeoscience Seminar Series returns today at 3 pm in CAS 442. This week's speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Talbot discussing "Biological diversity and the carbon cycle: insights from soil fungal communities." Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar. Abstract and Announcement

Anne Short, Lucy Hutyra, and Jackie Getson coauthor paper in Biological Conservation

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Assistant Professors Anne Short and Lucy Hutyra along with Research Fellow Jackie Getson have coauthored a new paper published in the journal Biological Conservation. The paper, "Landowner conservation awareness across rural-to-urban gradients in Massachusetts," will be published in the 184th volume of the journal in April 2015; however, an... More

Dave Marchant and his research group featured in BU Research

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Professor Dave Marchant and his Antarctic research are featured in six new videos produced by BU Today and Prehensile Productions for BU Research. The videos and text, collectively titled "The Search for Ancient Ice," include interviews with graduate students Sean Mackay, Jen Lamp, and Drew Christ, and follow the team as... More

BU Research features Rick Murrary and NSF Ocean Sciences

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

E&E Professor Rick Murray and his new post as Division Director of the National Science Foundation's Ocean Sciences are the subject of a new article published by BU Research. The article "Richard Murray Goes to Washington" features a Q&A with Murray discussing his research, the oceans, and his new position. To read... More

Grad Student Seminars tomorrow 3 pm in CAS 313

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

The Earth & Environment Graduate Student Seminar Series continues tomorrow at 3 PM in CAS 313. Tomorrow's seminar will feature Brittain Briber's presentation on "Vegetation productivity changes following conversion from forest to urban land uses" and Samuel Tuttle's presentation on "Empirical Evidence of Positive and Negative Soil Moisture-Precipitation Feedbacks Across the... More

Lucy Hutyra and Nathan Phillips coauthor PNAS paper

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

E&E Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra and Professor Nathan Phillips have coauthored a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences or PNAS. The article "Methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure and use int he urban region of Boston, Massachusetts" is the collaborative product of faculty from several... More

Andrew Reinmann presents at NACP meeting in DC

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Postdoctoral Associate Andrew Reinmann is in Washington, D.C. today to present at the 5th annual North American Carbon Program (NACP) Principal Investigators & AmeriFlux Principal Investigators Meeting. Reinmann's presentation will be featured as part of the Tuesday Morning "Science Sessions 3: Human Impacts on the Carbon Cycle." Reinmann's... More

Josh Gray featured in article on corn’s role in the carbon cycle

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Josh Gray was recently interviewed for an article by Net: Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations on how "Corn Belt Farming Gives A Boost To The Global Carbon Cycle." The article features Gray discussing his and Professor Mark Frield's research on the role corn farming plays in... More

Lucy Hutyra coordinates breakout meeting at NACP conference on Urban Carbon Cycling

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra is in Washington D.C. this week to participate in the 5th annual North American Carbon Program Principle Investigators Meetings & AmeriFlux Principal Investigators Meeting. In addition to attending the three day meeting, Hutyra is also coordinating a breakout session on the Urban Carbon Cycle... More

Robert Kaufmann featured in article on current state of world oil markets

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

Earth & Environment Professor Robert Kaufmann was recently featured in an article published on Public Radio International. The article, "How Saudi Arabia can stop America from producing more fuel," describes the current state of the world oil markets and how American produced oil is one of the "big reasons [] gas... More

Former Research Professor Xiaowen Li Passes Away

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Nathan Phillips authors piece featured on The Conversation

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Graduate Student Seminars return tomorrow

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Sean Mackay, Dave Marchant, and Jen Lamp publish article in Journal of Geophysical Research

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Ranga Myneni coauthors paper in Global Change Biology

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Wally Fulweiler’s coauthored paper receives press coverage

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Sarabeth Buckley participates in two-week, intensive ecology program at The Cary Institute

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Wally Fulweiler gives invited seminar at Marine Biological Lab

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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.

Wally Fulweiler, Phd Candidate Tim Maguire, Alumni Joanna Carey, and Adrien Finzi publish article in Frontiers

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Alumni Zhe Zhu, PhD candidate Shixiong Wang, Prof. Woodcock publish new paper in Remote Sensing of Environment

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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

Robert Kaufmann featured in piece on impact of falling oil prices

By Joshua Rhodes Parsons

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