Category: Richard Primack

Thoreau’s Walden is leafing out weeks earlier

January 15th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Feature, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

The leaf-out times of trees and shrubs at Walden Pond are an average of 18 days earlier than when Henry David Thoreau made his observations there in the 1850s, a new climate study shows…

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“By comparing historical observations with current experiments, we see that climate change is creating a whole new risk for the native plants in Concord. Weather in New England is unpredictable, and if plants leaf out early in warm years, they risk having their leaves damaged by a surprise frost. But if plants wait to leaf out until after all chance of frost is lost, they may lose their competitive advantage.”

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BU professor adapting biology textbook for other countries

December 24th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

English is the international language of science. Its near-universal use to communicate and disseminate new findings and results has arguably had real benefits, allowing people to gain access to the world’s scientific knowledge by learning a single language…

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Waiting in the wings

December 18th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Primack, The Scientist 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

Throughout the 19th and most of the 20th centuries, butterfly collectors in the United Kingdom descended each spring upon fens, forests, and grasslands where prized insects thrived…

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“This is something that there’s been a lot of speculation about—how climate change is affecting food webs. It’s proved to be surprisingly difficult to work on. At this point, people are still trying to document the reality of the mismatch.”

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Oldest Known Fruit Tree In U.S. Still Bears Pears After Nearly 400 Years

August 28th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

A celebrated pear tree in Danvers, Mass. still bears fruit at the ripe old age of 383, more or less — and biologists find its remarkable longevity a bit baffling…

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“Generally, fruit trees don’t last very long, so it’s unusual. It is in relatively open conditions. It’s getting good light… The reason it’s still bearing fruit is because people are pruning it, or it might be a naturally self-pruning tree.”

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9 to 5 is far from reality for scientists

August 21st, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

Researchers have long lamented that they are forced to do much of their work late at night or at weekends – and now they have the beginnings of an evidence base to support their claims…

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In Concord,Thoreau’s notes evidence of climate change

July 22nd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, MetroWest Daily News, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

After his walks, Henry David Thoreau recorded the dates garlic mustard, pink lady slippers and dozens of local flowers bloomed, never imagining a Boston scientist would use his observations 150 years later to prove spring is now arriving earlier with dramatic environmental consequences…

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Botanist says plants are flowering earlier due to climate change

July 7th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

Common plant species are flowering 10 to 14 days earlier in Concord, Mass., compared to over a century ago because of rising temperatures, according to botanist Richard Primack in a talk on June 1 at Highstead…

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“In a very iconic place like Concord, plants are responding to climate change at least in terms of their phenology.”

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A Man for All Seasons

April 21st, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

On July 4, 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved to a small cabin at Walden Pond, about a mile and a half from his hometown, Concord, Mass…

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“…one thing becomes clear — climate change is coming to Walden Pond.”

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Will Global Warming Slow Down the Boston Marathon?

April 14th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Discovery News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

When the gun goes off to start the Boston Marathon on Monday, the temperature is forecast to be in the 50s — in other words, perfect record-setting weather…

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“By the year 2100, the average temperature at Boston will have changed enough to affect race times.”

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BU study sees temps, not times heating up

April 11th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Herald, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

When Kenya’s Wesley Korir crossed the finish line in last year’s Boston Marathon with a winning time nearly nine minutes behind the pace set in 2011, the reasons seemed to be pretty simple…

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“We always think of sporting events as being constantly improving. We think that people are always going to be breaking records in different events, but in the marathon, what will likely happen is races will start getting slower. We may still have records broken on cold days, but most years they are going to be slower than they presently are.”

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