Carina Terry, a recently graduated undergrad studying Earth and Environmental Science, was awarded the Francis Bacon Award for Writing Excellence in the Natural Sciences for her thesis, “Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on noise pollution in three protected areas in metropolitan Boston (USA)”.
The Francis Bacon Award for Writing Excellence in the Natural Sciences is one of four awards the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association gives out based on papers that have been submitted as departmental nominations for these awards.
Her research was conducted with Professor Primack in Biology and submitted as an undergraduate honors thesis for the Kilachand Honors College and the Earth and Environment Department at Boston University. In Carina’s study, she measured the sound levels in three urban protected areas in metropolitan Boston at three time periods and three places. The result showed that, while decreased human activity during the COVID-19 pandemic caused a decrease in noise pollution in two parks, the third park got noisier. The result was soon published in the journal “Biological Conservation”.
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