Category: Aug-18

PhD candidate Chloe Anderson publishes on sediment in the East China Sea

August 27th, 2018 in 2018, Aug-18, Faculty, Graduate students, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Murray

PhD candidate Chloe Anderson has just published “Climatically Driven Changes in the Supply of Terrigenous Sediment to the East China Sea” in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. She and her colleagues examine the paleoceanographic record over the last ∼400 kyr derived from major, trace, and rare earth elements in bulk sediment from two sites in the East China Sea drilled during Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 346. Anderson’s co-authors include her advisor Rick Murray and E&E alum Ann Dunlea.

Eric Bullock leads forest monitoring workshops in Central and South America

August 13th, 2018 in 2018, Aug-18, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Graduate students, News, Presentations

Eric Bullock, a PhD candidate studying with Curtis Woodcock, this summer helped lead workshops in San José, Costa Rica; Lima, Peru; and Bogotá, Colombia. The workshops involved capacity building for forest monitoring on the Google Earth Engine. Bullock’s ongoing dissertation involves developing and implementing a methodology to map forest degradation.

E&E minor Katie Camero writes on diamonds for the Globe

August 6th, 2018 in 2018, Aug-18, Christine Regalla, Faculty, Pub-18, Publications, Undergraduate

Katie Camero, a Journalism major and Earth & Environmental Science minor, recently penned “More than a quadrillion tons of diamonds are under your feet, new study proposes” in the Boston Globe. Camero writes of MIT’s new study finding that the diamonds, 100 miles below ground and detected by seismic activity, are more common that conventionally thought. Camero noted her recent coursework with Christine Regalla in ES 107 Introduction to Climate & Earth System Science bolstered her reporting.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein hosts webinar on ties between BU and local energy policy

July 20th, 2018 in 2018, Aug-18, Events, Jul-2018, News, Presentations, Rick Reibstein

Leveraging Universities for Advancing State & Local Energy Policy

August 6, Noon ET

Presented by Richard Reibstein

Earth & Environment Lecturer Rick Reibstein has recently created GE 532 Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations, in which students perform discrete research tasks for government and nonprofit groups on environmental and public health matters. The course has proven to be a great way to supplement scarce agency and NGO resources and produce work useful to the clients, the students, and the public. He will discuss student projects that involved energy, including:

  • Examining the potential for community solar to clean up waste sites;
  • The implementation of community choice aggregation;
  • The optimal placement of EV charging stations.

For those who might wish to consider replicating this approach, the conversation will cover how the course is conducted:

  • How research tasks are identified and selected;
  • The role of the course instructor in ensuring quality of product;
  • The team relationship and independent student work;
  • Contacts with relevant staff and experts.

Reception of student work has been enthusiastically positive in nearly all cases. Agencies and organizations use the class for research they don’t have the time to perform. Students learn about real world issues, make contacts and gain insight into how government works and experience that helps them get jobs. The work is made publicly available for anyone to use, at Some projects continue from semester to semester and some students have stayed with the class for successive terms working on the same or related projects. For example, one student evaluated tree retention policies for the state (these were for municipalities to implement), and in the next semester participated in a team that looked at getting carbon credits for forest conservation – both efforts should be considered as opportunities for carbon sequestration and part of a climate change mitigation strategy.

Register for the webinar here.