Category: Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler
PhD student Claudia Mazur was invited to give a talk as a part of the Fall 2018 Earth Adventure Series hosted by the Department of Environmental Studies, Geology, & Geography at Mount Holyoke College, Claudia’s alma mater. The purpose of Earth Adventures is to expose current students to scientific research in these three fields occurring both in and outside of Mouth Holyoke College. In “An Unlikely Pair: A Relationship Between The Sediment-Water Interface and Its Significance in Estuarine Biogeochemistry,” Claudia spoke about the fundamentals of coastal biogeochemistry and the significance of nitrogen cycling in estuarine sediments. She also shared her results from Long Island Sound Benthic Fluxes study and specifically discussed the nitrogen removal capacity and efficiency of Long Island Sound sediments. Claudia is advised by Associated Professor Wally Fulweiler.
PhD candidate Emily Chua has been invited to join the Limnology & Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX), sponsored by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography. This NSF-funded initiative sponsors up to 30 U.S.-based graduate students per year to conduct collaborative research in aquatic science at an international host institution. Emily will work with several oceanographers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to deploy a newly-developed porewater sampling system/underwater mass spectrometer (POSSUMS) in a local urban harbour, as well as the Bay of Fundy, to study the biogeochemistry of these environments.
Additionally, Chua was awarded a Short-Term Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship from the BU Graduate School for Arts & Sciences, which provides funds from alumni gifts for doctoral students to conduct research in another country. Emily will be using these funds to support field deployments of an underwater mass spectrometer that she has been helping develop and test.
Emily is advised by Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler.
Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler will join The Undiscovered, a Radcliffe Institute science symposium that will focus on how scientists explore realities they cannot anticipate. Speakers from across the disciplines of modern science will present personal experiences and discuss how to train scientists, educators, and funders to foster the expertise and open-mindedness needed to reveal undiscovered aspects of the world around us.
Friday, October 26, 9 AM–5 PM
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
To paraphrase Louis Pasteur, sometimes luck favors the prepared mind, as when Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by noticing that mold growing accidentally in his lab seemed to kill bacteria. At other times, new instruments offer unanticipated revelations: Galileo trained his telescope on Jupiter and found it to have moons. And, occasionally, methodical experiments find exactly the opposite of what they sought to prove. Scientists intending to measure the deceleration of the Universe’s expansion, for example, found acceleration instead.
Hollie Emery has successfully defended her doctoral thesis, “The Effects of Tidal Restriction, Phragmites Australis Invasion, and Precipitation Change on Salt Marsh Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” The research examines how salt marshes, which are important carbon-sequestering ecosystems, might be affected by a variety of human impacts (climate change, invasive species, and coastal hydrology changes). Dr. Emery did this in Wally Fulweiler‘s lab by measuring the green house gas emissions and microbial communities in marshes facing these impacts. The research shows that salt marshes are resilient and are able to withstand human impacts, and therefore likely to continue benefiting coastal communities in the future.
Continuing her work as a postdoctoral associate at Harvard, Dr. Emery will study microbial communities around hydrothermal vents.
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Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler has spoken to numerous media outlets about the ecology of Narragansett Bay and recent attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency to censor scientists’ presentations.
- “EPA yanks scientists’ conference presentations, including on climate change” (Washington Post)
- “EPA flap overtakes report on the state of Narragansett Bay” (Providence Journal)
- “Les scientifiques dénoncent une nouvelle « censure » sur le climat” (Les Echos)
- “Narragansett Bay’s Ecology Changes Worry Fishermen” (ecoRI News)
- “Fishermen: Bay cleanup might be doing harm” (Providence Journal)
Claudia Mazur, a second-year PhD student and member of the Fulweiler Lab, has won a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid-of-Research award. The GIAR program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society, is the international honor society of science and engineering, founded in 1886.
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Claudia Mazur, a first-year PhD student working with Wally Fulweiler, participated in the 2017 Deep Sea Submergence Committee (DeSSC) New Users Program, a workshop tailored to new users of deep submergence facilities such as U.S. submersible Alvin, the remotely operated vehicle Jason/Medea, and the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry. At the meeting, Claudia engaged in trainings where she learned how to develop research programs that use these vehicles and networked with scientists actively involved in deep-sea research. Claudia hopes to use the skills she learned from this meeting to conduct research on nitrogen cycling in sediments off the continental shelf and in the deep sea.
Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler participated in the Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, a forum for researchers, resource managers, and stakeholders to discuss the most current science in various areas important to Rhode Island coastal communities and coastal and ocean environments. Dr. Fulweiler noted that quantifying the impacts of the changing climate and decrease nutrient loading are Narragansett Bay’s biggest challenges and opportunities. Click here to download her presentation, and read more about the event here.
PhD student Hollie Emery joined Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler in co-authoring an article on tidal restoration. “Tidal restriction from coastal development can alter salt marsh plant and animal communities as well as marsh biogeochemistry,” they note. “However, much less is known about how tidal restriction, and subsequent tidal restoration, may alter greenhouse gas emissions.” Read the full article in Ecosphere.
Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler has been invited to open a special issue of the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, devoted to the work and impact of G. E. Hutchinson. “His career spanned numerous disciplines from community and historical ecology to taxonomy and geology,” Dr. Fulweiler writes. “He transformed the fields of ecology, biogeochemistry, and limnology.” Read the article here.