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BU commits to net zero by 2040

By Matthew Dicintio

BU trustees have approved an aggressive climate action plan that aims to reduce direct emissions to zero on BU’s campuses by 2040, make buildings more energy-efficient and resilient to flooding, and shifts away from fossil fuels to wind and solar sources. The recommendations were made by the BU Climate Action... More

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Cutler Cleveland helps Boston launch climate initiative

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Cutler Cleveland and BU's Institute for Sustainable Energy are helping the City of Boston launch a new initiative to achieve its climate goals under the auspices of Carbon Free Boston. "Boston has committed to being carbon neutral by 2050," pledges Mayor Marty Walsh. "Carbon Free Boston will start by... More

Rick Reibstein publishes on improving federal regulatory agenda

By Matthew Dicintio

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has authored an essay for The Regulatory Review, arguing that "the real story about regulation is not that businesses hate it. Rather, the truth is that they just want actual unnecessary, adverse economic impacts to be lifted." Click here to read the full article. Click here to Tweet... More

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Rick Murray and colleagues publish on authigenic clay minerals in Nature Communications

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Richard Murray, PhD graduate Ann Dunlea (now at WHOI), and their colleagues from Princeton have published "Cenozoic global cooling and increased seawater Mg/Ca via reduced reverse weathering" in Nature Communications. "Authigenic clay minerals ... are recognized to be a major sink of many elements in the ocean but are... More

New research funding for local and national coastal projects

By Matthew Dicintio

Research Assistant Professor Zoe Hughes, Professor Duncan FitzGerald, and the Coastal Lab have secured funding from the National Science Foundation to investigate sedimentation on marshes from Florida to South Carolina due to Hurricane Irma, and from the National Park Service to study the effects of sea level rise and increased... More

Rick Reibstein on why the Clean Air Act shouldn’t prevent municipalities from placing limitations on leaf blowers

By Matthew Dicintio

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has just published "Legal Challenges to Leaf Blower Ordinances: The Issue of Preemption" in Quiet Communities. "The issue of preemption has loomed large in the willingness of local government to impose restrictions on local sources of excessive noise and pollution," Reibstein writes. Click here to read the... More

Rachael Garrett writes about cattle ranching, the Amazon, and low incomes

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett has penned "For cattle farmers in the Brazilian Amazon, money can’t buy happiness" in the latest issue of The Conservation. Based on research published in Ecology and Society, Garrett writes, "Ranching rates have remained fairly steady over the past 20 years. That’s because, as our research... More

Professor Suchi Gopal named panelist for SWMS “Journey to Confidence” session

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Suchi Gopal has been invited as a panelist for the upcoming Society for Women in Marine Science annual symposium, "Swimming in Confidence: Declaring Your Scientific Authority."  Professor Gopal and her colleagues will close the event with the panel "The Journey to Confidence." Society for Women in Marine Science 4th Annual SWMS... More

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Pontus Olofsson receives research funding from NASA

By Matthew Dicintio

Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a three-year research grant from the NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program for his proposal “Comprehensive analysis of thirty years of land change in Georgia: patterns, carbon dynamics and drivers.” Olofsson, together with co-investigators Rachael Garrett and Curtis Woodcock, will analyze... More

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Professor Cutler Cleveland appointed to Implementation Advisory Committee

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Cutler Cleveland has been appointed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA).  The IAC is composed of representatives from various sectors in the Commonwealth to advise the Executive Office Energy and Environmental Affairs on implementation of the GWSA. The IAC... More

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Lecturer Rick Reibstein publishes on ethical chemistry

By Matthew Dicintio

Lecturer Rick Reibstein's article, "A More Ethical Chemistry," appears in the journal Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry. "Because of the success of greener and safer alternatives the industry now has a new responsibility," Reibstein urges, "to investigate whether better alternatives are feasible, and continuously evolve to impose less... More

Professor Suchi Gopal awarded CTL Blended Learning Grant

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Suchi Gopal has just been awarded a Blended Learning Grant from BU's Center for Teaching & Learning. She received the fellowship grant for GE 365, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Professor Gopal is now a member of the Faculty Steering Committee of the new Global Development Policy Center, More

Don’t miss the Environmental Career Fair on Monday!

By Matthew Dicintio

Join us on Monday as a wide range of environmental employers come to BU to recruit you!   Monday, October 2 1pm - 5pm Metcalf Ballroom, 2nd floor of the GSU 775 Comm Ave.   Participating companies include: Abt Associates Aerotek Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) Cadmus Group Ceres, Inc. City of Boston, Planning & Development Energy Federation ESRI Ÿ JDM Associates NASA DEVELOP NMR Group U.S. Environmental... More

PhD student Emily Schottenfels sets sail off Oregon

By Matthew Dicintio

PhD student Emily Schottenfels is currently on board of the R/V Roger Revelle in the region of the Cascadia subduction margin. The training cruise is funding by the NSF Early Career Seismic Chief Scientist program. Along with 18 other graduate students, post-docs, and professors, Schottenfels is learning to design and... More

New film by Rick Reibstein selected for APHA Global Public Health festival

By Matthew Dicintio

"A Public Conversation on Lead,” a new film by lecturer Rick Reibstein and Rebecca Reibstein, will be featured at the 2017 APHA Global Public Health Film Festival during the APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta in November. As the disgust and dismay about the events in Flint, Michigan, lingers, lead... More

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett publishes in Ecology and Society

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett and her colleagues have published “Explaining the Persistence of Low Income and Environmentally Degrading Land Uses in the Brazilian Amazon" in Ecology and Society. This research examines why so many farmers in the Brazilian Amazon remain engaged in low income and environmentally degrading agricultural activities. Using statistical... More

Professor Sergio Fagherazzi receives 2017 JJ Mehta Award

By Matthew Dicintio

Congratulations to Professor Sergio Fagherazzi, who will receive the 2017 JJ Mehta Award for outstanding contributions to the study of cohesive sediment dynamics. Professor Fagherazzi will be honored at the upcoming INTERCOH meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay. INTERCOH offers an international platform where young, experienced and world leading scientists and engineers can... More

Associate professor Michael Dietze publishes in Global Change Biology

By Matthew Dicintio

Associate professor Michael Dietze has co-authored "Vegetation Demographics in Earth System Models: a review of progress and priorities" in the journal Global Change Biology. "...We review the developments that permit the representation of plant demographics in [Earth System Models]," writes Dietze and his colleagues, "and identify issues raised by these... More

Department logo contest!

By Matthew Dicintio

The Department of Earth & Environment is sponsoring a contest for a Department logo that will be used on t-shirts and stickers that will be available for purchase by members of the Department. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to submit designs. Multiple submissions are welcome. Designs will be evaluated by... More

Professor Suchi Gopal to host webinar on big data and sustainability

By Matthew Dicintio

Making a Big Impact in Sustainability Science with Big Data Thursday, September 21, 2017 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM EDT Issues in sustainability science are increasingly being addressed using "big data" and data analytics. Data rich modeling techniques can assist in improving systems thinking to integrate business operations, people, ecosystems and climate. Join ... More

Assistant professor Diane Thompson has recently published 2 papers in the journal Paleoceanography

By Matthew Dicintio

“Tropical Pacific climate variability over the last 6000 years as recorded in Bainbridge Crater Lake, Galápagos” highlights results of long-term monitoring of Bainbridge Crater Lake (since 2009).  Sediments from this lake provide a record of both El Niño and La Niña events over the past 6000 years. “Spatiotemporal variability in the... More

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Diane Thompson receives NSF funding to investigate the link between tropical Pacific trade winds and global temperatures

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant professor Diane Thompson has been awarded a $342,652 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the recent history of tropical Pacific trade wind strength recorded in the skeleton of corals from equatorial atolls. These natural archives of tropical Pacific wind strength have the potential to dramatically improve our... More

Rachael Garrett receives nearly a half-million to study deforestation and supply chains

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett has been awarded $400,000 from the National Science Foundation to study connections between deforestation and global supply chains. "This project will provide new knowledge on the complex global telecouplings and public-private governance interactions of how zero-deforestation commitments influence land cover change," Garrett and her colleagues propose. "The... More

Pontus Olofsson gives climate change training in Vietnam

By Matthew Dicintio

This summer research associate professor Pontus Olofsson conducted workshops for Vietnam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The instruction was in support of Vietnam's REED+ reporting in coordination with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; it focused on estimating deforestation and greenhouse gas inventory.

Paper by professors Cutler Cleveland and Robert Kaufmann highlighted by Energy Policy

By Matthew Dicintio

The editorial team of Energy Policy have highlighted a small selection of recently published papers that encapsulate the journal’s focus on publishing quality original research addressing the policy implications of energy supply and use from their economic, social, planning and environmental aspects. "The Effect of Climate Change on Electricity Expenditures in... More

Research associate professor Pontus Olofsson publishes three articles

By Matthew Dicintio

Pontus Olofsson has recently published three papers in Reference Module in Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation & Geoinformation, and Remote Sensing of Environment. Click below to see his latest research. "Accuracy and Area Estimation" "Mapping and Estimating Land Change Between 2001 and 2013 in a Heterogeneous Landscape in... More

Diane Thompson attends School of Rock

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant Professor Diane Thompson has been selected to participate in the International Ocean Discovery Program’s “School of Rock,” transiting between Subic Bay Philippines and Townsville, Australia (July 10- 27). While underway, the School of Rock team is discussing and designing course curricula and strategies for increasing diversity in Geosciences. Diane... More

PhD candidate Chloe Anderson attending Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology

By Matthew Dicintio

PhD candidate Chloe Anderson has been awarded an NSF scholarship to attend the 14th Urbino Summer School of Paleoclimatology (USSP) in Urbino, Italy. USSP focuses on dynamics of past climate with an emphasis on long-term carbon cycling and its implications on past and future climate. Lead by 25 senior scientists, More

Rachael Garrett and Christoph Nolte co-author article in World Development

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant professors Rachael Garrett and Christoph Nolte, along with postdoc Jordan Graesser and MA alum Christopher White, have co-authored "The restructuring of South American soy and beef production and trade under changing environmental regulations" in the journal World Development. The authors use "panel data on soy and beef production and... More

Rachel Abercrombie recognized as AGU Outstanding Reviewer

By Matthew Dicintio

Congratulations to research associate professor Rachel Abercrombie, who has been recognized as one of the American Geophysical Union's 2016 Outstanding Reviewers. "...Peer review is essential for helping maintain the integrity of science and its efficient advancement (by forcing some quality checks on the official archive of progress)," EOS Earth &... More

Professors Robert Kaufmann and Cutler Cleveland publish on electricity costs and climate change

By Matthew Dicintio

A new study by Karina Véliz (GRS’09,’14), a former E&E graduate student, and Professor Kaufmann suggests that price spikes will be the primary drivers of electricity cost increases in response to climate change. The research was published in Energy Policy in March, with co-authors including Professor Cleveland. Read about the research... More

Prof. Myneni co-authors papers in Nature Climate Change

By Matthew Dicintio

Professor Ranga Myneni has co-authored two papers in Nature Climate Change. One describes how the greening of the Earth, largely due to CO2 fertilization, has also increased evapo-transpiration and thus cooled the planet. https://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v7/n6/full/nclimate3299.html The second  describes the weakening relationship between temperature and spring carbon uptake in the recent years. These two... More

PhD student Radost Stanimirova receives NASA fellowship

By Matthew Dicintio

Third-year PhD student Radost Stanimirova has been awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship starting in September. Her fellowship application, "Dynamics of Global Rangelands: Modeling Vulnerabilities and Monitoring Impacts from Humans and Climate Change,” will use remote sensing to improve our understanding of how range-land ecosystems are being affected... More

PhD student Taejin Park and Prof. Myneni co-author article in Science Advances

By Matthew Dicintio

NASA Graduate Fellowship recipient and PhD student Taejin Park and Professor Ranga Myneni recently co-authored a paper with their Norwegian colleagues in the journal Science Advance on how vegetation greening in the Arctic due to global warming is affecting the caribou population. The article can be downloaded from http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/4/e1601365.full. Prof. Myneni's... More

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett publishes in Agricultural Systems

By Matthew Dicintio

Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has published her latest research in Agricultural Systems. In “Social and Ecological Analysis of Commercial Integrated Crop Livestock Systems: Current Knowledge and Remaining Uncertainty,” Professor Garrett and her colleagues argue, "While many [changes in food systems] have contributed to increasing global food production, another consequence has... More

Research associate professor Pontus Olofsson interviewed by Science Magazine about potential consequences of President’s 2018 budget for NASA CMS and SilvaCarbon activities

By Matthew Dicintio

Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson recently spoke to Science Magazine about the potential impact of President Trump's 2018 budget proposals. Of carbon monitoring pilot technologies in Latin America and southeast Asia, Olofsson noted, "These countries rely on this collaboration in order to monitor the forests better ... More

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New book by associate professor Michael Dietze now available

By Matthew Dicintio

Associate Professor Michael Dietze has published Ecological Forecasting through Princeton University Press. "Dietze shows us how to approach forecasting using models based on large datasets and how to make the results easy to digest," writes one reviewer. "This book is certain to be a benchmark in the science of ecological... More

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Research assistant professor Alyssa Novak and colleagues receive EPA award

By Matthew Dicintio

The Great Marsh Resiliency Partnership received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Merit Award in a ceremony on May 3rd at Faneuil Hall in Boston for their outstanding contribution to environmental restoration and protection. The team includes Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Alyssa Novak. The “Partnership,” led by the National Wildlife... More

Congratulations to graduate coordinator Alissa Beideck!

By Matthew Dicintio

This April, academic administrators in CAS and GRS were recognized with a luncheon for all their invaluable work and service to their students, their departments, our College, and our University. A few administrators in particular were recognized for demonstrating truly outstanding service over the past academic year. Specifically, their chairs, More

PhD grad Kira Sullivan-Wiley and assistant professor Anne Short Gianotti coauthor paper in World Development

By Matthew Dicintio

Recent Earth & Environment PhD graduate Kira Sullivan-Wiley and Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti have co-authored a paper in World Development. The paper, “Risk Perception in a Multi-Hazard Environment,” investigates how small-holder farmers’ in eastern Uganda perceive the risk of multiple, overlapping hazards. Though it is widely recognized that many communities... More

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Senior Yaofeng Gu tests new urban climate models

By Matthew Dicintio

Working through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Yaofeng Gu (CAS’17) and assistant professor Dan Li are testing a new climate model that incorporates urban areas. Click here to read more about their work.

PhD student Chi Chen publishes his first research article

By Matthew Dicintio

Second year PhD student Chi Chen published his first research article entitled "Prototyping of LAI and FPAR Retrievals from MODIS Multi-Angle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction (MAIAC) Data" in the open source journal Remote Sensing. Mr. Chen is advised by Profs. Knyazikhin and Myneni. The article can be downloaded here.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein named to EPA advisory committee

By Matthew Dicintio

Rick Reibstein, lecturer in Environmental Law and Policy, has been named to the federal advisory committee established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to examine policy related to the Chemical Data Reporting rule of the Toxic Substances Control Act. The committee is for a negotiated rulemaking concerning Section 8(a) of... More

PhD student Yaxiong Ma wins BU Initiative on Cities Urban Research Award

By Matthew Dicintio

Congratulations to Earth & Environment PhD student Yaxiong Ma, recipient of BU's 2017 Initiative on Cities Urban Research Award! Ma is building a VR simulation of urban green and gray infrastructure.

Former postdoc Alberto Canestrelli heads to University of Florida

By Matthew Dicintio

Alberto Canestrelli, a former a postdoc at BU, has joined the faculty at the University of Florida, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, as assistant professor. During his PhD Alberto worked at BU on sediment transport processes with professor Sergio Fagherazzi’s research group. During his first postdoc at BU, More

PhD student Taejin Park and Prof. Myneni co-author article in ERL

By Matthew Dicintio

Taejin Park and Prof. Ranga Myneni contributed to an article recently published in Environmental Research Letters under the title "Was the extreme Northern Hemisphere greening in 2015 predictable?" The article can be freely downloaded from https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa67b5.

Associate professor Rachael Garrett joins workshops in Virginia and Switzerland

By Matthew Dicintio

Associate Profess Rachael Garrett recently participated in two workshops. INFEWS, the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems group of the The National Science Foundation held a principal investigators workshop in Arlington, Virginia at the end of March. The Global Land Project workshop on middle-range theories in land... More

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Boston Students Unite for Climate Action on Wednesday April 12

By Matthew Dicintio

Wednesday, April 12, 7-9pm, Emerson College Bright Screening Room, Paramount Center, 559 Washington St. Boston University Environmental Student Organization (ESO) is partnering up with a non-profit called #PutAPriceOnIt that is attempting to get carbon pricing in a few major cities, including Boston. The event will consist of a screening of an episode... More

Coalition for a Public Conversation on Lead

BU professor conducts first public conversation on lead

By Matthew Dicintio

Lecturer on Environmental Law and Policy Rick Reibstein organized a session called "A Public Conversation on Lead" at the April 6 Fair Housing and Civil Rights conference hosted by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Springfield, MA. Reibstein has recently created a website to promote awareness of the issue and... More

PhD student Radost Stanimirova attending International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

By Matthew Dicintio

PhD student Radost Stanimirova has been accepted as a fellow in the Young Scientists Summer Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna. Since 1977, IIASA’s annual 3-month program offers research opportunities to talented young researchers with interests in global environmental, economic, and social change. Radost... More