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"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 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
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 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
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
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
“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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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 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
Greenovate Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh's initiative to get all Bostonians involved in eliminating the pollution that causes global climate change, recently spoke with Environmental Analysis & Policy major Rachel Eckles. "I think what inspired me to go into the field of environmental and social policy is the deep sense of... More
Every week a handful of grad students bring their research projects to life and talk about their passions with elementary school girls. Click on the magical phrase below to see how EE PhD students Sarabeth Buckley, Angela Rigden, and Radost Stanimirova, lead officer of BU's Graduate Women in Science &... More
On March 23 BU undergraduate student Katelyn Tarrio presented to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee. There were approximately 50 officials and professionals in attendance, and the presentation was taped and live-streamed to other agencies and officials involved in waste site cleanup. Tarrio has produced... More
"To protect personnel on Southeastern military installations from tickborne diseases, a federal program has awarded a five-year, $2.45 million grant to a team of researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and other institutions." That includes BU and Associate Professor Michael Dietze. Click to read the... More
BU’s Digital Learning & Innovation recently put together a video and news item on the successful transition of GE 310 (Climate and the Environment) from a traditional lecture-style class to a flipped classroom model. Click to read the full story. Following from this success, Prof. Anderson plans to host a... More
PhD student Angela Rigden, who studies hydrology with Professor Guido Salvucci, gave a recent interview to Fluxnet, a global network of eddy covariance sites. "From the late 1990s to 2014, we found a relatively spatially uniform decline in summertime [evapotranspiration] across the US," Rigden said of her recent studies. "Our... More
The Scientista Symposium is a three-day conference that aims to empower pre-professional women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by introducing them to inspirational role models and by providing them with opportunities to hone valuable skills. The Symposium will bring together approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate... More
Professor Bruce Anderson spoke with WTBU Radio on February 28 about Boston’s recent record-breaking temperatures in the context of global climate change. This wide-ranging interview touched upon the recent spate of unusually warm weather here in Boston, the excessive number of record-breaking temperatures being experienced around the nation and globe, the... More
Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues from the University of Victoria and Western Washington University have published a paper entitled “Quaternary rupture of a crustal fault beneath Victoria, British Columbia, Canada," featured on the cover of GSA Today. The article highlights geomorphic and geologic evidence for multiple paleo earthquakes in... More
Congratulations to Sergio Fagherazzi on his promotion to Full Professor!
Assistant Professor Christoph Nolte has co-authored "Decentralized Land Use Zoning Reduces Large-scale Deforestation in a Major Agricultural Frontier" in Ecological Economics. "Political economic theory and evidence suggests that national governments are more likely than subnational governments in agricultural frontiers to adopt restrictive forest conservation policies, due to differences in political... More
A paper entitled "Greening of the Earth and its Drivers" published in the journal Nature Climate Change in April 2016 has made it into the top 10 climate change articles of 2016. The first author Zaichun Zhu was a Visiting Scholar in Prof. Myneni's research group. Details can be found... More
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... More
Raoul Liévanos, associate professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, kicks off Earth & Environment's Seminar Series on Race, Justice, and Environment. Producing Air-Toxic Clusters: Risk Containment and Environmental Inequality Formation Racial, economic, and immigrant disadvantage predominate in air-toxic cancer risk clusters in the United States. This talk features ongoing research... More