Lucy Hutyra

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Affiliated Faculty, IGS
Professor, Earth & Environment

PhD, Earth & Planetary Science, Harvard University
BA, Forest Ecology & Management, University of Washington

Lucy Hutyra, affiliated faculty with the Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability (IGS), is a professor in the Department of Earth & Environment. Her areas of specialization include urban climate and biogeochemistry, remote sensing, and vegetation ecology. Trained as a physical scientist, over the years Professor Hutyra’s research has become ever more focused on the climate and ecology of cities, working at the science-policy interface. She is a national leader on measuring and modeling urban greenhouse gas fluxes and advancing our understanding of carbon cycling in cities.

Hutyra has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in edited volumes, including serving as a contributing author on the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR6 Working Group III Mitigation of Climate Change chapter on Urban and Systems and Other Settlements. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a National Academy of Science Kavli Fellow, and currently serves on the NASA Earth Science Federal Advisory Committee.

Beyond scholarly research, Hutyra has focused extensively on graduate education, training students how to apply basic research to advance the livability of our communities. Professor Hutyra also serves as the Director of the BU Biogeosciences Program and the Associate Director for the BU URBAN interdisciplinary doctoral program.

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