Lucy Hutyra

Assistant Professor, Earth and Environment, College of Arts & Sciences

Professor Lucy Hutyra’s research uses principles from a number of different scientific fields to understand the terrestrial carbon cycle and the impact of humans on carbon pools and fluxes. Through integration of atmospheric, biometric, and climatological information, she is focused on understanding the characteristics and drivers of atmosphere-biosphere exchange of carbon. Hutyra also runs the Hutyra Research Lab at Boston University.

This lab investigates carbon dynamics in forest systems and urban areas, studying a range of topics including forest ecology, urban carbon and nitrogen cycling, land use change impact on ecosystem productivity, fossil fuel emission patterns and determinants, and climatic controls on ecosystem carbon exchange. Fundamentally, our work is grounded in environmental biology and atmospheric sciences, but is applied to a range of systems.