Carbon Cycle Science -- Ecosystem Ecology --
Urbanization -- Global Change

Lucy R. Hutyra
Assistant Professor
Boston University
Department of Earth & Environment
685 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Phone:    617-353-5743

Fax:         617-353-8399
Email:     lrhutyra AT
Lab:         STO 458
Office:     STO 439C
Office Hours: Monday 2-3pm or by appointment
Hutyra CV

Courses Taught:
    GE 104: Natural Environments: The Physical Landscape
GE 456/656:  Terrestrial Ecosystems & the Carbon Cycle
    GE 475/675: Urban Ecology

CO2 monitoring system at BU
Hutyra Lab Members

Data Sharing

Select Recent Grants & Publications:

Urban Research

        Boston ULTRA-Ex: Lucy Hutyra and Nathan Phillips are leading this NSF funded research project investigating the space-time variation in Metropolitan Boston’s             carbon metabolism.
        Lucy Hutyra was awarded an NSF CAREER grant titled 'Assessing Urban Influences on Ecosystem Processes' for the period 2012-2017.
        Anne Short & Lucy Hutyra were awarded an NSF Coupled Natural-Human grant titled 'CNH-Ex: Shifting land use and forest conservation: Understanding the
            coupling of social and ecological processes along an urban-to-rural gradient' for the period 2012-2015.

  • Seto, K.C., Burak, G., Hutyra, L.R., Global forecast of urban expansion to 2030 and direct impacts on biodiversity and carbon pools. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, [pdf]
  • Brondfield, M.N., Hutyra, L.R., Gately,C., Raciti, S.M., Peterson, S.A. Modeling and validation of on-road CO2 emissions inventories at the urban regional scale. Environmental Pollution, 170: 113-123. [pdf]
  • Raciti, S.M., Hutyra, L.R., Finzi, A.C. Depleted soil carbon and nitrogen stocks under impervious surfaces. Environmental Pollution, 164: 248-251. [pdf]
  • Raciti, S.M., Hutyra, L.R., Rao, P., Finzi, A.C. Soil and vegetation carbon in urban ecosystems: The importance of urban definition and scale. Ecological Application, 22(3): 1015-1035. [pdf]
  • Hutyra, L.R., Yoon, B., Alberti, M. Terrestrial carbon stocks across a gradient of urbanization: A study of the Seattle, WA region. Global Change Biology, 17: 783-797, 2011. [pdf]
  • Hepinstall-Cymerman, J., L.R. Hutyra, S. Coe. Patterns of land cover change in the Central Puget Sound, Washington, 1986-2007. Urban Ecosystems, 2012. [pdf]
  • Hutyra, L.R., Yoon, B., Hepinstall-Cymerman, J., Alberti, M. Land cover changes in the Seattle metropolitan region: An examination of spatio-temporal patterns and carbon consequences. Landscape and Urban Planning, 103:83-93. [pdf]
Tropical Forest Research

      Lucy Hutyra and Charles Harvey were awarded an NSF grant titled 'Water and Carbon Dynamics in Tropical Peatlands: Comparison of a forested and a
      deforested peat dome in Borneo' for the period 2011-2013.
  • Miller, S., Goulden, M.L., Hutyra, L.R., Keller, M., Saleska, S., Wofsy, S., Figueira, A., da Rocha, H., de Camargo, P.  Reduced Impact Logging Minimally Alters Tropical Rainforest Carbon and Energy Exchange. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108 (48): 19431-19435, 2011. [pdf]
  • Pyle, E.H., Santoni, G.W., Nascimiento, H.E.M., Hutyra, L.R., de Carmago, P.B., Vieira, S., Saleska, S.R., Laurance, W.F., Wofsy, S.C., Dynamics and disequilibria of carbon, biomass, and structure in two Amazonian forests, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 113, G00B08, doi:10.1029/2007JG000592. [pdf]
  • Hutyra, L.R., Munger, J.W., Pyle, E.H., Saleska, S., Restrepo-Coupe, N., de Camargo, P.B., Wofsy, S.C., Resolving systematic errors in estimates of net ecosystem exchange of CO2 and ecosystem respiration in a tall-stature forest: application to a tropical forest biome, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 148: 1266-1279, 2008. [pdf]
  • Hutyra, L.R., Munger, J.W., Saleska, S.R., Gottlieb, E.W., Daube, B.C., Dunn, A.L., Amaral, D.F., Camargo, P.B., Wofsy, S.C., Seasonal controls on the exchange of carbon and water in an Amazonian rainforest, Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 112, G03008, 2007. [pdf]
  • Saleska, S.R., Miller, S.D., Matross, D.M.,  Goulden, M.L., Wofsy, S.C., da Rocha,H., de Camargo, P.B., Crill, P., Daube, B.C., de Freitas, H.C., Hutyra, L., Keller, M., Kirchhoff, V.,  Menton, M., Munger, J.W., Pyle, E.H., Rice, A.H,Silva, H, Carbon fluxes in old-growth Amazonian rainforest: seasonality and disturbance-induced net carbon loss, Science, 302, 1554-1557, 2003. [pdf]

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Department of Geography & Environment