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Brian Helmuth

Brian Helmuth

Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy



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Climate change forces scientists to speak up

Blurb: When dis­cussing one of the most con­tentious topics of the 21st century—climate change—finding the bal­ance between fact and emo­tion is pre­car­ious, say North­eastern faculty.


Underwater crustaceans could solve missing plane mystery

As author­i­ties con­tinue to debate the topic, marine sci­ence expert Brian Hel­muth explains how bar­na­cles on a recently dis­cov­ered frag­ment of an air­plane wing could help inves­ti­ga­tors deter­mine if the debris came from missing Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370.

Sea acorn colony on a stone

A majestic backdrop for marine research

Grad­uate stu­dent Jes­sica Torossian encoun­tered winter’s beauty in the form of frost flowers while per­forming field research on blue mus­sels in the Gulf of Maine.

Graduate student Jessica Torossian encountered winter’s beauty in the form of frost flowers while performing field research on blue mussels in the Gulf of Maine.

3Qs: New approach to understanding climate change

North­eastern pro­fessor Brian Hel­muth and a group of inter­na­tional researchers recently pub­lished a review paper in Cli­mate Change Responses calling for a new approach to under­standing and pre­dicting the impact of cli­mate change.

Brian Helmuth

A global network for marine sustainability

In this guest blog post to iNSo­lu­tion, Jen­nifer Mocarski, who works in Northeastern’s Urban Coastal Sus­tain­ability Ini­tia­tive, writes about INSHORE, a newly formed global net­work of marine sci­en­tists. Ear­lier this […]

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3Qs: Why time is now to link science, ocean policy

North­eastern pro­fessor Brian Hel­muth, an expert on cli­mate change and envi­ron­mental policy, has co-​​authored a paper in the journal Nature Cli­mate Change exam­ining the need to fur­ther inte­grate sci­ence into U.S. cli­mate and ocean policy.


Some scientists have all the fun

Some sci­en­tists get to have all the fun. Last week my col­league Joan Lynch and I made the trip up to Nahant to visit with a team of marine researchers based at […]


Live from the seafloor, it’s Mission 31!

Last week, North­eastern researchers were joined by Provost and Senior Vice Pres­i­dent for Aca­d­emic Affairs Stephen W. Director to con­verse with audi­ence mem­bers at the Boston Museum of Sci­ence from a unique van­tage point: the bottom of the ocean at the Aquarius Reef Base off Florida’s coast.


Take 5: A ‘Nor’Easter’ on Florida’s tropical shores?

North­eastern marine sci­ence pro­fes­sors Brian Hel­muth and Mark Pat­terson dis­cuss the deci­sion for North­eastern to join forces with Mis­sion 31, the month­long under­water expe­di­tion off the Florida coast and headed by Fabien Cousteau.


Researchers soak up data from Mission 31

As part of a month-​​long under­water research mis­sion, grad­uate stu­dent Allison Matzelle will lead a project studying the flow of energy through one of the oldest organ­isms in the world: the giant barrel sponge.

Mission 31

Members of Congress visit Marine Science Center

U.S. Reps. John Tierney and Katherine Clark, as well as staff mem­bers from U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Eliz­a­beth Warren’s offices, vis­ited Northeastern’s unique urban coastal research facility in Nahant on Wednesday to learn more about the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary work taking place there.


Mission 31 to splash down on June 1

North­eastern researchers will inves­ti­gate the effects of global change on reef ecology as part of Mis­sion 31, doc­u­men­tary film­maker Fabien Cousteau’s 31-​​day under­water expe­di­tion off the coast of Florida.


The global water crisis

In the first ses­sion of the semester-​​long Open Class­room series on the world’s water crisis, Shafik Islam, the director of the Water Diplo­macy Ini­tia­tive at Tufts Uni­ver­sity, posed a chilling ques­tion: “Will water lead to war?”


Researchers ready for historic aquatic ‘Mission’

North­eastern pro­fes­sors have teamed up with Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of famed oceanog­ra­pher Jacques Cousteau, to lead Mission-31—a 31-​​day research oper­a­tion on the ocean floor off Florida’s coast.


Deep water data

Two new fac­ulty based at the Marine Sci­ence Center are har­vesting data from the ocean to under­stand how global change has impacted its ecosys­tems and will con­tinue to do so in the future.

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A sweet spot for coastal cities

At the first annual Sus­taining Coastal Cities con­fer­ence, national and inter­na­tional leaders began a con­ver­sa­tion on the future of fisheries.

Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference

The secrets to success in urban design

Experts from acad­emia and the public and pri­vate sec­tors con­verged at North­eastern for a day­long sym­po­sium focused on how to design sus­tain­able cities for the future.

Sustainability Symposium

Seminal conference to explore urban coastal sustainability

Hosted by the Col­lege of Sci­ence, the Sus­tain­able Cities Con­fer­ence will bring together world leaders to dis­cuss the fragile state of marine ecosystems.


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