BU Research Education and Communication of Science

Meet the Team


Dave Marchant

Dave Marchant is a Professor at Boston University and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environment. His research focuses on long-term landscape evolution and process geomorphology, specifically on Antarctic glaciation and climate change, and by extension climate change and ice ages on Mars. He has led 25 expeditions to the Transantarctic Mountains, and combines results of field mapping with cosmogenic-nuclide analyses, Ar/Ar analyses, and numerical process modeling. Several discoveries by Marchant and his team include the development of one of the longest terrestrial records for East Antarctic Ice Sheet glaciation in the Transantarctic Mountains; the elucidation of long-term climate change and extinction of tundra ecosystems from the central Transantarctic Mountains; and, the discovery and analysis of ancient buried ice. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, is a member of the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union, and serves as Chair of the Science Operations Committee for the US Polar Geospatial Center. For his research and teaching efforts he received Boston University’s highest teaching award, the Metcalf Award, and the prestigious W.S. Bruce Medal from the Royal Geographical Society. Visit his research page

Current Students

Bayley Connors

I am currently pursuing a dual degree in Political Science and Journalism as a sophomore at Boston University. I became interested in joining BURECS during the fall of my freshman year as it combined both my major, chemistry at the time, and interests, communication and outreach. Now, the program continues to offer endless opportunities evne after my majors and interests switched roles. After two semesters of study with BURECS, I will be working as a communications intern with MIT Sea Grant. Throughout the summer I will be writing articles on Sea Grant-funded scientists and their reasearch, as well as working with on various outreach events for the general public. One such event was World Ocean's Day at the New England Aquarium, wherein MIT Sea Grant communicated its research to hundreds of visiting families. When awaraness is garnered alongside enthusiasm at events like this, the role of outreach becomes clear. I am humbled to be part of this process for the summer, and thankful for the support of BURECS and HHMI.


Keith Heyward

Media Creator | DIAL Technician

Keith considers himself equal parts scientist and filmmaker. With a Biology degree from Brown University he has worked as a research assistant in labs as well as in the field. As a filmmaker, web developer, and interactive media designer he has created a wide range of media experiences from documentaries and online course videos to multimedia art exhibits and music videos. He has created hundreds of educational videos for a variety of organizations including the BBC, National Geographic, Netflix, Science Channel, NHK Enterprises, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, and UCLA. As both a scientist and an artist he appreciates the similarites between the two disciplines, but is also concerned about the gap between scientific research and science entertainment. He created the Buride Ice interactive website, offering a unique digital experience of the Antarctic Dry Valleys, and has developed many other websites for science related programs and organizations.

Jennifer Berglund

Program Administrator

Jennifer has produced a variety of educational and entertaining science-related films for the web, broadcast and the big screen. She has also worked as a freelance writer for several award-winning publications, and was the recipient of the 2009 Documentary Award from the Associated Press, as well as the 2010 Communicator Award for her work on the educational video series, "Biomes of the Earth". She is also an exhibit developer and writer for the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Having completed both her undergraduate and graduate education at Boston University, she holds a master’s degree in Science and Medical Journalism, and a bachelor's in Biology. www.jenniferberglund.com


2015 - 2016 Cohort

Alex Theodosopoulos

I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology with an interest in science communication and filmmaking. Initially, I joined BURECS as a film major, as I had enjoyed studying film for five years prior to attending BU. The opportunity to further my skills in science communication while helping to raise public awareness of climate change drew me to the program. Joining BURECS made me realize that learning the science was as important to me as being able to effectively communicate it, so I switched into CAS as a Biology major. The BURECS program has opened my eyes to the complexity of the issue of climate change, and how solving this global problem requires the efforts of people with a diverse and varied set of skills. This summer, I am primarily working in the Digital Image Analysis Lab, editing short educational videos from the other BURECS students about climate change throughout Earth’s history. I am also working on a project to produce 3D models of the vast library of rock samples collected in Antarctica in order to produce an interactive online database.

2014 - 2015 Cohort