Boston University
Professor of Earth & Environment

Cutler J. Cleveland is Professor of Earth and Environment as well as a member of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. He is also a Senior Fellow at the National Council for Science and the Environment in Washington D.C., where he serves on the Executive Board of the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL). Dr. Cleveland is author and editor of acclaimed reference works on energy that include the Encyclopedia of Energy, winner of an American Library Association award, the Dictionary of Energy, the Concise Encyclopedia of the History of Energy, and the Handbook of Energy. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the “Encyclopedia of Earth,” named the Best Geoscience Website by the Geoscience Information Society. Dr. Cleveland is the recipient of the Adelman-Frankel Award from the United States Association of Energy Economics for “unique and innovative contributions to the field of energy economics.” He is co-author of Environmental Science, the Web’s first entirely electronic introductory textbook on the subject. Dr. Cleveland’s research on the valuation of ecosystem services, funded by the National Science Foundation, is highlighted in NSF’s Top Discoveries series. Dr. Cleveland has been a consultant to numerous private and public organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, Charles River Associates, the Energy Information Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Americans and oil

June 24, 2010

A new poll reports reports that Americans are “deeply concerned” about energy but “unwilling to pay higher gasoline prices to help develop new fuel sources.”  Professor Cutler Cleveland, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, says this attitude defies our experience since 1970 as we’ve gone to war over oil, experienced major oil […]

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How much is that spill?

June 16, 2010

The BP oil spill now has released at least 1.3 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on June 15th.  What’s that equivalent to?  Professor Cutler Cleveland, director of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and editor of Encyclopedia of Earth” suggests some possibilities […]

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Gulf spill and global oil production

June 10, 2010

The International Energy Agency, in its monthly Oil Market Report, says the Gulf of Mexico spill is a potential “game changer” for oil supply, possibly restricting figure sub-sea oil development and limiting supply.  But Professor Cutler Cleveland, director of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Earth, see […]

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BP tries (again) to plug leak

June 1, 2010

Embattled oil company BP is again trying to divert the six-week-old Gulf oil leak by smothering the gushing flow under yet another dome.  Geology Professor Cutler Cleveland,  director of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, has updated his entry on the Deepwater Horizon saga in the BU-born Encyclopedia of Earth to discuss the myth […]

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BU environmental expert on impact of oil spill

May 27, 2010

Cutler Cleveland, professor of Geography and Environment, lays out the short and long-term environmental effects of the BP oil spill. Contact: Cutler Cleveland, 617-353-7552,

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BP tries "top kill" to stop Gulf leak

May 26, 2010

Though it’s never been tried before in such deep waters, BP started its “top kill” operation in an effort to plug the mile-deep leak that has been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico in U.S. waters for five weeks since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded.  Professor Cutler Cleveland, director of the BU Center for Energy […]

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Gulf oil spill documented by BU researchers

May 25, 2010

Details of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have now been documented, and will be updated, on the Encyclopedia of Earth, developed by Boston University under the guidance of Professor Cutler Cleveland, director of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, and fellow at the university’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future. […]

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