Past Seminars & Webinars

Democratizing Climate Research in NYC

Allison Bridges, PhD, and Adam Parris

Allison Bridges, PhD, recently completed an Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University and is now a Lecturer in the Sustainability Management Graduate Program and a Fellow at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency. Allison’s postdoctoral research focused on the use of sustainability indicators in decision making, post-disaster recovery and resiliency, and policies for decarbonization.

Adam Parris is an interdisciplinary researcher and knowledge broker with 17 years of experience developing, applying, and translating science for numerous US states, cities, and local communities. His background ranges from landscape change to sea level rise impacts to collaborative approaches to equitable climate adaptation in large coastal cities. Currently, he is the Deputy Director of Climate Science and Risk Communication at the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency in New York, where he works to integrate climate information into all aspects of city decision-making. Previously, he led the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay.

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, PhD, Professor, Soil Biogeochemistry, Univ of CA/Merced

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, PhD

Professor Asmeret Berhe is the Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences Life & Environmental Sciences Dept.  Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate Division University of California, Merced.

Professor Berhe works on three major research areas in soil biogeochemistry investigating the effects of physical perturbations in the environment on soil organic matter (SOM) dynamics: effect of erosion, fire, and climate change. Professor Berhe's work at the intersection of soil, climate change, and political ecology lends itself well to a number of global issues.  

Dr. Berhe is an advocate for women in science and renowned in addressing racism in the field of earth science, geoscience, and soil science, etc. Here are a few examples of her advocacy and global impact work: Race and Racism in Soil Science,Women in Soil Science, and Ten Simple Rules to build an antiracist lab.

Her TED Talk (A climate change solution that is right under our feethas been viewed over 1.9 million times

Climate Change Impacts on Hurricane Storm Surge Risk

Talea Mayo, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics Emory University

Professor Mayo is an Assistant Professor in the Emory Department of Mathematics, and was awarded the Early-Career Research Fellowship by the National Academies of Sciences Gulf Research Program and the Early Career Faculty Innovator Award by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She is a fierce advocate of accessible, inclusive science and education of all people.


Careers in the Climate Change Movement

Camilla Schramek (16C), Senior Communications Campaigner at The Sunrise Project and Angela Jiang (19C), Conservation Organizer at Georgia Sierra Club

Camilla is a communication’s professional with campaign experience in the climate movement. Currently, she works at The Sunrise Project as a Senior Communication’s Campaigner in Copenhagen, Denmark. Camilla sits in the Global Finance Team and leads communications on campaigns to move the insurance sector out of fossil fuels and to align central bank policy, particularly the European Central Bank and Bank of England, with the Paris Agreement.

Angela is currently a Conservation Organizer with the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental nonprofit and progressive political advocacy organization in America. She currently oversees all political campaigns, legislative strategy, and volunteer programming for the Sierra Club in Georgia, and organizes for the Ready for 100 Campaign, which advances 100% clean energy implementation in Georgia cities.

Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Jacqueline Patterson

Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS.