YCEI Speaker Series: Upcoming
03/25/2014 - 4:00pm | Energy in the Anthropocene. Laura Nader, University of California
Nader’s current work focuses on how central dogmas are made and how they work in law, energy science, and anthropology. Harmony, Ideology, Injustice and Control in a Mountain Zapotec Village (1990) and The Life of the Law: Anthropological Projects (2002) indicate a wide range of interests in law that has moved from village sites into national and international arenas.
03/31/2014 - 12:00pm | Evolution in the Anthropocene: Population Genomics of NYC Wildlife
Jason Munshi-South’s lab at Fordham University studies anthropogenic behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary impacts on wild vertebrate populations. His lab currently works to understand the evolutionary implications of urbanization on wildlife in the New York City metropolitan area.
04/07/2014 - 2:00pm | Early Hominin Environments in the Turkana Basin, Kenya.
Thure Cerling is a pioneer in the use of stable isotopes of Carbon, Nitrogen and Oxygen to study historic changes in CO2 levels in the Earth’s atmosphere. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2001. In recent years he’s used stable isotopes to analyse hair, teeth and bone to better understand the impacts of changing CO2 levels on habitat, animals and man.
04/11/2014 - 11:00am | Stop Saving the Planet! ... & Other Tips for 21st-Century Environmentalists. Jenny Price, UCLA
Is the “save the planet” rhetoric really saving the planet? And what does that even mean? Jenny Price’s cultural critique of contemporary American environmentalism tracks the rhetoric through environmental action and policy, and assesses its usefulness or uselessness for actually grappling–as effectively and as equitably as possible–with our most urgent environmental troubles.
04/14/2014 - 2:00pm | Impacts of Aerosols on Arctic Mixed-Phase Boundary Clouds During M-PACE and ISDAC Field Campaigns: Implications for Modelling Studies
Comprehensive data on arctic boundary layer aerosol and cloud microphysical and radiative properties were collected during the 2004 Mixed-Phase Arctic Cloud Experiment (M-PACE) and the 2008 Indirect and Semi-Direct Aerosol Campaign (ISDAC). During M-PACE, the University of North Dakota Citation executed spiral ascents and descents through 27 mixed-phase clouds on 7 separate days over ground-based remote sensing sites at Barrow and Oliktok Point, Alaska.
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Speaker Series: Past
03/03/2014 - 2:00pm | South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) Variability and Biases in Models. Ben Lintner, Rutgers Climate Institute POSTPONED
02/28/2014 - 2:30pm | Failures of Nuclear Safety and Regulatory Reform in Japan -- The Case of Fukushima. Professor Hideaki Shiroyama, Vice Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of TokyoBurke Auditorium, Kroon Hall195 Prospect StreetNew Haven, CT 06511
Professor Hideaki Shiroyama, Graduate School of Public Policy at The University of Tokyo (Todai), will be visiting Yale on Friday, February 28, 2014, and will give a Special Lecture in the YCEI series on Interdisciplinary Topics in Energy. The lecture will discuss failures of regulatory policy and nuclear safety in Japan, along with proposals for reform, in light of the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, which was caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami on March 11, 2011.
02/18/2014 - 5:30pm | Can Capitalism Really Save the Planet? Environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson discusses his new book on the life and environmental legacy of Ted TurnerKroon Hall; Burke Auditorium195 Prospect StreetNew Haven, CT 06511
Todd Wilkinson is an environmental journalist and author of the critically-acclaimed book, Science Under Siege: The Politicians’ War On Nature and Truth.
02/17/2014 - 2:00pm | Global Decadal Hydroclimate Variability in Observations and Models, with Richard Seager of Lamont-Doherty Earth ObservatoryKGL Room 123 (Auditorium)195 Prospect StreetNew Haven, CT 06511Richard Seager is the Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He studies climate variability on seasonal and millenial scales and is particularly interested in periods of extended drought through history. Most recently he has focused on the causes of North America drought and its connection to oceanic temperature variations.
02/17/2014 - 9:30am | 2 Talks by Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Danish Center of Energy Technology and Vermont Law School: (i) Publishing in Academia, (ii) Barriers to Energy InnovationKroon Hall; Burke Auditorium195 Prospect StreetNew Haven, CT
Dr. Sovacool is Professor of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University in Denmark and Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School. He is an internationally renowned scholar and energy policy expert who has authored and edited 16 books and more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and reports. He is also the editor-in-chief of Energy Research and Social Science, published by Elsevier. Professor Sovacool has served in advisory and research capacities at the U.S.
02/12/2014 - 5:30pm | 50 Shades of Green with Brian Keene, Author of Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age
02/07/2014 - 2:00pm | Grand Challenges of Clouds: From Ice Crystal Formation to the Influence of Aerosols and Clouds on Climate. Ulrike Lohmann, IAC-ETHKroon Hall195 Prospect StreetNew Haven, CT 06511
Ulrike Lohmann is Full Professor for Experimental Atmospheric Physics in the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science since October 2004.
12/04/2013 - 11:30am | The Captured Garden: Substance Under Capitalism
Steven Stoll of Fordham University studies the history of agrarian society in the United States because he’s found that “agriculture offers the ideal vantage from which to observe the intersection of ideas and practices, economies and landscapes.”
His presentation was videotaped and is presented below:
11/21/2013 - 5:00pm | Climate Change Adaptation in Megacities
Rit Aggarwala is the former director of long-term planning and sustainability for New York City and currently special advisor to Michael Bloomberg in his role as chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
11/18/2013 - 4:30pm | Will a Warmer World Be a Sicker World?
Kevin Lafferty is an ecologist with the US Geological Survey. He is also adjunct faculty at UC Santa Barbara where he helps run the ecological parasitology research group and mentors a half dozen PhD students. His research interests include how infectious diseases interact with food webs, conservation, marine ecology, human health, climate change, and biodiversity.
11/18/2013 - 2:00pm | Going Local: Making Climate Assessments More Relevant for Decision Makers In New England
Cameron Wake is a research associate professor in climatology at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire. He also has a joint appointment in the UNH Department of Earth Sciences and is the Josephine A. Lamprey Fellow in Climate and Sustainability at the UNH Sustainability Institute.
11/14/2013 - 11:30am | Global Environmental Justice: A Public Political Ecology of the Carbon Economy
Tracey Osborne is Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development and Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab at the University of Arizona. Her research investigates the political ecology of environmental markets, particularly carbon markets, and their implications for the lives and livelihoods of forest communities in the Global South. Specifically, she explores the intersection of carbon markets, development, and agrarian change as they relate to forestry-based carbon initiatives in Mexico.
10/30/2013 - 3:30pm | The Electric Power Industry: Between Tradition and Disruption
*NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION TO BURKE AUDITORIUM, KROON HALL*
Brian Marrs is a Senior Analyst in Strategy, Policy, and Sustainability for NRG Energy, the largest competitive power producer in the United States. He holds degrees in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES ‘12). Prior to Yale, Brian worked as a power systems economist for Vattenfall Europe, based out of Berlin, Germany.
10/28/2013 - 2:00pm | New York City's Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resilience: Strengths and Limitations of Climate Model-Based ApproachesKGL Room 101210 Whitney AvenueNew Haven, CT
Radley Horton from Columbia University Earth Institute will speak on climate projections for New York City. The $20 billion Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) Plan for New York is grounded upon climate risk information provided by the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). This expert panel, tasked with advising the City on climate-related issues, completed a ‘rapid response’ climate assessment with updated climate projections.
10/21/2013 - 2:00pm | Can Renewables Address Energy Poverty in India?Kroon Hall; Burke Auditorium195 Prospect StreetNew Haven, CT
Johannes Urpelainen is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His talk examines the potential for using renewable sources of energy, notably solar power, to combat energy poverty in India where two-thirds of the population relies on traditional biomass for cooking and one-third does not have access to basic household electricity.
10/17/2013 - 11:30am | Praxis, Ethics & Outcomes From Doing Science in a Nuclear World
Our featured speaker is Barbara Rose Johnston of the Center for Political Ecology. Barbara is an environmental anthropologist whose research explores the linkages between environmental crisis and human rights abuse, seeking acknowledgment and implementation of the right to a healthy environment, environmental equity, and the right to reparation and remedy.
10/15/2013 - 1:00pm | Peter Rhines: What Do Climate Models Need to Know About the Sub-Polar Oceans?
Peter Rhines visits us from the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography. His research interests include: High latitude climate: field observations in the subpolar Atlantic; Geophysical Fluid Dynamics laboratory, theory and observations of waves and circulation; atmospheric dynamics; oceanic eddies and their relation with the general circulation; teaching environmental science and its relationships with human activity.
10/07/2013 - 2:00pm | Deriving local climate information from global modelsG&G Auditorium210 Whitney AvenueNew Haven, CT
Raymond Arritt’s research emphasis is on regional-scale atmospheric processes, focusing on the interactions of the atmosphere with terrain and land-surface properties. Adaptation to climate change requires decision making at the scale of cities to states to nations. In contrast global climate models solve their equations at points separated by 100 kilometers or more. This limitation means that they often do not realistically include influences on local and regional climate such as terrain and coastlines, or small-scale weather and climate phenomena such as thunderstorms.
09/30/2013 - 2:00pm | Air Pollution Kills! So What? Air Quality Engineering to Improve Public HealthKroon Hall, Burke Auditorium195 Prospect StreetNew Haven, CT
Julian Marshall, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the university of Minnesota, discusses air pollution’s toll on human health with special focus on his experience in India.
09/26/2013 - 5:30pm | Nature - Culture - Action!Kroon Hall, Room 319195 Prospect StreetNew Haven, CT
Dr. Annie Harper of the Yale Community Carbon Fund, and Diego Angarita, a Board Member of Co-op Power of New England will give 15 minute talks followed by question and answer from the audience on re-scaling the energy grid, increasing community ownership of energy resources and other pertinent issues for those interested in effecting change in their own backyard.
09/24/2013 - 4:30pm | Cascading Complexity: Models, Tsetse, Climate Change and AgricultureEnvironmental Science Center (ESC), Room 110
Joseph Messina is Professor of Geography and Acting Director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from UNC- Chapel Hill (2001). He has worked in the Amazon, SE Asia, and East Africa on human – environment interactions, infectious diseases, and land change science. In Michigan, he explores issues related to health care access and recently co-authored a new standard for hospital services.
05/02/2013 - 4:00pm | Ice Cloud Seeding: A Viable Geoengineering Mechanism?
04/26/2013 - 1:00pm | Mapping Populations and Malarial Mobility in Africa
04/11/2013 - 4:00pm | The Natural Gas Revolution and the Electricity Sector: The Good, The Bad, and the Uncertain
04/10/2013 - 4:00pm | The Technology Path to Deep Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions by 2050: The Pivotal Role of ElectricityKroon Hall, Burke Auditorium195 Prospect StreetNew Haven, CT
Title: “The Technology Path to Deep Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions by 2050: The Pivotal Role of Electricity”
04/10/2013 - 10:00am | The Risks and Eﬃcacy of Solar GeoengineeringKline Geology Laboratory (KGL)210 Whitney AveNew Haven, CT
David Keith appointments are at Harvard where he serves as the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology and public policy for twenty years.
03/28/2013 - 6:00pm | The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern WorldYale Law School
Daniel Yergin is Vice Chairman of IHS and the founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. He is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Prize. The New York Times has called him “America’s most influential energy pundit.” His ne
03/28/2013 - 4:00pm | POSTPONED -- The Technology Path to Deep Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions by 2050: The Pivotal Role of Electricity
03/27/2013 - 4:00pm | The technology path to deep greenhouse gas emissions cuts: the role of electricity
03/25/2013 - 12:00pm | Climate and the seasonality of respiratory infections: a conundrum across latitudes
03/13/2013 - 1:00pm | Climate Change & the Emergence of Vector-borne Disease in Canada
03/04/2013 - 2:00pm | Exploring the response of Earth's hydrologic cycle to geoengineeringKline Geology Laboratory (KGL)210 Whitney AveNew Haven, CT
Dr. Philip Rasch serves as the Chief Scientist for Climate Science at the Paciﬁc Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a Department of Energy Oﬃce of Science research laboratory. Dr. Rasch is internationally known for his work in general circulation, atmospheric chemistry, and climate modeling. He is particularly interested in the role of aerosols and clouds in the atmosphere, and has worked on the processes that describe these components of the atmosphere, the computational details that are needed to describe them in computer models, and on their impact on climate.
02/27/2013 - 8:15pm | Parenting the Planet
02/25/2013 - 1:00pm | Climate and the Seasonality of Respiratory Infections: A Conundrum Across Latitudes
01/17/2013 - 4:00pm | Shale-Gas Development Effects on North-Central Applachian Landscapes
11/29/2012 - 4:00pm | Capillary Tension and Imbibition Sequester Frack Fluid in Marcellus Gas Shale
11/26/2012 - 2:00pm | Heat waves in a Changing Climate
11/15/2012 - 4:00pm | Gas Rush: A Reporter's PerspectiveBurke Auditorium, Kroon Hall
Tom Wilbur is the Author of “Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale”
11/07/2012 - 4:30pm | Regional Perspectives
10/16/2012 - 3:00pm | The Courts and EPA
10/08/2012 - 6:00pm | Understanding trends and extremes in climateKline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123)
Venkatachalam Ramaswamy, Director, Geophysical Fluids Laboratory, Princeton University, delivers a lecture entitled, “Understanding Trends and Extremes in Climate”.
09/17/2012 - 4:30pm | Surface impacts and climate feedbacks in the Texas drought of 2011
04/25/2011 - 2:00pm | Understanding the timing and magnitude of sea level change during warm interglacials
04/22/2011 - 4:00pm | Interactions Between Energy and Terrestrial Ecosystems in Emissions Mitigation
04/18/2011 - 2:00pm | The greatest who done it: An analysis of proposed extinction mechanisms at the K/Pg boundary
04/04/2011 - 2:00pm | Atmospheric CO2 across the K/T boundary: evaluation of the stomatal proxy
04/01/2011 - 4:00pm | Land-based opportunities in climate and energy policy
03/28/2011 - 2:00pm | Iceberg calving as a driver of ice sheet wastage: Recent observations, insights, and difficulties
03/21/2011 - 2:00pm | The role of the meteorite impact at the K/T boundary on planktonic life
02/28/2011 - 2:00pm | The hydrological cycle of the last glacial maximum
02/25/2011 - 5:00pm | Species interactions, climate warming and implications for ecosystem carbon cycling
02/14/2011 - 2:00pm | Sea level delta-O18 and Milankovitch: Some thoughts on Antarctic ice sheet stability
02/11/2011 - 5:00pm | Climate Change in the American Mind
02/07/2011 - 2:00pm | Reorganization of groundwater flow in the Floridian aquifer during sea level rise following the last glacial maximum
02/04/2011 - 5:00pm | Climate Change: Is Economics the problem or part of the solution?
01/31/2011 - 2:00pm | Taking the fingerprints of global sea level change
01/14/2011 - 2:00pm | Sea level rise in Long Island Sound from the early Holocene to today
01/10/2011 - 2:00pm | Nuclear Power: Sustainable power for the 21st century and beyond
04/30/2010 - 4:00pm | Our Energy Future: Science and Technology Challenges for the 21st Century
04/19/2010 - 6:00pm | Global climate change of the last five million years: A view from the Bering Sea
04/05/2010 - 6:00pm | Early Oxygen
03/29/2010 - 6:00pm | Advances in the use of trace-metal proxies for paleoceanographic research
03/05/2010 - 5:00pm | Energy Technology for a Low Carbon World
02/22/2010 - 7:00pm | For Peat's sake: Ins and outs of carbon cycling at the PETM
02/19/2010 - 5:00pm | Intergenerational and International Equity in a Warming Planet
02/15/2010 - 7:00pm | A revised view of the Cenozoic evolution of the cryosphere
02/10/2010 - 7:00pm | Paleogeographic control of sources and sinks of CO2 during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic
02/05/2010 - 5:00pm | Forests and Climate Change
01/26/2010 - 2:15pm | Estimates of climate sensitivity from the geologic record
01/15/2010 - 5:00pm | Climate Change: An Economic Perspective
01/11/2010 - 7:00pm | Multiple factors in the meteorite caused extinctions at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary?
10/16/2009 - 12:00pm | Getting Serious About Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto Worlds
10/09/2009 - 4:00pm | Energy (and other) Sustainability Challenges
10/02/2009 - 4:00pm | Whither Arctic Sea Ice
09/25/2009 - 12:00pm | Climate Change and Copenhagen: Scientific and Ethical Imperatives