YCEI Speaker Series

Each academic year, the Yale Climate and Energy Institute organizes a series of lectures by visiting experts on a broad range of topics in climate and energy. Presentations for the coming year include:

YCEI Speaker Series: Upcoming

09/24/2014 - 6:00pm | Communicating Beyond Your Constituency. George Marshall, ClimateDenial.org

Yale Law School See map

George Marshall is the founder of the Climate Outreach Information Network, a charity specializing in public engagement around climate change. He blogs at www.climatedenial.org and is the author of the upcoming book, “Don’t Even Think About it.  Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change”.

10/20/2014 - 2:00pm | Elements of Sea Level in a Changing Climate. Stephen Griffies, NOAA

Klein Geology, Room 123 See map
210 Whitney
New Haven, CT 06520

10/27/2014 - 2:00pm | South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) Variability and Biases in Models. Ben Lintner

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, Rm 123 See map
210 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06511

The South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) is a key deep convective feature of Pacific basin climate, especially in austral summer when it extends from the tropical western Pacific warm pool to Southern Hemisphere (SH) midlatitudes halfway across the Pacific basin. In the context of climate simulation, a wide range of simulated SPCZ behaviors is evident in current generation models, e.g., coupled general circulation models often produce an excessively zonal climatological SPCZ.

11/03/2014 - 2:00pm | Jerry McManus, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, Rm 123 See map
210 Whitney
New Haven, CT 06520

12/01/2014 - 2:00pm | Jon Egill Kristjansson, University of Oslo

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, Rm 123 See map
210 Whitney
New Haven, CT 06520
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04/29/2014 - 2:00pm | Ecology and Evolution of Invasive Mosquito Disease Vectors

Environmental Science Center, Room 110 See map
21 Sachem Street
New Haven, CT 06511

This presentation will describe interspecific interactions and trait evolution associated with encounters in nature between Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the most important vectors of dengue and chikungunya viruses. Effects of larval competition on dengue transmission in nature will also be discussed.

Mosquito biology, especially ecology and behavior, is the focus of Phil Lounibos’s laboratory located in Vero Beach, Florida.

04/22/2014 - 4:00pm | Wind at the Margins of the State: Autonomy and Renewable Energy in Southern Mexico

Department of Anthropology, Room 105 See map
10 Sachem Street
New Haven, CT 06511

In Oaxaca’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec, state and private interests have created the densest development of wind power anywhere in the world. This presentation examines how a governmentally supported, ecologically timely project, the Mareña Renovables wind park, failed in the face of unprecedented local resistance.

04/22/2014 - 4:00pm | A Changing Biosphere and the Future of Planet Earth

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium (KGL 123) See map
210 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Since its creation 4.5 billion years ago, Earth has experienced constant change. Whereas geologic change usually requires tens of thousands—if not hundreds of thousands or millions—of years, human civilization has made and continues to make profound changes to the planet in a much shorter time. These changes have altered the chemistry and physical state of the atmosphere and oceans at rates that have not previously occurred in geologic history, except possibly during a few cataclysmic events.

04/16/2014 - 3:30pm | China's Climate Policy: Recent Developments and Future Scenarios

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

As part of the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), China is experimenting with policies new to its domestic context for climate change mitigation, including carbon intensity targets and, most recently, an emissions trading system on a pilot scale. This presentation discusses how climate policy is developed in China, focusing on the major institutions and stakeholders involved. China’s climate change policy decisions are then discussed in the context of the country’s ongoing economic development and reform program.

04/15/2014 - 2:30pm | Assessing the Consequences of Carbon Mitigation Options for Water Resources: A Case Study from Australia

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

The climate-energy-water nexus is one of the most challenging environmental issues of the 21st century. This talk analyzes the policy decision by the Australian government to centre its climate policy on sequestering carbon in the landscape and presents some potentially damaging outcomes that may arise from this strategy.  The findings are relevant to other regions that are currently under water stress or may be in a changing climate.

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

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

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.

03/31/2014 - 12:00pm | Evolution in the Anthropocene: Population Genomics of NYC Wildlife

Environmental Science Center, Room 110 See map
21 Sachem Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Over 50% of humans now lives in cities, and urbanization is one of the most important drivers of land transformation around the world.  Increasingly, human-drive changes such as urbanization or global climate change are also selective forces driving rapid evolutionary change in other species.  This presentation describes ongoing efforts to develop white-footed mice (and a few other species) in New York City as models for examining the evolutionary implications of urbanization.

03/25/2014 - 4:00pm | Energy and Human Frailty. Laura Nader, University of California

Anthropology, Room 104 See map
10 Sachem Street
New Haven, CT

Laura Nader has authored over 300 book and articles in a storied career that includes becoming the first tenured woman in Anthropology at the University of California. 

There will be three opportunities to hear her speak at Yale on March 25:

11:30 Book talk, Culture and Dignity: Dialogues Between the Middle East and the West. (Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center)

2:15  Screening of her film, Losing Knowledge: 50 Years of Change in Oaxaca, Mexico. (Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall)

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 Tokyo

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map
195 Prospect Street
New 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 Turner

Kroon Hall; Burke Auditorium See map
195 Prospect Street
New 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 Observatory

KGL Room 123 (Auditorium) See map
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Richard 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 Innovation

Kroon Hall; Burke Auditorium See map
195 Prospect Street
New 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

Kroon Hall; Burke Auditorium See map
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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-ETH

Kroon Hall See map
195 Prospect Street
New 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 Approaches

KGL Room 101 See map
210 Whitney Avenue
New 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 Auditorium See map
195 Prospect Street
New 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 models

G&G Auditorium See map
210 Whitney Avenue
New 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 Health

Kroon Hall, Burke Auditorium See map
195 Prospect Street
New 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 319 See map
195 Prospect Street
New 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 Agriculture

Environmental Science Center (ESC), Room 110 See map

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?

Kline Geology Laboratory (KGL) See map
210 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT

04/26/2013 - 1:00pm | Mapping Populations and Malarial Mobility in Africa

Environmental Science Center: Room110 See map

04/11/2013 - 4:00pm | The Natural Gas Revolution and the Electricity Sector: The Good, The Bad, and the Uncertain

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map

04/10/2013 - 4:00pm | The Technology Path to Deep Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions by 2050: The Pivotal Role of Electricity

Kroon Hall, Burke Auditorium See map
195 Prospect Street
New 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 Geoengineering

Kline Geology Laboratory (KGL) See map
210 Whitney Ave
New 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 World

Yale Law School See map

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 PrizeThe 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

Kroon Hall -- Burke Auditorium See map

This event will be RESCHEDULED for sometime in April!

03/27/2013 - 4:00pm | The technology path to deep greenhouse gas emissions cuts: the role of electricity

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map

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

Environmental Science Center, Room 110 See map

03/04/2013 - 2:00pm | Exploring the response of Earth's hydrologic cycle to geoengineering

Kline Geology Laboratory (KGL) See map
210 Whitney Ave
New 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

Yale Law School See map

02/25/2013 - 1:00pm | Climate and the Seasonality of Respiratory Infections: A Conundrum Across Latitudes

Environmental Science Center Room 110 See map

01/17/2013 - 4:00pm | Shale-Gas Development Effects on North-Central Applachian Landscapes

Kroon Hall -- Burke Auditorium See map

11/29/2012 - 4:00pm | Capillary Tension and Imbibition Sequester Frack Fluid in Marcellus Gas Shale

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map

11/26/2012 - 2:00pm | Heat waves in a Changing Climate

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

11/15/2012 - 4:00pm | Gas Rush: A Reporter's Perspective

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map

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

Yale Law School, Room 121 See map

10/16/2012 - 3:00pm | The Courts and EPA

Yale Law School, Room 129 See map

10/08/2012 - 6:00pm | Understanding trends and extremes in climate

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

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

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

04/25/2011 - 2:00pm | Understanding the timing and magnitude of sea level change during warm interglacials

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

04/22/2011 - 4:00pm | Interactions Between Energy and Terrestrial Ecosystems in Emissions Mitigation

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map

04/18/2011 - 2:00pm | The greatest who done it: An analysis of proposed extinction mechanisms at the K/Pg boundary

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

04/04/2011 - 2:00pm | Atmospheric CO2 across the K/T boundary: evaluation of the stomatal proxy

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

04/01/2011 - 4:00pm | Land-based opportunities in climate and energy policy

Sage Bowers Auditorium See map
205 Prospect St.

03/28/2011 - 2:00pm | Iceberg calving as a driver of ice sheet wastage: Recent observations, insights, and difficulties

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

03/21/2011 - 2:00pm | The role of the meteorite impact at the K/T boundary on planktonic life

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

02/28/2011 - 2:00pm | The hydrological cycle of the last glacial maximum

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

02/25/2011 - 5:00pm | Species interactions, climate warming and implications for ecosystem carbon cycling

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map

02/14/2011 - 2:00pm | Sea level delta-O18 and Milankovitch: Some thoughts on Antarctic ice sheet stability

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

02/11/2011 - 5:00pm | Climate Change in the American Mind

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map

02/07/2011 - 2:00pm | Reorganization of groundwater flow in the Floridian aquifer during sea level rise following the last glacial maximum

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

02/04/2011 - 5:00pm | Climate Change: Is Economics the problem or part of the solution?

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map

01/31/2011 - 2:00pm | Taking the fingerprints of global sea level change

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map

01/14/2011 - 2:00pm | Sea level rise in Long Island Sound from the early Holocene to today

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map
210 Whitney Ave.

01/10/2011 - 2:00pm | Nuclear Power: Sustainable power for the 21st century and beyond

Kline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123) See map
210 Whitney Ave.

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

Kline Geology Laboratory, Room 102 See map

04/05/2010 - 6:00pm | Early Oxygen

Kline Geology Laboratory, Room 102 See map

03/29/2010 - 6:00pm | Advances in the use of trace-metal proxies for paleoceanographic research

Kline Geology Laboratory, Room 102 See map

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

Kline Geology Laboratory, Room 102 See map

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

Kline Geology Laboratory, Room 102 See map

02/10/2010 - 7:00pm | Paleogeographic control of sources and sinks of CO2 during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic

Kline Geology Laboratory, Room 102 See map
210 Whitney Ave.

02/05/2010 - 5:00pm | Forests and Climate Change

01/26/2010 - 2:15pm | Estimates of climate sensitivity from the geologic record

Kline Geology Laboratory, Room 102 See map
210 Whitney Ave.

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?

Kline Geology Laboratory, Room 102 See map
210 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT

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