YCEI Speaker Series: Upcoming
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Speaker Series: Past
12/08/2015 - 12:00pm | Climate change: Impacts on functional roles of species in ecosystems, Adam Rosenblatt, EEBKline Geology Laboratory, Room 101210 Whitney AvenueNew Haven, CT 06511
Adam Rosenblatt, a former YCEI fellow, is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. His research focuses on the effects of climate change on animals, the interactions they have with each other and plants, and the cascading impacts of climate change on humans and how we live.
12/07/2015 - 4:00pm | Global Change Biology: Impacts on plants & animals, Marta Jarzyna, EEB
11/17/2015 - 12:00pm | Volcanic forcing triggers revolt and suppresses interstate conflict in Hellenistic Egypt, Joseph Manning, HistoryKline Geology Laboratory, Room 101210 Whitney AveNew Haven, CT 06511
Joseph Manning is William K. and Marilyn Milton Simpson Professor of Classics and Professor of History and Senior Research Scholar in Law. He works in the field of Hellenistic history with particular focus on the legal and economic history of Ptolemaic Egypt. His current work, using climate history to provide new perspectives on life and conflict in Hellenistic Egypt were sparked by an initiative called “Climates of History,” funded by YCEI and the Whitney Humanities Center.
11/16/2015 - 4:00pm | Climate History: Understanding drivers of conflict and violence in Medieval Ireland, Francis Ludlow, History
12/01/2014 - 2:00pm | Geo-engineering Impacts on the Hydrological Cycle, Jon Egill Kristjansson, University of OsloKline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, Rm 102210 WhitneyNew Haven, CT 06520
As global anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise, there is an increasing risk of serious disruptions in ecosystems due to global warming. As a consequence, research on climate engineering (CE) is receiving growing attention, also among climate scientists. But, even basic CE research using Earth System Models (ESMs) raises a series of ethical questions that need to be considered. Also, CE carries a risk of serious side effects, e.g., concerning the hydrological cycle.
11/03/2014 - 2:00pm | Deep Ocean Circulation in the North Atlantic and Rapid Climate Change During the Last Ice AgeKline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, Rm 102210 WhitneyNew Haven, CT 06520
Rapid climate changes characterized the last ice age and deglaciation, with dramatic warming following the coldest intervals in the northern hemisphere. The repeated pattern of alternating temperature swings revealed in ice cores from Greenland and Antactica suggest a bipolar see-saw of heat redistribution by a dynamical component of the Earth system such as the large scale Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). Computer model simulations support this possibility, yet direct evidence for these changes in deep ocean circulation has been difficult to obtain.
10/27/2014 - 2:00pm | South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) Variability and Biases in Models. Ben Lintner
10/20/2014 - 2:00pm | Elements of Sea Level in a Changing Climate. Stephen Griffies, NOAA
04/29/2014 - 2:00pm | Ecology and Evolution of Invasive Mosquito Disease VectorsEnvironmental Science Center, Room 11021 Sachem StreetNew 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 MexicoDepartment of Anthropology, Room 10510 Sachem StreetNew 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 EarthKline Geology Laboratory Auditorium (KGL 123)210 Whitney AvenueNew 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 ScenariosBurke Auditorium, Kroon Hall195 Prospect StreetNew 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 AustraliaBurke Auditorium, Kroon Hall195 Prospect StreetNew 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 StudiesKline Geology Laboratory Auditorium, (Rm 123)
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 WildlifeEnvironmental Science Center, Room 11021 Sachem StreetNew 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 CaliforniaAnthropology, Room 10410 Sachem StreetNew 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 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.
11/14/2013 - 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.
10/21/2013 - 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.
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.
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 - 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
10/08/2012 - 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