YCEI Speaker Series: Upcoming
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:
03/25/2014 - 4:00pm | Energy in the Anthropocene. Laura Nader, University of California
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, Fordham University's Louis Calder Center
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; University of Utah
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
Jenny Price, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
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
Greg McFarquhar, University of Illinois, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
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.
04/22/2014 - 12:00pm | Wind Power Development in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec
Dominic Boyer/Cymene Howe
Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe are husband and wife anthropologists from Rice University. They study relationships between energy and political power in southern Mexico where local communities are directly impacted by the nation’s efforts to switch from petroleum to renewable energy sources.