Interdisciplinary Experts on Climate Change

The 2020-2021 inaugural Climate Change Program Speaker series is excited to feature an outstanding lineup of academics, authors and community practitioners with expertise in climate change and its impacts. Our goal for the series is to bring diverse voices onto campus that help to connect faculty from across disciplines, expose students to new perspectives, increase attention to climate change, and leave audience members feeling empowered as problem solvers. Unless otherwise noted, each program is free of charge and open to the public.

All events will be on Zoom unless otherwise noted. Registration buttons will be added on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Alex Morales-Heil at climatechange@wustl.edu.

Drew Shindell

Nicholas Distinguished Professor of Earth Science, Duke University

Health, Labor, and Agriculture Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation in the US

March 9, 2021 at 5 pm CT
With the McKelvey School of Engineering and Washington University’s Global Health Center at the Institute for Global Health.

Drew Shindell is Nicholas Professor of Earth Science at Duke University. An expert on climate science and policy, he has testified on these issues before both houses of the US Congress, and at the request of both parties. He has been an author on >250 peer-reviewed publications, co-led chapters of the IPCC’s 2013 and 2018 Reports, is chair of the forthcoming UNEP Global Methane Assessment, and chairs the Scientific Advisory Panel to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.


Previous 2020-2021 Speakers


Clarita Lefthand-Begay

Assistant Professor, University of Washington, and Director of the Tribal Water Security Project

Climate Change, Water Security, and Resilience

February 23, 2021 at 5pm CT
With the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies

Lefthand-Begay, a citizen of the Diné Nation, is an assistant professor at the University of Washington and the director of the Tribal Water Security Project. She researches the protection of indigenous knowledge and climate health.


Twila Moon

Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder

Communicating Climate Change Science:  A Conversation with Graduate Students & Postdocs

December 16, 2020 at 12pm CT
With the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Dr. Twila A. Moon is the Deputy Lead Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a world leader in Earth science. Dr. Moon is an expert in contemporary glacier and ice sheet changes, and the connections among ice, climate, ocean, and ecosystem.

*This event is geared specifically to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


Scott W. Tinker

Director, Bureau of Economic Geology at UT-Austin

A Sustainable Energy Future: Balancing Environment, Energy, and Economy

November 11, 2020 at 6pm CT
With the University of Missouri—St. Louis

Tinker is the director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT-Austin, the State Geologist of Texas, and the chairman of the Switch Energy Alliance. His work in energy and the economy in 65 countries integrates industry, government, academics, and NGOs.

*A link for an asynchronous screening of Tinker’s new documentary Switch On was provided to all registrants starting November 2nd.


Catherine Coleman Flowers

Senior Fellow, Environmental Justice & Civic Engagement at Center for Earth Ethics

Environmental Justice and Climate Change

October 13, 2020 at 5pm CT

Flowers is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for the Climate Reality Project, and the Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative. She is also a 2020 MacArthur Fellow.


Richard Lazarus

Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University School of Law

Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court

October 6, 2020 at 5pm CT
With WULaw Public Interest Speaker Series

Lazarus is the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University. He has represented the United States, state and local governments, environmental organizations before the Supreme Court. His primary areas of legal scholarship include environmental and natural resources law, constitutional law and the Supreme Court. He will be discussing his new book, The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court.