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

Twila Moon

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

December 16, 2020 at 12pm CST
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.

Clarita Lefthand-Begay

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

Spring 2021 – Date and Time TBD
With the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies

Lefthand-Begay, a citizen of the Navajo 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.

Drew Shindell

Nicholas Distinguished Professor of Earth Science, Duke University

Date and time TBA
With the McKelvey School of Engineering and the Washington University Institute for Public Health

bio coming soon

Previous 2020-2021 Speakers

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 CST
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

October 13, 2020 at 5pm CDT

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

October 6, 2020 at 5pm CDT
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.