Maxine Burkett

Maxine Burkett is a professor of law at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is also the co-founder and senior advisor to the nonprofit Institute for Climate and Peace.

Burkett is an expert in the law and policy of climate change, with a specific focus on climate justice, climate litigation, climate-induced migration, and climate change, peace, and conflict.  At the Wilson Center, Burkett works with the Environmental Change and Security Program on climate impacts in frontline communities, including small island states, and climate change and foreign policy.

Her work has been cited in several news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Nature Climate Change.

She serves on the boards of Blue Planet Foundation, The Climate Museum, ELAW, and Global Greengrants Fund. Burkett is also a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, the Lancet Commission for Reparations and Redistributive Justice, and the American Law Institute.

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Areas of Expertise: Climate policy and law, climate-induced migration

Location: Honolulu, HI

Contact Information:
E-mail: burkettm@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 956-2865 (o) | (808) 478-2146 (c)

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Shuyi Chen

Shuyi Chen is a professor of meteorology in the University of Washington’s School of Atmospheric Sciences. Her research interests involve observation of how the atmosphere and ocean interact with hurricanes and typhoons in tropical areas and use of mathematical models to predict weather patterns. During the 2005 hurricane season Chen monitored hurricanes Rita, Katrina and Wilma aboard Doppler-equipped aircraft to help create stronger hurricane prediction models.

Prior to joining the University of Washington, Chen was a professor of meteorology and physical oceanography in the University of Miami’s Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. While there she led a research group that developed a new wave-ocean model designed to research and predict hurricane patterns. Dr. Chen has served on a panel of experts for the congressional briefing on the National Hurricane Initiative in 2007. In 2006 she received NASA’s Group Award on Tropical Convection.

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Professor of Meteorology, University of Washington
Location: 
Seattle, WA

Areas of Expertise: Meteorology, tropical weather patterns, environmental changes, hurricanes and typhoons, hurricane prediction, atmospheric science, ocean systems

Contact Information
E-mail: 
shuyic@uw.edu
Phone: 
(305) 479-6551

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Mustafa Santiago Ali is the senior vice president of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip-Hop Caucus., a national non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip-Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.

He previously served for 24 years at high-levels within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health and economic justice reforms. At the EPA, he served as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. Ali has been a guest lecturer at Yale University and George Washington University, to name a few. He is also a former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University in Washington.

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Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University

Areas of Expertise: Climate, Environment, Community Revitalization, Environmental, Health, and Economic Justice

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email press contact Mark Antoniewicz:
Email: Mark@HipHopCaucus.org

Robert D. Bullard

Robert D. Bullard is the Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, where he formerly served as dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland school of public affairs from 2011 to 2016. Prior to going to TSU he was founding director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. He has been described as the “father of environmental justice.”

Bullard is the author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, and regional equity. He was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know and in 2008 Newsweek named him one of the 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. His latest books include Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Strategies for Building Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities (2011) and Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities (2012).

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Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy, Environmental Racism, Sustainable Development, Urban Land Use

Location: Houston, Texas

Contact Info:

Email: bullardrd@tsu.edu
Cell: (832) 470-3434
Twitter: @DrBobBullard

Nicole Hernandez Hammer

Nicole Hernandez Hammer is a sea-level researcher who works for the Union of Concerned Scientists as their Southeast Climate Advocate. Her work focuses on the mobilization of the Latino community to better understand and address climate change. Hammer has studied the effects of climate change in different environments, particularly among Hispanic populations that reside near coastal shore lines and are vulnerable to flooding because of rising sea levels. She has co-authored several papers on the impact of rising sea levels in South Florida and has been featured in The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, and The Washington Post among other media outlets. She can be heard on this Morning Edition story discussing the usage of the term “climate change.”

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Sea-level researcher, Southeast Climate Advocate for the Union of Concerned Scientists

Areas of expertise: Climate Change, Climate Change Advocacy Among Latino Populations

Location: Jupiter, FL

Contact Information:

Email: nicole.h.hammer@gmail.com

Phone: 561-324-0163

Heard on NPR: For full list, click here.

Heard on Science Friday: Concern for Climate Change Is Great Among Latinos

Kimberly TallBear

Kim TallBear is an Associate Professor of Native Studies at the University of Alberta in Canada and Research Chair in its department of Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Environment. An enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe in South Dakota, her research focuses on the relationship between science and race/identity among Native American peoples.

TallBear’s most recent book, Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science, examines the scientific premise behind Native Americans’ ownership (or former ownership) of lands and natural resources. She has traveled to the United States, Canada and United Kingdom to share her commentary on issues related to indigenous peoples, science and technology.

Associate Professor of Native Studies and Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment, University of Alberta

Location: Edmonton, Canada

Areas of Expertise: Indigenous peoples, environmental science, genetics, native studies, sexuality, race/identity

Contact Information

E-mail: tallbear@ualberta.ca

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Erika Zavaleta

Erika Zavaleta is an expert in Environmental Science. She is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research concentrates on conservation, biodiversity, and climate change. Erika Zavaleta serves on the boards of EcoAdapt, The Tropical Forest Group, and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund. She works in Telluride, Colorado from fall to winter, and Santa Cruz, California from spring to summer.

Her research has been funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, theCalifornia Energy Commission, The Cedar Tree Foundation, The Christensen Fund, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, The Kearney Soil Science Foundation,the National Science Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the University of California, and theWildlife Conservation Society.

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Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Location: Telluride, Colorado from fall to winter, and Santa Cruz, California from spring to summer.

Contact Information:

Emailzavaleta@ucsc.edu.

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Lisa Alvarez-Cohen

Lisa Alvarez-Cohen is a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as the vice provost for the Division of Academic Planning at UC Berkeley. Her expertise is in environmental microbiology, environmental engineering and bioremediation – a waste management technique that uses organisms to remove contaminants. Alvarez-Cohen is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has co-authored an undergraduate textbook titled Environmental Engineering Science. She is a dynamic speaker as you can see in one of her lectures, here.

 

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Professor of Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley 

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Engineering, Environmental Microbiology, Bio-remediation, Molecular and Isotopic Techniques for Studying Environmental Microbial Communities

 Location: Berkeley, Calif.

Contact Information:

Email: alvarez@ce.berkeley.edu 

Phone: (510) 643-5969

[fax]: (510) 643-5264

Heard on Berkeley Civil and Engineering Spring Distinguished Lecture 

Ben Chou

Ben Chou analyzes policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water program in Santa Monica, CA, where he works on issues relating to climate change and water resources as part of the water and climate team. Chou’s work has focused on how local and state governments and the federal government are preparing for the water-related impacts of climate change.

Prior to joining NRDC in 2011, he spent three years working on drinking water regulatory issues at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. He also has worked previously at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University and with the Climate and Air Program at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Chou graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2005 and received his master’s degree from Columbia University in 2007.

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Water Policy Analyst of the Water Program at Natural Resources Defense Council

Areas of Expertise: Water Infrastructure and Climate Change Resiliency, Urban Water Efficiency for Drought Management, Importance of Soil Health for Agricultural Climate Resiliency

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:

Email: bchou@nrdc.org

Press Contact – Jackie Wei
Email: jwei@nrdc.org

Heard on Arizona State University’s Cronkite News: Arizona Ranks in the bottom half of the country for water conservation policies

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Hussein Amery

Dr. Hussein A. Amery teaches at the Colorado School of Mines and has served as associate provost of the university as well as director of the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies. His research is centered on water and food security in the Arab World and the Middle East.

He has co-edited a book on the hydropolitics along the Jordan River basin, and published numerous papers on themes such as the potential for water war, Islamic perspectives on the natural environment, water management in Lebanon, and on conflict resolution along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Currently, Amery is expanding his research into potential threats to the critical infrastructure in the Arab Gulf States. He has consulted on water and political geography issues for U.S. government agencies, Canada’s International Development and Research Center, and American engineering firms.

Amery’s most recent book is “Arab Water Security: Threats and Opportunities in the Gulf States,” published by Cambridge University Press.

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Associate Professor of International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines

Areas of Expertise: Water and Food Security, Human and Environmental Security, Transboundary Water Conflicts; Identifying and Analyzing Threats to Critical Infrastructure in the Arab Gulf States and the Wider Middle East

Location: Golden, CO

Contact Information:

Email: hamery@mines.edu
Phone: (303) 273 3339

Heard on NPR Source of the Week: Dr. Amery Discusses The Relationship Between The Energy Industry and Water Security In Arab Gulf States

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Last Verified: August 2015