Kiho Kim is a professor of Environmental Science at American University. His work focuses on how environmental drivers, such as climate change and nutrient pollution, impact coastal ecosystem health.
At the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Kim has examined the origins and spreading of diseases. He has worked with the British Council in promoting international networking for young scientists, and was an advisor to the Coral Disease Working Group of the World Bank.
Kim is a member of the Environmental Literacy Committee of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Washington D.C.
He completed two terms as a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies (USA) and as an officer of the International Society for Reef Studies.
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Science, Biology, Marine Conservation
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.
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
Phone: (305) 479-6551
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.”
Sea-level researcher, Southeast Climate Advocate for the Union of Concerned Scientists
Areas of expertise: Climate Change, Climate Change Advocacy Among Latino Populations
Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. She was previously an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of International Affairs in Maryland and an environmental consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco.
Jenkins is an expert in marine conservation, focusing on how people affect and are affected by the ocean. She specializes in fisheries (U.S. and international) and the use of technology for conservation, especially to prevent unintended catch (bycatch) of sea turtles and other species. She also can speak about marine habitat protection, tidal energy, and the role of users and stakeholders in technical decision-making.
In 2006, Jenkins received a Ph.D. in Marine Conservation from Duke University. She was recently awarded a 2013 Sloan Research Fellowship for Ocean Sciences.
Assistant Professor at Arizona State University
Areas of Expertise: Marine Conservation, Marine Biology, Environmental Conservation, Sustainability, Fisheries and Fishing Gear, Tidal Energy, Marine Renewable Energy, Marine Habitat Protection, Science Art
Location: Tempe, AZ (school year) Seattle, WA (summer)