David W. Cash
Former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
David W. Cash is the former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Prior to this role, he held the position of Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DOU) where he helped lead efforts to modernize the grid, expand the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy and empower customers in their energy decisions. Prior to his work at the DPU, Dr. Cash was the Undersecretary for Policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). In this role, Dr. Cash advised the EEA Secretary on an array of issues, including climate change, energy, land management, water management, oceans, wildlife and fisheries, air and water quality, environmental and energy dimensions of transportation and waste management. Prior to working for the Commonwealth, Dr. Cash was a research associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Public Policy.
Host / Executive Producer, Living on Earth
Steve Curwood is Executive Producer and Host of Living on Earth. Curwood created the first pilot of Living on Earth in the Spring of 1990, and the show has run continuously since April, 1991. Today, Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is aired on more than 300 National Public Radio affiliates in the USA. Curwood's relationship with NPR goes back to 1979 when he began as a reporter and host of Weekend All Things Considered. He also hosted NPR's World of Opera. Curwood has been a journalist for more than 30 years with experience at NPR, CBS News, the Boston Globe, WBUR-FM/Boston and WGBH-TV/Boston. He shared the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the Boston Globe's education team. He is also the recipient of the 2003 Global Green Award for Media Design, the 2003 David A. Brower Award from the Sierra Club for excellence in environmental reporting and the 1992 New England Environmental Leadership Award from Tufts University for his work on promoting environmental awareness. He is president of the World Media Foundation, Inc. and a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University.
Cornelia (Cory) Dean
New York Times Writer
Cory Dean is a science writer for the New York Times, where she writes mostly about environmental issues and science policy. From 1997 until 2003, Dean was science editor of the Times, where she was responsible for coverage of science, health and medical news in the daily paper and in the weekly Science Times section.She spent the 2003-2004 academic year at Harvard, where she was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government and taught in the Harvard College program on Environmental Science and Public Policy.
Dean’s first book, Against the Tide: The Battle for America’s Beaches, was published in 1999 and was a New York Times Notable Book of the year. Her second book, Am I Making Myself Clear?, was published by Harvard University Press in 2009. She is currently working on a book about the misuse of scientific information in American public life.
Dr. Peter Frumhoff
Director of Science and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists
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Peter C. Frumhoff is director of science and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and chief scientist of the UCS climate campaign. He ensures that UCS brings robust science to bear on our efforts to strengthen public policies, with a particular focus on climate change. A global change ecologist, Dr. Frumhoff has published and lectured widely on topics including climate change impacts, climate science and policy, tropical forest conservation and management, and biological diversity. He was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) 2007 Fourth Assessment Report and the 2000 IPCC Special Report on Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry, and served as chair of the 2007 Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA). He serves on the American Wind Wildlife Institute’s board of directors and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations’ scientific advisory committee, and is a member of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
Dr. Frumhoff has taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Harvard University, and the University of Maryland. He also served as an AAAS Science and Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he designed and led conservation and rural development programs in Latin America and East Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in ecology and an M.A. in zoology from the University of California–Davis and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California–San Diego.
Kelly Sims Gallagher
Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, Tufts University; Director, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Tufts University; Former Senior Policy Advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Former Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. State Department
Kelly Sims Gallagher is Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She directs the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher. From June 2014-September 2015 she served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office at the U.S. State Department. Gallagher is a member of the board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where she previously directed the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group.
Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China. She specializes in the role of policy in spurring the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally. A Truman Scholar, she has a MALD and PhD in international affairs from The Fletcher School, and an AB from Occidental College.
John Hayes is a scientist emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His research interests include: factors controlling the isotope composition (13C, 14C, 2H, 15N, 34S) of organic materials in marine environments; reconstruction of ancient conditions (pCO2, trophic structure) from isotopic compositions of organic compounds in sediments; development of the global carbon cycle over geologic time; techniques of isotope analysis. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Research Associate, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Gernot Wagner is a research associate at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he works with David Keith on developing a research program on solar geoengineering. He wrote Climate Shock, joint with Harvard’s Martin Weitzman and published by Princeton University Press (2015), a 2015 Top 15 Financial Times McKinsey Business Book of the Year; and But will the planet notice?, published by Hill & Wang/Farrar Strauss & Giroux (2011). He served as economist at the Environment Defense Fund (2008 – 2016), most recently as its lead senior economist (2014 – 2016) and member of its Leadership Council (2015 – 2016). Gernot is a visiting research associate at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Lecturer on Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard.
President Emeritus, Land Trust Alliance
Rand Wentworth is president emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance, a national conservation organization based in Washington, DC. He served as president from 2002-2016 and is recognized for presiding over the transformation of the pace and quality of land conservation in America. He has testified before Congress three times and worked closely with Congress to dramatically expand the tax incentives for land conservation. He built a virtual university for land conservation which now trains over 5000 staff and board each year.
Before joining the Land Trust Alliance, he served as vice president and founding director of the Atlanta office of the Trust for Public Land where he in tripled the size of the national park honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and completed a $143 million capital campaign to protect 70 miles along the Chattahoochee River, the primary drinking water supply for the City of Atlanta. Prior to his work in land conservation, he was president of a commercial real estate development company based in Atlanta.
Mr. Wentworth is a graduate of Yale University and holds an MBA in finance from Cornell University. He served as the Environmentalist in Residence at Middlebury College, was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and City Planning at Georgia Tech and has lectured at Yale and Duke.
Professor Emeritus of Physical Oceanography , Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Visiting Professor of Physical Oceanography and Climate, Harvard University
Carl Wunsch is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor Emeritus of Physical Oceanography at MIT. His area of expertise is physical oceanography and its relation to climate. His work is generally in the area relating global scale observations to theoretical and modeling ideas. Large-scale state estimation and inverse methods are used to determine the ocean circulation and its properties and variability on time scales of millennia to hours. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society and has received a number of awards including the Bowie Medal of the American Geophysical Union, 2006 and the 2015 Walter Munk Medal. Prof. Wunsch is the author or co-author of about 250 scientific papers and the author of several books including, Ocean Acoustic Tomography (with W. Munk and P. Worcester); The Ocean Circulation Inverse Problem; and Discrete Inverse and State Estimation Problems, all with Cambridge and Modern Observational Physical Oceanography (2015, with Princeton U. Press).