Research & Teaching

Monday, December 4 -  "Contested Realities: India's Environmental Movement and the Politics of Change" 

Sunita Narain, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi

Wednesday, November 29 - "Hope and Despair: Communicating an Uncertain Future"

Nikhil Advani, Lead Specialist, Climate, Communities and Biodiversity, World Wildlife Fund; Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science, Smithsonian Institution; David Wallace-Wells, Author of "The Unhabitable Earth," New York Magazine; Cam Webb, Research Affiliate, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; and moderated by Elizabeth Wolkovich, Assistant Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Monday, May 8 - "Understanding and Improving Crop Responses to Global Atmospheric Change"

Lisa Ainsworth, Associate Professor of Plant Biology; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences, USDA ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Climate change is one of the most complicated and challenging problems the world has ever faced.

It is a global problem, and one that requires global action to manage the impacts and minimize the risks. Here at Harvard, we are fortunate enough to have faculty members with expertise, across many disciplines, who contribute through their teaching, their research, and their leadership to a broad effort to help lead the world toward solutions.

Friday, April 28 – "Achieving Harvard’s Science-based Climate Goal"
Heather Henriksen, Director, Office for Sustainability,

Thursday, April 27 - "Human Imprints on the Tree of Life: Using Evolutionary History to Understand What is Being Lost, and What to Save,"

Sandra Diaz, Córdoba National University (Argentina) and Argentine National Research Council; Michael Donoghue, Yale University; Kate Jones, University College London; Ana Rodrigues, The French National Center for Scientific Research; and moderated by Jonathan Davies, McGill University

Wednesday, April 26 - "Improving Agriculture in a Warming World"

David Lobell, William Wrigley Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Associate Professor of Earth System Science; Deputy Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University

Wednesday, April 26 - "Defending the Climate in the Trumpocene "

David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Wednesday, April 19 "Good Science for Good Politics: Scientific Advice and Policy-making in the European Union"

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and former Secretary of State to Portugal

Monday, April 3 - "Trends and Challenges in Global Agriculture: The Opportunity for Digital Ag"

Michael K. Stern, CEO and President, The Climate Corporation

Wednesday, February 22 — “Poverty Traps, Resilience, and Coupled Human-Natural Systems"

Christopher B. Barrett, Cornell University

Thursday, February 23 - "Meeting Future Food Needs: The Global Food System Under Climate Change"

Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Friday, December 2 - "Stillness and Momentum Through Climate Change"
Artist  Zaria Forman

The inspiration for Forman's drawings began in early childhood when she traveled with her family throughout several of the world's most remote landscapes, which were the subject of her mother's fine art photography.

Tuesday, November 15 - "Challenges for the New President"

Bob Perciasepe, President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Tuesday, October 18 - "Looking Up: How Coalitions of Bottom-Up Organizations are Driving Action for Sustainable Development"

Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General

With Panelists:

William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development, Harvard Kennedy School

May 13, 2016 - "Approaching the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the humanities and the sciences"

Thursday, April 21 — “Novel Climates - Novel Ecosystems: Effects of directional changes in precipitation amount and variability”
Osvaldo Sala, Julie A. Wrigley Professor of Life Sciences, Professor of Sustainability, Arizona State University

with Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus, Moderated by Kate Konschnik 

Tuesday, December 8 — “Exploring Global Warming with Climate Models of Various Complexity”
Syukuro “Suki” Manabe, Senior Meteorologist at Princeton University

Wednesday, November 4 — "Climate Clubs: The Central Role of the Social Sciences in Climate Change Policy"
William D. Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University

Thursday, October 8 “The Hidden Environmental Impacts of Beach Nourishment”
Robert S. Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University

Thursday, October 1 — “Will the Courts Strike Down the President's Clean Power Plan?"
Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law; Director, Environmental Law Program, Harvard Law School; Richard Lazarus, Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Monday, April 27 – “Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars”
Margo Oge, Vice Chairman of the Board of Deltawing Technologies, and former director of the Office of Transportation Air Quality at the US Environmental Protection Agency

Thursday, April 9 – "Climate Change and Human Health: Impacts and Opportunities"
Joel Schwartz, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Sam Myers, Senior Research Scientist, Dept. of Environmental Health

Wednesday, April 8 – Climate Week Poetry Reading
Paisley Rekdal, Professor, English, University of Utah

Friday, April 10 – "Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change"
Vincenzo Bolletino, Research Associate, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Gregg Greenough, Director of Research, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; and Ronak Patel, Director, Urbanization and Crises Program, Harvard Humanitarian Inititative

Friday, April 10 – "Jet Stream Variability and Climate"
Zhiming Kuang, Gordon McKay Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, Harvard University

Thursday, April 9 – "The Role of Health and Climate in Campus Sustainability"
Arlene Blum, Scientist and Public Health Advocate, and Heather Henriksen, Director, Office for Sustainability

Wednesday, April 8 – "Building and Planning for Climate Change"
Kairos Shen, Director of Planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority

Wednesday, April 8 – "Two Keohanes Talk Climate Politics"
Robert Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University and Nathaniel Keohane, Vice President, International Climate program, Environmental Defense Fund

Monday March 23 – "Back to the Future: Will we create enough new technology to sustain our society?"
Peter Thiel, Palantir Technologies; Thiel Foundation; Founders Fund; PayPal co-founder

Thursday, February 5 – “American Public Opinion on Climate Change: Motivated Cognition?”
Jon Krosnick, Professor of Communication, Political Science, and Psychology, Stanford University

October 8, 2014 – "The President's Effort to Combat Climate Change without Congress: What is EPA Proposing to Do and Is It Legal?"

May 5, 2014  "O Brave New World! Entering An Age of Climate Change Beyond 400ppm"
Ralph Keeling, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Wednesday, April 30 "Imagining China's Future: Politics, the Economy, and Climate Change"
Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia

Thursday, April 17 "The Long and Winding Road to Clean Energy"
Jeff Bingaman, Distinguished Fellow, Stanford Law School; former US Senator of New Mexico and chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Wednesday, April 9 "China, Development & the World Economy"
Robert Zoellick, Former President, World Bank; Chairman, International Advisors, Goldman Sachs

Wednesday, April 2 "CCS Decade:  Technologies and Projects in the Industrial World"
S. Julio Friedmann, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Clean Coal Program, Office of Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy

Wednesday, March 12 "What Can We Hope to Know About the Future of the Energy System?"
M. Granger Morgan, University and Lord Chair Professor of Engineering; Head and Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, March 11"Challenges to the Sustainability of China's Evolving Growth Model"
Michael Spence, former Dean of FAS; Nobel Laureate in Economics; currently Professor of Economics at New York University

November 13, 2013 "Big Unanswered Questions About Our Energy Future"
John Deutch, Institute Professor, MIT; Co-chair Secretary of Energy Advisor; Former Undersecretary of Energy; Director of Central Intelligence

November 1, 2013 "Peak Water: What Happens When The Wells Go Dry?"
Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute

October 28, 2013 "Debating the Climate Engineering"
A Geoengineering: Science and Governance panel discussion

October 21, 2013 "Europe's Clean Energy Transition 2003-2013: An Irish Perspective"
Eamon Ryan, Party Leader, Irish Green Party; Former Minister for Energy and Communications, Irish Government

June 4, 2013 "Preparing for Climate Change"
An installment of the Our Campus, Our World series

May 16, 2013 "Science Serving Society: Reflections on 4 Years in Washington"
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State University and former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

May 1, 2013  "Catalyzing key chemical transformations for renewable, sustainable energy"
Thomas Jaramillo, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

April 30, 2013 "The Well Tempered Planet"
Jonathan Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies

April 17, 2013 "Our Shared Destinies Within the Planet’s Boundaries"
Sir David King, Former Chief Scientific Adviser to the British government; currently Director, Cambridge Kaspakas; Senior Science Advisor, UBS; Chancellor, University of Liverpool

November 14, 2012 "The Dust Bowl"
Ken Burns, Academy Award-winning documentarian

April 19, 2012 - "Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation: The Importance of Preserving Environmental Gradients in a Changing World"
Thomas B. Smith, Director of the Center for Tropical Research; Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

April 4, 2012 "The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Modern World"
Daniel Yergin, Author; Executive Vice President and Chairman, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates

March 29, 2012 "Old Bones, Ancient Molecules, and the March to Extinction of Hawaiian Birds"
Helen F. James, Curator in Charge, Smithsonian Institute, Divison of Birds

February 27, 2012"California's Low Carbon Energy Future"
Mary D. Nichols, California Air Resources Board Chairman

February 16, 2012  “Global Change, Biodiversity and Poverty: Insights from the Himalaya”
Kamaljit S. Bawa, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts-Boston

December 3, 2010 "Confronting Climate"
The EPA @ 40: Protecting the Environment and Our Communities

December 3, 2010 "From Science to Policy"
The EPA @ 40: Protecting the Environment and Our Communities

December 3, 2010 "Global Problems, Local Solutions"
The EPA @ 40: Protecting the Environment and Our Communities

December 3, 2010Keynote Address
Lisa P. Jackson, EPA Administrator

December 3, 2010 "A Legacy of Environmental Protection"
The EPA @ 40: Protecting the Environment and Our Communities

November 30, 2011 - "North America's New Age of Energy Abundance: Prudent Oil and Natural Gas Development"
James Hackett, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

November 15, 2011 "Individuals, Ecosystems, and the Land Carbon Sink"
Lars O. Hedin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Director of Program in Environmental Studies, Princeton University

October 26, 2011 - "Risks and Opportunities of Natural Gas"
Susan Tierney, Managing Principal at Analysis Group and former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy

October 13, 2011 - "The Development of Liquid Fuels from Lignocellulose"
Chris Somerville, Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute; Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Visiting Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

October 11, 2011“Catchers in the Rye: Ecology, Society, and Climate Change
Joshua Tewksbury, Walker Professor of Natural History, Department of Biology, University of Washington

September 9, 2011 - "How Could Nature Thrive in Urban Regions? Could the Future of Roads Have No Driving, No Emissions, and Nature Reconnected?”
Richard T. T. Forman, PAES Professor of Landscape Ecology, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

April 20, 2011 "Fungal Diversity, Global Change, and Ecosystems"
Kathleen Treseder, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

April 5, 2011Hurrying History: Can the World Adopt a Fast Path to Low-Carbon Energy?
Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University

March 24, 2011"Maintaining and Restoring Biodiversity in a Human-Dominated World"
John Chase, Professor of Biology and Director, Tyson Research Center, Washington University in St. Louis

March 9, 2011 "Responsible Stewardship of U.S. Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Development"
Michael R. Bromwich, Director, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement

March 2, 2011 "Energy for the War Fighter"
Sharon Burke, Director of Operation Energy Plans and Programs, U.S. Department of Defense

February 22, 2011"In Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling in the U.S."
Cherry A. Murray, Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Member, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

February 16, 2011"Forests in a Changing Climate"
Paul Moorcroft, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

February 9, 2011 "World on the Edge"
Lester Brown, Founder and President, The Earth Policy Institute

February 3, 2011 – "Solar's Fit in Energy's Future"
Bruce Sohn, President, First Solar

November 10, 2010 "The Ecology of Fear and the Ecosystem: How Predation Risk Drives Ecosystem Nutrient Dynamics"
Oswald J. Schmitz, Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology, Yale University

October 25, 2010 "The Innovation Equation at Tata"
Sunil Sinha, CEO, Tata Quality Management Services, Tata Group

October 20, 2010"Energy Innovation at Scale"
Steven Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy

October 18, 2010"Biological Networks and the Scaling of Plant Form, Function, Diversity, and Ecology"
Brian Enquist, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona & The Santa Fe Institute

September 30, 2010"How to Conserve a Large Tropical Wildland Through Biodiversity Development: Costa Rican Example"
Daniel H. Janzen, Thomas and Louise E. DiMaura Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Pennsylvania

April 27, 2010 "The Future of Energy: Five Things We're Excited About"
Marvin Odum, President, Shell Oil Company

April 22, 2010 "Food Webs in River Networks: Algal Mediated Linkages of Rivers to Watershed and Nearshore Marine Ecosystems"
Mary Power, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley

March 13, 2010  "Building a Green Energy Economy through Accelerated Innovation"
Kristina Johnson, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

April 12, 2010 "Population Dynamics in Epidemic Malaria: Climate Forcing and Parasite Evolution"
Mercedes Pascual, Rosemary Grant Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

April 2, 2010  "Sustainable Energy—Without the Hot Air"
David MacKay, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK

February 17, 2010 "Acute Infectious Diseases in Space and Time"
Bryan Grenfell, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

February 4, 2010 "Bioenergy, Biodiversity, Food and Global Change Mitigation: Can we have it all?"
Stephen Long, Professor of Crop Sciences, Robert Emerson Professor, and Resident Scientist for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

November 17, 2009 "America’s Energy Future: Challenges and Opportunities"
Maxine Savitz, Vice President, National Academy of Engineering; retired general manager, Technology Partnerships, Honeywell, Inc.

November 2, 2009  "Climate Change: Getting from Science to Law"
Peter Lehner, Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council

October 14, 2009 "Climate Change and How We Got the Fauna We Have Today"
Mark McPeek, David T. McLaughlin Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College

October 13, 2009 "Promise and Challenges of Renewable Energy"
Michael Skelly, CEO, Clean Line Energy Partners; former head of development, Horizon Wind Energy

September 22, 2009 "Climate Engineering: A Necessary Tool for Managing Climate Risks"
David Keith, Director, Energy and Environmental Systems Group, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economy, University of Calgary

April 22, 2009 – "Assembling and restoring ecosystems in a rapidly changing world"
Aaron Ellison, Harvard Forest

April 13, 2009 – "A Case Study of Biological Invasion: a Global Threat to Biodiversity"
Daniel Simberloff, Institute for Biological Invasions, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

April 9, 2009 "The MPG Illusion"
Richard Larrick, Associate Professor of Management, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

April 29, 2009 –  "Heat Stroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming"
Anthony Barnosky, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California-Berkeley

April 7, 2009 "Southern New England's Future Thirst: An Approach to Sustainability"
Tom Baron, Former Director of Operations, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Water System

April 3, 2009 – "Sustainability in a Changing World: Concepts and Policy Strategies to Address Climate Change in Alaska"
Terry Chapin, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

March 18, 2009 "The Population Bomb: Where We Stand Now"
Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University

December 3, 2008"Profitable Solutions to Climate, Oil, and Proliferation"
Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder, Chairman and Chief Scientist, the Rocky Mountain Institute

November 19, 2008 "Energy, Security, and the Long War of the 21st Century"
R. James Woolsey, Venture Partner, VantagePoint

November 3, 2008 "Strategic Intelligence in an Age of Nonlinear Risks and Opportunities: The Challenge of Energy and Environmental Security"
Carol Dumaine, Deputy Director for Energy and Environmental Security, Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, U.S. Department of Energy

October 23, 2008 – "The Impacts of Agriculture on Biodiversity: Lessons and Lies from Kenya and Borneo"
David Wilcove, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

October 6, 2008"In Pursuit of a Sustainable Energy Future"
John Rowe, Chairman, President, CEO, Exelon Corp

September 22, 2008 "Climate Change: the Human Dimension"
President Anote Tong, President of Kiribati

April 21, 2008 "Reclaiming U.S. Leadership on Global Warming"
Edward J. Marke, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts, Democratic party

April 16, 2008 – "Modeling the Global Biosphere"
Stephen Pacala, Petrie Professor of Biology; Director, Princeton Environmental Institute

March 12, 2008 "The Future of Energy"
Anne Lauvergeon, CEO, Areva

March 11, 2008 – "Biodiversity Loss and the Rise of Emerging Infectious Diseases"
Richard Ostfeld, Senior Scientist, Institute of Ecosystem Studies

February 22, 2008 "Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization"
Lester Brown, President and Founder, The Earth Policy Institute

February 13, 2008 – "Seas the Day: Science Informing Today's Choices for Tomorrow's Ocean"
Jane Lubchenco, Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology; Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University

December 5, 2007 – "Biodiversity and Global Change: Are We Yet a Predictive Science?"
Peter Reich, F.B. Hubacheck Senior Chair in Forest Ecology and Tree Physiology, University of Minnesota

October 24, 2007 – "The Paradox of Priestly's Bell Jar"
Shahid Naeem, Professor of Ecology, Columbia University

September 25, 2007 "Geothermal Energy: Harnessing the Fire Inside"
His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the Republic of Iceland

April 12, 2007 "Transforming Energy Techniques"
Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba

March 22, 2007"The Uncertainty of Energy Data"
Andrew Gould, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Schlumberger Limited

Feburary 5, 2007 – "The Growing Significance of Renewable Energy"
Dan E. Arvizu, Director, National Renewable Energy Lab

January 31, 2007 "The Road to Our Energy Future: A Candid Assessment"
Abdallah S. Jum'ah, President and CEO, Saudi Aramco

December 14, 2006 "Meeting the Energy-Environment Challenge...and How Harvard Can Help"
John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology; Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

November 6, 2006 "Green is Green"
Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Director, GE Global Research

April 5, 2006"Stabilization Wedges: Mitigation Tools for the Next Half-Century"
Robert Socolow, Professor, Princeton University; Co-Director, The Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton University

March 23, 2006 – "Fueling the Future: Clean Energy, Climate Security and Sustainable Development"
John Podesta, President, Center for American Progress; Former Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton

March 8, 2006"Energy Trends and Technologies for the Coming Decades"
Iain Conn, Group Managing Director, The BP Group

February 8, 2006 – "Is Energy's Future Sustainable?"
Matthew Simmons, President, Simmons and Company International; Author of Twilight in the Desert: The Coming of the Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy

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