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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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