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2018 Annual Public Lecture Series Full Bios

2018 Annual Public Lecture Series | 2018 Annual Public Lecture Series Bios

Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence: Bringing Science to the Conversation

Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Vermont. She is a climatologist who uses a variety of mixed methods from statistics and historical content analysis to remotely sensed data, to explore the influence of atmospheric processes on fluvial processes and vegetated landscapes. Her work spans a number of climate hazards and severe weather, with a special focus on flooding and droughts. As the State Climatologist for Vermont, she engages directly with community groups, K-12 schools, State legislators, Federal and State agencies, and national climate organizations. Nationally, she is the lead author for the Northeast Chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment of the US Global Change Research Program. She also serves on the NOAA Science Advisory Board Climate Working Group helping to guide climate research across the US. Statewide, she works closely with the Vermont Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security on the climatology content sections of the FEMA-mandated Vermont State Hazard Mitigation Plan. In 2014, she was a Scholar-in-Residence for the Sustainability Graduate Institute at Goddard College, and their Commencement Speaker in Spring 2015. Also in 2015, Dr. Dupigny-Giroux was elected a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering in recognition of her academic and outreach contributions to the state.

Amir Jina is an Assistant Professor at University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, researching how economic and social development is shaped by the environment. He uses applied economic techniques, climate science, and remote sensing to understand the impacts of climate in both rich and poor countries, and has conducted fieldwork in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda. Amir is a founding member of the Climate Impact Lab, an interdisciplinary collaboration estimating the Social Cost of Carbon with state-of-the-art empirical methods. Prior to University of Chicago, Amir was a visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley where he worked the Risky Business initiative. Amir received his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University, B.A.s in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, and previously worked with the Red Cross/Red Crescent in South Asia and as a high school teacher in Japan.

Jean Yves Chainon is head Producer and Director of AR, VR and 360 Videos at the Global Editors Network, photographer and filmmaker, Chainon’s work has been featured in publications such as the Washington Post, AJ+ and The New York Times, where he also worked as a VR/360 producer. He is the founder and CEO of JYC, a development and production studio dedicated to augmented and virtual reality for media and brands. Since 2015, Chainon has been producing 360 video documentaries, virtual reality and augmented reality content in North America, Europe and South America. He has also been leading training workshops with international news organizations about VR, AR, 360 video and immersive journalism.

Amy Snover connects science and decision making to tackle today’s pressing environmental challenges. She serves as Assistant Dean for Applied Research in the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, Director of the UW Climate Impacts Group and the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, and Affiliate Associate Professor in the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Dr. Snover works with a broad range of decision makers to develop science-based climate risk management strategies, identify research priorities and build capacity for improving climate resilience. She leads the Climate Impacts Group efforts to provide the fundamental scientific understanding, data, tools, and guidance necessary for managing the climate risks facing the people, communities, and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. She was a convening lead author for the Third US National Climate Assessment and lead author of the groundbreaking 2007 ICLEI-published guidebook, Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments, and was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy in 2015.
Current areas of focus include defining successful climate change adaptation, exploring the role of cities in climate resilience and identifying the time of emergence of management-relevant aspects of climate change. Dr. Snover has a BA in Chemistry magna cum laude from Carleton College and a PhD in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry from the University of Washington.

Richard H. Moss is Senior Visiting Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute where he is on leave from appointments at the University of Maryland and the Joint Global Change Research Institute. Richard’s research focuses on (1) vulnerability assessment and adaptation to global change; (2) uncertainty characterization and communication; and (3) scenarios for global change research and assessment. His current research includes development of a multi-sector/scale modeling framework to study the potential for complex system impacts cascades. Richard served as Director of the US Global Change Research Program (spanning the Clinton and G.W. Bush Administrations), Head of technical support for Working Group II of IPCC, and director of climate/energy at the UN Foundation and World Wildlife Fund. He recently completed a six-year period as chair of the National Academy of Science’s Board on Environmental Change and Society. Richard is a fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in public and international affairs.

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