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2015 Annual Public Lecture Series – Full Bios

2015 Lecture Series Hompage

Claudia Tebaldi 101x152 Claudia Tebaldi holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Duke University. She was a postdoc and then a project scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research between 1997 and 2007. From January 2008 to September 2013 she worked as a research scientist for Climate Central, a research and communication organization committed to educating the US public on climate change, its impacts and solutions. She is now back at NCAR, in the Climate and Global Dynamics division, as a Project Scientist, but remains affiliated with Climate Central as a Science Fellow. Her research focuses on the analysis and statistical characterization of climate change projections and their uncertainty, as derived from climate models. She is a lead author of IPCC AR5, Chapter 12, Long Term Projections, Commitments and Irreversibility, a member of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the NRC, of the Working Group on Coupled Modeling of WMO, of the Science Review Group of the MetOffice/Hadley Centre and of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International ad hoc Detection and Attribution Group. 
Douglas McCauley 101x152 Douglas McCauley has a degree in political science and a degree in biology from the University of California at Berkeley. His PhD research was done at Stanford University where he studied the ecology of fishing and its effects on coral reef ecosystems. Dr. McCauley did postdoctoral research at Stanford University, Princeton University, and UC Berkeley. Currently Dr. McCauley serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. McCauley is a Sloan Research Fellow in the Ocean Sciences. Research in the McCauley Lab covers a wide range of topics ranging from global patterns in marine wildlife loss to strategic planning of protected areas in the ocean. Work from the McCauley Lab has been published in journals such as Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA and has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, BBC, and US National Public Radio. Dr. McCauley is a native of California.
Geoffrey Scott 101x152 Dr. Geoffrey I. Scott received his BS in Biology from Wofford College and his MS and PhD. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Scott is currently a Clinical Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. He also holds faculty appointments at other academic institutions including the Marine Biomedicine Program at the Medical University of South Carolina, the Marine Biology Program at the College of Charleston, and Texas Tech University’s Institute for Environmental and Human Health. He has decades of research experience, most recently including work for NOAA/NOS National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR). Dr. Scott was the Director of NOAA’s CCEHBR from 2001-2014, and formerly the Acting Director for NOAA’s Center for Human Health Risk at the Hollings Marine Laboratory from 2009-2011. He has served on numerous national and international advisory panels to government and industry.
Ben Preston 101x152 Benjamin L. Preston is a senior research scientist in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Environmental Sciences Division where he is also the deputy director of ORNL’s Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI) and the lead for CCSI’s Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability Science research theme. Ben received a BS in biology from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in environmental biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also minored in public policy.  Following his PhD, Ben served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as a senior research fellow at the Pew Center on Global Change, and as a research scientist in Australia with the CSIRO’s Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research and the Climate Adaptation Flagship research initiative. His research involves the development of empirical and process models as well as the application of geographic analysis tools to estimate climate impacts and, in particular, characterize interactions between climatic and socioeconomic change. He is also active in research evaluating opportunities and constraints associated with climate adaptation. Ben was a Coordinating Lead Author for Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, and has contributed dozens of publications to the scientific literature on climate change impacts, adaptation and environmental assessment.

 Drapkin Julia Kumari Drapkin is the executive producer and creator of iSeeChange and She is a radio, television, and multimedia producer based in New Orleans with a passion for finding innovative ways to connect people to their environment and to each other. Drapkin currently serves on the board of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and has served as an editorial advisor and contributor to Yale Climate Connections. Drapkin has worked as the Senior Science Reporter for The Nature Conservancy; a foreign correspondent and radio reporter for PRI’s The World and Global Post in South America; and as a photojournalist for the Associated Press in South Asia and the St. Petersburg Times. She was a NSF Polar Fellow in 2009 and a Metcalf Environmental Reporting Fellow for PRI’s The World in 2007. Most recently she’s worked as multimedia reporter for the Times Picayune in New Orleans. Prior to journalism, Julia did research anthropology and archaeology for over seven years in Latin America.

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