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Keynote Speaker


Robin W. Kimmerer

Author: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Botany. She is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology.


Dr. Robert Dubrow

Robert Dubrow, MD, PhD is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Yale School of Public Health.

In 2015, moved by what he sees as the greatest public health challenge in this century, he committed himself to a new direction in the field of climate change and health, and became founding Faculty Director for an initiative that grew into the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, for which he continues to serve as Faculty Director. The Center utilizes research, education, and public health practice to help safeguard the health of human populations from adverse impacts of climate change and human activities that cause climate change. The Center works with academic, government, and civil society partners and aims to make local, national, and international impact and to integrate social justice into all of its work. Dr. Dubrow's research focuses on adverse health effects of heat and air pollution. He also has interests in the benefits and harms of air conditioning, in climate change and health in the Caribbean, in health equity issues as they relate to climate change, and in early warning systems for vector-borne diseases. His previous research focused on the epidemiology of cancer and HIV.

Presentation: Climate Change Mitigation: Protecting the Health of Current and Future Generations

Dr. Tessa Hill

Professor at College of Letters and Science at UCDavis; Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Professor at Bodega Marine Laboratory; Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute

Research interests include climate change, both past and present, and understanding the response of marine species to environmental perturbation. Tessa leads an industry-academic partnership to understand the consequences of ocean acidification on shellfish farmers on the Northern California coast.

Dr. Frederick W. Miller

NIH Scientist Emeritus; Former Head of Environmental Autoimmunity Group; Co-established of the International Myositis Assessment and Clinical Studies Group (IMACS); Established the Myositis Genetics Consortium (MYOGEN)

His work in the field of autoimmune diseases spans four decades and involves many aspects of the environmental risk factors, epidemiology, immunology, genetics, pathogenesis, evaluation, and treatment of immune-mediated diseases.

Presentation: General health impacts of climate change

Dr. Lily Odarno

Director of CATF’s Energy and Climate Innovation Program, Africa

She leads CATF’s effort to address the dual need of expanding affordable energy in developing economies and building a global decarbonized energy system. Her work focuses on development-centric energy transition pathways, utility markets, and technology innovation for low-carbon energy development in Africa.


Dr. Peter Reich

Professor; Director of the Institute for Global Change Biology (IGCB) at UMich; Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Dr. Peter Reich, a renowned expert in forest ecology, has conducted global change research on plants, soils, and ecosystems across a range of scales.

Reich’s work is multi-faceted and touches upon various aspects of terrestrial ecology, attempting to link fundamental physiology with community dynamics and ecosystem structure and function, within the context of the myriad of global environmental challenges that face us. This includes studying the effects on ecosystems of rising CO 2 and associated climate change, biodiversity loss, and wildfire.

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