2016 Program & Speakers

The opening keynote address was delivered by Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist working for the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. He investigates issues related to climate, carbon, and energy systems.

The Fred Keeley lecture was delivered by Steven Chu, a professor of physics and molecular & cellular physiology at Stanford University. Chu served as the US Secretary of Energy from 2009 to 2013 and in 1997 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

The first panel was "Emerging Diseases, Public Health, and Climate Change." It was moderated by Jenny Reardon, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Science and Justice Research Center at UC Santa Cruz. 

  • Melinda R. Weathers, Clemson University
  • A. Marm Kilpatrick, UC Santa Cruz
  • Daniel Brooks, University of Nebraska
  • Mercedes Pascual, University of Chicago         

The second panel was "Geoengineering and Climate Change." It was moderated by Slawek Tulaczyk, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. 

  • Waleed Abdalati, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Jeffrey Kiehl, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Michael Kraft, University of Wisconsin
  • Alan Robock, Rutgers University           

The third panel was "The Geopolitics of Climate Change." It was moderated by Ronnie Lipchutz, Professor of Politics and Provost of Rachel Carson College at UC Santa Cruz. 

  • Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP Climate Gap Initiative, Washington, DC
  • Steven Lamy, University of Southern California
  • Diana Liverman, University of Arizona
  • Stacy VanDeveer, University of New Hampshire