NCSE Drawdown 2021: Concurrent Session Details

NCSE Drawdown 2021 Conference

 

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Concurrent sessions are presentations focused on a specific topic or project, often with a moderator and several panelists.

Conference attendees can view a 20-minute prerecorded presentation in advance of the conference. During the scheduled session time, the presenters will provide a brief synopsis of their recorded remarks and the moderator will lead the panel to answer questions and engage with attendees in real time.


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Letters in parentheses refer to a session's thematic pathway.                   

 

Solutions to Quench the World’s Thirst – Solving Water Scarcity (A)

Strategic plans from policy makers, new knowledge and novel solutions are keys to holistic sustainable water management. This session allows stakeholders from diverse expertise to exchange ideas, knowledge and findings to identify the needs and approaches to address water scarcity facing the world in the climate change era.

  • Session Organizer: How Yong Ng, Ph.D., Professor and Director, National University of Singapore Environmental Research Institute (NERI)
  • Moderator: How Yong Ng, Ph.D., Professor and Director, National University of Singapore Environmental Research Institute (NERI)
  • Presenters:
    • How Yong Ng, Ph.D., Professor and Director, National University of Singapore Environmental Research Institute (NERI)
    • Srivatsan V Raghavan, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow and Head, Climate and Water Research Cluster, Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI), National University of Singapore
    • Hilda Cecilia Tortajada Quiroz, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

 

Decision Tools for Systems-of-Systems Approaches to Environmental Security (B)

Policy- and decision-makers need to identify solutions that ensure population health and security to climate risks. This session will discuss tools for examining how climate effects impact the performance of critical infrastructure and services and identifying solutions to improve their resilience.

  • Session Organizer: Victoria Gammino, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Global Health, MITRE; Alex Schlichting, Ph.D, Energy & Environment Research Engineer, MITRE
  • Moderator: Mike Gremillion, Col USAF Ret, Director of the Center for Global Water Security at The University of Alabama
  • Presenters:
    • Jenn Richkus, Research Environmental Scientist and Strategist, MITRE
    • Alex Schlichting, Ph.D, Energy & Environment Research Engineer, MITRE
    • Ken Harrison, Ph.D., Operations Research Analyst, NIST Community Resilience Group

 

Smart Systems to Decarbonize Industry (B)

Session examines the application of design thinking to address risk mitigation in the interface among smart systems, tools, and users to meaningfully accelerate decarbonization at scale while enhancing value in supply chains.

  • Session Organizer: Edward Saltzberg, Ph.D., Executive Director, Security and Sustainability Forum
  • Moderator: Edward Saltzberg, Ph.D., Executive Director, Security and Sustainability Forum
  • Presenters:
    • Cheryl Heller, Ph.D., Director of Design Integration and Professor of Practice in Innovation Design, Arizona State University
    • Todd Taylor, M.S., Lecturer and Digital Technology Researcher, Thunderbird School at Arizona State University
    • Andrew Maynard, Ph.D., Director of the Risk Innovation Lab, Arizona State University
    • William Brandt, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Integration, LightWorks® an Arizona State University initiative

 

Climate Change Indicators for Agriculture: Understanding Risks and Impacts (C)

This session will focus on data sets for tracking, understanding, and managing the effects of changing temperatures and water availability on agriculture in the United States and describe results from a new USDA technical report on climate indicators for agriculture.

  • Session Organizer: Peter Backlund, M.A., Associate Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University
  • Moderator: Margaret Walsh, Ph.D., Senior Ecologist, Office of Energy and Environmental Policy, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Presenters:
    • Lawrence Buja, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Initiatives, University of Nevada, Reno
    • Arthur Degaetano, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University
    • Peter Backlund, M.A., Associate Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University

 

RISAs, Climate Hubs & CASCs: Federal Coordination Across Regional Networks (C)

Climate science-to-action networks at USDA, NOAA and DOI share a goal of supporting communities, landscapes, and sectors across the nation in becoming resilient to climate change. This panel will discuss how these three networks coordinate and collaborate at the federal level.

  • Session Organizer: Ariela Zycherman, Ph.D., Social Scientist and Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Moderator: Ariela Zycherman, Ph.D., Social Scientist and Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Presenters:
    • Rachel Steele, Ph.D., National Program Leader, USDA Climate Hubs, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Janet Cushings, Deputy Chief, National Climate Adaptation Science Centers, U.S. Geological Survey
    • Chelsea Combest-Friedman, Director, Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

The Emergence of Local Scale Climate Action and Policy: Why, How, and Who (D)

This session examines how local institutions are incorporating new strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in the absence of significant, comprehensive climate policy at the global, federal and state levels.

  • Session Organizer: Maureen Biermann, M.S., Program Coordinator, Center for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Moderator: Ana Unruh Cohen, Ph.D., Staff Director, U.S House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
  • Presenters:
    • Stephen Arturo Greenlaw, Ph.D., Research Assistant, Center for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • Abigail Steffen, Research Assistant, Center for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • Christine Biermann, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

 

Learning From Living Labs: Regenerative Social-Ecological Research and Teaching (E)

“Living Laboratories” offer unique ways to research, teach and support regenerative social-ecological systems through interdisciplinary, placed-based experiential learning and action. Our session will highlight the last two years of “living lab” work by our four institutions in partnership with nonprofits, businesses and tribal governments around the Lake Superior watershed.

  • Session Organizer: Kathryn Milun, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Legal Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Moderator: Kathryn Milun, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Legal Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Presenters:
    • Charles Levkoe, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University
    • Randel Hanson, Ph.D, Co-Director of Eco-Entrepreneurship, Lake Superior Community College
    • Nairne Cameron, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Geography, Algoma University

 

Key Competencies in Sustainability – Areas of Convergence and Next Steps (E)

A key question for employers, students, educators, and administrators is what competencies sustainability programs develop in students. We present results from research addressing this question: convergence on key competencies in sustainability and its implication for curriculum design and careers.

  • Session Organizer: Katja Brundiers, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University
  • Moderator: Rod Parnell, Ph.D., Professor Earth Sci & Environ Sustainability, Northern Arizona University
  • Presenters:
    • Christopher Boone, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University
    • Matthias Barth, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures Arizona State University, Professor, Institute for Integrated Research, Leuphana University
    • Katja Brundiers, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Letters in parentheses refer to a session's thematic pathway.

 

After COVID-19, What? Community Colleges from 4 U.S. Regions Respond (G)

This session will be a continuation of a recent NCSE Essay about refocusing the mission of community colleges towards Nature instead of Workforce. Data shows how students have been impacted and how COVID-19 has increased interest in climate change, which must be moved from the margin to the center of college functions.

  • Session Organizer: Maria Boccalandro, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability and Programs, Dallas College-Cedar Valley Campus
  • Moderator: Marianella Franklin, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Texas in Rio Grande Valley
  • Presenters:
    • Maria Boccalandro, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability and Programs, Dallas College-Cedar Valley Campus
    • Robert Franco, Ph.D., Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness, Kapi'olani Community College, University of Hawai’i
    • Stephen Summers, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Seminole State College of Florida
    • Nancy Lee Wood, Ph.D., Profession and Coordinator SSP, Bristol Community College

 

Evolution of California's Scientific Response in the Wake of a Pandemic (G)

Researchers are collaborating in innovative ways to help detect, monitor, track, and eliminate the spread of COVID-19. This panel will explore topics including: What have we learned about the state-level response to the virus? Do decision makers have access to readily available science they need?

  • Session Organizer: Sarah Brady, Ph.D., Deputy Director, California Council on Science and Technology
  • Moderator: Amber Mace, Ph.D., Executive Director, California Council on Science and Technology
  • Presenters:
    • Christopher Cabaldon, Ph.D., Mayor, West Sacramento
    • Lena Gonzalez, Senator and Chair of the Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response, California State Senate
    • Kate Gordon, Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research
    • Andy McIlroy, Ph.D.,Integrated Security Solutions Associate Labs Director, Sandia National Laboratories

 

Irrigation Modernization: How to Keep the Water Flowing for Food, Farms and Fish (H)

Aging infrastructure, persistent droughts, rampant wildfires, and declining fish populations are increasing demands on water resources in the West. This panel will provide examples of successful infrastructure modernization that demonstrate how to bring people together to solve complex challenges.

  • Session Organizer: Margi Hoffman, Strategic Operations Director, Farmers Conservation Alliance
  • Moderator: Julie O’Shea, Executive Director, Farmers Conservation Alliance
  • Presenters:
    • Les Perkins, District Manager, Farmers Irrigation District
    • Scott Yates,  Western Water and Habitat Program Manager, Trout Unlimited
    • Dave Moldal, Senior Program Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon
    • Edward Weber, Ulysses Dubach Professor of Political Science, Oregon State University

 

COVID-19 in Indian Country: Challenges and Innovations (I)

This session will illustrate the concurrent impacts of COVID-19 and climate change on Native and Indigenous communities and highlight resilience resulting from weaving native wisdom and western science to produce a shared understanding of the integral relationships of humans, climate and nature.

  • Session Organizer: Maureen McCarthy, Ph.D., Research Professor, Desert Research Institute
  • Moderator: Maureen McCarthy, Ph.D., Research Professor, Desert Research Institute
  • Presenters:
    • James Rattling Leaf, Ph.D., Climate Partnership Coordinator, Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
    • Kyle Bocinsky, Ph.D., Director, Research Institute, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
    • Staci Emm, M.A., Extension Educator and Professor, Cooperative Extension, University of Nevada, Reno

 

Research and Practice Connecting Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Planning (I)

Communities conducting hazard mitigation addressing climate risks have issues accessing clear information and tools. We will explore ways that Federal agencies are co-developing resources to address this issue, reduce hazard risk, and share examples of how information produced advance local action.

  • Session Organizer: Christopher Clavin, M.S., Research Environmental Engineer, Community Resilience Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Moderator: Reid Sherman, Ph.D., Climate Adaptation Lead, U.S. Global Change Research Program
  • Presenters:
    • Rebecca Lunde, Ph.D., West Coast Regional Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • Shubha Shrivastava, MUP, Mitigation Planner, Federal Emergency Management Agency
    • Justin Kates, Director of Emergency Management, The City of Nashua, New Hampshire
    • Christopher Clavin, M.S., Research Environmental Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

 

Business Disruption, COVID-19, and Climate: Impacts of Disasters on Resilience (I)

This session highlights research across NIST and NOAA’s RISA programs exploring the complexity of climate resilience for small and medium enterprises in the COVID-19 context. We will discuss the importance of longitudinal research that takes into account regional and social differences and the challenges of research in shifting conditions.

  • Session Organizer: Ariela Zycherman, Ph.D., Social Scientist/ Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Moderator: Ariela Zycherman, Ph.D., Social Scientist/ Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Presenters:
    • Tamara Wall, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute
    • Eleanor Davis, Doctoral Candidate, University of South Carolina
    • Michelle Meyer, Ph.D., Director of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A & M
    • Jennifer Helgeson, Ph.D., Economist, National Institute of Standard and Technology
    • Claudia Nierenberg, Division Chief, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • Kristin Vandermole, Ph.D, Assistant Research Professor, Desert Research Institute

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Letters in parentheses refer to a session's thematic pathway.

 

What have we learned about science communication from the COVID-19 pandemic? The panelists will discuss efforts to share research and expertise related to the pandemic and what they teach us about how to communicate science to decision makers and the public in a time of crisis.

  • Session Organizer: Diana Brazzell, Co-founder & Executive Editor, Footnote
  • Moderator: Diana Brazzell, Co-founder & Executive Editor, Footnote
  • Presenters:
    • Diana Brazzell, Co-founder & Executive Editor, Footnote
    • Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Ph.D., Director of Communications and Science Outreach, Ciencia Puerto Rico
    • Elyse Aurbach, Ph.D., Public Engagement Lead at the Center for Academic Innovation, University of Michigan

 

Colorado River Sustainability: Epicenter of Science, Environment, and Policy (C)

After enduring a crippling 20-year drought in the Colorado River basin, stakeholders, including states, U.S. and Mexican governments, Native American tribes, and non-governmental organizations, are finding new and innovative ways to sustain the River. This panel will address those efforts.

  • Session Organizer: Jennifer Gimbel, J.D., Senior Water Policy Scholar, Colorado Water Center; Colorado State University
  • Moderator: Jennifer Gimbel, J.D., Senior Water Policy Scholar, Center, Colorado State University
  • Presenters:
    • Brad Udall, J.D., Senior Water & Climate Scientist/Scholar, Colorado Water Center, Colorado State University
    • Ted Kowalski, J.D., Colorado River Initiate Lead and Senior Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation
    • T. Daryl Vigil, Jicarilla Apache, Jemez Pueblo, Zia Peublo, Co-Director Water & Tribes in the Colorado River Basin

 

Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula in Higher Education (E)

The National Academies issued a consensus study report with recommendations to strengthen sustainability programs and curricula in higher education. Participants will learn about the recommendations and how they can be applied at their own institutions to advance sustainability education.

  • Session Organizer: Emi Kameyama, Associate Program Officer, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Moderator: Erin Bromaghim, Director, Olympic and Paralympic Development and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Fellow on the Sustainable Development Goals, City of Los Angeles
  • Presenters:
    • Anne Kapuscinski, Director of the Coastal Science and Policy Program, University of California Santa Cruz
    • Christopher Boone, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
    • Garrick Louis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia
    • Lida Beninson, Ph.D., Study Director, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

 

Advancing Urban Heat Resilience (I)

This session will explore the current state and innovations in planning, design, and governance for urban heat, including a survey of U.S. planners and review of municipal plans. Attendees will gain insight into challenges and opportunities in research and practice to advance urban heat resilience.

  • Session Organizer: Ladd Keith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Planning and Sustainable Built Environments, University of Arizona
  • Moderator: Hunter Jones, Master of Env. Management, Climate and Health Project Manager, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Presenters:
    • Ladd Keith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Planning and Sustainable Built Environments, University of Arizona
    • V. Kelly Turner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
    • Sara Meerow, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

 

The Costs and Losses of Wildfires – Investment Solutions vs. Reactive Management (I)

Intensifying wildfire seasons pose a growing strain on resources and the well-being of Californians. The panel will discuss our recent report on what we know and what we must learn to make informed decisions about the balance of investment solutions and reactive management of wildfire in California.

  • Session Organizer: Brie Lindsey, Ph.D., Deputy Director, California Council on Science and Technology
  • Moderator: Brie Lindsey, Ph.D., Director of Science Services, California Council on Science and Technology
  • Presenters:
    • Genevieve Biggs, Ph.D., Special Projects Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
    • Teresa Feo, Ph.D., Senior Science Officer, California Council on Science and Technology
    • Samuel Evans, Ph.D., Professor, Mills College