The Environmental Studies and Science (ESS) department, with generous support provided by Con Edison, will host this Fall 2022 Speaker Series on Environmental Science and Policy within the subtopics of Biodiversity, Participatory Science, Climate Change Resilience, and Environmental Justice.
The series will include the following esteemed speakers:
DR. SUSANNE MOSER
Building Bridges: The Relational Work of Science-Policy Engagement, Hope and Resilience
Thursday, September 29, 2022
At this kick-off event, Dr. Susanne Moser shared lessons for effective science-practice interaction and communication on climate change and resilience in a fast-paced and ever-more challenging world.
GEORGE WYETH, JD
Participatory Science: Research With a Purpose
Thursday, October 20, 2022
“Participatory science” engages ordinary citizens in scientific research, usually to gather data on a broader scale than standard scientific methods can achieve. George Wyeth of the Environmental Law Institute delivered a talk about engaging ordinary citizens in scientific research, the value of this research for policymaking, and what can be done to maximize its impact.
NOAH S. CHESNIN
Hudson Canyon: Building Support for a New National Marine Sanctuary
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Noah Chesnin of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium discussed the work done to translate science for policy and public engagement and build a diverse coalition of stakeholders to support the designation of Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary. Located 100 miles from the Statue of Liberty, Hudson Canyon is the largest submarine canyon along the U.S. Atlantic Coast and is a place of phenomenal ecological and economic importance.
DR. SACOBY WILSON
The Struggle for Justice: The Need for Less Extraction and More Action
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Dr. Sacoby Wilson discussed his work addressing environmental and climate justice issues and shared his perspective on the role of science in the struggle for justice. Dr. Wilson also provided examples of how science, when applied and more action-oriented, is more impactful.
The ESS Department recently launched the MS in Environmental Science and Policy degree with a mission to train students, and the interested public, in the art of brokering the science-policy divide. This program was designed for graduate professionals committed to communicating knowledge, creating a shared understanding of scientific findings, and advocating for policies that balance environmental protection with social justice and economic vitality.
Dr. Susanne Moser
Dr. Susanne Moser is Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting, a Research Faculty in the Environmental Studies Department of Antioch University New England and an Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass-Amherst. A geographer by training (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University), Susi works nationally and internationally as an independent scholar and consultant from a base in western Massachusetts, the ancestral homeland of the Nipmuc and Pocumtuc. Her work with government agencies, non-profits, foundations, other researchers and consultants focuses on adaptation to climate change, science-policy interactions, effective climate change communication, and psycho-social resilience in the face of the traumatic and transformative challenges associated with climate change. Susi is the editor of two award-winning edited volumes, one on successful adaptation to climate change; the other on how to communicate climate change. She is a prolific writer, an inspiring speaker and has served on scientific advisory boards for Future Earth, the International Science Council, the US National Research Council and has contributed to the IPCC and US national climate assessments. To learn more, go to: www.susannemoser.com.
George Wyeth, JD
George Wyeth is a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute, which he joined in October 2018. Before joining ELI, he was with the U.S. EPA for 27 years, in a variety of roles as an attorney and as an internal advocate for innovative approaches to environmental protection. His work at ELI continues to focus on innovative strategies, particularly the potential for citizen science to impact policy and support agency programs. He has published on a variety of legal and policy topics, including the impact of citizen science on policy in the U.S., and the relationship of sustainability to environmental regulation. Mr. Wyeth holds a B.A. from Lawrence University (1973), M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley (1975) and J.D. from Yale Law School (1982).
Noah S. Chesnin
Noah Chesnin is the Associate Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Seascape program where he works on conservation engagement and policy advocacy efforts. He has led the organization’s work to nominate Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary. He also serves as Chair of the Aquarium Conservation Partnership, a consortium of 26 U.S. aquariums working collaboratively on conservation policy. Noah received his BA in humanities from Yale University and his Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Prior to joining WCS, Noah served as the Knauss Sea Grant Fellow in the Office of Congressman Sam Farr (CA-20) and also worked for a couple conservation organizations.
Dr. Sacoby Wilson
Dr. Sacoby Wilson is an Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health where directs the Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH). Dr. Wilson has over 20 years of experience as environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-based participatory research, water quality analysis, air pollution studies, built environment, industrial animal production, climate change, community resiliency, and sustainability. He works primarily in partnership with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues and translate research to action.