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Series Title: Oral Histories and Ocean Samples: All Data Tell a Climate Story

Effective environmental conservation requires data obtained through multifaceted techniques. In this series four Carson Scholars will explore how methods as personal as storytelling to strategies as remote as robotic sampling are used to conserve our planet and its inhabitants. 

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PhD Candidate graduate student speakers are selected from the Carson Scholars Program, sponsored by the UA Institue of the Environment. To learn more, visit their website here!

Spring 2018 Schedule of Talks:


Thursday, February 8, 6:00 p.m.

Mapping our Climate Justice Stories: How we can Support a Just Transition to Renewable Energy through Web-based Mapping

Rodolfo PeonPresenter: Megan Mills-Novoa, Ph.D. Student, School of Geography and Development

In order to prevent global temperatures from rising above dangerous thresholds, we urgently need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and transition toward renewable energy. A socially-just response to climate change requires an equitable transition from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy, while redressing past harms and creating new alliances. The Climate Alliance Mapping Project (CAMP) works with indigenous and environmental organizations to build climate justice story maps in the Amazon basin and the United States. Come and join this interactive presentation where we will explore CAMP's story maps and think about how to tell our own climate just stories through this new web platform.

Thursday, March 8, 6:00 p.m.

Oral Histories of Contamination: Creating Community Dialogues on the Environment

Alex ErwinPresenter: Denise Moreno Ramirez, PhD student, Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences

This talk will focus on the preservation of the life stories of individuals who work and live near two Superfund sites in Arizona. To do so, we use oral history and the analysis of oral history and semi-structured interviews to learn how people experience these sites. This project implements a mixed method approach and community-engaged research. Ultimately, these findings will help to inform how scientists and policy makers approach and assist communities that are dealing with pollution.



Thursday, April 12,  6:00 p.m. 

Boats, Floats and Climate Models: Understanding our Ocean

Amy HudsonPresenter: Becky Beadling, PhD student, Geosciences

Large-scale circulations in our ocean transport heat, freshwater, carbon, and nutrients throughout the globe, while interacting with our atmosphere and setting the climate and weather patterns we experience each day. With increased greenhouse gas emissions expected to continue to increase throughout the 21st century, it is crucial that we are able to predict and understand how ocean circulations and their properties will respond in a warming climate. I use a combination of ocean observational data and the results from state of the art climate model simulations to understand how ocean circulations are projected to evolve throughout the century. I will discuss the way modern-day oceanographic measurements are made, from ship-based measurements to robotic floats roaming the ocean, and how I am using these observations with climate model simulations to understand the ocean’s role in our climate. 



Thursday, May 10,  6:00 p.m. 

Environmental Casteism: Seeking Social Justice in the Face of Environmental Catastrophe in India


Genevieve ComeauPresenter: Pradnya GarudPh.D. Student, School of Geography and Development

Natural disasters have devastating social impacts in the caste-based society of India. Caste based societies offer little to no opportunity for upward social mobility as individuals are born into and must remain in the caste to which they were born. One important and understudied result of this social stratification is that natural disasters impact certain populations of individuals more severely than others. This talk will explore the development of a framework termed ‘Environmental casteism’ which looks at the relationship between caste, gender, and environment. 


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