Keynote Lecture

Professor Paul Shepson will present:

Now That We Have A Good Understanding Of Climate Change, Its Causes, And Impacts, How Are We Responding?

Date: June 19th, 2014
Time: 9:15 am
Place: Purdue Memorial Union, East Faculty Lounge

Abstract: In this talk I will briefly review some of the fundamentals of climate change, and some of the emerging and predicted consequences, and their costs. But perhaps equally interesting is how humans are responding and changing behaviors in response to a developing understanding of the intersection of human and natural systems. Here I will discuss the relationships between money and power and politics and energy management, and how energy management is changing in the U.S., and globally. I will discuss how those changes are translating into changes in greenhouse gas emissions, and how that may impact the trajectory of climate change. And last, I will discuss how we might have a better national discussion about how to have your power and your stability, too.

Dr. Paul Shepson

Paul Shepson was born and raised in Elmira, N.Y., a child of the Finger Lakes. He obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from State University of New York College at Cortland, and a Ph.D. in analytical/atmospheric chemistry from Penn State. He worked for Mobil Oil Corp. (Paulsboro refinery) in 1982, before moving to a research position in the Atmospheric Sciences Research Laboratory at the U.S. EPA in Research Triangle Park, N.C., from 1983-1987. From 1987 – 1994 he was a Professor in the Chemistry Department at York University in Toronto, where he was also Director of the York Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry. He has been a member of the Faculty at Purdue University since 1994, where he holds a split appointment between the Departments of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and Chemistry. He recently served as Head of the Department of Chemistry, and was the founding Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC). Professor Shepson’s research group is interested in numerous problems in the field of atmospheric chemistry, and analytical chemistry applied to atmospheric measurement problems. His group focuses on issues related to exchange of gases between the surface and the atmosphere in three very different environments – the Arctic, mid-latitude forests, and urban environments. His research approaches involve building unusual platforms from which to study the atmosphere, including tethered balloons, and his groups aircraft, the Airborne Laboratory for Atmospheric Research. He is an avid pilot with instrument, commercial, and multi-engine ratings. Professor Shepson is keenly interested in understanding and communicating about the impacts of anthropogenic activities on the composition of the atmosphere, and how that relates to climate change and ecological impacts. He has ~170 publications on various issues related to atmospheric and analytical chemistry.

Learn more about Paul's work in the Arctic

Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis

Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis is a Conservation Ecologist at The Field Museum of Natural History. She began as a biological anthropologist studying primate behavior and comparative ecology. This path allowed her to live and work in some of the most biodiverse and threatened regions in the world, and fostered a profound and personal interest to become involved in applied research initiatives that contribute to sustainable management and environmental policy in a meaningful way. A main goal of her current work is to help build and renew positive relationships between people and the environment as sustainable partnerships that communities are empowered to create and continue.

Dr. Michael Jabot

Dr. Michael Jabot is a Professor of Science Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at SUNY Fredonia. Dr. Jabot received his Ph.D at Syracuse University. His teaching interests are in science education and in particular how students make sense of the physical world around them. His current research focuses on the development of learning progressions and the conceptual diagnostic assessments that allow for measuring the impact of instruction on student learning.

Daniel Shepardson

Daniel Shepardson is a professor of geoenvironmental and science education with a joint appointment in the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. He received his BS and MS from Utah State University and his PhD from the University of Iowa. His research program investigates students’ conceptions of earth and Environmental phenomena. He is currently investigating students’ understandings of the greenhouse effect, global warming, climate change and the Earth’s climate system. This research has informed the development of instructional materials, Activities for Conceptualizing Climate and Climate Change, that engage student in analyzing and interpreting climatic datasets and visualization and the Dynamics of Climate teacher professional development toolkit to enhance teachers’ understanding of the climate system and how it is changing.

Dev Niyogi

Dev Niyogi is an associate professor of regional climatology with joint appointments in the Departments of Agronomy – Crops, and Earth System Sciences and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. He is also the Indiana State Climatologist and was appointed a University Faculty Scholar 2010-2015. Professor Niyogi has worked on issues related to land surface heterogeneity and storm interactions for over 15 years.

Ted Lewenberger

Ted Lewenberger is a retired science teacher; having taught for 37 years at Benton Central Jr/Sr High School near Oxford, Indiana. He taught 7th grade general science and a high school course in earth and space science. Ted has been involved with many NSF sponsored programs in association with Purdue University including the Activities for Conceptualizing Climate and Climate Change project and the Physics of Climate Change project.

Mary Cutler

Mary Cutler is a naturalist with the Tippecanoe County Park & Recreation Department. As county naturalist, she administers two nature centers, provides environmental education services to audiences of all ages, and oversees habitat improvement projects in local parks. She earned a B.S. in Nature Interpretation from the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University in 1980.

Hans Schmitz

Hans Schmitz is a county extension director in Gibson County in Southwestern Indiana. Currently, he works on multiple initiatives involving weather and climate education. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural meteorology from Purdue University.

Leigh Raymond

Leigh Raymond is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Environment at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University. Dr. Raymond’s research focuses on how non-economic factors influence the design and adoption of environmental policy, especially market-based policies. More recently, he has considered the role of non-economic “issue frames” in shaping public attitudes regarding conservation tillage, renewable fuels, and state-level climate policies.

Jeff Trapp

Jeff Trapp is a Professor with the Department of Earth, and Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. Before joining Purdue, he was a research scientist with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (through the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies) in Norman, Oklahoma. Four years of his tenure with NSSL were spent as a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Trapp received his B.S. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, M.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma. He was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. His work is focused on thunderstorms and associated weather hazards.

Natalie Chin

Natalie Chin is a Ph.D. student in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with a concentration in Ecological Sciences and Engineering at Purdue University. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Resources Engineering at the University of Maryland – College Park and a Master’s degree in Public Policy at George Mason University. Natalie also has four years of experience working for non-governmental organizations and non-profits in Washington, D.C., in science and technology policy and environmental policy. Natalie is interested in understanding the impacts of climate change at the local scale and producing information about potential risks that can help communities prepare for the future.

Otto Doering

Otto Doering is a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University and the interim director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. He received his B.A. and his Ph.D. from Cornell University and his M.Sc. from London School of Economics. His broader university responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, and public service on policy issues relating to agriculture, resources, and the environment. His experience with climate issues includes work assessing the impacts of climate change and climate variability on agriculture and service on national and international climate change assessments.