Climate Change Conversations

Explore Climate Change

Yale Alumni Academy and Harvard Alumni Travels have assembled a distinguished roster of expert faculty and alumni to address the leading climate change issues facing our planet. With eight presentations taking place over three weeks, we offer alumni participants interactive lectures and discussion sessions designed to inform, educate and expand your thinking on this important topic. Our Climate Change Conversations series coincides with the United Nations COP2 Conference taking place in Glasgow this November, and features several speakers who will also address that conference. We hope you will join one or more sessions for a challenging, rigorous and thought provoking opportunity to stay current on one of the most pressing concerns of our times. 

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Meet the Speakers

Dan Esty

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, School of the Environment and Clinical Professor of Environmental Law & Policy, Yale Law School

Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with primary appointments at Yale’s Environment and Law Schools and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He serves as director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and co-director of the Yale Initiative on...

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Robert Stavins

A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development at Harvard University

Robert N. Stavins is the A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, Director of Graduate Studies for the Doctoral Programs in Public Policy and in Political Economy and Government, Cochair of the MPP/MBA and MPA/ID/MBA Joint Degree Programs. He is the Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program...

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Gernot Laganda

Director of Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction at the United Nations World Programme (WFP) 2016 Maurice R. Greenbert World Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute

Gernot Laganda is leading the Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programs at the United Nations' World Food Program (WFP). He supports WFP Country Offices and the governments they serve to understand the effects of climate change on food security, develop strategic actions to reduce...

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Jim Salzman

Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law (UCLA & UCSB)

Jim Salzman, Yale ’85, Harvard ’89 LAW, ’90 GRD, teaches every year at the Harvard Law School during its Winter Term – most recently as the Jeremiah Smith, Jr., Visiting Professor of Law. Jim is Harvard’s first graduate to earn joint degrees in law and in engineering.

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Ambroise Brenier

 Wildlife Conservation Society’s Country Director for Papua New Guinea
2020 Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute

Ambroise Brenier is a Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist at the World Bank, based in Jakarta. Ambroise is also a World Fellow at Yale University and has a PhD in Marine Biology from Sorbonne University (formerly University Pierre and Marie Curie). Prior to joining the World Bank...

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Paul Turner

Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Paul Turner is the Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and Microbiology faculty member at Yale School of Medicine. He obtained a BA in Biology (1988) from the University of Rochester, a PhD in Microbial Evolution (1995) from Michigan State University...

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Robert Klee

Former Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Rob Klee is a Lecturer at the Yale School of the Environment. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale School of the Environment in industrial ecology, a law degree from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton in geology and environmental science. Dr. Klee most recently served as the Commissioner of...

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Liza Comita

Professor of Tropical Forest Ecology
Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative at Yale

Dr. Comita earned a BA in Biology and MA in Conservation Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Georgia in 2006. She joined the faculty of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (now the Yale School of the Environment) in...

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Sten Vermund

Dean and Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health; Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine

As an infectious disease epidemiologist and pediatrician, Dr. Vermund serves as the Dean of the Yale School of Public Health. His work has focused on diseases of resource-limited settings, including HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections including human papillomavirus (HPV), tuberculosis...

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Sponsors and Affiliates

Environmental Leadership Training Initiative

The Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative at the Yale School of Environment prepares and supports people from all sectors and backgrounds to restore and conserve tropical forest landscapes using strategies that support biodiversity and livelihoods. Earn an online certificate in Tropical Forest Landscape Conservation and Restoration.

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Harvard Alumni Travels

Yale Alumni Academy thanks our co-sponsor Harvard Alumni Travels for joining us in this series of Climate Change Conversations.

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