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4th Annual Climate Change Research Symposium 2015

May 29, 2015, 8:30 am7:00 pm

ccrsWant to learn about the causes, impacts, and solutions to climate change? 

Want to hear cutting edge research from Oregon researchers working on the natural science, social science, and the humanities?

Want to find out why we are in the climate change predicament we are in and how we can get out of it?

Then please come to the 4th Annual Climate Change Research Symposium 2015!


Schedule of Events

8:30-9:55–What We Know About Climate Change and How We Know It

Moderator: Kathy Lynn, University of Oregon, Environmental Studies

“Stakeholder-Driven Climate Science: What do They Want to Know and When do They Want to Know It?”   Meghan Dalton and Philip Mote

“Changing Indian Time: The Grounded Truth of Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Climate Change, Seasonality, Species Interaction, Time, and Culture”   Samantha Chisholm Hatfield, Kathie Dello, Elizabeth Marino, and Philip Mote

“Superensemble Regional Climate Modeling for the Western US”   Philip Mote, David Rupp, and Sihan Li

“Climate Variability and Forest Fire Contributes to Two Orders of Magnitude of Variation in Flood and Erosion Magnitude Over the Last Two Millenia”    Daniel Gavin

“Projected Climate Change Impacts on Mountain Forests in the Swiss Alps and the Olympia Peninsula”    Christoph Schworer

“The 2013-15 Oregon-California Drought: Context and Causes”    Philip Mots and Kathie Dello

10:00 AM – 11:25 AM–(In)Visible Nexus: Insights on Climate Change From the Humanities Moderator

Moderator: Stephen Siperstein, University of Oregon, English

“‘The Monsters were a kind of weather’: Gentrification and Climate Justice in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One”    Daniel Platt

“Speculative Migrations: The Rhetoric of Interstellar Colonizaiton”    Rachel Rochester

“Desolate Ecologies: Narratives of Resource Scarcity in Recent Sub-Saharan African Food Aid Photography”    Shane Hall

“John James Audubon and ‘The Thing With Feathers'”    Paula Wright

“Examining and Identifying Effective Rhetorical Strategies, Messaging, and Themes in Climate Change Books for a General Audience”    Hannah Fuller


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM–Keynote Speaker

Riley Dunlap, “How Climate Change Became Controversial: An Analysis of the Climate Change Denial Movement”


12:30-1:00–LUNCH BREAK


1:00 PM – 2:25 PM–Culture and Climate Change

Moderator: Burke Hendrix, University of Oregon, Political Science

“Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives”    Carson Viles

“Scaling up Buen Vivir: Globalizing Local Environmental Governance from Ecuador”    Craig Kauffman

“The Denial of Spectacle: Ian McEwan’s Solar is Climate Fiction that Redefines Disaster”    Liz Curry

“Failing Better: The Challenges for Clifi Form”    April Anson

“Refineries of Denial: The Fossil Fuel Power Structure of Climate Change Denial”    Michael Dreiling and Jeff Gunn


2:30 PM – 3:55 PM– Race or Snail Pace? Human Responses to Climate Catastrophe

Moderator: Mark Carey, University of Oregon, Honors College

“Climate Change: Implication for Global Agriculture and Food Security”    Galen Martin

“Seizing the Opportunity: Climate Politics in China”    Meian Chen

“How Much is Enough? A Public Opinion Perspective”    Tom Bowerman

“The Psychology of ‘A Drop in the Bucket’: How Human Perception and Emotion Influence Pro-Environmental Action”    Marcus Mayorga

“When Values and Behaviors Align: A Study of Individuals with Pro-Environmental Values Who Live a Low Carbon Lifestyle”     Robin Quirke


4:00 PM – 5:25 PM–Prompting Human Change to Address Climate Change

Moderator: Ronald Mitchell, University of Oregon, Political Science and Environmental Studies

“Energy Flows and Emissions at the University of Oregon”    Sonya Carlson

“Influencing Policy Through the Use of Private Transnational Standards”    Thibaud Henin

“Climate Change Unilateralism: An Examination of Three South African Cities”    Miles Gordon

“Biosphere/Atmosphere: Architecture and Carbon Cycling”    Erin Moore, Tessa Crespo, Siyuan Zhao, Nicki Ghiselli, and Carolyn Lieberman

“Does Renewable Energy Lead to a Decoupling of CO2 and Economic Growth?”    Richard York and Julius McGee


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM–RECEPTION