Climate change scientist speaking at Auburn University 2020 Sustainability Speaker Series

Published: January 30, 2020
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Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change, will address the Auburn community at the 2020 Sustainability Speaker Series event Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

“As our students engage with these important issues, it's crucial to have experts such as Dr. Hayhoe speak campus-wide to address key questions that our students are facing during the current era of climate change,” said Nanette Chadwick, director of Academic Sustainability Programs and associate professor of biology.

The annual Sustainability Speaker Series event provides opportunities for the Auburn campus and community to learn from and engage with experts and thought leaders immersed in the global movement for a sustainability transformation.

Hayhoe has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award and has been named to a number of lists including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Thinkers and FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders.

She is currently a professor and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Hayhoe has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Toronto and a master’s and doctorate degree in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois.

"Katharine Hayhoe is a phenomenon in climate change science and communication,” said Karen McNeal, associate professor in the Department of Geosciences. “She not only produces the essential science that guides decision making around the world, but she also flawlessly communicates the science of climate change, the associated impacts and solutions in ways that grab the attention of the public. Having Katharine come to Auburn University is a unique opportunity that I hope everyone in the community takes advantage of.”

Aside from her research, Hayhoe also hosts and produces the PBS digital series, Global Weirding, and serves on advisory committees for a broad range of organizations including the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Earth Science Women’s Network and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“Katharine Hayhoe’s visit is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Martin Medina-Elizalde, associate professor in the Department of Geosciences.

The 2020 Sustainability Speaker Series is co-organized by the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Geosciences with support from the College of Agriculture and Academic Sustainability Programs.

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