Williams College to Host Climate Change Roundtable

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 27, 2017—Noted environmental journalist Andrew Revkin and environmental scientist Jacquelyn Gill will participate in a roundtable discussion at Williams College titled “Communicating Climate Science in a Post-Fact World,” on Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. The roundtable will also feature Nicolas Howe, assistant professor of environmental studies, and Phoebe Cohen, assistant professor of geosciences. This event is free and open to the public.

Revkin, an award-winning environmental journalist, has been a prominent voice in the debates about climate change and “the Anthropocene” for decades, and he has written on a wide range of subjects including the destruction of the Amazon rain forest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, science and politics, and the North Pole. In the mid 2000s, he exposed political suppression of climate findings and the editing of federal climate reports by political appointees with ties to the petroleum industry. Revkin currently works as senior reporter for climate at ProPublica, joining in 2016 after 21 years of writing for The New York Times and their “Dot Earth” blog. He has won top awards in science journalism including the Guggenheim Fellowship, Columbia University’s John Chancellor Award for sustained journalistic excellence, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. He is currently senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University, as well as a songwriter and musician.

Jacquelyn Gill specializes in community paleoecology and conservation biogeography at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, a multidisciplinary research team committed to understanding how biodiversity responds to global change through time. An assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine, Gill and her colleagues explore the dynamics of ecology and evolution through the challenges of climate change, disturbance, human activity and extinction. Their research spans systems and organisms, from lakes to caves, treeless islands to boreal forests, and bison to penguins. They research the dynamic distributions and interactions of plants, animals, humans, and environments, using the fossil record, models, and contemporary experiments. Their goal is to inform ecology, conservation, and management with the lens of the past.

This discussion is part of a thematic year of inquiry called “Confronting Climate Change.” Throughout this academic year the college will host a series of speakers, events and programming planned to shed light on the issue of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation and as a member of the global community. This event is sponsored by the Thomas B. Healy ’50 Fund, the Center for Environmental Studies and the Geosciences Department.

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