Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest – Speaker Bios

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Climate Change and the News Initiative

September 6-7, 2013
The Bullitt Center
1501 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA

Speaker Bios

Hedia Adelsman serves as executive policy advisor in the Office of the Director of the Department of Ecology for the State of Washington. She advises on major statewide policies and programs implementing some of the Governor’s and the Agency’s priority initiatives, currently focusing on issues related to climate change. Adelsman has led major efforts on water management, statewide salmon recovery, energy siting, and integration of land use and environmental policies.

Kathy Best has been a managing editor at The Seattle Times since 2007, helping lead the paper to two Pulitzer Prizes–for breaking news in 2010 and investigative reporting in 2012–that reflect the range of talents of a remarkable staff. She joined the paper as managing editor for digital news and innovation, working primarily with the Web staff to create a 24/7, interactive news operation. Two years ago, the Times reorganized the newsroom to break down the print/digital divide and Best became the managing editor overseeing creation of stories and visual journalism for both print and digital readers. Best came to Seattle from Baltimore, where she was the assistant managing editor for Sunday, national and foreign news at The Sun. She joined the paper in April 2005, just in time to direct its coverage of Hurricane Katrina and man-made tempests in Iraq and at the super-secret National Security Agency. Most of her editing career, however, was in local news. She was assistant managing editor/metro at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where, among other investigations, she directed coverage of the priest abuse scandal in the Catholic dioceses of Missouri and Illinois. She also led the metro operation at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, honing her breaking news skills on coverage of the WTO riot, a 6.8 earthquake and the first legal whale hunt in the lower 48 states in a century. Before her move into editing in Seattle, Best was a reporter for 15 years covering government, the environment and politics in the Midwest and Washington, D.C.

Lara Whitely Binder is an outreach specialist at the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group (CIG). She assists the CIG with its efforts to disseminate information to decision makers on the impacts of climate variability and climate change on the Pacific Northwest and to support decision makers in the use of this information. Prior to attending graduate school, Binder served as the groundwater protection coordinator for a consortium of public and private groundwater suppliers in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio, metropolitan area. As the coordinator, she developed and administered a multi-jurisdictional groundwater protection program. Binder earned her Master’s degree in public affairs at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs in 2002.

Nicholas Bond is a principal research scientist with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean of the University of Washington (UW) and also holds an appointment as an affiliate associate professor with the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the UW.  He is the state climatologist for Washington. His research is on a broad range of topics with a focus on the weather and climate of the Pacific Northwest and the linkages between the climate and marine ecosystems of the North Pacific. Bind has a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington. He cheerfully admits to being a weather geek, as evidenced by his preference to visit Alaska in winter, and steamy places like Florida in summer.

Shallin Busch is a research ecologist at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. She helped develop the Center’s state-of-the-art laboratory for studying the impacts of ocean acidification, hypoxia, and temperature change on coastal marine organisms. Busch uses the laboratory to conduct experiments on species that are economically and ecologically important. She also uses ecological models to explore potential impacts of ocean acidification on entire food webs and fisheries harvest. She aims to generate data relevant to managing species and communities in a changing environment. In 2012, Busch served as a member of the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification. She earned her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

Heejun Chang is a professor and chair of geography at Portland State University. He is dedicated to investigating water sustainability in a changing climate, land cover, management, and has been leading interdisciplinary water research from a coupled natural and human system lens. Chang’s areas of research interest include impacts of climate change on regional water resources, land cover change and water quality, urban water demand, and water-related ecosystem services. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NOAA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Water and Climate Center, U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Chang has served as the Willamette River basin representative of the UNESCO-HELP (Hydrology, Environment, Life and Policy) program. He also served as a lead author of the freshwater section of the1st Oregon Climate Assessment Report. Chang has authored and served as a reviewer of more than 60 hydrologic and environmental sciences journals. He has co-authored 12 edited books, and his work has been cited more than 1000 times. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and the president of Korea-America Geospatial and Environmental Scientists Association.

Michele Crim has worked in the environmental field for fifteen years. Her professional expertise in the areas of climate action, pollution prevention, environmental management systems and resource conservation led to her current position as climate action program manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). At BPS, she is responsible for the development, update and implementation of the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan and is responsible for tracking and reporting on the implementation of local carbon-reduction efforts. In 2013, Crim is facilitating the climate change risk and vulnerability assessment for Portland and is coordinating the development of the Climate Change Preparation Strategy that outlines priority actions to build resiliency into the City of Portland’s operations, services and infrastructure. She is also responsible for advancing the integration of equity into all aspects of BPS’ programs to help ensure all Portlanders have access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full potential. In addition, she has several years of long-range land use planning experience, with a focus on infrastructure planning and asset management. Crim has a Master’s degree in environmental science from Washington State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental geology and technology from the University of North Dakota.

Lisa Crozier has worked as a research ecologist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA-Fisheries, since 2007. Her research interests focus on ecological, physiological and evolutionary responses to environmental change, especially climate change. She has focused primarily on salmon population dynamics in recent years, but prior to joining NOAA she conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago with Greg Dwyer, modeling spatial and temporal patterns in gypsy moth invasions. Her dissertation work examined a butterfly range shift in response to climate change. She received her A.B. from Harvard University in 1991, and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2001.

Bill Dewey is manager of public policy and communications for Taylor Shellfish Company, the largest producer of farmed shellfish in the United States, and owns and operates his own manila clam farm in Samish Bay, Washington. He has taken an active role throughout his career on environmental and human health regulations as they affect the shellfish farming community. Dewey serves on a number of boards and committees locally and nationally including the Board of Directors of the National Aquaculture Association and the Pacific Shellfish Institute and served on Washington State’s Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel in 2011. Since receiving his degree in shellfish biology from the University of Washington in 1981, Dewey has worked as a shellfish farmer in Washington State.

Richard A. Feely is a senior fellow at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. He also holds an affiliate full professor faculty position at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification processes. He is the co-chair of the U.S. CLIVAR/CO2 Repeat Hydrography Program. He is a  member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former member of the Steering Committee for the U.S. Carbon and Biochemistry Program. Feely has authored more than 230 refereed research publications. He was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Award in 2006 for research on ocean acidification. In 2007, Feely was elected to be a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. In November 2010 he was awarded the Heinz Award for his pioneering research on ocean acidification. Feely received a B.A. in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, in St Paul, Minnesota, in 1969. He then went to Texas A&M University where he received both a M.S. degree in 1971 and a Ph.D. degree in 1974. Both of his post-graduate degrees were in chemical oceanography.

Nicole Faghin is a coastal management specialist at Washington Sea Grant based at the University of Washington. She currently manages the Green Shores for Homes project; an EPA grant-funded effort led by the City of Seattle and San Juan County and is part of a team researching tidal energy issues for Puget Sound.  Faghin has 25 years as a trained land use and environmental planner and lawyer specializing in waterfront planning issues. She has been a guest lecturer with the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and the Coastal Training Program. She is also teaches courses on coastal resiliency and sea level rise and frequently lectures on these issues, receiving training from the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii. Faghin received her masters in Urban Planning from MIT and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA.

John Fazio has been a senior systems analyst for the Pacific Northwest Power and Conservation Council since 1984. His primary duty is to assist in the development of the Council’s regional power plan. His focus is on the hydroelectric system operation and power supply adequacy. He is the secretary for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Loss of Load Expectation working group, a subcommittee of the Risk, Reliability and Probabilistic Applications committee. As a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon, Fazio was awarded a research assistantship to study particle physics at the school’s Van der Graaf accelerator. He worked for the Bonneville Power Administration from 1977 through 1984. Fazio has taught physics at the University of Portland, University of Oregon and at Concordia College. He has occasionally worked on national and international projects related to hydroelectric operations. He received a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Portland in 1974 and an M.S. degree in physics from the University of Oregon in 1976.

Paul Fleming is the lead for Seattle Public Utilities’ Climate Resiliency Program. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provides high quality, reliable drinking water to 1.4 million people in the Seattle metropolitan area and essential sewer, drainage and solid waste services to City of Seattle customers. Fleming is responsible for leading SPU’s climate research initiatives, assessing climate risks, developing adaptation and mitigation strategies and establishing collaborative partnerships, with a goal of ensuring continuity of these essential services and maintaining Seattle’s quality of life. He is an active participant in several national and international efforts focused on water and climate change. He was appointed by then U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke to the National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee, which is overseeing the development of the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) for the federal government. Fleming is a convening lead author of the Water Resources chapter, the Sustained Assessment Special Report and a lead author of the Adaptation chapter of the NCA. He is chair of the Water Utility Climate Alliance, an alliance of ten U.S. water suppliers focused on providing leadership in assessing and adapting to the potential effects of climate change through collaborative action. He is a frequent speaker on water and climate change issues at national and international conferences and is at the forefront of water utility leadership on issues such as adaptation, climate risk and infrastructure management. Fleming is a Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program and a participant in the U.S. Spain Council’s Young Leaders Program and American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leaders Conference. He has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington.

Patty Glick is the senior climate change specialist at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). She has been dedicated to the issue of climate change for more than 22 years and has played an important role in educating a diverse constituency of Americans about the issue, as well as developing and promoting meaningful policy solutions. For the past fifteen years, Glick has been instrumental in helping NWF build a targeted grassroots global warming campaign, recognizing the critical importance of bringing the issue of global warming “home” to people in order to galvanize them toward action. Much of her work has focused on translating the science of global warming and its impacts on fish and wildlife into creative and understandable outreach tools, including the award-winning Gardener’s Guide to Global Warming. Glick has also led major research studies on the impacts of sea-level rise on U.S. coastal habitats, including major areas of Florida, the Pacific Northwest, the Chesapeake Bay, and coastal Louisiana, and has participated in several governor-appointed working groups to develop state-based climate change adaptation strategies. She was lead editor of Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, which was honored with a 2011 Partners in Conservation award from the U.S. Department of the Interior. In 2007, she was one of 23 women around the world named “An outstanding woman working on climate change issues” by The World Conservation Union.

Oliver Grah is the water resources program manager for the Nooksack Indian Tribe located in Deming, WA, where he manages grant programs, and projects involving water quality, surface water hydrology, wetlands, and climate change. He has been focusing on the effect of climate change on glacier ablation and glacier melt contribution to Pacific salmon-supporting streams in the Nooksack River basin. Grah has over 25 years’ professional experience as a consultant as senior scientist and company principal in the areas of National Environmental Policy Act, soils, water resources, reclamation, forestry, wetlands, and habitat restoration. More recently, he spent four years working for county planning as natural resources manager and the last two and one-half years with the Nooksack Indian Tribe as water resources program manager. Grah holds a double Bachelor’s degree in botany and geology, Master’s degree watershed science, and has done post-graduate course work in reclamation science.

Edie Sonne Hall has worked in the Sustainable Forest and Products group at Weyerhaeuser Company since 2005. She focuses on forest carbon accounting and climate change policy, life cycle assessment and carbon footprint, ecosystem services and overall corporate sustainability. Over the years she has been an active participant in various state, regional and national stakeholder groups on forest carbon policy, biomass energy and ecosystem services. Hall helps compile carbon footprint and life cycle data for Weyerhaeuser products, and she also leads an internal team focused on how to measure ecosystem services on Weyerhaeuser’s timberlands. Hall holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in forestry and a B.S. from Yale University in biology.

Dennis L. Hartmann is professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. Postdoctoral appointments at McGill University and The National Center for Atmospheric Research preceded joining the faculty at the University of Washington. His research interests include dynamics of the atmosphere, atmosphere-ocean interaction, and climate change. His primary areas of expertise are atmospheric dynamics, radiation, remote sensing, and mathematical and statistical techniques for data analysis. At Washington, Hartmann has served as department chair and interim dean during the formation of the College of the Environment. He also served as chair of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hartmann received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2005.  He was the 2011 Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer and the 2013 Rossby Medalist for the American Meteorological Society. He is serving as a coordinating lead author for the Fifth Assessment of the Science of Climate Change for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His Ph.D. degree in geophysical fluid dynamics is from Princeton University.

Charles Hudson is the director of governmental affairs for the Portland, Oregon-based Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, where he has served since 1999. In this role he works towards excellence in tribal governance and facilitates Federal-Tribal relations. The Commission is the policy and technical coordinating agency for the Columbia River Treaty Tribes (Yakama, Umatilla, Nez Perce and Warm Springs). Hudson, a member the Mandan/Hidatsa tribe of Fort Berthold, North Dakota, has spoken throughout North America on treaty rights, natural resource management and environmental justice. His passion for tribal issues is derived from his family’s multi-generational fight for treaty rights and justice on the Missouri River, a fight chronicled in the 2004 novel “Coyote Warrior” by Paul Vandevelder. Hudson is a Fellow with the American Leadership Forum of Oregon. He serves on the Board of Directors for Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Open Meadow alternative school. Prior to his CRITFC service he spent several years working in media and American Indian education in the Pacific Northwest. He is a 1984 graduate of Washington State University.

 M. Reese Lolley is The Nature Conservancy’s director for the Eastern Washington Forests Program. He works with the Eastern Washington Forests team and a broad set of partners to develop and implement strategies to protect, connect and restore forests of eastern Washington, while increasing the benefits to those that live, play and work in these magnificent forests. He works closely with the Conservancy’s Restore American’s Forests network of sites across North America to exchange lessons learned. Prior to his current position, Lolley worked for the Conservancy as a fire ecologist in partnership with the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, as well as a consultant and for the Forest Service in Montana and Washington. He has over 20 years’ experience in applied research and forest management in fire dependent forest ecosystems across the western U.S. Lolley earned a Master’s of Science from the University of Washington with a focus on forest and fire ecology and a B.S. from Western Washington University with an emphasis on forest policy.   

Sunshine Menezes is executive director of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI GSO) and associate director for communication in the URI GSO Office of Marine Programs. Prior to focusing her communication efforts on improving news coverage of the environment, she developed national and state-level environmental policy, first as a Dean John Knauss National Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellow with Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., and later as part of a multidisciplinary team at the URI Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant. Menezes received a B.S. in zoology from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, and is a Rhode Island Foundation Leadership Fellow.

Janet Neuman is senior counsel with Tonkon Torp LLP in the firm’s Water Law Practice Group. She also works with the Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group. Considered one of the foremost water law specialists in Oregon and nationwide, she is a former professor, associate dean of faculty, and co-director of the Natural Resources Law Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to joining the Lewis & Clark faculty, Neuman was director of the Oregon Department of State Lands, where she oversaw the state’s management of common school fund lands and natural resources. She previously had been the agency’s assistant director for resource management. In 2011, Neuman published Oregon Water Law: A Comprehensive Treatise on the Law of Water and Water Rights in Oregon. The book includes an overview of the state’s water resources, a brief history of Oregon law on water rights, and a thorough discussion of the types of water rights that exist in Oregon and how these rights are obtained, used, regulated, and reallocated. The volume also discusses water rights adjudications, public rights to use water bodies, and environmental issues associated with water use in Oregon. Neuman holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Drake University and earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School.  She speaks and writes widely on water law and policy issues.

Dave Peterson is a research biologist with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Seattle and is affiliate professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington. He directs the Fire and Environmental Research Applications team, which conducts research on fire science and climate change. He has conducted research on climate change and fire ecology throughout western North America, has published over 200 scientific articles and three books, and as a contributing author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Peterson recently completed the forest sector report for the 2013 National Climate Assessment and is author of the forthcoming book, Climate Change and United States Forests.

Eric Swenson is the communications and outreach director of the Global Ocean Health Program, a joint project of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the National Fisheries Conservation Center that has focused on ocean acidification since 2006. Swenson helped to support the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification as a writer, editor, and alternate member. Since 1975, he has worked on sustainability efforts with such groups as the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the UN Environment Programme. For a dozen years, he covered conservation, policy, and technology for Pacific Fishing, Seafood Business, and National Fisherman.

LuAnne Thompson is a physical oceanographer in the School of Oceanography and adjunct professor in the departments of physics and atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. She is the director of the University of Washington Program on Climate Change. Thompson’s research focuses on the role of the ocean in climate variability and change. She uses numerical models run locally and at national centers as well as satellite observations to understand how ocean circulation interacts with the atmosphere and marine biogeochemical cycles. She is also actively collaborating with faculty in the Department of Global Health to study the interaction of climate change with the health and well-being of populations in resource poor countries. Thompson teaches courses in the oceans role in climate, climate modeling, and interdisciplinary climate research. In her role as director of the UW Program on Climate Change, she leads outreach efforts to high school teachers and the general public, an undergraduate minor in climate, and a graduate certificate in climate science. She received her B.S. in physics from University of California at Davis in 1983, her M.A. in physics from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in 1991 from the Woods Hole/MIT Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering.

Ingrid M. Tohver is a research scientist for the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the responses of regional watersheds to the projections of a warmer climate for the future. In particular, she participates in studies assessing the projected shifts in the frequency and intensity of extreme hydrologic events. Tohver is also responsible for writing reports detailing the implications for natural resource sectors in the region, including water supply, hydropower operations, agriculture, and fish habitat. Her work is in direct collaboration with resource managers, other researchers, aquatic habitat specialists and dam operators who use the data and reports culminating from CIG’s hydrologic research. She also contributes to CIG’s outreach efforts by giving presentations on hydrologic studies and CIG’s broader research objectives to stakeholders and the general public. Tohver graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in botany and from the University of Florida with a M.S. in forest science.

This program was underwritten by The Grantham Foundation,
with in-kind support from The Seattle Times and The Bullitt Center


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