Earth Day 2017 Teach-ins

Washington DC

Apr 22, 2017

How to register for a teach-in:

1. Check our teach-in agenda for different teach-in times, locations, and descriptions.

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About the Earth Day/ March for Science Teach-In:

The purpose of an Earth Day/March for Science Teach-In is to educate and inspire actionable public engagement solutions to address local science and environmental issues. Teach-Ins are public, participatory events – not lectures or panel discussions. Each session should facilitate a lively and interactive public discourse. 

A successful Teach-In is action-oriented. Its goal is to provide concrete and tangible information to mobilize the public for local science/environmental progress – moving from ‘what can I do’ to ‘this is how we go forward.’

Each Teach-In will be led by a scientist and/or global authority on the science/environmental topic at hand. Teach-In leaders will open each session with their specific take on their area of expertise, and will then invite the public to join the conversation. By the end of each Teach-In, the public will be educated on a specific science/environmental topic and inspired to take actionable steps to improve their communities.

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Anastasia Bodnar

Policy Director, Biology Fortified, Inc.

Bio: Dr. Anastasia Bodnar is the Policy Director of Biology Fortified, Inc, an independent non-profit organization that fosters conversation about issues in food and agriculture. Anastasia is featured in the upcoming Science Moms film, and is one of the original #Moms4GMOs, standing up with fellow science-minded parents to help all parents find sound information about what they feed their families. Originally from Florida, Anastasia has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Maryland and a Doctorate in Genetics, with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture, from Iowa State University. In her research, she used both biotechnology and breeding to enhance nutritional traits in corn. Anastasia is particularly interested in the intersection of science and policy, including regulation of biotechnology.

Bronson Griscom

Director, Forest Carbon Science, Climate Change Team, The Nature Conservancy

Bio: Bronson is an ecological accountant for The Nature Conservancy. Conserving and restoring ecosystems, and improving our management of working lands is a low cost solution to offsetting at least 1/3 of climate change by maximizing carbon sequestration through photosynthesis. run the numbers on this natural climate solution, and help design conservation strategies that provide yet bigger solutions to climate change. Bronson works with colleagues to integrate our carbon accounting with measures of other benefits forests provide for people.

Deborah Bossio

Lead Scientist- Soil Sciences, The Nature Conservancy

Bio: Deborah is the Lead Soil Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where she is an integral member of the Global Lands team and an active member of the Science Cabinet, a collaborative group of Conservancy Lead Scientists contributing topical expertise to cross-cutting science issues for the organization.

Heather Tallis

Global Managing Director & Lead Scientist- Strategy Innovation, The Nature Conservancy

Bio: Heather Tallis is Global Managing Director and Lead Scientist for Strategy Innovation for The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest environmental organization. She is a recognized scientific leader in bringing human well-being considerations into conservation. Previously, Tallis served as the first female lead scientist in the history of the Conservancy. She directed the Human Dimensions Program, an initiative that incorporates ecological, social and economic sciences so that human well-being is integrated into conservation practice from the planning stage forward.

Hugh Possingham

Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Bio: Hugh is the Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy having recently moved from the University of Queensland. His group of 29 PhD students and 15 postdocs (embedded in three centres) work all over the world using decision science tools from economics and applied mathematics to formulate and solve conservation problems in the real world. His interests include: conservation metrics, biodiversity offsetting, population modelling, sea-sharing and sea-sparing, prioritising actions, spatial zoning with Marxan and other tools, optimal monitoring and government policy.

James Kakalios

Physics Professor, University of Minnesota

Bio: Author of "The Physics of Superheroes," published by Gotham books.

Jennifer Molnar

Lead Scientist & Managing Director of Center for Sustainability Science, The Nature Conservancy

Bio: Jen Molnar is a scientific leader in incorporating nature into human decisions at the corporate and policy level. She is managing director and lead scientist of The Nature Conservancy’s new Center for Sustainability Science.  The Center is focused on enabling transformative change by filling science gaps that are inhibiting large-scale uptake and implementation of sustainability solutions via corporate practices and policy.

Jon Fisher

Senior Conservation Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Bio: Jon Fisher is a senior conservation scientist for the new Center for Sustainability Science at The Nature Conservancy. He is leading efforts to put rigorous science front and center in our sustainable agriculture work, and finding ways to improve sustainability through corporate practices and public policy.

Mark Tercek

President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy

Bio: Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organization known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people and nature.

Priya Shyamsundar

Lead Economist, The Nature Conservancy

Bio: Priya Shyamsundar is an economist and social entrepreneur with extensive experience in the field of environment and development economics. She was Founder Director of SANDEE, a research network with a mandate to examine and identify solutions to South Asia’s shared environment-development challenges. SANDEE supports research and builds capacity on the economics of climate change, poverty and natural resources and pollution management. Priya has consulted extensively for the World Bank, most recently working with the Program on Forests to develop a comprehensive framework on forests and poverty.

Rob McDonald

Lead Scientist- Global Cities, The Nature Conservancy

Bio: Dr. Robert McDonald is Lead Scientist for the Global Cities program at The Nature Conservancy. He researches the impact and dependencies of cities on the natural world, and helps direct the science behind much of the Conservancy’s urban conservation work.

Adam Frank

Professor of Astrophysics, University of Rochester

Aimee Delach

Sr. Policy Analyst for Climate Adaptation, Defenders of Wildlife

Alexis Valauri-Orton

Program Associate, The Ocean Foundation

Bret Ericson

Professor, New York University

Caroline Coogan

Monitoring and Evaluation Associate, The Ocean Foundation

Cassandra Thiel

Professor, New York University

Catherine Hoffman

Managing Director, SciStarter

David Grinspoon

Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute

David Horwitz

Program Manager, Science Outreach, American Chemical Society

Brooke Bateman

Director of Climate Watch, National Audubon Society

Edwin Gerber

Professor, New York University

Eric Henney

Editor of Physical, Earth & Computer Sciences, Princeton University Press

Franklin Holley

Manager - Agricultural Commodities, Sustainable Food Team, World Wildlife Fund

Gary McDowell

Executive Director, Future of Research

Jamie Rappaport Clark

President and CEO, Defenders of Wildlife

Kahlil Kettering

Urban Conservation Director - MD/DC Chapter, The Nature Conservancy

Lauryl Zenobi

AnthroGuide Coordinator, American Anthropological Association

Pam Pearson

Director, International Climate Cryosphere Initiative

Paul Hirsch

Assistant Professor, SUNY ESF, College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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