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Chrisoula Andreou received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and a Tanner Center Fellow at the University of Utah. Her research areas include theoretical and applied ethics, practical reasoning, and rational choice theory.  Her work in environmental philosophy focuses on the dynamic choice problems associated with ‘creeping’ environmental damage. Her recent publications concerning dynamic choice include articles in American Philosophical Quarterly, Bioethics, Philosophical Studies, and Philosophy & Public Affairs.

Chrisoula Andreou

Keynote Speakers

Henry Shue is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. He was formerly Professor of Ethics and Public Life at Cornell University, and director of Cornell's Program on Ethics and Public Life. Professor Shue is celebrated for his influential normative arguments about human rights, foreign aid, torture, nuclear weapons, climate change, and conventional war. He is the author of Basic Rights: Subsistence, Affluence, and U.S. Foreign Policy (Princeton University Press, 2nd ed., 1996), as well as numerous papers on political theory and applied ethics. Currently he is a co-principal investigator on a five-year research project at Oxford University, the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War, on which he has lead responsibility for the assessment of the Bush doctrine of preemptive/preventive war.

Dale Jamieson is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at New York University. He is the author of Morality’s Progress (Oxford, 2002) and many papers on ethics and climate change.

Colloquium Speakers

Simon Caney is Professor in Political Theory and University Lecturer at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Magdalen College, Oxford. He has research interests in contemporary political theory, and in particular, issues surrounding global political theory, environmental ethics, and theories of justice. He is the author of Justice Beyond Borders (Oxford University Press, 2005). He is currently working on two books for Oxford University Press.  The first, On Cosmopolitanism, defends a liberal cosmopolitan approach to issues of global economic, environmental, cultural and political justice. The second, Global Justice and Climate Change (co-authored with Dr. Derek Bell), examines the ethical issues surrounding global climate change.



Paul Baer is an interdisciplinary scholar-activist with expertise in ecological economics, ethics, philosophy of science, risk analysis, and simulation modeling, specializing in climate science and policy. He completed his PhD in 2005 at UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group; his dissertation examined the interconnection between equity, risk and scientific uncertainty, three topics at the heart of the climate problem. He also has a BA in Economics from Stanford University and a Masters in Environmental Planning and Management from Louisiana State University. He recently completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Stanford University’s Center for Environmental Science and Policy, addressing the interaction of climate change and forest fire in Alaska. He is currently the Research Director for EcoEquity, a climate-advocacy organization he co-founded in 2000 with Tom Athanasiou, with whom he also co-authored the 2002 book “Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming (Seven Stories Press).

Dennis Hartmann is professor and chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, adjunct professor of the Quaternary Research Center, Senior Fellow of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, and a former member of the board of directors of the Program in Climate Change. Hartmann's research interests include dynamics of the atmosphere, atmosphere-ocean interaction, and climate change. Current research includes the study of climate feedback processes involving clouds and water vapor, which is approached using remote sensing data, in situ data and models, and attempts to take into account radiative, dynamical and cloud-physical processes. Another focus of his research is observational and modeling studies of the intraseasonal and interannual variability of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system. A current interest is the stratosphere and its role in climate. Hartmann has published more than a hundred articles in refereed scientific journals and published a textbook on Global Physical Climatology in 1994. His primary areas of expertise are atmospheric dynamics, radiation and remote sensing, and mathematical and statistical techniques for data analysis. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2005. He has served on numerous advisory, editorial and review boards for the NRC, NSF, NASA and NOAA. He currently serves on the Board of Reviewing Editors for the magazine Science, the NRC Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, and is co-editor of the International Geophysics Series of Academic Press.

Commentators and Chairs

Cecilia Bitz is Assistant Professor in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. She also serves as an Affiliate Physicist for the Polar Science Center and is a member of the Program on Climate Change. Her research interests include high altitude climate, climate change and variability, abrupt climate change, coupled biological-climate systems, and global coupled climate modeling.

Michael Blake is Associate Professor in Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He is also serves as a member of the Program on Values in Society. His research interests include social and political philosophy, international ethics, philosophy of economics, and morality and public policy.

Alison Cullen is Associate Professor of Public Affairs in the Evans School at the University of Washington. Her research interests include environmental risk analysis, environmental science and policy, quantitative uncertainty analysis, and statistical decision theory.

Nives Dolŝak is Assistant Professor at the University of Washington-Bothell, where she teaches in Public Policy, Policy Analysis, International Environmental Policy, and Energy Policy.

Richard Gammon is Professor of Chemistry and Oceanography and Adjunct Professor in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.  His research has been directed toward an improved understanding of the natural and perturbed biogeochemical cycle of carbon, sulfur, and the halogens in relations to climate and climate change.

Michael Gillespie is Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington-Bothell and Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska.

Kristen Intemann is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Montana State University. 

Andrew Light is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He also serves as a member of the Program on Values in Society. His primary areas of interest are environmental ethics and policy, philosophy of technology, moral and political philosophy, and aesthetics.

Karen Litfin is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.

Adam Moore is Associate Professor in Philosophy and the Information School at the University of Washington. 

Wendy Parker is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University (Athens, Ohio).

Jean Roberts is Associate Professor in Philosophy and Director of the Program on Values in Society at the University of Washington.

Eric Steig is Associate Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington.

John Michael Wallace is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. His research has been directed at improving our understanding of global climate and its year-to-year and decade-to-decade variations, making use of observational data.

Alison Wylie is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. 

Craig ZumBrunnen is Professor of Geography and a member of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Clark Wolf is Director of Bioethics at Iowa State University, where he also serves as a member of the Department of Philosophy and on the faculty of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture. His published work includes papers in political philosophy and the philosophy of law, focusing especially on issues of sustainability and intergenerational justice.

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Gavin Schmidt is a researcher at Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. His main research interest lie in understanding the variability of the climate, both its internal variability and the response to external forcing. In particular, how changes related to varying forcings relate to variations due to intrinsic (unforced) climate variability such as oscillations in the ocean's deep thermohaline circulation that affect ocean heat transports.



Stephen Schneider is the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor (by courtesy) of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is Co-Director of the Center for Environmental Science and Policy in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Dr. Schneider received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Plasma Physics from Columbia University in 1971. He studied the role of greenhouse gases and suspended particulate material on climate as a postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in 1972 and was a member of the scientific staff of NCAR from 1973-1996, where he co-founded the Climate Project. Internationally recognized as one of the world's leading experts in climate change, Dr. Schneider focuses on climate change science, integrated assessment of ecological and economic impacts of human-induced climate change, and identifying viable climate policies and technological solutions. He has consulted with federal agencies and/or White House staff in the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush administrations.