Collective Event

Human Climate Interactions: Insights from History

February 13, 2024, 2:30 pm to 3:20 pm

Location: AERL Room 107

Join the Climate Solutions Research Collective in dialogue with four UBC researchers investigating the relationship between human action and climate at various scales. 

The format of this event will be a brief opening by each of the four panelists exploring, from their own disciplinary perspectives, how humans have responded to changing climate over time as well as how human activities have contributed to climate change.  Participants will then move to individual tables, each hosted by one of the panelists, for smaller group discussion of the topics raised. 

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Solutions Scholar Cuiyi Fei (Host)

Cuiyi is a PhD candidate in atmospheric science at Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. In the past three years she has focused on the mechanism of quasi-stationary Rossby waves, and how they may drive the persistent extreme weather events in the midlatitudes. She is also interested more broadly on atmospheric dynamics and ocean circulation. Her solutions scholar project is entitled: Understanding Projected Heatwave Impacts on Demographic Groups in Different Climate Change Storylines.

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Tracey Heatherington, Anthropology

Dr. Heatherington a Sociocultural Anthropologist interested in globalization, development and political ecology. She examines environmental concerns in the context of social justice, using case studies to explore the evolving global imaginaries that beckon us to define environmental problems like biodiversity conservation and food security in modernist, often economistic, terms.  

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Kendra Chritz, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science

Dr. Chritz's research is focused on the Anthropocene (broadly defined), specifically the onset, tempo, and trajectory of human impacts on biological processes and environmental change. The goal of her research program is to understand the intimate ties between people and ecosystems across many different timescales using geochemistry, and how these environmental records provide the crucial data needed to understand the modern planet during the Anthropocene as we know it.

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Andrew Jorgenson, Sociology 

Dr. Jorgenson is a Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Climate & Society Lab at the University of British Columbia. As a macrosociologist working in the areas of environmental sociology and global political economy, he conducts research on the human dimensions of global and regional environmental change, with a primary focus on the societal causes and consequences of the climate crisis.

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Rachel White, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science

Dr. White is an Atmospheric Scientist with a focus on large-scale atmospheric dynamics. Current areas of focus in her research include studying how large-scale atmospheric dynamics contribute to extreme weather events such as heat waves and cold snaps, and how atmospheric circulation may change in the future under anthropogenic warming.

 This event is hosted as part of Climate Emergency Week at UBC.  To find other Climate-related events, visit their website.
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Due to room size, this event is limited to forty people.  Please register below for details.  Coffee / tea will be provided; please bring your own mug.

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First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that UBC’s campuses are situated within the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and in the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples.

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