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Photo of speakers side by side, Katharine Mach young woman, brown hair, arms crossed smiling confidently, Will Burns older gentleman, blue suit yellow tie, smiling with black round-rimmed glasses

Join Dr. Katharine Mach, senior research scientist and director of the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility, and Dr. Wil Burns, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Forum for Climate Geo-Engineering Assessment as they discuss innovative approaches to the issue of climate change. 

Geo-Engineering refers to the deliberate large-scale manipulation of an environmental process that affects the earth's climate, in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming.  

Free and open to the public.
Part of the Hayward Sustainability Speaker Series, co-hosted by the Center for the Blue Economy.

Dr. Katherine Mach
Director, Stanford Environment Assessment,
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Senior Research Scientist,
Department of Earth System Science
Visiting Investigator, Carnegie Institution for Science

Dr. Wil Burns
Co-Executive Director,
Forum for Climate Geo-Engineering Assessment

About the Speakers

Dr. Wil Burns is a Founding Co-Executive Director of FCEA and is based in Berkeley, California. He also serves as a nonresidential scholar at American University’s School of International Service, a Fellow at the Center for Science, Technology and Medicine in Society at the University of California-Berkeley, and a Senior Scholar at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Canada. He is the co-chair of the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association. 

He previously served as the director of the Energy Policy and Climate program at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. He is also the former president of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, and former co-chair of the International Environmental Law interest group of the American Society of International Law, and chair of the International Wildlife Law Interest group of the Society.

He has published more than 80 articles and chapters in law, science, and policy journals and books, and has co-edited four books.

He holds a PhD in international environmental law from the University of Wales-Cardiff School of Law. Prior to becoming an academic, he served as assistant secretary of state for public affairs for the State of Wisconsin, and worked in the nongovernmental sector for twenty years, including as executive director of the Pacific Center for International Studies, a think tank that focused on implementation of international wildlife treaty regimes, including the Convention on Biological Diversity and International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.

His current areas of research focus include climate geoengineering, international climate change litigation, adaptation strategies to address climate change with a focus on the potential role of microinsurance, and the effectiveness of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System.

Dr. Katharine Mach is a senior research scientist at Stanford University, an adjunct assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and a visiting investigator at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

She leads the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility (SEAF). Her research is focused on integrative assessment of climate change risks and response options. The goal is innovating and evaluating new approaches to assessment, and simultaneously applying them to inform decisions and policy. Priorities include advancing methods for integrating evidence, applying expert judgment, and communicating resulting syntheses of knowledge.

From 2010 until 2015, Mach co-directed the scientific activities of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. This work culminated in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and its Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. The associated global scientific collaborations have supported diverse climate policies and actions, including the Paris Agreement. Mach received her PhD from Stanford University and AB from Harvard College.

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McGowan 102
The McGowan Building is located at 411 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA, 93940, on the campus of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Attendees should enter through the glass doors from Pacific street, and room 102 is located inside to the right.  

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Contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at cbe@miis.edu or (831) 647-6615 ext. 1.


McGowan MG102
McGowan Building
411 Pacific St
Monterey, CA 93940

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Center for the Blue Economy, attn: Rachel Christopherson
831-647-6615 x1