McGowan MG102
McGowan Building
411 Pacific St
Monterey, CA 93940
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Mach.Burns.Rau Speakers
Dr. Katharine Mach, Dr. Wil Burns, and Dr. Greg Rau

Geoengineering 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.

This talk is part of the Hayward Social and Environmental Speaker Series, co-hosted by the Center for the Blue Economy. 

Join the distinguished panelists as they assess the potential role of the Paris Agreement in governing climate geoengineering research and deployment. Could Carbon Dioxide Removal/Negative Emissions Technologies geoengineering options help nations to reach the Paris Agreement’s goals?

About the Speakers

Katharine Mach

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). Advancing foundations for action, her research is focused on integrative assessment of climate change risks and response options. The goal is innovating and evaluating new approaches to assessment, 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.

Dr. Wil Burns

Dr. Burns is a Founding Co-Executive Director of FCEA and is based in Berkeley, California. He also serves as a non-residential 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 also serves as 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 & Climate program at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. He is also the former President of the Association for Environmental Studies & 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 over 80 articles and chapters in law, science, and policy journals and books, and has co-edited four books. He holds a Ph.D. 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 non-governmental 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 are: climate geoengineering; international climate change litigation; adaptation strategies to address climate change, with a focus on the potential role of micro-insurance; and the effectiveness of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System.

Dr. Greg Rau

Dr. Rau is a senior researcher with the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, and also is affiliated with the Carbon Management Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. A native of Washington state, he is a graduate of Western Washington University, and received his Master of Science and doctorate degrees from the University of Washington. Postdoctoral work was conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at NASA-Ames Research Center. His subsequent 25-year research career has focused on carbon cycling and biogeochemistry at cellular to global scales, including the development and evaluation CO2 mitigation technologies.  Dr. Rau is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He and his wife, Vreni, live in Castro Valley, Calif. They enjoy hiking, fishing and traveling.

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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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Parking is available in any Middlebury Institute campus lot after 5pm or on the street (time limits on surrounding streets end at 6 p.m.)


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

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