Panelists will cover cutting-edge topics that should be useful for a range of clinicians and public-health practitioners:
Meet Our Panelists:
Jennifer Atkinson, Ph.D. - Grief and Hope in an Age of Climate Consequences
Jennifer Atkinson is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she teaches courses on environmental humanities, environmental ethics, American literature, and eco-grief and climate anxiety. Her forthcoming book, Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy, and Everyday Practice, explores American garden literature as an arena where people enact everyday desires for sustainability, community, and contact with nonhuman nature. She previously taught courses on place and environmental literature at the University of Chicago, where she received a Ph.D. in English.
Marnie Boardman, MPH - The Power of Health Perspectives in Local Climate Change Planning in Washington
Climate and Health Coordinator, Office of Environmental Public Health Sciences, Washington State Department of Health
Marnie Boardman serves as Climate Change Coordinator in the Built Environment program in the Division of Environmental Public Health at Washington DOH. She works to foster cross sector partnerships to assess, prevent and respond to the broad array of threats climate change poses to the public’s health and well-being. She and her colleagues in the Built Environment program are interested in community-based approaches to creating healthy, resilient neighborhoods for a low carbon and just future.
Oriana Chegwidden - Climate Change 101
Oriana Chegwidden is a research scientist and PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change on the hydrology of the Pacific Northwest. She has a B.A. in Chemistry from Haverford College.
Cory Morin - Climate Change and Infectious Disease
Cory Morin is acting assistant professor in the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) at the University of Washington. He received his PhD from the University of Arizona in Geography with a concentration on climate and environmental influences on the ecology of vectors and vector-borne diseases. His research uses data-driven models to simulate mosquito population and virus transmission in order to identify climate and meteorological conditions that foster epidemics. His recent work focuses on using weather and climate forecasts to predict dengue and Zika outbreaks.
Sam Sellers - Climate Change and Human Health: A Practical Summary
Sam Sellers is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) at the University of Washington, working on various projects concerning climate change and human health relationships. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2017, and his BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in 2011. He was trained as an environmental demographer, and his research interests center on interactions among human populations, family planning, health, and environmental change (including climate change).