2015-16 Seminar Series

2015-16 is the sixth year of the GCSC seminar series, which presents some of the best researchers--from around campus and across the country--whose work sheds light on global change and sustainability. Seminars are open to all, and students who are enrolled in the Seminar course, SUST 6800, have additional opportunities to engage with the speakers.

Alternate Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

Spring 2016


January 26, 2016

  • Timothy M. Waring, School of Economics, University of Maine
    “An Integrative Evolutionary Approach to Sustainability Science” Abstract, flyer

  • February 9, 2016

  • Elizabeth Wilson, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
    “Integrating Renewable Energy in the Western United States” Download abstract/flyer

  • February 23, 2016 - CANCELED

  • We hope to reschedule Andrew Richardson, Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, at a future date.

  • March 8, 2016

  • Jim Steenburgh, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Utah
    "Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth" Download abstract/flyer

  • March 22, 2016

  • Reid Ewing, Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
    "Cost of Sprawl 2015" Download abstract/flyer

  • April 5, 2016

  • Dorothy J. Merritts, Dept. of Earth and Environment, Franklin & Marshall College
    "Freeze-dried, rapidly thawed permafrost landscapes, breached milldams, and their relation to modern wetland-stream restoration, eastern US" Download abstract/flyer

  • April 19, 2016

  • Noah Diffenbaugh, Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
    " Quantifying the influence of historical global warming on the probability of unprecedented extreme climate events” Download abstract/flyer

  • Fall 2015

    August 25, 2015

  • Paul Brooks, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah
    "What happens to the rain? Linking advances in fundamental research to applied challenges in sustainable water resources" Abstract

  • September 8, 2015

  • Danya Rumore, Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, College of Law, U. of Utah
    "Ready or Not: Helping Communities Adapt to Climate Change through Collaborative Action Research" Abstract

  • September 22, 2015

  • Gary Machlis, Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service
    "Desolation Row: Sustainability for the Oft-Forgotten” Abstract

  • October 6, 2015

  • Joanna Ganning, Metropolitan Research Center, University of Utah
    "How Effective is Commuter Rail in Spatially Pairing Supply and Demand for Commuting Infrastructure?" Abstract, flyer

  • October 20, 2015

  • Erica Gaddis, Division of Water Quality, Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality
    “Integrated Water Resources Management in the Great Salt Lake Basin: Opportunities for Research to Inform Management” Abstract, flyer

  • November 3, 2015

  • Steven Burian, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah
    “Mixing Water and Cities: Don’t Worry, It’s a Sustainable and Resilient Mocktail” Abstract, flyer

  • November 17, 2015

  • John Abatzoglou, University of Idaho Department of Geography
    “Western US Wildfire in the Anthropocene: Is anthropogenic climate change responsible for the new normal of wildfire activity across the western US?” Abstract, flyer

  • December 1, 2015

  • Kathy Jacobs, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona
    “The Science/Policy Interface: Climate Adaptation and Decision-making” Abstract, flyer

  • Video recordings of select seminars are available for viewing by those with a U of U Network ID. (If you get an error message, click on "Login to EQUELLA.")

    Spring 2015 videos      Fall 2015 videos     Spring 2016 videos

    Past SeminarS

    Spring 2015

    Fall 2014

    Spring 2014

    Fall 2013

    Spring 2013

    Fall 2012

    Spring 2012

    Fall 2011

    Spring 2011

    Fall 2010


    GCSC-affiliated faculty and their students are invited to nominate speakers for the GCSC Seminar Series.