Seminar Series

The GCSC seminar series 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. GCSC-affiliated faculty  are invited to nominate speakers for the Seminar Series. See grey box below for links to seminar videos.

Download fall seminar schedule

August 22, 2017

  • Amy Wildermuth, Associate V.P. for Faculty, Academic Affairs; Chief Sustainability Officer; Professor, College Of Law, U of Utah
    “Navigating renewable energy challenges on campus”   Abstract, flyer

September 5, 2017

  • Ryan Smith, Associate Dean, College of Architecture + Planning; Director, Integrated Technology in Architecture Collaborative, U of Utah
    “Building Systems: ecological design and construction”   Abstract, flyer

September 19, 2017

  • Natalie Gochnour, Associate Dean, David Eccles School of Business; Director, Gardner Policy Institute, University of Utah
    “What’s missing in Utah’s economic prosperity?”

October 3, 2017

  • Lisa Dilling, Director, NOAA Western Water Assessment; Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Colorado
    “Learning lessons from managing drought: Adaptation in an interconnected, uncertain world”  abstract | flyer

October 24, 2017

November 7, 2017

November 28, 2017

  • Jack Williams, Professor of Climate, People, and Environment, University of Wisconsin
    “Achieving global ecology via dispersed community curated data resources:  Neotoma and PalEON”  abstract/flyer

download spring seminar schedule

January 9, 2018

  • Kari Norgaard, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon
    “Climate Change as Strategic Opportunity: Imagination, Responsibility, and Community”

January 23, 2018

  • Kip Solomon, Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah
    “Can Groundwater Feed the World? It’s All About Time”

February 6, 2018

  • Edella Schlager, School of Government & Public Policy, University of Arizona
    “Water Scarcity, Governance, and Adaptation in Western Transboundary River Basins”  download flyer

February 20, 2018

  • Sarah Kanouse, Department of Art + Design, Northeastern University
    “Entanglements: artistic strategies for complex ecologies”  Read more here

March 6, 2018

  • Sarah George, Executive Director, Natural History Museum of Utah
    “Climate Change at the Natural History Museum:  Research and Interpretation”

March 27, 2018

April 10, 2018

Video recordings of select seminars are available for viewing by those with a U of U Network ID.

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Past seminars are listed here.