Published: Aug. 13, 2019

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
SCB 1401

Winners and losers:  Mass mortality, rapid growth, and the complex responses of forests to climate change – Brian Buma, Integrative Biology

As the climate warms, many ecosystems in high latitudes are growing faster – warmth and longer growing seasons mean bigger and thicker forests.  But at the same time, not all species can accommodate the changing conditions, and are dying rapidly.  In a particularly dramatic example, snow loss is causing mass mortality over the entire North Pacific coast – but the forest itself is getting bigger, a nationally significant carbon sink. This is causing both challenges and opportunities to carbon markets, the timber industry, conservationists, and tourism operators.

Climate Affairs: A Cross-Systems Approach to Climate Change and Society – Ivan Ramirez, Health and Behavioral Sciences

This talk will describe a cross-systems and multidisciplinary approach to understanding many facets of climate, including change, variability, and extremes, and how societies interact with impacts on human, ecological, and physical systems. The approach is a way to frame climate from a broader holistic lens with a strong emphasis on social dimensions and climate ethics which often underlie climate vulnerability.

Society and climate: How discourses shape our response to environmental change – Bryan Wee, Geography and Environmental Sciences

This presentation describes how environmental challenges can be framed by societal norms (discourses) in ways that may end up being counterproductive. Specifically, I will share drawings from children (Sweden) and adults (India) that illustrate childhood and carbon mitigation discourses respectively, and discuss the implications of these discourses for climate change.

Interdisciplinary Exchange offers presentations, discussions, and working groups highlighting the research and creative work of CLAS faculty, staff, and students around diversity and inclusion. All are welcome! For disability accommodations, or to bring a class to a session, please contact Tracy Kohm, at