List of Presenters
Director - Consumer Health Environmental Defense Fund
Provost's Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas - Austin
Tianna Bruno is a Provost’s Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the intersection of Black geographies, critical environmental justice, and critical physical geography. Through her work, she aims to foreground Black life, sense of place, and relationships to the environment within spaces of present-day environmental injustice. Her research also highlights the mutual experiences of degradation and survival between Black communities and their surrounding ecologies through the integration of Black geographies and dendrochronology. This research is currently focused on Texas, and will soon expand to various locations across the Black diaspora.
Masters Student, School of the Environment, Yale University
Associate Professor, University of Michigan - School of the Environment and Sustainability
Bilal Butt is an Associate Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. His research is concerned with understanding the drivers and effects of violent conflicts over natural resources. He places a large emphasis on empirical fieldwork to understand the lived geographies of the interactions between people and the environment in ecologically heterogeneous regions. He combines various geospatial technologies with historical and ecological dynamics of dryland environments to understand how differential power relations between agencies, states, and other actors come together to influence the etiology of resource conflicts. He is also interested in the ways that scientific and technical appraisals of indigenous peoples and environments have misread the landscape, leading to orientalist approaches to development programs. He has also had a long history of engagement on questions of environmental conflicts, particularly around wildlife poaching, land grabs, and green energy. Dr. Butt received the National Science Foundation Career Award and is a recipient of the Superior Teaching Award from the University of Michigan. He has published in diverse journals such as the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Remote Sensing of Environment, Journal of Applied Ecology and Humanity. He teaches courses on Conservation and Development, Political Ecology, Environmental Security and Conflict, Environmental Governance, and Preparing for International Fieldwork.
Assistant Professor Occidental College
J. Mijin Cha is an assistant professor of urban and environmental policy at Occidental College and is a fellow at Cornell University’s Worker Institute, where she works on the Labor Leading on Climate initiative. Her recent research is on “just transition,” how to transition workers and communities equitably into a low-carbon future. Dr. Cha is on the board of the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment and a member of the California Bar.
Ph.D. Student, Urban Affairs and Public Policy Biden School of Public Policy and Administration University of Delaware
Cara Clase is a Public Policy Ph.D. student at the University of Delaware. She is a passionate energy justice advocate that centers her research around sustainable and equitable solutions to energy poverty in urban landscapes. Cara actively supports sustainability initiatives at her University as the Chair of the Carbon Neutrality Subcommittee and spends her free time doing pro bono work for the medical nonprofit Foundation for a Healthier Senegal. Inspired by her experience working at an energy justice nonprofit in Yale’s Environmental Fellowship Program, Cara aspires to pursue an academic career where her research can serve marginalized communities and provide policy-based solutions to end energy insecurity.
|Plenary 4: Women Leaders in Conservation OrganizationsWed 3/30 1:25pm EDT
|Graduate Student and Young Professional Poster Session -- RefereedMon 4/19 11:30am EDT
|Workshop 5: Writing Graduate School Essays and Navigating the Graduate School Application ProcessMon 4/19 2:40pm EDT
Director of the Scholarly Writing Program Indiana University
Gen Creedon is Director of the Scholarly Writing Program at Indiana University. She has several decades of experience as a writing instructor and editor for faculty and graduate students across disciplines and around the country. She has taught writing and environmental humanities at the University of Michigan and Princeton University and has offered workshops and one-on-one consultations for applicants seeking admission to Ph.D. programs across disciplines, medical school, and law school. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.
PhD Student School of the Environment, Yale University
Fransha (pronounced ‘fran-SHĀ’) Dace, earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Emory University and her master’s degree in Climate and Society at Columbia University. As a researcher at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Fransha deepened her interest in climate adaptation planning. The South Shore, Chicago native hopes to combine this interest with her passions for food security and environmental equity to build resilient communities domestically and internationally.
Director of Equitable Climate Solutions Bezos Earth Fund
Senior Social Scientist for Climate Vulnerability Union of Cncerned Scientists
Juan Declet-Barreto is the Senior Social Scientist for Climate Vulnerability for the UCS Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Juan researches the impacts of climate change on human health and wellbeing, and communicates findings and equitable solutions to impacted communities, the general public, and policymakers. His research is focused on understanding disparities in climate change-related human health outcomes shaped by complex interactions between individual biology and environmental exposures that are also shaped by the broader-scale socio-demographic, cultural, and economic contexts in which people live their lives.