JMU Climate Change Experts

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The UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, will bring parties together to accelerate action toward the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The conference will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 12 in Glasgow, Scotland.

As a member of the University Global Coalition, a global group of universities and other higher education organizations, JMU is committed to working together and in partnership with the United Nations and other relevant organizations, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals both locally and globally through our education, research, and service missions.

During and following the UN Climte Conference, these JMU experts can speak to various topics around climate change.



How to speak to climate change

Rob Alexander

Political Science

(Coordinator of the environmental studies minor)

  • Environmental and natural resource policy
  • Environmental conflict management

Neel Amin


  • Environmental History

Daniel Beers

Justice Studies

  • The exacerbating effect of climate change on global poverty and humanitarian disasters
  • The increasing prevalence of climate refugees, and the lack of adequate international protections for populations displaced by climate-related events

Mace Bently

Geographic Science

  • Issues surrounding human-land-atmosphere interactions

Pete Bsumek

Communication Studies

  • Sustainable communities

Jennifer Coffman

Geographic Science, Integrated Science and Technology

  • Environment
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Carbon footprint

Chris Colocousis


  • Environmental sociology
  • Sociology of environmental resources

Angel Garcia


  • The intersection between climate change and culture/society

Tobias Gerken

Integrated Science and Technology

  • Influence of land use and agriculture on climate
  • Climate modeling
  • Making informed decisions about climate policy

Bill Lukens


  • How the Pliocene era (the last time CO2 levels were as high as they are now, 4 million years ago) can inform climate modeling and preparation

Sean McCarthy

Communication Studies

  • Training future leaders how to address complex challenges like climate change

Jonathan Miles

Integrated Science and Technology

  • Wind and solar energy
  • Renewable energy workforce training

Carole Nash

Geographic Science, Integrated Science and Technology

  • Long-term climate change and impacts on human community

Maria Papadakis

Geographic Science, Integrated Science and Technology

  • Household energy and electricity expenses as they relate to climate change

Eric Pyle


  • Teaching climate change in K-12.

Kelsey Reider


  • Wildlife and ecosystem responses to climate change.

Debbie Sturm

Graduate Psychology

  • Eco-anxiety

Wayne Teel

Geographic Science, Integrated Science and Technology

  • Degrading environmental consequences of present food-farming system.

Lisa Tubach

Art, Design and Art History

  • Conservation efforts of coral reefs, sharks and other species
  • Art as expression of scientific and emotional quandaries of an environment in peril
  • Climate connection to art

Case Watkins

Justice Studies

  • Climate justice, how political and economic power shape environmental issues and changes.

Marco Wilkinson


  • Environmental literature with a focus on sustainable agriculture/food.

Greg Wrenn


  • Teaching climate change to diverse audiences
  • Literature and climate change
  • Creative writing and climate change

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Published: Friday, October 29, 2021

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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