2021 GSA Interdisciplinary Symposium

2021 Interdisc Symp

Thank you to the speakers for a very informative symposium on climate change!

If you were unable to attend or want to look back on the 2021 symposium, you can view the videos here or through YouTube. The talks are divided into two parts, with part 1 including talks from Dr. Sentić, Dr. Reyes, and Dr. Alley. Part 2 contains talks from Dr. Cadol, Dr. Sheth, and Dr. Carrico followed by the panel discussion.

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Speaker Affiliation


Stipo Sentić NMT Dept. of Physics   9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Julian Reyes AAAS/US Dept. of State  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Richard Alley Penn State University 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Lunch Break  
Daniel Cadol NMT Dept. of EES  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Kartik Sheth NASA  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Kip Carrico NMT Dept of Envr. Eng.  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Panel Discussion    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


This year, the Interdisciplinary Symposium will be held online on April 9th. Join a panel of 6 speakers discussing and addressing the current problem of climate change. Our current lineup of speakers includes:


Dr. Stipo Sentić

Dr. Stipo Sentić recently received his PhD in Physics, with a dissertation in Atmospheric Physics. Through his Bachelors, Masters, and PhD he has focused on data analysis, numerical modeling, and tropical weather research.


Dr. Julian Reyes

Dr. Julian Reyes is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Global Change at the U.S. Department of State. There, he leads negotiation issues on gender, climate education, outreach, and training issues at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, and negotiates on climate science issues at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Arctic Council. Julian works at the science-society interface, and has frequently engaged diverse stakeholders including university extension professionals, policymakers, farmers, ranchers, and the general public. Julian served as a Fellow with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Southwest Climate Hub from 2016 to 2019 building climate-informed agricultural risk management tools. He was a Science Policy Fellow at the U.S. Global Change Research Program in 2014 and a Fulbright Research Scholar in 2011 (Germany). Julian received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Washington State University. He was a former member of the Cougar Marching Band and is an avid runner. Reyes will be giving a talk on:

From Local to Global: Building Communication and Policy Capacity to Solve the Climate Crisis.

As an early career scientist, I engage heavily in climate change science policy and communication efforts—I have worked at multiple scales (local to international) and with diverse stakeholders (farmers to policymakers). I will share lessons learned, and the successes and challenges I have faced through the arc of my career that spans my work as a graduate student building science policy/science communication experience; a post-doctoral fellow at the USDA Southwest Climate Hub bringing climate-relevant resources to American farmers, ranchers, and landowners; and a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State engaging in international climate negotiations and policy. The goal of my presentation is to highlight opportunities for graduate students and early career scientists to engage with decision-makers and the general public, and to demonstrate the value scientists can contribute to the policy-making and implementation process. 


Dr. Richard Alley

Dr. Richard Alley (PhD 1987, Geology, Wisconsin) is Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences at Penn State.  He studies the great ice sheets to help predict future changes in climate and sea level, and has made four trips to Antarctica, nine to Greenland, and more to Alaska and elsewhere.  He has been honored for research (including election to the US National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Membership in the Royal Society), teaching, and service.  Dr. Alley participated in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), and has provided requested advice to numerous government officials in multiple administrations from both major political parties including a US Vice President, multiple Presidental Science Advisors, and committees and individual members of the US Senate and House of Representatives.  He has authored or coauthored over 300 refereed scientific papers.  He was presenter for the PBS TV miniseries on climate and energy Earth: The Operators’ Manual, and author of the book.  His popular account of climate change and ice cores, The Two-Mile Time Machine, was Phi Beta Kappa’s science book of the year.  Dr. Alley is happily married with two grown daughters, one stay-at-home cat, a bicycle, and a pair of soccer cleats. Dr. Alley will be giving a talk on:

The Big Picture on Energy and Environment - some good news?

We enjoy great benefits from energy use, now mostly from fossil fuels, but the resulting pollution is causing increasingly damaging climate changes.  Very strong evidence shows that if we use this knowledge wisely, we can build a larger economy in a cleaner environment with more jobs, improved health, and greater national security more consistent with the Golden Rule.  Today’s students are part of the first generation in history who know they can build a sustainable energy system, providing the power we enjoy to everyone everywhere.


Dr. Daniel Cadol

Dr. Daniel Cadol is an assistant professor of hydrology, with research interests in ecohydrology, soil moisture dynamics, flash floods, and sediment transport. Dr. Cadol will give a talk on:

Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources in the US Southwest.


Dr. Kartik Sheth

Dr. Kartik Sheth is a pioneer in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion.  His two and half decade work in these areas has spanned academia, government and the community.  He has worked as a sexual harassment prevention trainer, a violence prevention specialist, been an architect for transformational programs to improve participation of underrepresented groups in STEM in the US, Africa & S. America.  He has also organized and led  groups on anti-racism work to build more inclusive and diverse work environments.  Dr. Sheth has also been a leader in environmental justice.  In Los Angeles he organized a local grassroots activists group that worked to make the planet a better place.  He is currently working on advancing scientific research towards UN sustainable goals.  And he has served as a member and chair of the American Astronomical Society's sustainability committee which has worked to make conferences greener.  He is also an entrepreneurial leader for interdisciplinary valuation of socioeconomic benefits and recently founded a non-profit to inspire and develop local leaders in problem solving towards sustainable development solutions.  Dr. Sheth is also a distinguished scientist  whose research has primarily focused on the formation and evolution of galaxies over all cosmic time. Dr. Sheth will be giving a talk on:

The Intersection of Climate Change, Economic Disparities and Social Justice:  How to Create a More Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable World? 

I will present evidence of how our changing planet and its changing climate are disproportionately impacting black and brown communities and those in the Global South.  At a time when there is a national and international reckoning on the historic and systemic inequities and disparities, we must engage as citizens to do our part to make changes to build a better world and better tomorrow.  The time is now for us to engage and use science- and evidence-based actions that are sustainable and impactful for environmental and climate justice.


Dr. Kip Carrico

Dr. Kip Carrico is an environmental engineering professor specializing in air quality, aerosols, climate change and alternative energy. A recent addition to the Tech faculty, his previous field research took him across the globe – from Tasmania to Portugal to Montana. Carrico earned three degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: a bachelor’s in nuclear engineering, a master’s in environmental engineering and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering. He spent 10 years as a research scientist at Colorado State University directing the creation of a mobile air quality laboratory. Dr. Carrico will be giving a talk on:

Boimass Burning, Air Quality and Climate in the Southwestern U.S.


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