Earth Transformed free lecture series at University of Arizona



“Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for both humans and many of the natural systems upon which we depend. Globally, changes in the oceans, ice sheets and atmosphere provide clear fingerprints of the human causes, but also important lessons for society to learn as we seek solutions. Even more than when the UA Science Lecture Series originally turned to climate change a decade ago, the Southwest is dealing with a looming water crisis, unprecedented severe wildfire risk, emerging human health concerns and much more. Scholars and the public alike need to brainstorm and work to ensure a resilient and vibrant future for the Southwest and the planet.”

All 6 “Earth Transformed”  free lectures will be at UA Centennial Hall at 7 p.m., 1020 E. University Blvd. Tucson.


Joellen Russell
University of Arizona

Ocean’s Role in Climate:
Heat and Carbon Uptake in the Anthropocene


David Battisti
University of Washington

Climate Change
and Global Food Security


Russell Monson
University of Arizona

Ecosystem Resilience:
Navigating Our Tenuous Connection to Nature


Kacey Ernst
University of Arizona

Climate Change and Human Health:
Impacts and Pathways to Resilience


Kimberly Ogden
University of Arizona

Carbon Sequestration:
Can We Afford It?


Jonathan Overpeck
University of Arizona

The Changing Earth:
It’s Not Just a New Normal

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).