The CEES Colloquium Series was designed in Fall 2018 as an informal, internal seminar series that allows our 120+ affiliates from across the college to gather and share updates on current research, academic writings, courses and more. After just one semester, the weekly colloquium was reported by affiliates as one of the most valuable opportunities that CEES offers. The series is open to all interested students, faculty and staff. During weeks in which department seminars or university events focus on energy, environment, or sustainability, we will promote those events. Coffee is provided and the company is great. Feel free to bring your lunch as well. You can drop in each week or keep your eye on the schedule for specific topics that pique your interest. Questions or ideas? Would you like to present? Contact Erin Stephens at

Fall 2019 Schedule

The CEES Colloquium Series will take place weekly on Mondays from 12:00 – 1:00pm in Tribble A204, unless otherwise noted.

Notes: This semester we envision that the colloquium series can serve as a space for informal, topical conversations in addition to seminars and presentations guided by colleagues. These opportunities are marked on the schedule as “Topical Group Discussions.” For any listed SSRS sessions, please email Andrius Galisanka at for the speaker’s paper in progress. 

Monday, Sept. 9Michael LambHope and Climate Change: Lessons from Wendell Berry (Please read Michael’s paper Wendell Berry’s Difficult Hope in advance)
Monday, Sept. 16Topical Group DiscussionDiscussion on Jonathan Franzen’s New Yorker article: What if we stopped pretending the climate apocalypse can be stopped?
Monday, Sept. 23Lisa BleeTreaty Trees: How trees were commemorated by settlers as witnesses to the foundations of political relations with indigenous people
Monday, Sept. 30Joelle Muhlemann VidiTaking the Heat Out of Heat Stress: How plants defend themselves against climate change
SSRS: Thursday, Oct. 3 | 4:00 PM | Kirby 202Mark Peterson (Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)Back to the Future: Sustainability in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics
Monday, Oct. 7NONEJoin a book discussion on the topic of The Uninhabitable Earth on 10/8 from 4:00-5:00pm or 10/9 from 12:00-1:00pm. Both discussions will be held in ZSR 477. Register here.
Monday, Oct. 14Nathan PeiferCampus as Lab: Opportunities for incorporating sustainability in your classroom through engaged projects
Monday, Oct. 21Tom FrankExperimental colleges as pathbreakers in sustainability action
SSRS: Thursday, Oct. 24 | 4:00 PM | Kirby 202Miles SilmanIllegal and Informal Economies, Gold Mining, Uncontacted Indigenous Peoples, and Conservation: Managing people on the Amazonian frontier
Monday, Oct. 28Stan MeiburgState-Federal Relationships in Environmental Protection 
Monday, Nov. 4Christopher JacksonPicking the poison: assessing the rhetoric of choice in B.C. carbon pricing debates
SSRS: Thursday, Nov. 14 | 4:00 PM | Kirby 202Mark CurtisUnderstanding Industrial Enegy Efficiency: The role of prices, management, and onsite generation
Monday, Nov. 18 | 7:30 PM | Byrum Welcome CenterNONEWe encourage you to attend “The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity” with award-winning biologist, Dr. Sean B. Carroll. The talk will begin at 7:30pm on 11/18 in Byrum Welcome Center. It is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
Monday, Nov. 25Norm FraleyThe State and Future of Biofuels
Monday, Dec. 2NONEEnjoy the last week of classes.

Spring 2019 

Thursday, January 31 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Location: Wingate 206Presentation and DiscussionJohn Knox“The Human Right to a Healthy Environment”RSVP
Thursday, February 7  from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Location: Wingate 206Presentation and DiscussionDr. Joel Tauber“Environmentalism and the Arts”RSVP
Week of February 18 – 22. Various opportunities to engage with Carl Safina.No ColloquiumCarl SafinaWriting Beyond Words: Perspectives on Earth and Humanity RSVP
Thursday, February 28 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Location: Wingate 206Presentation and DiscussionJustin CatanosoCOP24 Recap: Is the Annual UN Climate Summit Still Effective?RSVP

Fall 2018

Monday, September 10 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307.Presentation and DiscussionDr. Rob ErhardtThe Nexus of Climate Data, Adaptive Capacity and Insurancen/a
Monday, September 17 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307.Round Table DiscussionDr. Michael LambEthics for Climate Change Communicatorsn/a
Monday, September 24 at 7:00 pm. Byrum Welcome Center.Partner EventDr. Dava NewmanExploring Space for Earth: Earth’s Vital Signs Revealedn/a
Wednesday, October 3 at 4:00 pm. Olin 101.Partner Event: Physics ColloquiumDr. Lauren LowmanAdaptive Modeling of Vegetation Green-up and Die-off Responses to Extreme Weathern/a
Monday, October 8 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307.Presentation and DiscussionKristen HaafAddressing Community Environmental Issues through Green Infrastructure RSVP
Wednesday, October 17 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Winston 232.Partner Event: Eco LunchDr. Christopher ZarzarDrones and Modelingn/a
Thursday, October 18 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Kirby 202.Partner Event: Social Science Research SeminarSiba N’Zatioula Grovogui“An Empire of Morals: Or the Decolonization of the Cosmopolitan Imaginary”n/a
Wednesday, October 24 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Olin 101.Partner Event: Co-Sponsored Physics and Chemistry ColloquiumDr. Ilias Belharouak, Distinguished Scientist and Group Leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory“Science and Technology Drivers in Batteries for Renewables Energy & Mobility Applications”n/a
Monday, October 29 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307.Round Table DiscussionDr. Sid Shapiro“Social Justice in a Green Economy”RSVP
Monday, October 29 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Winston 126Partner Event: Biology Seminar SeriesStephen Long, University of Illinois“Engineering photosynthesis for global food security. Why, how, and will you let me do it?”n/a
Monday, November 5 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307.Presentation and DiscussionDr. Stephanie Friede“Atmospheric Pressure: Transforming Air into Power in Southern Mexico”RSVP
Monday, November 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Tribble A307.TBDDr. Rowie Kirby Straker“Incorporating Sustainability into the classroom”RSVP
Tuesday, November 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Winston Hall AtriumPartner Event: Exhibit Opening and ReceptionDr. Pat Lord and FYS students“Outbreaks: Epidemics in a Connected World” from Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural Historyn/a
Monday, November 19No Colloquium – Thanksgiving Holidays   
Monday, November 26 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Winston 125.Partner Event: Biology Seminar SeriesJohn Bruno, UNC Chapel Hill“The Role of Temperature as a Process Regulator in Marine Communities”n/a
Thursday, November 29 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Kirby 202.Partner Event: Social Science Research SeminarDr. David Phillips“Resilient Urban Coastal Landscapes: New Community Relationships with Water”n/a