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Editor and Animator

Meg Rosenburg

Dr. Meg Rosenburg is a freelance science writer, artist, and filmmaker with a passion for effective communication of complex concepts through storytelling and digital media. She earned her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2014, and she draws on her background in planetary geophysics and the history of science to expand public engagement in science. Her portfolio includes collaborations with NASA spacecraft missions, non-profit organizations, and researchers across many disciplines and institutions, as well as partnerships with science communication channels like PHD Comics, Veritasium, MinuteEarth, and BrainCraft.

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Deborah R. Coen

Deborah R. Coen is a historian of science whose research focuses on the modern physical and environmental sciences and on central European intellectual and cultural history. She earned an A.B. in Physics from Harvard, an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard, where she was also a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows. Before coming to Yale, she taught for ten years in the History Department at Barnard College and was Director of Research Clusters for the Columbia Center for Science and Society. At Yale, she is also a member of the steering committee of the Environmental Humanities Initiative.

Jason Smerdon

Jason Smerdon is a Lamont Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and co-director of the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development.  He teaches classes in climate science and sustainable development. The broad objective of Smerdon’s research is to characterize and understand climate variability and change on multi-decadal to centennial timescales. Smerdon is particularly interested in how multiple climate proxies can be combined to yield hemispheric and global maps of climate variability spanning the last two thousand years, how climate models represent climatic change over this time period, and how to use proxy-model comparisons on paleoclimatic timescales to inform future climate projections.  His recent work has focused on hydroclimate variability and change, with an emphasis on multidecadal droughts in North America.  In addition to over 80 published papers in the scientific literature, Smerdon is coauthor of the forthcoming book Climate Change: The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future (CUP 2018).  Smerdon received a B.A. in Physics from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan.