Earth Week Panelists

APRIL 20 WORKSHOPS:

SOFIA MESA
Sofia serves as ECO Agency’s Head of Food Sustainability and Debris Free Oceans Liaison. She is a sophomore from Miami, FL double majoring in English and Ecosystem Science and Policy. In her role she works to promote plant-based diets and to improve the food options on campus, like she did by getting the beyond burger @The Rat and replacing the single-use utensils there with reusable cutlery. When Sofia isn’t thrifting or reviewing vegan dishes, she enjoys taking train rides and setting up beach clean ups. Sofia is particularly interested in “the intersection between social justice and environmental justice,” and so finds that rights to clean air, water, and healthy food options are especially important, along with education, especially within minority communities. One of five kids to a loud Cuban family, Sofia wouldn't want it any other way!
  BARBARA McADAM
Barbara Mc Adam is the Urban Horticulture Program Specialist at the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods division of UF/IFAS/Extension Miami Dade County- Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces
The UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County is the liaison between research conducted by scientists at the University of Florida, other universities and the local community.


APRIL 21st, 11 am PANEL:

KENNETH BROAD
Kenny Broad is a professor at UM’s RSMAS and the Director of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. He studies the use and misuse of scientific information. He regularly collaborates with ecologists, climatologists, hydrologists, psychologists and a range of other strange ‘ologists’. Broad and the late Wes Skiles received the National Geographic Explorer of the Year award in 2011.
GINA MARANTO
Gina Maranto is the Co-Director of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. She received her M.A. in fiction from The Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University in 1980. She is a prize-winning science writer who has covered biomedicine, the environment, and Earth sciences at the national level since 1982. In 2006, she received the Dean's Award in Special Recognition for Contributions to Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts & Sciences. She has also received a Vice President's Award for Service (2004), a Provost's Grant for Innovative Teaching (2004), and an Excellence-in-Teaching Award (2003).
JOHN VAN LEER
John Van Leer is an Associate Professor in the Department in Ocean Sciences Department of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.   He is an expert in ocean Instrumentation, impacts of global warming on coastal Florida and the Arctic drivers of these changes.  He is also actively involved in several international organizations who act to mitigate global warming. Van Leer teaches courses on Physical Oceanography, Marine Sciences, Climate Change and Sustainable Living.
Moderator JESSICA BRUMLEY

Jessica Brumley, the vice president of Facilities Operations and Planning, joined the University in January 2018.  She is responsible for developing and maximizing the value of University-owned and operated real estate while providing strategic vision, leadership, coordination and administrative oversight to services that enhance the academic, and research experience of faculty, students, staff, and the local community.  Ms. Brumley is responsible for the following departments: Campus Planning, Design and Construction, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities & Operations, Parking & Transportation, Emergency Management, Real Estate, Replacement & Renewal, and Space Planning & Analysis. She has contract administration responsibilities for a number of subcontracted University services. Ms. Brumley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh.  In 2015, Ms. Brumley was a South Florida Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award winner.


APRIL 21st, 1 pm PANEL:

SHOURASENI ROY
Professor Sen Roy's research and teaching interests center on Climatology, spatial analysis, and crime patterns. Her work focuses on spatio-temporal patterns of climate processes across various regions, including the Indian subcontinent, South Africa, China, and USA, using advanced geo-statistical techniques to analyze trends in climatic variables. In addition, she has recently started working on crime patterns in south Florida. 
DINA MOULIOUKOVA
Dina Moulioukova is a Lecturer of International Studies and Master of International Administration at the University of Miami where she teaches courses on Energy & Environment and Human Security. She is also an Assistant Director and co-founder of Global Security Initiative that for the last seven years hosted international interdisciplinary symposium on Environmental Sustainability and Energy Security at the University of Miami. Dina has completed her Ph.D. at the University of Miami with focus on innovative approaches to security studies. Prior to her studies at UM, Dina received her Master of Law degree law (LL.M.) at the University of Cambridge with focus on international law. Her current research concentrates on different aspects of security, with special emphasis on environmental security as well as emerging powers. Dina has also widely published on the topics of her research and is currently working on finalizing her book. In addition to her academic interests, she has been engaged in a number of US Agency for International Development and Library of Congress’ projects and has served as an expert in roundtable discussions by Council on Foreign Relations and USSOUTHCOM.
DIANA TER-GHAZARIAN
Dr. Ter-Ghazaryan directs the Department's Geospatial Technology Certificate Program. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of geospatial technology and cultural geography, and she works on finding ways to map and visualize the abstract and ethereal, such as connection to place, nationhood, identity and the like. One of her current projects is a crowd-sourced web-mapping application, OtherYerevan.am, which is a virtual museum of alternative cultural heritage in Yerevan, Armenia.
JUSTIN STOLER
Dr. Stoler's research explores the geographic patterns of urban health disparities and environmental influences on social and behavioral epidemiology. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences, and is an affiliate of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy. Dr. Stoler enjoys field work and has worked in several countries—including a decade of experience in Accra, Ghana—exploring links between neighborhood structure, geodemographics, the environment, communicable diseases, and water insecurity. Dr. Stoler employs a variety of spatial modeling techniques in his work, often integrating quantitative and qualitative methods, and co-directs the Health Geographics Lab, which provides research opportunities to students at all levels. His courses blend GIS and geographic frameworks with contemporary population, environmental, and global health issues, and Dr. Stoler directs the interdiciplinary minor in Social Science & Medicine.
Moderator TEDDY LHOUTELLIER
Teddy Lhoutellier is the current Sustainability Manager for the University of Miami. Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Science are his passion. He started at the U in 2014, implementing the University's first comprehensive Sustainability Action Plan, after receiving a Silver ranking through the Sustainabiilty Tracking and Assessment Rating System program. Teddy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University, holding a MS degree in Environmental Studies - Energy Policy. He's also a LEED Green Associate. 

 
APRIL 21st. 7 pm PLANETARY HEALTH SHORT MOVIES:

ALI HABASHI
Ali Habashi is an award winning documentary filmmaker who has covered stories in more than 30 countries. His work has been featured in CBS4, NBC6, Miami Herald and USA Today and aired on international Cable and Public TV channels such as Discovery (US and India), Canal+(France), CZTV (Czech Republic), LAPTV (Latin America) and CNN Türk. With an interest to better understand pressing global challenges, his work in recent years has focused on communicating science on a range of topics such as ethnic disparities in health care, access to clean drinking water and sanitation, ocean health index, aging populations and potential implications of increasing the human health-span on economies, resources and generational succession.


APRIL 22nd. 11 am PANEL: 

XAVIER CORTADA
Xavier Cortada is Professor of Practice: Artist at the University of Miami as a faculty member of the Department of Art and Art History. His science art practice is oriented toward social engagement and environment concerns. The artist has created art installations at the Earth’s poles to generate awareness about global climate change at points in between: In 2007, as a National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program Fellow, Cortada used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years. In 2008, he planted a green flag at the North Pole to reclaim it for nature and launch an eco-art reforestation effort.
CAROL KAMINSKY
Carol Kaminsky is a senior lecturer in dance and is the Dance Program Coordinator at the Frost School of Music. Professor Kaminsky teaches dance/movement therapy, modern dance, dance methodology, creative dance for children, improvisation, composition and stretching and body work. Ms. Kaminsky’s clinical background includes dance therapy with hospitalized patients in acute psychiatric care, women in eating disorders treatment, children with special needs in schools, and individuals with Parkinson’s disease. She did numerous workshops and seminars integrating dance/movement therapy for wellness and personal growth. Additionally, Ms. Kaminsky is a facilitator of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and and currently teaches mindfulness in private practice. She is part of the UMindfulness Program that offers meditation sessions to UM students and staff.
JENNA EFFREIN
Visual artist Jenna Efrein fuses sculpture, installation and performance art to draw focus to societal and environmental concerns. Driven by activism societal and environmental concerns and inspired by the moral and philosophical tenets of community, she stimulates social awareness through a practice that invites viewers to participate both physically and psychologically. The impetus for her work is derived from research and observation; it exposes the repercussions of being human in this world. Raised in Brooklyn NY, Efrein has lived in many states, but has resided in Miami since 2014. Efrein is a full-time Senior Lecturer in the Art and Art History Department at the University of Miami in the glass and sculpture studios. She has participated at the Vermont Studio Residency and is a resident at Miami’s acclaimed Bakehouse Art Complex. Since moving to Miami, Efrein has contributed to numerous exhibitions, including solos at the University of Miami Gallery in Wynwood and the Mindy Solomon Gallery in Little Haiti.
Moderator MAHA MCCAIN
Maha McCain, originally from St. Louis, MO, received an M.F.A. in acting from Ohio University and spent a year in residence at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre. She has worked as a professional actor for the past ten years, including credits with Universal Television’s Law & Order, St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Cape Cod’s Monomoy Theatre, Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre, Neil Goldberg’s Cirque, Fresco Productions and Miami’s own improvisation company Just the Funny. She has also worked in New York with Universal Television (Law & Order), Gotham City Improv, and the New York International Fringe Festival as part of Stephen Svoboda’s Odysseus Died From AIDS.


APRIL 22nd, 1.30 pm PANEL

ESBER ANDIROGLU
Dr. Andiroglu is an Associate Professor of Practice in Dept. of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering with a secondary appointment at School of Architecture. In addition, he is the Director of MS in Construction Management Program offered by College of Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a LEED AP accredited educator with academic focus on building environmental systems, water resources and sustainability areas. His research area of interest is aimed at development of engineered solutions related to smart water-energy infrastructures in response to climate change challenges in urban community settings. He is currently engaged in a U-Link research project with focus on development of next generation of coastal structures in response to climate change impacts in our community and beyond.  Dr. Andiroglu’s other work includes development of virtual fan / pump flow meters and their application towards operational efficiency optimization of air / water conveyance systems. He has recently started a new pilot project in the local community in partnership with Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department to apply virtual flow metering technology to improve operational efficiencies of wastewater pump stations.
JOANNA LOMBARD
Joanna Lombard, AIA, LEED AP, is a registered architect (Florida) and Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine and is a 2019-2020 Abess Faculty Scholar in the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.  She is co-leader of one of the eleven university-based teams selected as charter members of the American Institute of Architects Design & Health Research Consortium, and a member of the University of Miami U-LINK team exploring “Hyper-localism: Transforming the Paradigm for Climate Adaptation.”he has worked with colleagues at UM’s Abess Center, Georgetown and Harvard universities to organize a colloquium on climate migration (graphic report). During the summer of 2018 she was a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action: Culture of Health delegation to the One Water Summit 2018, and with colleagues from the University of Minnesota and Portland State, she convened a discussion group on climate migration at the AIA 2018 Collaborative Research Summit
XAVIER CORTADA
Xavier Cortada is Professor of Practice: Artist at the University of Miami as a faculty member of the Department of Art and Art History. His science art practice is oriented toward social engagement and environment concerns. The artist has created art installations at the Earth’s poles to generate awareness about global climate change at points in between: In 2007, as a National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program Fellow, Cortada used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years. In 2008, he planted a green flag at the North Pole to reclaim it for nature and launch an eco-art reforestation effort.
BRIAN SODEN
Brian Soden is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He specializes in the use of satellite observations to test and improve computer simulations of Earth's climate. His areas of interest include understanding climate feedback processes, the atmospheric hydrological cycle, and the response of extreme weather events to global warming.
Moderator TALULA THIBAULT
Talula serves as ECO Agency's Chair. She is a senior from Southampton, MA double majoring in Ecosystem Science & Policy and Geography, with a minor in Economics. In her role, she oversees all of the ECO Agency branch (including Green Committee sub-branch), serves on SG’s Executive Board, helps out with as many of the ongoing projects as time allows, and fields all incoming questions pertaining to sustainability at the U. For four consecutive years, Talula has been a part of ECO and it has been the single most important involvement to her during undergrad. She started various initiatives, from Arboretum promotion to fraternity recycling to succulent giveaways for people who pledge to quit using single-use plastics. In her free time, she enjoys watching football, gardening, mentoring as a Cane Buddy, exploring Miami, and plogging (going on runs meanwhile collecting litter). Upon graduation, Talula hopes to start a career in sustainable business or environmental policy. Her dream goal is to be the human embodiment of The Lorax. 


APRIL 22nd, 5 pm GARDEN WORKSHOP

KATHLEEN SULLIVAN SEALEY
Dr Sealey is faculty in the College of Arts and Science working in coastal ecology and island sustainability studies. She has studied in the wider Caribbean for over thirty years, and is a Bahamian citizen. Her research and community outreach programs have focused on reducing land-based sources of pollutants to coastal waters, especially nitrogen from sewage and waste dumping. Her gardening focusing low impact techniques that recycle food wastes.
TERRI HOOD
With a PhD in marine geochemistry, my research years were focused on assessing human impacts in coastal ocean environments using a variety of geochemical and biological analytical approaches. On a personal note, I’ve been a gardener since childhood, with a particular interest in backyard ecology, permaculture, edible landscaping and food forests, as well as everything to do with healthy soils. I’ve merged these two life aspects in my teaching at UM over the last 20 years, happily leading students through all sorts of analyses to help them understand biogeochemical processes taking place in their own backyards. I also co-teach field courses to places around the world, where we study how other cultures connect with their environment in useful and healthy ways. Terri is the Undergraduate Program Assistant Director at the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy, University of Miami
DYLAN TERRY
Ready-to-Grow Gardens was started by Miami native, Dylan Terry. He began gardening as a teenager. While a student, he managed New College of Florida’s edible garden. Since then, Ready-to-Grow has planned, installed, and maintained organic edible gardens all over South Florida and has had the help of many along the way.  The vision of Ready-to-Grow Gardens is to give people access to local, nutritious and safe food sources through organic edible garden design, installation, and maintenance. In this globalized economy, an enormous amount of energy is used just in the transportation of food, and the actual creation of the food has led to countless irreversible environmental problems. There is much work to be done to improve the system in which we get food and the way in which it is produced. Learn more at http://ready-to-grow.com/ 
RICHARD WEISSKOFF
Prof. Weisskoff teaches economics and is chair of the Department of International Studies. His PhD is from Harvard, and he taught at Yale, Iowa State, and Bar Ilan Universities before coming to UM 30 years ago.  His latest book is "The Economics of Everglades Restoration: Missing Pieces in the Future of South Florida."
Moderator TEDDY LHOUTELLIER
Teddy Lhoutellier is the current Sustainability Manager for the University of Miami. Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Science are his passion. He started at the U in 2014, implementing the University's first comprehensive Sustainability Action Plan, after receiving a Silver ranking through the Sustainabiilty Tracking and Assessment Rating System program. Teddy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University, holding a MS degree in Environmental Studies - Energy Policy. He's also a LEED Green Associate. 

APRIL 24, 1.30 pm ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION

MICHELLE AFKHAMI
Michelle Afkhami studies the ecology, evolution, and genomics of species interactions at scales ranging from genes to communities using a combination of long term field and greenhouse experiments, mathematical modeling, and laboratory-based molecular methods. "While our research spans all types of interactions, we are especially interested in positive species associations and often work with plants and their microbiomes. Much of our research is aimed at understanding the mechanisms underlying how mutualisms work and what structures microbiomes, with the goal of integrating these associations into the broader foundations of ecology, evolution, genomics, and conservation."
TERRI HOOD
With a PhD in marine geochemistry, my research years were focused on assessing human impacts in coastal ocean environments using a variety of geochemical and biological analytical approaches. On a personal note, I’ve been a gardener since childhood, with a particular interest in backyard ecology, permaculture, edible landscaping and food forests, as well as everything to do with healthy soils. I’ve merged these two life aspects in my teaching at UM over the last 20 years, happily leading students through all sorts of analyses to help them understand biogeochemical processes taking place in their own backyards. I also co-teach field courses to places around the world, where we study how other cultures connect with their environment in useful and healthy ways. Terri is the Undergraduate Program Assistant Director at the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy, University of Miami
EZRA REMER
Ezra serves as ECO Agency’s Arboretum Curator. He is a senior from New Orleans, LA, studying Communications (Honors) - Documentary Production, Urban Studies, and History. In his role he promotes the Gifford Arboretum on the Coral Gables campus through different meetings, concerts, and tours, as well as organizing weekly volunteer work in the lush outdoor space. Ezra is also involved in the Billy Goat coffee shop on campus, where he happy that the used coffee grounds are reused in the garden as compost. Ezra says he is “passionate about sustainable agriculture and the role that farmers in the Global South can play in conserving our natural ecosystems.” His other interests include hiking, traveling, and pups. Ezra has one of the friendliest smiles you will ever witness. 
Moderator MAURO GALETTI
Dr. Mauro Galetti is a tropical ecologist at the University of Miami and Director of the Gifford Arboretum. His current research centers broadly on the effects of animal extinction on key ecological, evolutionary and ecosystem processes. Dr. Galetti has intensively worked in understanding how trophic cascades propagates in tropical forest and savanna ecosystems. He has long experience in tropical forests in Brazil. Dr. Galetti is also responsible for auditing one of the largest dataset on the Biodiversity of the Atlantic forest of Brazil.