Presented by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Lunch & Learn series brings together Carolina researchers to share their work addressing and mitigating the impact of climate change in North Carolina. Each session will feature a distinct theme and panel of experts presenting their latest research in that area.
- Monday, October 23: Flooding and Our Future
- Tuesday, October 24: Health and Heat
- Wednesday, October 25: Economics and Environment
- Thursday, October 26: Communities and Climate
- Friday, October 27: Climate Change and Global Health
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CLE credit is available for this event.
Communities and Climate: Populations Impacted by Climate Change
Thursday October 26th
Nathan Dollar, Director, Carolina Demography
Nathan Dollar has decades of experience in research and program implementation across North Carolina and abroad. Most recently he served as a research scientist and project director for the Dynamics of Extreme Events, People, and Places (DEEPP) survey at the Carolina Population Center. There, he worked with an interdisciplinary team of researchers investigating the factors that shape how people and communities in eastern North Carolina prepare for, are affected by, and recover from extreme weather events. Since 2014, he has served on the Governing Board for the NC Farmworker Health Program within the NC Office of Rural Health. Through these experiences, he has gained a deep understanding of our state institutions and the complex issues shaping population changes in North Carolina.
Fern Hickey, Research Associate, UNC Coastal Resilience Center
Fern Hickey is currently investigating equity in disaster management and the use of data to support the disaster resilience of historically marginalized communities. With a background in agriculture and community organizing, Fern is committed to advancing climate resilience research and solutions that prioritize the needs, visions, and leadership of frontline communities. She received an M.A. in City and Regional Planning and a Certificate in Natural Hazards Resilience from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Conghe Song, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and Environment
Conghe Song’s research is interdisciplinary and primarily focused on how land-cover/land-use change and climate change influence ecosystem functions and human livelihoods. He publishes in a wide variety of journals on topics including remote sensing, water resources research, landscape ecology, population and environment, land use policy, and ecological economics among others. He served as a PI for multiple projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and USDA Forest Service. He teaches courses on remote sensing, modeling of the environmental system, forestry, and Geographic Information Systems.
Karen Guzzo, Director, Carolina Population Center
Karen Benjamin Guzzo is professor of sociology and serves as the director of the Carolina Population Center. She is a family sociologist and demographer whose work considers patterns and variation in family formation using survey data. Dr. Guzzo is an expert on trends and differentials in U.S. fertility preferences and fertility behaviors, such as delayed childbearing and childlessness, fertility intentions, nonmarital fertility, and childbearing across partnerships. Dr. Guzzo’s research has been federally funded and appears in top family and demography journals, and she serves in leadership positions for several national professional organizations and journals.