Columbia Leaders: Climate Clinic

Columbia Leaders: Climate Clinic

Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has every faced. At a time when the effects of climate change are accelerating, but support for climate research is wavering, we invite you to join forces and take action with the Columbia Commitment to Climate Response. By immersing yourself in the science behind why our world is warming, by developing an understanding of the impacts climate is having on our planet, and by exploring the scientific solutions that can slow down and diminish climate change impacts, you become instrumental in protecting Earth.

Columbia University commits the largest group of climate scientists, along with world class experts in the legal, health, architectural, business and social science fields to work together on these issues. Collectively, we can drive the science and help bring about the kinds of solutions that will mitigate rising CO2 levels, sea level rise, and extreme weather events and help humanity adapt to the changing conditions we will face in the years to come. Come be inspired by Columbia’s climate leaders and take away ideas and hope.


A’Lelia Bundles ’76JRN
A’Lelia Bundles is chair and president of the board of the National Archives Foundation. She is at work on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great-grandmother. Her biography, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, was named a New York Times Notable Book and has been optioned by Zero Gravity Management for a television series starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.
After graduation from Columbia’s Journalism School, Ms. Bundles was a network television news executive and producer for three decades. After more than a decade as a producer at NBC News, she was a producer, then Washington, D.C. deputy bureau chief and director of talent development at ABC News. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and on the advisory board of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. At Columbia, she is a Trustee, a CAA board member and co-chair of the CAA’s Strategic Planning Task Force and Committee. She also chaired a committee charged with revamping the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s Alumni Association.


Peter de Menocal ’91GSAS, ’92GSAS
Dean of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
Peter B. de Menocal, is the Dean of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. De Menocal serves on the faculty of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and as director of the Center for Climate and Life at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He is also a member of the Earth Institute faculty. His research focuses on deep-sea sediments as archives of past climate change. De Menocal earned his Ph.D. at Columbia in 1992 and was a research scientist at Lamont before joining the faculty in 1999. He was chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences from 2011 to 2014.

Radley Horton ’01GSAS, ’04GSAS, ’07GSAS
Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Radley Horton is a Lamont Associate Research Professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. His research focuses on climate extremes, tail risks, climate impacts, and adaptation. Radley was a Convening Lead Author for the Third National Climate Assessment. He currently Co-Chairs Columbia’s Adaptation Initiative, and is Principal Investigator for the Columbia University-WWF ADVANCE partnership, and the NOAA-Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments-funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast. Radley is also the Columbia University lead for the Department of Interior-funded Northeast Climate Science Center, and is a PI on an NSF funded Climate Change Education Partnership Project. Radley has been a Co-leader in the development of a global research agenda in support of the United Nations Environmental Program’s Programme on Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation (PROVIA) initiative. He serves on numerous national and international task forces and committees, including the Climate Scenarios Task Force in support of the 2018 National Climate Assessment, and frequently appears on national and international television, radio, and in print. Radley teaches in Columbia University’s Sustainable Development department.

Kate Marvel
Associate Research Scientist, Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University
Kate Marvel is an Associate Research Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Columbia University Department of Applied Physics and Mathematics. She received a PhD in theoretical physics from Cambridge University, where she was a Gates Scholar. Previously, Kate conducted postdoctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Stanford University. She writes a popular science blog, has published several essays in outlets including Nautilus Magazine and NPR’s On Being, and gives frequent interviews to newspapers, podcasts, and TV programs. Her TED talk on climate uncertainties will appear later this year.

A Columbia Alumni Association Brunch follows
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Cancellation fees may apply. All registrations are final after Friday, September 29.