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Earth’s Climate History: How do we know what we know? What DO we know? Why does past climate matter to us today

Dr. Carole Mandryk
Dr. Carole Mandryk Carole Mandryk is currently completing a year as a Research Fellow with the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University working on an NSF CCEP initiative designed to support TV meteorologists’ efforts to improve public understanding of global climate change, and its potential regional and local impacts. With a B.A. in Anthropology from Beloit College, an M.A. in Anthropology and Museum Training from George Washington University, and a PhD in Quaternary Studies from the University of Alberta, she has a broad based interdisciplinary understanding of the physical science background of climate change on all time scales as well as a social science perspective on the human dimensions of global environmental change.

Prior to joining the center at Mason, Carole taught and conducted research at Harvard University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Grant MacEwan College. She has over 20 years of teaching at the university level, and ample and varied experience advising and mentoring undergraduates individually and as part of larger academic programs. The courses she teaches reflect the interdisciplinary nature of her research interests with a particular focus on interactions between cultural systems and the environment. Though originally her research dealt with understanding human-environment relationships of the past, the coming climate change crisis has shifted her focus to anticipating and preparing for the future, and in particular to be keenly interested in climate literacy, and the urgency of communicating climate science to the public.

Dr. Russanne Low
Dr. Russanne Low Dr. Russanne Low studies paleoecology and paleoclimate, with a focus on the bilateral iinteraction and impact of climate change and human activities on geological and biological landscapes. As a graduate student, she was a fellow of the NSF Paleorecords of Global Change program at the University of Minnesota, and has conducted research in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is an Asst. Professor in the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and is a core instructor in the on-line Masters of Applied Science, Educator Concentration, through the school of Natural Resources. She is also lead, Earth Science Higher Education Workgroup, NASA Education and Public Outreach Forum through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Arlington.

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