Changing Tides


Date: October 18, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: CMU Ballroom

Dr. Joanna C. Carey is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Babson College, located just outside of Boston, MA. At Babson, Joanna currently teaches Introduction to Oceanography, and Unintended Consequences: At the Interface of Business and the Environment. Joanna's research focuses on answering fundamental questions regarding ecosystem processes in the context of rapid global change. Specifically, she examines how climate change is altering nutrient cycling along the land-ocean continuum, with a focus on wetland, river, forest, and tundra ecosystems. After completing her Ph.D. in Earth Science from Boston University (2013), she was awarded an NSF Earth Science post-doctoral fellowship to study climate change in the Alaska at the Marine Biological Laboratory, in Woods Hole, MA. Joanna completed her M.S. in Environmental Science from Yale University (2007), and her B.S. in Environmental Policy & Planning from Virginia Tech (2005). Joanna is passionate about communicating the science of climate change to the public in order to facilitate effective solutions to this large societal problem. She has given invited lectures at multiple institutions and international professional meetings, including a recent keynote in Vienna, Austria at the European Geophysical Union annual meeting. Joanna grew up in rural upstate New York, and enjoys skiing, hoppy IPAs, and a great novel.

Photo Credit: Webb Chappell

Joanna will discuss the current state of the global climate, and the impact of recent warming on rates of sea level rise and sea ice loss. She will address how warming is impacting communities at the international and national (US) scale, with a focus on the economic ramifications and opportunities that climate change presents. Finally, she will highlight what communities can do to help address this large societal problem, using examples from her work in Alaska.