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Committee Members

Committee Members

The following is a list of members of the standing committees of the Earth Institute faculty, all of whom are from the Columbia University community. Clicking on a member's name takes you to a short curriculum vitae.

Executive Committee

Michael Gerrard, Chair
Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Steven A. Cohen
Executive Director and Chief Operating Advisor
Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy
Director, Research Program in Sustainability Policy and Management

Peter Coleman
Executive Director, Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4), The Earth Institute
Director, Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teachers College
Professor of Psychology and Education, Department of Social-Organizational Psychology, Teachers College

Ruth DeFries, Chair
University Professor
Denning Family Chair of Sustainable Development
Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Co-Director, Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development

Glenn Denning
Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Public Administration in Development Practice

Art Lerner-Lam, Ex Officio
Deputy Director and Lamont Research Professor, Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory
Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science

Peter Schlosser
Deputy Director and Director of Research, Earth Institute
Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor, Geochemistry Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Richard Seager
Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor, Ocean and Climate Physics Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Sean Solomon
Director, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Associate Director, Earth Systems Science
William B. Ransford Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Academic Appointments Committee

Richard Seager , Chair
Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor, Ocean and Climate Physics Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Steven A. Cohen
Executive Director and Chief Operating Advisor
Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy
Director, Research Program in Sustainability Policy and Management

Michael Gerrard
Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Lisa Goddard
Director and Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Alison Miller
Deputy Director for Management, The Earth Institute

Shahid Naeem
Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Director, Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability

Wolfram Schlenker
Associate Professor, School of International and Public Affairs

Peter Schlosser
Deputy Director and Director of Research, Earth Institute
Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor, Geochemistry Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christopher Taylor
Director, Human Resources

Practice Committee

Glenn Denning, Chair
Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Public Administration in Development Practice

Edward Lloyd
Evan M. Frankel Clinical Professor of Environmental Law
Director of Environmental Law Clinic, Columbia Law School

Robert Chen
Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network

Joel Cohen
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations, The Rockefeller University
Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Laboratory of Populations

Steven A. Cohen
Executive Director and Chief Operating Advisor
Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy
Director, Research Program in Sustainability Policy and Management

Richard Deckelbaum
Director, Institute of Human Nutrition
Chair and Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center

Michael Gerrard
Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Alison Miller
Deputy Director for Management, The Earth Institute

Vijay Modi
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Quadracci Sustainable Engineering Lab

Richard Plunz
Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Director, Urban Design Program
Director, Urban Design Lab

Alexander van Geen
Doherty Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/p>

Education Committee

Ruth DeFries, Chair
University Professor
Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development
Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Co-Director, Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development

Steven A. Cohen
Executive Director and Chief Operating Advisor
Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy
Director, Research Program in Sustainability Policy and Management

Patricia Culligan
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Associate Director, Data Science Institute
Co-Director, Urban Design Lab

Glenn Denning,
Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Public Administration in Development Practice

Michael Gerrard
Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Art Lerner-Lam, Ex Officio
Deputy Director and Lamont Research Professor, Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory
Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science

Alison Miller
Deputy Director for Management, The Earth Institute

John C. Mutter
Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, PhD in Sustainable Development, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Ben Orlove, vice chair
Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Lecturer, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Director, Masters Program in Climate and Society
Co-Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions

Stephanie L. Pfirman
Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College

George Sarrinikolaou
Director, Office of Academic and Research Programs, Earth Institute

Jason Smerdon
Associate Research Professor, Ocean and Climate Physics Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of International and Public Affairs
Lecturer, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Co-Director, Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development

Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri
Associate Director, Academic Initiatives, Office of Academic and Research Programs, Earth Institute

Faculty Development Committee

Stephanie Pfirman, Chair
Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College

Scott Barrett
Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs

Deborah Coen
Professor, Department of History, Barnard College
Curriculum Coordinator and Barnard Liaison, Columbia Center for Science & Society

Peter Coleman
Executive Director, Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4), The Earth Institute
Director, Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teachers College
Professor of Psychology and Education, Department of Social-Organizational Psychology, Teachers College

Michael Gerrard
Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Yochanan Kushnir
Lamont Research Professor, Division of Ocean and Climate Physics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Lecturer, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Director, Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research

Brian Mailloux
Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Barnard College
Adjunct Research Scientist, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Ben Orlove
Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Lecturer, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Director, Masters Program in Climate and Society
Co-Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions

Robert Pollack
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Director, University Seminar
Director, Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity, Center for Science and Society