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UN’s COP27 climate summit: IU experts available to comment

INDIANAPOLIS and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The United Nations’ annual climate summit, the 27th Conference of the Parties, or COP27, has convened in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, through Nov. 18 to discuss the global response to climate change.

Major topics under discussion are expected to include the international community’s ongoing commitment to transition to renewable energy and the increasingly urgent need to assist developing nations already experiencing the devastating effects of climate change, such as extreme flooding in Pakistan.

IU experts on sustainability, environmental management, land use policy and climate change are available to comment. Several experts — Kelley Eskew, Jessica O’Reilly and Christine Picard — are also in attendance at this year’s event.

For more information, contact Kevin Fryling at kfryling@iu.edu or 812-856-2988.

Jerome Dumortier
IU Indianapolis

Jerome Dumortier

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Jerome Dumortier is an associate professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Indianapolis whose research focuses on energy, environmental and agricultural economics, especially bioenergy and land-use change. His current research agenda focuses on the economic effects of a changing vehicle stock due to higher fuel efficiency and more electric vehicles. He is also interested in determining the effects of climate change on agriculture using simulation models.

Expertise

Energy policy and economics, agricultural economics, transportation economics, natural resource economics, climate change, international trade, biofuel, biomass, bioenergy, electric vehicles, simulation models.

Kelly Eskew
IU Bloomington

Kelly Eskew

Kelley School of Business

Kelly Eskew is a clinical professor of business law and ethics in the IU Kelley School of Business. She teaches in the areas of climate law and policy, business and human rights, sustainability law and policy, and business and global poverty alleviation.

Expertise

Business and poverty alleviation, sustainability law and policy, business and human rights, civil rights, business ethics.

Gabriel Filippelli
IU Indianapolis

Gabriel Filippelli

School of Science/Department of Earth Sciences

Gabriel Filippelli is executive director of the Environmental Resilience Institute. He can discuss the smoke from Canadian wildfires that is impacting the air quality and ultimately the health of individuals across the Northeastern United States. 

Expertise

Earth sciences and human health, remediation technology, sediment geochemistry, chemical weathering, nutrient cycling, paleoceanography, terrestrial metal cycling.

Jessica O’Reilly
IU Bloomington

Jessica O’Reilly

Department of International Studies

Jessica O’Reilly, associate professor of international studies, is currently leading IU’s delegation at the UN’s climate change conference, COP28, in Dubai. She can comment on the COP generally, as well as climate policy and governance, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the Global Stocktake, the signature event of the meeting.

Expertise

Global climate change; environmental management and governance; science, culture and practice; institutions and expertise.

Christine Picard
IU Indianapolis

Christine Picard

School of Science, Department of Biology

Christine Picard is an associate professor in the Department of Biology and the director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences program at IU Indianapolis. She is also the co-director of the Center for Environmental Sustainability Through Insect Farming, an NSF-funded research center dedicated to advancing insects as food and feed.

Expertise

Forensic entomology, molecular forensic entomology, DNA barcoding, sustainability

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