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UN’s COP28 climate summit: IU experts available to comment

INDIANAPOLIS and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The United Nations’ annual climate summit, the 28th Conference of the Parties, or COP28, is convening through Dec. 12 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. More than 70,000 people, including an IU delegation of faculty, staff and students, are attending to discuss the global response to the urgent issue of climate change.

Major topics under discussion are expected to include how to help vulnerable communities deal with climate impacts, how to fund developing countries’ efforts in addressing climate change and closing the massive emissions gap.

IU experts on climate policy and governance, sustainability, environmental management, climate modeling, climate change impact on health, among other issues, are available to comment. Several experts — Kelly Eskew, Sian Mooney and Jessica O’Reilly — will also be in attendance at this year’s event.

For more information, contact Teresa Mackin at tmackin@iu.edu or 317-274-5432, or Marah Yankey at mqharbis@iu.edu or 812-856-1442.

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.

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.

Hilary Kahn
IU Bloomington

Hilary Kahn

IU Global

Hilary E. Kahn is associate vice chancellor for international affairs at IUPUI and Indiana University associate vice president for international affairs. She is an associate professor of anthropology, editor for the “Framing the Global” book series with IU Press, and a member of APLU’s Commission of International Initiatives Executive Committee. She is also the chair of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of International Education.

Expertise

Global teaching and learning, visual anthropology, global studies, transnational identities, Latin America and the Caribbean, the internationalization of higher education. 

Siân Mooney
IU Bloomington

Siân Mooney

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Siân Mooney is a professor and the dean of the top-ranked O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. She has worked on complex, multidisciplinary issues that affect environment, natural resources and society. 

Expertise

Policies and measurement protocols for greenhouse gas mitigation, nature-based solutions for climate change, endangered species habitat protection, effects of changing climate on water provision, agricultural producer behavior in the western United States.

Luis Fernando Chaves
IU Bloomington

Luis Fernando Chaves

School of Public Health

Luis Fernando Chaves is an associate professor in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. He has been studying insect vectors and the diseases they transmit since he was an undergraduate in Venezuela.

Expertise

GIS and remote sensing, vector-borne, zoonotic and neglected tropical diseases, food systems and Health, applied data science, climate change impacts on health.

Ben Kravitz
IU Bloomington

Ben Kravitz

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Ben Kravitz, an expert in climate modeling studies of solar geoengineering, is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at IU Bloomington. He is the co-founder and coordinator of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project, or GeoMIP, a collaboration between climate modeling centers throughout the world to better understand the expected climate effects of various geoengineering scenarios.

Expertise

Climate engineering, geoengineering, climate modeling.

Christine Picard
IUPUI

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 IUPUI. 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

Landon Yoder
IU Bloomington

Landon Yoder

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Landon Yoder is an assistant professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He researches farmers’ decision-making on soil conservation practices, such as cover crops, and the governance challenges of reducing water-quality degradation from agriculture. He can comment on the management factors that farmers consider when deciding to adopt cover crops and the value of cover crops as a natural climate solution.

Expertise

Collective action, farmer decision-making, pro-environmental farm management practices, collaborative governance.

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