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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, The Earth Institute
Director, Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute
Director, Concentration in Environmental Policy Studies, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management, School of Professional Studies and The Earth Institute

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

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

Alissa Park
Lenfest Professor in Applied Climate Science
Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy

Peter Schlosser
Deputy Director and Director of Research, The Earth Institute
Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Jeffrey Shaman
Junior Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor and Co-Director of Climate and Health Program, Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute

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

Elke Weber
Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business, Columbia Business School
Professor, Department of Psychology
Co-Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions

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, The Earth Institute
Director, Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute
Director, Concentration in Environmental Policy Studies, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management, School of Professional Studies and The Earth Institute

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

Lisa Goddard
Director, The International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Patrick L. Kinney
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health

Alison Miller
Deputy Director for Management, The Earth Institute

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

Wolfram Schlenker
Associate Professor, School of International and Public Affairs

Peter Schlosser
Deputy Director and Director of Research, The Earth Institute
Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Christopher Taylor
Director, Human Resources

Practice Committee

Edward Lloyd, Chair

Evan M. Frankel Clinical Professor of Environmental Law, School of Law

Director, Environmental Law Clinic, School of Law

Robert Chen
Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network

Steven A. Cohen
Executive Director and Chief Operating Advisor,, The Earth Institute
Director, Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute
Director, Concentration in Environmental Policy Studies, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management, School of Professional Studies and The Earth Institute

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

Glenn Denning, Ex Officio
Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, MPA in Development Practice Program
Director, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development

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

Alison Miller
Deputy Executive Director, The Earth Institute

Vijay Modi
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Richard Plunz
Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Director, Urban Design Lab, The Earth Institute

Alexander van Geen, Ex Officio
Doherty Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Education Committee

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, The Earth Institute

Steven A. Cohen
Executive Director and Chief Operating Advisor, The Earth Institute
Director, Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute
Director, Concentration in Environmental Policy Studies, School of International and Public Affairs

Patricia Culligan
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Glenn Denning,
Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, MPA in Development Practice Program

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

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

Alison Miller
Deputy Executive Director, The Earth Institute

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

Ben Orlove
Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Masters Program in Climate and Society, The Earth Institute
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 Program, The Earth Institute

Peter Schlosser
Deputy Director and Director of Research, The Earth Institute
Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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

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

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 of History, Barnard College

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

Yochanan Kushnir
Director, The Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research
Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory -Ocean and Climate Physics
Adjunct Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Brian Mailloux
Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Barnard College

Ben Orlove
Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master's Program in Climate and Society
Co-Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions