1st Annual CCRG Symposium (2012)

Thank you to all the presenters and members of the audience for making the 1st Annual UO Climate Change Research Symposium a success! We look forward to seeing you again next year.

A special thanks to our sponsors: the UO Climate Change Research Group; the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History; and the UO Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

UO Climate Change Research Symposium

May 23, 2012  - Poster

Goal: An interdisciplinary symposium to prompt discussion among faculty and students conducting research on Climate Change at the University of Oregon.


This symposium, which we hope to be the first annual one, provided a forum for professors and students in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences to present their research on different facets of climate change. The goal was to bring together individuals whose problem-driven research transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. The symposium consisted of three panels on “The Impact of Climate Change on the American Landscape and Mind,” “Changing Climate, Changing Policy – an International Perspective,” and “Climate Change and Future Resource Use.” Presenters reflected the interdisciplinary nature of the CCRG with representation from 10 different academic units on campus, including:

  • 6 faculty from Geography, Geological Sciences, Law, Physics, Political Science, and Sociology;
  • 2 post-docs from Biology and Environmental Studies;
  • 4 doctoral students from Biology, Geography, English, and Political Science; and
  • 1 undergraduate from History.

Attendance over the course of the symposium (which ran from 10 am until 3 pm) was approximately 120 different people, with at least 50 people in attendance during each of the panels. The Symposium also benefited tremendously from an organizing team led by Thibaud Henin (Political Science graduate student), who was assisted by Sena Choi (Political Science graduate student), Kaitlyn Grigsby (Environmental Studies graduate student), and Camille Ogden (Political Science undergraduate coordinator).

The symposium was coordinated to coincide with “The Indigenous Peoples and Climate ChangeConference” that was organized by Mark Carey (Honors College) and Kathy Lynn (Environmental Studies).