UBC experts on UN climate summit and related topics

December 08, 2023

Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)UBC experts on UN climate summit and related topics Media AdvisoriesUBC delegates and other scholars are available to comment on COP28 – the two-week global climate summit that began Thursday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates – and other climate-related topics. COP28 delegationDr. William CheungProfessor and Director, Institute for the Oceans and FisheriesEmail: [email protected] language(s): English, CantoneseWarming seas, effects of extreme heat on marine lifeImpacts of climate change on marine ecosystems and dependent human communitiesClimate solutions for the ocean and fisheriesBiodiversityCo-author of IPCC Climate Change 2023 synthesis reportAnjali DesaiMaster’s student, Interdisciplinary Graduate StudiesEmail: [email protected] language(s): English, HindiRole of higher learning institutions in promoting sustainability and achieving climate goalsMuhammad HuzaifaMaster’s student, Department of Chemical and Biological EngineeringEmail: [email protected] language(s): English, UrduRaising awareness and community engagement around climate changeYouth engagement and empowerment in leading the energy transitionGreenhouse gas detection, emissions control, and accounting via the GHG protocol (industrial decarbonization roadmapping)*Limited availability Dec. 5 – 13Dr. Videsh KapoorClinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family PracticeTel: 778-999-3755Email: [email protected] language(s): EnglishImpacts of climate change on health*Limited availability Dec. 5 – 13Dua NaqviUndergraduate student, Department of Chemical and Biological EngineeringEmail: [email protected] language(s): EnglishDecarbonization, emissions and air pollution, energy transition, carbon capture technologies, electrification of transportation, sustainability in engineering*Unavailable Dec. 8 – 9Mina NepaliUndergraduate student, International RelationsEmail: [email protected] language(s): English, JapaneseYouth empowerment, youth involvement in the United Nations and policy-making processes, opportunities for youth involvement in climate action, peace and Justice*Limited availability Dec. 5 – 9Abul Bashar Rahman (he/him)Undergraduate student, Vancouver School of EconomicsTel: 778-838-9609Email: [email protected] language(s): English, BanglaLived and learned experiences as a first-generation Bangladeshi (one of the world’s regions most affected by climate change)Climate change in Global South, impact investments, globalization and climate refugee crisis, climate finance, loss and damage, policymaking*Limited availability Dec. 5 – 13Dr. David TindallProfessor, Department of SociologyEmail: [email protected] language(s): EnglishSocial aspects of the environment and climate change, public opinion on the environment and climate change, protest over environmental and climate change issues, environmental and climate justiceDr. Rickey Yada (he/him)Dean and Professor, Faculty of Land and Food SystemsTel: 604-992-6178Email: [email protected] language(s): EnglishFood processing and agricultural innovation, resilience and food security in the face of emerging challenges (including climate change, supply chain issues and geopolitical issues)*Available on Dec. 7-10, 12Experts on climate change topicsEducation, culture, and youthDr. Greg Garrard (he/him)Professor, UBCO Faculty of Creative and Critical StudiesTel: 250-863-2822Email: [email protected] language(s): EnglishEnvironmental literatureCulture and climate change (including skepticism)Political polarizationFabiola Melchior (she/her)Master’s student, UBCO Interdisciplinary Graduate StudiesEmail: [email protected] language(s): English, GermanYouth-led climate justice and climate actionYouth participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including the Children and Youth Constituency (YOUNGO), the 18th UN Climate Conference of Youth (COY18), and COP28Dr. Daniel Steel (he/him)Associate Professor, School of Population and Public HealthEmail: [email protected] language(s): EnglishEthics of climate changeOp-ed: Effective climate action requires us to abandon viewing our efforts as a ‘sacrifice’Dr. Jiaying Zhao (she/her)Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for Resources, Environment and SustainabilityEmail: [email protected] language(s): English, MandarinClimate action, behaviour change, psychologyEnergy, industry, and just transitionMax CohenPhD student, Department of GeographyEmail: [email protected] language(s): EnglishJust transition, wind energy, fossil fuels, fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty, public ownershipDr. Johan FosterAssociate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Eng

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UBC experts on UN climate summit and related topics

Media Advisories

UBC delegates and other scholars are available to comment on COP28 – the two-week global climate summit that began Thursday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates – and other climate-related topics.

COP28 delegation

Dr. William Cheung
Professor and Director, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English, Cantonese 

  • Warming seas, effects of extreme heat on marine life

     

  • Impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems and dependent human communities

     

  • Climate solutions for the ocean and fisheries

     

  • Biodiversity

     

  • Co-author of

    IPCC Climate Change 2023 synthesis report

     

Anjali Desai
Master’s student, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English, Hindi 

  • Role of higher learning institutions in promoting sustainability and achieving climate goals

     

Muhammad Huzaifa
Master’s student, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English, Urdu 

  • Raising awareness and community engagement around climate change

     

  • Youth engagement and empowerment in leading the energy transition

     

  • Greenhouse gas detection, emissions control, and accounting via the GHG protocol (industrial decarbonization roadmapping)

*Limited availability Dec. 5 – 13 

Dr. Videsh Kapoor
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice
Tel: 778-999-3755
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Impacts of climate change on health

     

*Limited availability Dec. 5 – 13 

Dua Naqvi
Undergraduate student, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Decarbonization, emissions and air pollution, energy transition, carbon capture technologies, electrification of transportation, sustainability in engineering

     

*Unavailable Dec. 8 – 9  

Mina Nepali
Undergraduate student, International Relations
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English, Japanese 

  • Youth empowerment, youth involvement in the United Nations and policy-making processes, opportunities for youth involvement in climate action, peace and Justice

     

*Limited availability Dec. 5 – 9 

Abul Bashar Rahman (he/him)
Undergraduate student, Vancouver School of Economics
Tel: 778-838-9609
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English, Bangla 

  • Lived and learned experiences as a first-generation Bangladeshi (one of the world’s regions most affected by climate change)

     

  • Climate change in Global South, impact investments, globalization and climate refugee crisis, climate finance, loss and damage, policymaking

     

*Limited availability Dec. 5 – 13

Dr. David Tindall
Professor, Department of Sociology
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English

  • Social aspects of the environment and climate change, public opinion on the environment and climate change, protest over environmental and climate change issues, environmental and climate justice

Dr. Rickey Yada (he/him)
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Tel: 604-992-6178
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Food processing and agricultural innovation, resilience and food security in the face of emerging challenges (including climate change, supply chain issues and geopolitical issues)

     

*Available on Dec. 7-10, 12

Experts on climate change topics

Education, culture, and youth

Dr. Greg Garrard (he/him)
Professor, UBCO Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Tel: 250-863-2822
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Environmental literature

     

  • Culture and climate change (including skepticism)

  • Political polarization

     

Fabiola Melchior (she/her)
Master’s student, UBCO Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English, German 

  • Youth-led climate justice and climate action

     

  • Youth participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including the Children and Youth Constituency (YOUNGO), the 18th UN Climate Conference of Youth (COY18), and COP28

     

Dr. Daniel Steel (he/him)
Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English

Dr. Jiaying Zhao (she/her)
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English, Mandarin 

  • Climate action, behaviour change, psychology

     

Energy, industry, and just transition

Max Cohen
PhD student, Department of Geography
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Just transition, wind energy, fossil fuels, fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty, public ownership

Dr. Johan Foster
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Bioproducts
Tel: 604-817-8882
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Renewable and biodegradable plastics, plastics, fate of plastics

     

  • Carbon-neutral and carbon-negative materials

     

Health

Dr. Michael Brauer
Professor, School of Population and Public Health
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Climate change and health

     

  • Climate change and air pollution

     

Dr. Emily Brigham
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English

  • Health impacts of climate change, lung health, asthma and COPD, pollutant exposures from wildfires, co-exposure with heat

Dr. Christopher Carlsten
Physician; Professor and Head of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Medicine
Tel: 604-839-1561
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Adverse health effects related to heat, smoke, ozone and allergens

     

  • How heat, smoke, ozone and allergens are climate-change related

     

Raluca Radu, MSN, RN
Lecturer, School of Nursing
Tel: 604-761-7474
Email: [email protected]
Language(s): English, Romanian 

*Please contact after 11 a.m. PST 

Dr. Michael Schwandt (he/him)
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health
Tel: 604-875-4375
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Public health and health equity impacts of climate change

     

  • Climate-resilient health systems

     

Nature, land use, oceans

Dr. Juan José Alava
Research Associate, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Principal Investigator, Ocean Pollution Research Unit
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English, Spanish

  • Microplastic and plastic marine pollution, ocean pollution, pollutants in the marine food web
  • Impact of climate change/ocean warming on marine species

Dr. Peter Arcese
Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
Tel: 778-350-9295 (please text before calling)
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Carbon credits, ecosystem services and conservation

     

  • Pace of adaptation in organisms to climate change

     

Dr. Karen Hodges (she/her)
Professor, UBCO Department of Biology
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Biodiversity conservation, forestry, wildfires, endangered species, climate change, species distributions

     

Dr. Kayla King (she/her)
Professor, Departments of Zoology, and Microbiology and Immunology
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Evolutionary Dynamics of Host-Pathogen Interactions
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Wildlife infection and conservation, environment, biodiversity, climate change, evolution, host-pathogen/parasite interactions, zoonoses

     

Dr. Katie Marshall (she/her)
Associate Professor, Department of Zoology
Tel: 604-781-8778
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Winter biology, thermal biology, invertebrates (insects, intertidal species), forest insect pests

     

Dr. Isla Myers-Smith (she/her)
Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Global Change Ecology of Northern Ecosystems
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Climate change in the Arctic

     

  • How global change alters tundra plants and ecosystem processes

     

Dr. John Richardson
Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Freshwater biology, endangered species, forest management, water conservation, wildlife ecology, particularly of smaller species

     

  • Effects of droughts on natural ecosystems

     

  • Effects of flooding and water supplies on streams and lakes, water quality and debris torrents

     

*Unavailable Dec. 4 – 8 

Dr. U. Rashid Sumaila (he/him)
University Killam Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Tel: 604-351-7406
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English, Hausa, Norwegian 

  • Blue economy, sustainable and just ocean systems, fisheries economics, marine biodiversity, ocean conservation, biological diversity

     

  • Experience as a previous COP delegate

     

Policy and economy

Dr. Hassan Ahmad
Assistant Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law
Tel: 604-822-3925
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Climate change litigation, corporate climate impacts

     

  • Canada’s obligations under Paris Agreement

     

*Unavailable Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and on Dec. 11 

Dr. Werner Antweiler
Associate Professor, Sauder School of Business
Tel: 604-822-8484
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Carbon pricing, climate change economics and policy

     

  • Renewable energy, electricity systems and markets

     

  • Electrification of mobility including EV adoption and EV charging infrastructure

     

Dr. Simon Donner
Professor, Department of Geography, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

  • Climate change science, climate change policy including targets, Canadian policy, international negotiations, finance and adaptation, loss and damage

     

Dr. Brian Marcus
Professor, Department of Mathematics
Tel: 604-328-1471
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English 

Temitope Onifade (he/him)
PhD candidate, Peter A. Allard School of Law
Email: [email protected]
Interview language(s): English, Yoruba, English-based pidgin 

  • Climate policy and justice under the Paris Agreement, Canada’s climate governance framework

     

  • Experience as a previous COP delegate

     

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