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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

Robin Bell
Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor, Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Steven A. Cohen
Executive Director and Chief Operating Advisor
Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy
Director, Research Program in Sustainability Policy and Management

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

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

Glenn Denning
Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Public Administration in Development Practice

Lisa Goddard
Director, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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

Alison Miller
Deputy Director for Management, Earth Institute

Alissa Park
Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering

Peter Schlosser
Deputy Director and Director of Research, Earth Institute
Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor, Geochemistry Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Richard Seager
Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor, Ocean and Climate Physics Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Jeffrey Shaman
Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Mailman School of Public Health
Director, Climate and Health Program, Mailman School of Public Health

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

Academic Appointments Committee

Richard Seager , Chair
Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor, Ocean and Climate Physics Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Scott Barrett
Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs

Steven A. Cohen
Executive Director and Chief Operating Advisor
Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy
Director, Research Program in Sustainability Policy and Management

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

Lisa Goddard
Director and Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Radley Horton
Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research in the Earth Institute

Alison Miller
Deputy Director for Management, Earth Institute

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

Wolfram Schlenker
Professor, School of International and Public Affairs

Peter Schlosser
Deputy Director and Director of Research, Earth Institute
Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor, Geochemistry Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christopher Taylor
Director, Human Resources

Practice Committee

Glenn Denning, Chair
Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Public Administration in Development Practice

Jason Bordoff
Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs

Robert Chen
Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network

Joel Cohen
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations, The Rockefeller University
Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Laboratory of Populations

Steven A. Cohen
Executive Director and Chief Operating Advisor
Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy
Director, Research Program in Sustainability Policy and Management

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

George Deodatis
Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor of Civil Engineering
Chair, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

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

Edward Lloyd
Evan M. Frankel Clinical Professor of Environmental Law
Director of Environmental Law Clinic, Columbia Law School

Alison Miller
Deputy Director for Management, Earth Institute

Richard Plunz
Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Director, Urban Design Program
Director, Urban Design Lab

Lisa Sachs
Director, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Education Committee

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

Steven A. Cohen
Executive Director and Chief Operating Advisor
Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy
Director, Research Program in Sustainability Policy and Management

Patricia Culligan
Robert A.W. and Christine S. Carleton Professor of Civil Engineering
Co-Director, Urban Design Lab

Glenn Denning,
Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, Master of Public Administration in Development Practice

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

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

Alison Miller
Deputy Director for Management, Earth Institute

Vijay Modi
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Director, Quadracci Sustainable Engineering Lab

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

Ben Orlove
Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Lecturer, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Director, Masters Program in Climate and Society
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 Programs, Earth Institute

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

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

Faculty Development & Diversity Committee

Peter Coleman, Chair
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

Belinda Archibong
Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Development Economics and Policy, School of International and Public Affairs

Lance Freeman
Professor of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

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

Yochanan Kushnir
Lamont Research Professor, Division of Ocean and Climate Physics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Lecturer, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Director, Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research

Kate Orff
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Director, Urban Design Program

Ben Orlove
Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs
Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Lecturer, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Director, Masters Program in Climate and Society
Co-Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions

Stephanie Pfirman
Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College