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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

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

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

Peter Coleman
Co-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

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
Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

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

Alex Halliday
Director, Earth Institute
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 Earth Institute Associate Professor of Climate Change, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy

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

Jason Smerdon
Lamont Research Professor, Ocean and Climate Physics Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Adjunct Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Co-Director, Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development

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

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

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

Radley Horton
Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Alison Miller
Deputy Director for Management, Earth Institute

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

Alissa Park
Lenfest Earth Institute Associate Professor of Climate Change, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy

Wolfram Schlenker
Professor, School of International and Public Affairs

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 and Senior Research Scientist, 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
Director, Laboratory of Populations

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

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

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

Alexander van Geen
Lamont Research Professor, Geochemistry Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Edward Lloyd
Evan M. Frankel Clinical Professor of Environmental Law, Columbia Law School
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
Associate Research Scholar, Columbia Law School

Education Committee

Jason Smerdon, Chair
Lamont Research Professor, Ocean and Climate Physics Division, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Adjunct Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Co-Director, Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development

Steven A. Cohen
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy
Director, Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management
Senior Advisor, Earth Institute
Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs

Patricia Culligan
Robert A.W. and Christine S. Carleton Professor of Civil Engineering

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

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

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
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
Associate Director, Masters Program in Climate and Society
Co-Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions

George Sarrinikolaou
Director, Office of Academic and Research Programs, Earth Institute

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

Suzana Camargo
Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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

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

Ester Fuchs
Director, Urban and Social Policy Program, School of International and Public Affairs
Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, School of International and Public Affairs

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

Alison Miller
Deputy Director for Management, Earth Institute

Ana Navas-Acien
Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health

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
Associate Director, Masters Program in Climate and Society
Co-Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions