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Environmental Professionals Network

School of Environment and Natural Resources


Conversations about Climate Careers

Oct 20, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Program Overview: 

Connect with environmental professionals to gain insights and advice on how to turn your climate passion into a career!  

Ohio State’s Environmental Professionals Network, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, and Undergraduate Student Government are excited to host this student-only program to identify actions and opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in climate change research, policy and society, activism and explore opportunities in related career fields. 

During registration please let us know if you are most interested in a) Climate Research, b) Environmental Policy/Law, c) Climate Activism, or d) Career Building- Tools and Resources. An expert from each of the four respective areas will provide their perspectives and reflections on the conversation within a Zoom Meeting breakout group. 

This program builds upon on our conversations with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and other climate change experts during her October 13th virtual visit to Ohio State (learn about that program here).  


Partners: Ohio State Undergraduate Student Government; Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center; Environmental Professionals Network


7:00 p.m. Welcome & Introductions

7:10 p.m. Breakout Room discussions and Q&A

7:45 p.m. Reflections from Breakout groups

8:00 p.m. Program concludes


Stacey Porter, OEC

Stacy Porter, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State

Dr. Stacy E. Porter is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Ice Core Paleoclimatology Group at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University. She was born and raised in Knoxville, TN and received her bachelor of science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from University of North Carolina-Asheville. After working for the National Centers for Environmental Information, she moved to Fairbanks, AK to investigate the effects of ship emissions on coastal landscapes and received her master of science in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. Afterward, she came to Columbus, OH to study under renowned climate scientists, Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Dr. Lonnie Thompson. She received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from The Ohio State University and continues to study ice cores to understand atmospheric dynamics throughout the last millennium.

Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson, PhD, associate professor, Political Science; faculty associate, Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State

Alexander Thompson is professor of political science and co-leader of the Security & Governance Cluster at Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies. He has published widely on the politics of international law and organizations, with a significant focus on climate change negotiations and institutions at the international level. His research has appeared in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Climatic Change, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Global Policy, among other outlets.


Chris Tavenor, OEC

Chris Tavenor, staff attorney, Ohio Environmental Council 

Chris is the OEC Law Center’s Staff Attorney, supporting the legal and policy teams in their efforts to ensure clean air, clean water, and clean energy for Ohio. He co-leads the OEC's emerging leaders program, focusing on connecting young professionals in Central Ohio to the environmental movement and efforts to combat climate change. Chris also coordinates significant portions of the OEC's democracy program and has coordinated the creation of the OEC's annual Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference since 2018. Chris studied Philosophy and English at the Ohio State University and graduated from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in May 2017. He is also a science fiction and fantasy author, publishing works under the name "C. D. Tavenor."


Lucia Hadella, SENR

Lucia Hadella, career development coordinator, School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State 

Lucia Hadella is the career development coordinator for the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. She holds a Master of Arts in Environmental Arts & Humanities and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Oregon State University. Lucia grew up in Oregon, where she developed her fascination for natural science and her love of being outdoors. Her job as a career advisor provides her with the rewarding opportunity to see students discovering their strengths and passions, which they apply toward incredible work that is bettering our communities.


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Victoria Abou-Ghalioum (she/her/s), doctoral student, School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State

Victoria is a climate justice activist and doctoral student at Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. My research focuses on centering issues of social and racial justice in the mainstream environmental movement at local and global scales. As a scholar-activist, I aspire to direct an organization which builds a regional climate justice coalition by strengthening place and identity-based community bonds. Currently, I work with grassroots organizations and local chapters of national organizations such as the Graduate Student Labor Coalition, the Sunrise Movement Columbus Hub, and others. I believe, to be impactful climate activists, we must stand with racial, gender, and class movements for change.


We strive to host events that are inclusive and accessible to everyone. If you have a disability and require accommodations to fully participate in this activity, please reach out to Nicole Jackson ( Requests made five business days in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access. However, we will make every effort to meet requests made after this time frame. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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