Portland State University’s strength in research and programming on sustainability issues will be featured at the Portland State of Mind: Voices of Climate Change Event
Author: Beth Gilden, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Posted: September 25, 2019

October 10, four faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will share how their research on climate change is helping solve one of our time's greatest challenges. The “Portland State of Mind: Tag, We're It! Voices on Climate Change” event will feature the unique perspectives from researchers who explore the issue of climate change in ways you might not expect, from public opinion to water justice to mass incarceration. 

The event will include presentations from each of the speakers, an interactive reception before the presentations, trivia, and a Q&A session following the presentations.  Featured faculty include: 

Melissa Haeffner, assistant professor of environmental science and management. A sociologist by training, Haeffner’s work focuses on water access, environmental justice and concepts of fairness and equity.

Andres Holz, assistant professor of geography. Holz studies the causes and consequences of climate variability and human activity on ecological change and disturbances in temperate forests, from wildfires to insect outbreaks.

Annie Lindgren, assistant research professor of biology and coordinator of PSU’s Center for Life in Extreme Environments. A deep-sea biologist, Lindgren is working to better understand how cephalopods (squids, octopus and cuttlefish) will respond to climate change, particularly in oxygen-minimum zones. Understanding how they thrive can shed light on how or if other large predators will adjust.

Julius McGee, assistant professor of sociology. McGee looks at the socioeconomic factors that contribute to and mitigate environmental degradation. His current research focuses on the environmental impacts of mass incarceration.

Brianne Suldovsky, assistant professor of communication. Brianne explores how scientists engage the public, how mass media shapes public opinion, and public understanding of controversial science such as climate change.

 The event is being hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and The Institute for Sustainable Solutions and features Portland State University’s strength in research and programming on sustainability issues. It is free and open to the public.  The organizers hope the event will inspire new work and collaborations locally around climate change issues. 
  • What: Tag, We're It! Voices on Climate Change
  • When: Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Robertson Life Sciences Building (CLSB), Lecture Hall, 2730 SW Moody Ave.
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Contact: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,, 503-725-5060