Event Details

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Cornell University Northeast Corridor Alumni Affairs invites you to: 

Climate Week NYC: Preventing Climate Change

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | New York, NY | 6:30–8:30 p.m. 

In tandem with
Climate Week NYC, join us to learn how Cornell is helping New York State and communities worldwide measure the scope of the climate crisis and build collaborations with governments, industry leaders, and NGOs to reduce the risk of severe impacts. What kind of collaborative science, research, development, and deployment will make change possible? How can we convert and transition our economy from one that emits carbon dioxide to one that sequesters it? How will we design strategies and lifestyles to facilitate this economic evolution? Hear directly from our globally-engaged experts and collaborators on their innovative ideas and actions to address the climate crisis. Featuring: 

David M. Lodge
(Moderator), Francis J. DiSalvo Director, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
Deborah Bossio, Lead Soil Scientist, The Nature Conservancy 
Giana Amador, Co-Founder, Carbon180  
Johannes Lehmann, Professor, Soil and Crop Sciences Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University  
Natalie Mahowald, Irving Porter Church Professor in Engineering, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University 

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.  
Location: Cornell Tech 
Tata Innovation Center, 11 E. Loop Road, New York, NY (Roosevelt Island) 
Cost: $40 alumni, guests, friends; $35 alumni 0 – 10 years out 
Includes appetizers, beer/wine reception and panel 

Event questions?
Contact Ilana Dimbleby or 212.351.7685. 
Registration questions? Contact Erika Axe or 212.351.7679. 

The Atkinson Center is the hub of collaborative sustainability research at Cornell University, forging vital connections among researchers, students, staff, and external partners. The center’s funding and programming accelerate groundbreaking research within and across all of Cornell’s colleges and schools. In turn, the center is the university’s home to bold ideas and powerful new models that ensure people and the planet not only survive, but thrive. 

Speaker Bios
David M. Lodge is the Francis J. DiSalvo director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, where he leads sustainability research collaborations among Cornell faculty, students, staff and external partners, as well as directs the distribution of more than $4 million in support of research each year. An internationally recognized conservation biologist, Lodge is one of the world’s leading experts on aquatic invasive species. He has extensive research experience in freshwater ecology, invasive species biology and bioeconomics, ecological risk analysis, global changes and biodiversity, and environmental ethics and policy. Prior to Cornell, Lodge spent 31 years at the University of Notre Dame, first as a professor and then as founding director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative. He recently served as a Senior Science Advisor in the US State Department, and as the President of the Ecological Society of America.

Deborah Bossio is the lead soil scientist at the Nature Conservancy (TNC). In her role, she develops new initiatives for TNC on soil health and soil carbon, and provides soil science expertise for policy development, advocacy, and large-scale investment. Her career has focused on soil science for sustainable agriculture and development in Africa, Asia, and the Americas for more than 20 years. Bossio is passionate about the pivotal roil that soil plays in supporting lives and ecosystems. She has published a wealth of research papers on the subject and emphasizes bringing soil science to practice, playing thought leadership roles in global initiatives including the Global Landscape Forum, the 4P/1000 research consortia and the Initiative 20×20. Bossio came to the Nature Conservancy from a top leadership position at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) where she held the position of Director of Soil Research.

Giana Amador is the Co-Founder of Carbon180, a climate NGO focused on carbon removal. There she coordinates the research and operational work of the organization. Prior to joining Carbon180, Giana focused on renewable energy policy in the United States. She received her B.S. in Environmental Economics & Policy and B.S. in Society & the Environment from UC Berkeley.



Johannes Lehman is the Liberty Hyde Bailey and International Professor of soil fertility management and soil biochemistry at Cornell University. During the past 20 years, he has focused on nano-scale investigations of soil organic matter, the biogeochemistry of biochar and sequestration in soil, and sustainable land management practices globally, focusing on innovative recycling of carbon and nutrients. Lehmnann is a co-founder of the steering group of the International Soil Carbon Network and the International Biochar Initiative, has testified in US congress, as well as briefed the President’s council of advisors, IPCC and UNCCD. He served on advisory committees of a USAID innovation lab and U.S. DoE Agriculture Biomass R&D Committee. Lehmann has authored more than 250 journal publications, is a Thomson-Reuter Highly Cited Researcher 2014-2018, Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, member of the German National Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina, Sir Frederick McMasters Fellow of CSIRO, Hans-Fischer-Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at TU Munich, and editor-in-chief of the journal Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. 

Natalie Mahowald is the Irving Porter Church Professor in Engineering at Cornell University. She has also served as an Atkinson Center Faculty Director for the Environment. Mahowald was a lead author on the UN IPCC Report on Climate Change, released in October 2018.  Her current research interests center around the impact of desert dust and fire aerosols on biogeochemistry and climate. Mahowald is a American Meteorological Society Fellow and a recipient of the prestigious Henry G. Houghton Award. She is a fellow in the American Geophysical Union and the Guggenheim Foundation. Prior to Cornell, Mahowald held a faculty position at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then worked as a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research before joining Cornell as a faculty member in 2007.