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Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities

Science Pub Portland

Science Pub Portland: Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities

With Dr. Deepti Singh, Mike Chang, and Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield.

August 6, 7-9PM | Doors @ 6PM | Advance tickets recommended; $5 suggested donation

The Fifth US National Climate Assessment was released in Nov 2023.  It is a congressionally mandated interagency effort that documents change impacts, risks, and responses and provides the scientific foundation to support informed decision-making across the United States. Authors of the report and local climate policy advocates will discuss key findings on climate risks across the US including in the Pacific Northwest and highlight issues facing underserved and frontline communities that are the most vulnerable to climate change.

Dr. Deepti Singh is an assistant professor in the School of the Environment at Washington State University (WSU) where she leads the Climate Extremes Lab. Prior to WSU, she received her PhD from Stanford University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Her research aims to better understand and predict climate risks. Her research is centered on understanding the mechanisms of climate hazards such as heatwaves, precipitation extremes, droughts, and wildfires, and identifying sources of predictability within the climate system. Her work also investigates their impact on vital resources such as agriculture, water resources, infrastructure, and our health.

Mike Chang is the Director of Equity at Cascadia Consulting Group, where he provides expertise in climate vulnerability assessments, climate adaptation and action planning, and environmental justice. He has worked with clients across the Pacific Northwest, such as supporting a regional resilience plan for the North Olympic Peninsula, leading a climate vulnerability assessment for the City of Seattle, and facilitating the first statewide climate resilience strategy for the State of Washington. Mike has also authored multiple climate reports, including the 4th and 5th National Climate Assessment, and is currently a co-chair of the Equity & Justice Workgroup for the National Adaptation Forum. Prior to Cascadia, Mike worked as the climate adaptation specialist for the Makah Tribe, where he led community-based adaptation and resilience planning and supported the Tribal Council on environmental policy initiatives. Mike holds a M.M.A. from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Yale University. 

Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, from the Tututni and Chinook Bands. Dr. Chisholm Hatfield is also Cherokee. Samantha is currently an Assistant Professor Senior Research at Oregon State University in the Fisheries Wildlife and Conservations Sciences department. Dr. Chisholm Hatfield has earned an American Sign Language Interpretation certification, a Bachelor of Science in Ethnic Studies with a concentration in Native American studies and a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Oregon State University. She holds her Doctorate in Environmental Sciences from Oregon State University. Dr. Chisholm Hatfield’s specializations include: Indigenous TEK, Tribal adaptations in response to climate change, and Native culture issues. She’s worked with Oregon Climate Change Research Institute as a Tribal liaison an researcher, and successfully completed a Post-Doctoral Research position with Northwest Climate Science Center. Samantha is a photographer, author in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, is currently learning Tolowa, Korean, as well as continuing her study of Chinook, and actively participates in her traditional cultural practices utilizing TEK.

Zoom Option
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are unable to join us in person, you can watch on zoom. You must register in advance via the ticketing page. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Are tickets required?

To guarantee a seat at this event, we recommend you purchase your ticket in advance. Please show your ticket at the check-in table in front of the theater upon arrival.

We will always have tickets available at the door. They are first-come, first-served and admission will remain a suggested donation.

Will food be available for purchase?

Yes, the Empirical Cafe will be open with prepackaged salads, sandwiches and movie snacks. The bar will be open to guests that are 21+. No outside food or drink is allowed.

Do I have to pay for parking?

OMSI is switching to a new parking system via the mobile parking app, Parking Kitty, to create an easier and more streamlined experience for our visitors. OMSI parking will cost $5 + fees for 2 hours or $8 + fees for all day parking. Parking is $2 + fees for after-hours events.