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September 17–19, 2018 | Columbia, SC

Speakers at the 2018 Conference


Plenary Speakers

Ben Cohen
Quantified Ventures
As part of Quantified Ventures' environmental team, Cohen leads resilient infrastructure investments in urban green infrastructure to manage stormwater, coastal wetland restoration to reduce risks from storm surge and sea level rise, and economic resilience to provide green employment opportunities in distressed cities. His passion for creating financing solutions to resilience and adaptation needs is driven by firsthand experiences working in communities around the world impacted by climate change. He studied sea ice melt in Arctic Norway, and, as a Fulbright Scholar, researched glacial flooding hazards in the Himalayas of Nepal. He has also brought solar power and other resources to Namibian villages afflicted by drought and developed a program to protect against climate-induced flooding in northern Pakistan as part of UNDP's climate adaptation team. He previously worked with Encourage Capital developing green infrastructure investments and created sustainable investment portfolios through independent projects and research during his dual MBA and Master of Environmental Management program at Yale University. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in biology from Williams College.

Ryan Emanuel
North Carolina State University
Ryan Emanuel is an Associate Professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. He is an environmental scientist whose research focuses mainly on two-way interactions between hydrological and ecological processes in natural and human-altered environments. An enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe, Emanuel works to broaden participation of American Indians and other underrepresented groups in the environmental sciences. In recent years, this work has expanded from outreach and education among young people to partnerships with tribal governments and inter-tribal organizations that seek to address issues related to environmental quality, environmental justice, climate change, and related public policies affecting indigenous peoples.

Paul Faeth
The Cadmus Group
Paul Faeth is a Principal with The Cadmus Group where he works on issues related to water, climate change, and energy. Faeth has over 30 years of experience in environmental research and policy analysis. Prior to joining Cadmus, Faeth was Director for Energy, Water, and Climate for CNA’s Institute for Public Research, where he managed a program of work exploring the policy synergies between these themes. Faeth was the President of Global Water Challenge, a coalition of 24 corporations, NGOs, foundations, universities, and health agencies, working together to promote and invest in safe drinking water and sanitation in developing countries. He also worked for 18 years at the World Resources Institute (WRI), where he led the Institute’s Economics Program and then became its Executive Vice President and Managing Director. Faeth’s policy research at WRI included topics such as water quality, agriculture, climate change, and trade. He also worked at the International Institute for Environment and Development, where he put together the world’s first carbon offset project between a coal‐fired power plant in Connecticut and an agroforestry program in Guatemala, and the Economic Research Service of the USDA, where he was an agricultural policy modeling specialist.

Joe Riley
The Citadel and College of Charleston
Joe Riley served ten terms as Mayor of the City of Charleston from 1975 to 2016. He led a city government with an impressive record of innovation in public safety, housing, arts and culture, children’s issues, and economic revitalization and development. Riley graduated from The Citadel in 1964 and the University of South Carolina Law School in 1967, and served in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1968 to 1974. Riley has held numerous national leadership positions and received many awards and distinctions. Today, Riley is professor of American Government and Public Policy at The Citadel and Executive in Residence at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Pew Charitable Trusts, working on smart solutions for flood-prone communities and the national government, and the first Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Urban Land Institute. Riley is also currently working to build the International African American Museum, which is set to open in downtown Charleston in 2020.

Paul Robinson
Dr. Paul Robinson is the Executive Director of RISE, a nonprofit organization formed as part of the Virginia Commonwealth’s application for the HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition. The goal of the organization is to encourage private sector innovation that enhances resilience of coastal communities and help them adapt to the increasing risks and impacts associated with sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Robinson is the founder and CEO of AeroTech Research, a company specializing in weather hazard detection for aircraft. He holds eight patents for his innovations, including the wake vortex detection and reporting system; transmission, receipt, combination, sorting, reporting and presentation of vehicle specific environmental conditions and hazards information utilizing a ground station; and thermal anemometer aircraft airspeed gust component transducer, among others. Robinson is also Senior Advisor to Focus Investment Bank, in the areas of Government, Aerospace, and Defense.

Clint E. Shealy
City of Columbia, SC
Clint Shealy is a licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. He has worked in the water and wastewater field, in regulatory, consulting and municipal roles, for over 26 years and currently serves as the Assistant City Manager over Columbia Water for the City of Columbia. Shealy previously served as Chair of the Capital District of the Water Environment Association and Chair of the South Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association. He is also a past recipient of the George Warren Fuller and Herman F. Wiedeman Awards.



Addu, Donald. Community Communication on Climate Change. Abstract.


Barber, Pamela. What Role Can Lands Trusts Play in Climate Adaptation Planning? Abstract.

Bertrand, Darrian. Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Decision Support Tool. Abstract.

Boynton, Jessica. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) Tool. Abstract.

Brown, Joy. North Coast Resilience — Nature Based Flood Projects in Horry and Georgetown Counties. Abstract.

Bundrick, Lee. Deliberative Decision Making on Issues in a Changing Climate. Abstract.


Cains, Mariana. Community-Informed, Place-Based Vulnerability Assessment for Regional Resilience to Climate Change. Abstract.

Campbell, Bruce. Simulations of Potential Future Effects of Changing Climate and Land Use on the Groundwater Resources of the South Carolina Atlantic Coastal Plain. Abstract.

Carbone, Greg. Learning from the Past, Looking towards the Future: Trends and Projections in Climate Extremes Abstract.

Carnevale, Chris. Clean Resilience: Distributed Energy Systems Address Cause and Effects of Global Warming. Abstract.

Carroll, Paul. Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation. Abstract.

Covi, Michelle. Engaging Residents in Resilience Planning Using the ASERT Framework. Abstract.

Cutts, Bethany. Climate Justice in Cyberspace: Can the Internet Amplify and Connect Marginalized Voices? Abstract.


Davis, Corey. Increasing Capacity for Fire Weather Monitoring across the Southeast US. Abstract.

Davis, Eleanor. What’s Salt Got To Do With It? Lessons from Current Coastal Agricultural Adaptation in Hyde County, NC. Abstract.

Dissen, Jenny. Key Findings from the U.S.–India Partnership for Climate Resilience Workshop on Development and Application of High Resolution Climate Modeling. Abstract.

Dissen, Jenny. NCEI Customer Engagement Initiatives to Guide Opportunities in Innovation. Abstract.

Dobson, Greg. A Coastal Resilience Assessment for the United States. Abstract.

Dobson, Greg. The NEMAC-FernLeaf Collaborative: Creating Climate Solutions Through a Public-Private Partnership. Abstract.

Dow, Kirstin. Charleston: Engaging with Communities around Multiple Sources of Flood Risks and Potential Impacts. Abstract.

Downs, Kristen. Investigating the Relationship between Weather and Acute Gastrointestinal (AGI) Illnesses in North Carolina. Abstract.

Dumas, Christopher. Efficient and Equitable Allocation of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Tasks in North Carolina. Abstract.

Durham, Brian. Mapping Smart Land Decisions with geothinQ. Abstract.


Eddy, Michele. Assessing Impacts of Climate and Land Use Change on Water Supply in the Catawba-Wateree Watershed to Guide Conservation Investments toward Greater Resiliency. Abstract.

English, Elizabeth. An Innovative Climate Change Adaptation Solution for Freedman's Cottages in Charleston, SC. Abstract.

Eulie, Devon. Examining Trends in Shoreline Erosion and Mitigation Strategies. Abstract.


Fleming, Chloe. Integrating Vulnerability and Risk to Inform Climate Adaptation Action: An Applied Framework. Abstract.

Fly, Liz. Water, Water Everywhere: How Nature Can Help. Abstract.

Fox, Jim. Building Resilience to Flooding: A Complex — but Achievable — Challenge. Abstract.

Frank, Jessica. Digging Deeper: Integrating Multi-Disciplinary Expert Knowledge into Resilient System Decision-Making. Abstract.


Gagné, Shawn. Regional Sustainability Markets. Abstract.

Geller, Dan. The Climate Learning Network: National Climate Literacy for Extension Professionals. Abstract.


Haine, Dana. Activities and Resources for Introducing the Topics of Climate Justice and Community Resilience. Abstract.

Haine, Dana. Engaging Youth on Climate & Health to Cultivate Community Resilience. Abstract.

Hall, Nina. The Climate Resilience Communications Cookbook: Creating Communication Strategies That Lead to Action. Abstract.

Hao, Huili. Coastal Hazards, Risk Perceptions and Reality. Abstract.

Harris, Garry. Building a Weather Ready Nation for ALL. Abstract.

Hartje, Liz. MyCoast South Carolina: Enhancing Public Awareness of Coastal Vulnerability through Citizen Engagement. Abstract.

Helgeson, Jennifer. Resilience and Recovery: A Case Study of the 2016 Lumberton, NC Flood. Abstract.

Hill, Evan. Examining the Vulnerability of Coastal Ecosystems to Sea Level Rise. Abstract.

Homewood, George. Building a Better Norfolk: Writing Resilience into Zoning. Abstract.

Horner, Robert. Using Hydraulic Models to Plan for Flood Prevention in Charleston, SC. Abstract.

Huang, Alex. Implications of Climate Change in North and South Carolina in 1950–2016. Abstract.

Hutchins, Matt. How Assessments Can Inform — and Empower — Community Resilience. Abstract.


Jeffrey, Lisa. Regional Collaboration for Resiliency Planning, Sustaining Scioto Phase 2. Abstract.

Johnson, Ian. Identifying Community Exposure to Flood Hazards along the Carolina Coast. Abstract.

Johnson, Ian. Roads, Access, and Emergency Response: How Assessment Products Can Inform Emergency Managers. Abstract.

Jones, Matthew. When and How to Modify Stormwater Design Standards for Climate Resiliency. Abstract.


Kempski, Caitlin. Climate Change Education: What We Have Learned and Where We Should Go from Here? Abstract.

Kenne, Gabriel. The Carbon Sequestration Potential of Regenerative Farming Practices in South Carolina. Abstract.

Koester, Merrie. Step Up, Get Ready, Respond! Taking Flood Resilience to School. Abstract.

Konrad, Chip. The 2016 Wildfires and Drought across the Southern Appalachian Mountains: Why Did It Happen and What Must We Do? Abstract.


Lackstrom, Kirsten. When the Well Runs Dry: Coping with Drought in the Carolinas. Abstract.

Lea, Suzanne. Recovery and Resilience from Hurricane-Induced Flooding in Eastern North Carolina: Perspectives from Community Leaders. Abstract.

Lussier, Bridget. Coastal Habitat Restoration and Conservation Projects to Build Resilience. Abstract.


Martin, Amanda. Southeast Disaster Recovery Partnership: Resilience Planning, Partnerships, and the Private Sector. Abstract.

McCauley, Stephanie. Multisolving Resiliency: Case Studies Prioritizing Climate, Equity, and Collaborative Benefits. Abstract.

Michelson, Dave. Paper or Plastic? The Psychology of Paper vs. Digital Presentations for Resilience Information. Abstract.

Moore, Patrick. Section 404 of the Clean Water Act as a Climate Resilience Tool. Abstract.


Nipper, Joel. Intensifying Storm Dynamics: Implications for Surface Water Quality Management and the Value of Long Term Gage Records. Abstract.

Nowlin, Matthew. The Role of Values and Place in Shaping Climate Change Views of South Carolina Residents. Abstract.


Patel, Aashka. Investigating Dependability of Water Supply in a Changing Climate: Lessons from a Collaborative Case Study. Abstract.

Pellett, Alex. Trends in Water Use in the Face of Climate Uncertainty. Abstract.

Plunket, Jennifer. A New Method to Assess the Vulnerability of Habitats to Climate Changes. Abstract.

Porter, Jeremy. FloodIQ: Raising Awareness around Flooding through Free Online Tools and Resources. Abstract.

Prat, Olivier. Toward Earlier Drought Detection Using Remotely Sensed Precipitation Data and Applications to the Carolinas. Abstract.


Queen Quet. Disya We Way: Gullah/Geechee Coastal Collaboration for Resilience and Adaptation. Abstract.


Rennie, Jared. Climate in Your Neck of the Woods: A Real-Time, Interactive Product to Assess Historical and Current Trends in Temperature and Precipitation. Abstract.

Richardson, Anne. Climate Psychology: Impacts, Mechanisms and Roles in Mental Health. Abstract.

Rimer, Linda. Forming, Storming & Norming: Three Stages of Collaborative, Integrated Resilience Planning. Abstract.

Robinson, Megan. Data-Driven Climate Innovation. Abstract.

Rogers, Karin. Applying the Steps to Resilience: Success at Multiple Scales. Abstract.

Rotenberg, James. Leveraging Citizen Science Data to Study Climate Impacts Using a Backyard Bird. Abstract.


Salvesen, David. Floodplain Buyouts: A Smart Investment for Local Governments? Abstract.

Sanders, Andrew. Climate Change and Trout on the Qualla Boundary. Abstract.

Sauer, Catie. Residents' Receptivity to Sea Level Rise on Tybee Island. Abstract.

Schmid, Keil. Maintaining Military Missions: A Coordinated Approach to Sea Level Rise Infrastructure Impacts. Abstract.

Schnabel, Matt. Teaching Climate Change in the Southeast to High School Students. Abstract.

Shannon, Andrew. Utilizing Extreme Precipitation Estimates from NASA and NOAA Earth Observations to Enhance Understanding of Extreme Events in the Carolinas. Abstract.

Shelley, David. How Are We Communicating about the Complexities of Climate Change? Abstract.

Stevens, Hilary. Guiding Resilience Planning through Flood Risk Mapping. Abstract.

Stiles, Skip. Building the "Last Mile" between Data Sources and Decision Makers. Abstract.

Stults, Missy. Visioning Resilience: What Successful Resilience Looks Like in Practice. Abstract.

Sugg, Maggie. Personal Occupational Temperature Exposure in Thermal Extremes: A Case Study of Grounds Workers in Boone, NC and Raleigh, NC. Abstract.


Thornbrugh, Casey. Support Climate Adaptation with American Indian Tribal Nations in the East and Southeast. Abstract.

Tuttle, Susannah. Creating a Carolinas Faith Leaders Network towards an Adaptive and Resilient Future. Abstract.

Tuttle, Susannah. Geopolitical Mapping a Comprehensive Electricity System for North Carolina Communities. Abstract.


von Kolnitz, Christine. From Tides to Ice, Operating 24-7. Abstract.


Ward, Ashley. Health Vulnerabilities to Climate Extremes. Abstract.

Ward, Ashley. Resilience in the Face of Climate Change: Native American Communities Coping When Earth Becomes Non-Native. Abstract.

Ward, Ashley. Too Hot to Handle: Heat and Human Health. Abstract.

Ward, Rebecca. Translating Science: Communication Strategies and Challenges for Lay and Non-climate Audiences. Abstract.

Warnell, Katie. Current and Future Supply and Demand of Ecosystem Services in the Carolinas. Abstract.

Watson, Sarah. Working Together to Create Effective Resilience and Adaptation Networks. Abstract.

Watson, Sarah. Turning Plans into Action: Lessons from Coastal Communities. Abstract.

Werth, David. Climate Change Preparation at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. Abstract.

Whitehead, Jessica. From Planning to Action: Mainstreaming Adaptation Strategies in Nags Head, NC. Abstract.

Whitehead, Jessica. Supporting Climate Action through Assessments: Creating a U.S. Sustained Assessment Infrastructure. Abstract.

Wiener, Sarah. Climate-Smart Workforce: USDA Field Staff’s Readiness to Support Climate Adaptation. Abstract.

Willis, Rachel. Water over the Bridge: Innovation, Technology and Partnerships for Port Community Resilience. Abstract.

Wilson, Matthew. A Spatial Evaluation of Nursing Home Vulnerability in the Southeastern United States. Abstract.


Xiao, Xiao. Optimizing Historic Preservation under Climate Change: A Pilot Study at Cape Lookout National Seashore to Test Decision Model. Abstract.