About Me

Dr. Debra Tillinger teaches the science of climate change to the general public, other educators, and students of all ages. She teaches climate change to educators at the American Museum of Natural, where she also developed and taught the Our Earth’s Future series.

Our Earth’s Future, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has provided informal after-hours classes, one-day intensives, and several online courses. The program won the 2015 REVERE award for teaching “Beyond the Classroom.”

Her work also includes teaching in-service educators the science of climate change and contributing to the development of a project-based climate curriculum for public schools.

Dr. Tillinger holds a PhD in ocean and climate physics from Columbia University and has taught courses on physics, natural disasters, and oceanography at a variety of schools including Marymount Manhattan College, Touro College, and the City University of New York.

In addition to formal science education, Dr. Tillinger also presents scientific information through the arts in character as “Dr. Mermaid,” at venues including Burning Man, the Gratitude Migration Festival, and Brooklyn’s House of Yes.