Would you like to know how climate change works?

Here is a free online class that I developed at the American Museum of Natural History.

Here is the first resource that I generally recommend on the subject: What We Know

And here is the next class I’ll be teaching for the public at the American Museum of Natural History.

I teach the basic science of climate change to anyone who would like to understand how our climate system works, how it has changed in the past, how we know so much about it, and/or what will happen next. Sometimes I teach at museums, sometimes I teach college classes, sometimes I teach other teachers, and every so often I appear as Dr. Mermaid at festivals, fundraisers, and the annual Mermaid Lagoon.



The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting is always a good time, and this year is no exception. If you’re here in San Francisco, please join me for my talk, “Improving the Perfect Storm: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Literacy” (Friday 1:40pm in Moscone South 104) and be sure to check out Dreams of the Last Butterflies at AGU Cinema!

And I promise that when my talk from TEDxBlackRockCity, The Math and Madness of El Niño, is available, I will post it here.

The sixth annual Mermaid Lagoon will be held early in 2016. More details to come…

And after hearing an excellent talk about science and storytelling, I’m inspired to finally post my talk from last year’s Mermaid Lagoon:Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 11.58.15 AM.png

All things polar

This is my latest offering at the American Museum of Natural History. Any resemblance to the talk given by Dr. Mermaid at the Mermaid Lagoon is purely coincidental. Okay, the topics might be similar, but this will be much more in-depth, and I expect that fewer audience members will be dressed as sea creatures.

In a special one-day offering, Dr. Debra Tillinger will lead an in-depth exploration of the science of the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and how changes in these two critical areas of Earth indicate and catalyze the impacts of climate change. Participants will hear from guest speakers on the geology, biology, and cultures of these beautiful and fragile parts of the world. They will also engage in interactive discussions, take Museum hall tours, and enjoy a challenging game of geopolitics, SMARTIC, in which players must enact real-life solutions to the potential large-scale problems anticipated by the impact of climate change in the polar regions. Refreshments will be served.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under grant number MA-10-13-0200-13.

Apply here!