Who We Are

This effort brings together researchers from across all three Carnegie Science divisions with a broad range of technical and scientific expertise that is critical for tackling challenges in climate, resilience, and sustainability.

Our hallmark flexibility makes it an ideal venue for the transdisciplinary collaboration needed to tackle the greatest challenge of the 21st century—climate change. 

More than third of Carnegie Science’s Principal Investigators, across disciplines as varied as aquatic ecology, climate science, volcanology, and astronomy have already joined the Hub and are committed to lending their time and expertise to its mission.

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Ways We Contribute

Members of this Hub community have identified some early areas of focus that are well matched to the breadth of their expertise, which span from climate science, hydrology, biology, atmospheric science, and ecology to include volcanology, planetary science and astronomy and astrophysics. 

Researchers with backgrounds in studying the atmospheric chemistry of exoplanets and the climate effects of geophysical phenomena like volcanic eruptions have skills to contribute to the Hub, as well as those who have spent their careers developing high performance computing and engineering skills in astrophysics and the geosciences.

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Our Goals

The Hub was designed to amplify scientific impact by facilitating partnerships between Carnegie Science researchers and external groups, including non-traditional research partners such as private sector groups, NGOs, philanthropies, and international research organizations. It will also train a new cohort of postdoctoral fellows with recent PhDs in a variety of science and engineering disciplines who are interested in applying their skills to the climate fight.

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A Strong Foundation

This effort builds on Carnegie Science’s long-standing leadership in the environmental sciences. Carnegie Science investigators played a pivotal role in establishing the field of ecology in the early 20th century through our Desert Laboratory in Arizona, and have been a driving force in the expansion of this discipline to take a global view of the Earth System. 

Carnegie Science established the Department of Global Ecology as part of its centennial celebrations in 2002. Since then, Carnegie Science researchers have made major contributions to key government and non-profit programs that use science to inform mitigation responses, including the IPCC Working Group 2 and Near Zero, a nonprofit organization devoted to innovation in emissions reduction.

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Deep Expertise

As the founding Director of the Climate and Resilience Hub, Michalak is helping to bring climate and resilience work to the center of Carnegie Science’s organizational mission. Her years of scientific leadership have positioned her as an asset to both scientific peers and policymakers. These efforts to increase the effectiveness of the interface between research and stakeholder communities serve as a template for the partnerships that the new Hub is working to establish.

Her knowledge base is enhanced by the participation of Carnegie Science researchers from a diverse array of disciplines, including astronomy and astrophysics, planetary science, geophysics, and biology. This knowledge base will enable Hub members to draw upon a breadth of skills and ideas, advancing new solutions to humanity’s greatest challenge.

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What Members Are Saying

It's been great to see so many like-minded folks who are interested in dedicating their ample skills to bettering our planet and our environment. I hope that this can evolve to become a vital part of Carnegie Science.

Peter Gao Exoplanet atmosphere expert

I believe it is imperative that the scientific community--across areas of expertise--mobilize to apply our knowledge to addressing the grave risks posed by climate change. Just as Carnegie scientists during WWII redirected their efforts to the development of the proximity fuze, the risk to humanity is too great for us not to do our part.

Daniel Kelson Astronomer

Carnegie Science has a legacy of leadership in molecular developmental biology research with major applications in the biomedical field. Participating in the Climate and Resilience Hub is an opportunity to leverage our cutting edge molecular biology work for environmental applications.

Will Ludington Microbiome specialist

Much as we are at an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ moment in terms of the urgency of the climate crisis, we also recognize that we need ‘all-disciplines-on-deck’ if we are to identify and seek creative solutions.

Anna Michalak Founding Director

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today and I’m pleased that the Hub provides a mechanism for us Carnegie scientists to contribute our expertise to the fight.

Anat Shahar Isotope Geochemist, Carnegie Science Deputy for Research Advancement
Peter Gao
Daniel Kelson
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