Speakers & Guests

Brief bios of some of our presenters.

Meet Aaron Bernstein, M.D., MPH

A global ambassador for health underscores importance of biodiversity

Meet Aaron Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.

A research physician who brings his combined medical and legal expertise to the evaluation of regulatory agencies

Meet Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Ph.D.

An innovative leader in the development of renewable energy

Meet Alan Jasanoff, Ph.D.

A leading brain scientist who demonstrates why the brain is conditioned by a biological and social environment.

Meet Albert-László Barabási, Ph.D.

A leader in the discovery of the underlying common structure of diverse complex systems, including the Web, social networks, and disease patterns

Meet Alexander Petroff, PhD

A geophysicist who develops mathematical models to investigate ancient natural processes

Meet Alexandria Johnson, Ph.D.

A post-doctoral researcher in the exciting young field of exoplanet atmospheres

Meet Alonso Ricardo, PhD

A biochemist who reconstructs the origin of the cell

Meet Aly Baumgartner, Ph.D.

A paleobotanist who applies her expertise to links between environmental shifts and evolution

Meet Amala Mahadevan, Ph.D.

A physical oceanography scientist investigates important relationships between the oceans and climate change

Meet Amos Winter, Ph.D.

Director of the GEAR Lab at MIT, famous for innovations that really change lives, especially in the developing world.

Meet Amy Bower, Ph.D

An expert on the dynamics of major ocean currents and the complex relationship with global climate patterns.

Meet Amy Smith

The award-winning founder and director of the famous D-Lab at MIT

Meet Ana Diaz Artiles, Ph.D.

An aerospace engineer on the leading edge of artificial gravity designs, space physioogy and other innovations for living in space

Meet Ana Soto, M.D.

One of the first researchers to reveal the effects of endocrine disruptors on human health

Meet Andrew Kemp, Ph.D.

A researcher who represents the interdisiplinary approach to climate change

Meet Andrew Knoll, Ph.D.

An international expert on the interdependence of the evolution of early life and the young Earth

Meet Andrew Kurtz, Ph.D.

An expert on the science of the soil and how climate change and other forces affect the "skin of the Earth"

Meet Andrew Myers, Ph.D.

A leader in developing and promoting the great potential of offshore wind farms

Meet Arjun Dey, Ph.D.

An astrophysicist who searches the most distant reaches of the universe explains what large-scale structures reveal about the cosmos.

Meet Bang Wong

Creative Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and well known innovator in science illustration

Meet Barnabas Daru, Ph.D.

A young researcher whose work is raising awareness of the complex dependence of marine ecosystems on seagrasses

Meet Benjamin Weiss, PhD

A leading researcher in the role of magnetism in planetary, astroid and lunar evolution

Meet Betul Kacar, Ph.D.

A dynamic researcher in the young field of paleogenomics reconstructs evolution

Meet Bree Aldridge, PhD

A researcher whose discoveries about TB bacteria are widely recognized

Meet Brian Helmuth, Ph.D.

A leading marine envionment scientist who is also committed to public outreach

Meet Candace Famiglietti

A current (2020) Ph.D. student whose multidisciplinary approach to protecting Earth's wildlife and environment will produce real results.

Meet Carlos Sonnenschein, M.D.

A pioneer in revealing the health threat of endocrine disruptors

Meet Charles Harvey, Ph.D.

A distinguished engineer who questions the viability of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Meet Charles Langmuir, Ph.D.

A distinguished geochemist and author, who has led some of the most important seafloor investigations in our time.

Meet Charles Walcott, Ph.D.

A leader in research on magnetoreception and numerous other unique animal features and capacities.

Meet Chensheng (Alex) Lu, Ph.D.

Ths persistent and thorough researcher is committed to getting the scientific facts about honeybee decimation to the public.

Meet Chris Bowler, Ph.D.

A major marine and plant biologist who analyzes fossil plankton genomes to predict potenitial adaptabilty of modern plankton in a threatened environment

Meet Chris Marx, PhD

An innovator in the investigation of a rather new area of microbiology

Meet Chris Organ, PhD

A scientist who has developed methods for reconstructing the genomes of ancient dinosaurs

Meet Christoph Reinhart, Ph.D.,

An international leader in urban design, emphasis on healthy and sustainable environment

Meet Christopher Golden, Ph.D.

Important research on the relationship between malnutrition in poor nations and the combined impact of industrial fishing and climate change

Meet Ciprian Borcea, Ph.D.

A mathematician who investigates how geometry determines the limits of structures and motion.

Meet Clive Hamilton, PhD

A major ethicist and author talks about the geoengineering issue and his new book on that topic, Earthmasters

Meet Colleen Dalton, PhD

The most advanced research methods for investigating and predicting seismic activity

Meet Dan Cziczo, PhD

A leading researcher on the science of clouds and what clouds reveal about climate change

Meet Daniel Fornari, Ph.D.

An expert on the dynamic deep-sea volcanoes

Meet Daniel Nocera

A distinguished chemist and innovator, known especially for his energy innovation, the bionic leaf.

Meet Daniel Rothman, Ph.D.

A mathematician widely recognized for developing models of very complex phenomena, such as climate change and extinction

Meet David Hibbett, Ph.D.

A wonderful explainer of the importance of fungi and mushrooms

Meet David Kaiser, Ph.D.

An expert on the relationship between science and the culture in which it develops

Meet David Mindell, Ph.D.

A leading robotics engineer and historian emphasizes the importance of the social-psychological aspect of using robots.

Meet David Page, Ph.D.

A distinguished leader in the research on the Y chromosome, and Director of the Whitehead Institute at MIT

Meet David R. Montgomery, Ph.D.

A major geologist who connects the relationship between rocks and life

Meet David Stipp

One of the leading writers on the subject of extending the human lifespan

Meet David Toomey, Ph.D.

A unique academic who bridges literature and science writing.

Meet Davidson Hamer, M.D.

A specialist in infectious diseases, with extensive medical and research experience in more than 50 nations --and a dedicated advocate for children's health worldwide.

Meet Desiree Plata, Ph.D.

A dynamic civil and environmental engineer who specializes in developing sustainable environment innovations.

Meet Douglas Bolender, Ph.D.

An archaeologist who has contributed especially to the understanding of Viking settlements in Iceland.

Meet Dudley Foster

A legendary Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution engineer who was part of the historical Alvin manned deep-sea submersible team

Meet Edo Berger, Ph.D.

A pioneer in the study of neutron stars and gravitational waves

Meet Elena D'Onghia, PhD

An astrophysicist who investigates dark matter in galaxies

Meet Elliott Negin

A prominent Union of Concerned Scientists writer who is a very reliable source of information about science-related issues

Meet Emery Brown, M.D., PhD

A distinguished researcher in neuroscience, particularly in different forms of unconsciousness

Meet Emilio Bizzi, M.D., Ph.D.

An esteemed leader in the neuroscience of complex movement

Meet Emily Monosson, Ph.D.

A toxicologist whose focus is on the impact of environmental toxins on evolutionary mechanisms

Meet Eric Chaisson, Ph.D.

An outstanding scientist and author with an interdisciplinary approach to studying the evolution of the universe

Meet Erika Spanger-Siegfried

The lead climate analyst in the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), who provides the reliable information that is much needed.

Meet Evelina Fedorenko, Ph.D.

A cognitive scientist who studies super-polyglots

Meet Florian Douam, Ph.D.

An innovative virus expert's insights on contemporary virus research, the Covid-19 virus, and mRNA vaccines

Meet Frank Guenther, PhD

A scientist who combines engineering and neural science skills to develop a brain-computer interface

Meet Gang Chen, PhD

A major innovator in the field of alternative energy

Meet Gautam Dantas, Ph.D.

A pioneer in the effort to overcome antibiotic resistance

Meet Gerald V. Denis, PhD

A prominent cancer researcher who emphasizes the role of the socioeconomic factor in numerous types of cancer

Meet Gigliola Staffilani, PhD

A theoretical mathematician who elucidates some of the most difficult forces and patterns of Nature

Meet Henrik Selin, Ph.D.

An international expert on climate change and environmental policy who emphasizes the need for global action on climate change

Meet Ileana Streinu, Ph.D.

A mathematician who examines how geometry determines the limits of structures and motion

Meet Irene Porro, PhD

A veteran developer of science outreach programs for youth

Meet Itay Budin

A graduate student who unravels the origin of the cell membrane

Meet Jack Ridge, Ph.D.

A leader in the study of North American glacial varves

Meet James Mott, Ph.D.

A physicist who was involved in developing the custom electronics for the famous Fermilab Muon g-2 experiment.

Meet James P. O'Dwyer, Ph.D.

Leading research on one of the most important areas of biology: "Ecological systems are the archetypal complex systems."

Meet Jané Kondev, PhD

An expert on the physical mechanisms of cells explains the implications of the random decisions cells make.

Meet Javier Fernandez, PhD

A brilliant scientist who is developing innovative biodegradable and biocompatible materials for use in products and biomedical applications

Meet Jeff Deyette

An expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists who calculates how individuals can contribute to energy efficiency

Meet Jeffrey Hughes, PhD

A major authority on space weather: solar cycles and coronal mass ejections

Meet Jeremy Shakun, Ph.D.

A geologist who probes the ice in Arctic caves for their record of geological history.

Meet Jill Crittenden, Ph.D.

A neuroscientist who probes the neurochemical breakdowns that accompany motor diseases and dysfunctions.

Meet Jing-Ke Weng, Ph.D.

A leading researcher in the potential medical properties of plants

Meet Joan Najita, PhD

A leading researcher on stellar disk formation discusses what astronomers now know --and don't know-- about the formation of solar systems

Meet John Ebel, Ph.D.

A prominent seismologist explains how and where earthquakes and tsunamis are generated

Meet John H. Connor, PhD

A virus expert whose work reveals how viruses function and how they can be controlled

Meet John Lienhard V, PhD

A world leader in the design of desalination engineering

Meet John Quackenbush, PhD

A leader in the development of genomic medicine, the personalized medicine of the future

Meet John Rogers

An expert on freshwater use, the freshwater crisis, and the potential of alternative energy

Meet Jon Beckwith, Ph.D.

A leading researcher in genetics, associated with major discoveries, who has also emphasized the social implications of this field.

Meet Jonathan Runstadler, DVM, PhD

An outstanding leader in virus transmission from animal hosts to humans --and the ecological disruptions that promote such spillovers.

Meet Julian Munoz, Ph.D.

An innovative theoretical cosmologist who has introduced exciting new possibilities about the nature of dark matter and primordial black holes.

Meet Julie Guthman, Ph.D.

A distinguished social scientist who analyzes the relationship between Big Agriculture, health and environment

Meet June Sekera, MPA

A public policy practitioner and researcher whose work and publications are focused on the public economy and public goods production.

Meet Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP

A dual commitment: restoring contaminated land and hands-on training of students

Meet Justin Solomon, Ph.D.

A mathematician deconstructs the gerrymander for public understanding --and his work extends well beyond that

Meet Kamaljit Bawa, PhD

A world leader in conservation biology and founder of ATREE

Meet Kim Lewis, Ph.D.

Developer of numerous innovations in antibiotics research, and especially noted for a 2014 breakthrough

Meet Kristen DeAngelis, Ph.D.

A microbiologist who specializes in the complex ecosystems of soil microbes.

Meet Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Ph.D.

An extraordinary mathematician who shows the mathematics behind everyday phenomena

Meet Laurence Madin, Ph.D.

An expert on "floating" marine organisms such as jellyfish: their physiology, mobility, and their ecosystems. And a designer of a marine robot to study them.

Meet Lee McIntyre, Ph.D.

A philosopher and author concerned with the tension between the necessity for scientific thinking and social groups antagonistic toward reason.

Meet Les Kaufman, PhD

An early voice, and a persistent one, in warnings of the impact of climate change on ocean ecology

Meet Licia Verde, Ph.D.

An astrophysicist whose research aims for an explanation of the relationship between large-scale structures and the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe

Meet Lincoln Greenhill, Ph.D.

A prominent astrophysicist shows how radio astronomy probes the early universe

Meet Louise Cameron, Ph.D.

A marine ecologist specializing in how ocean acidification is affecting shellfish, and searching for ways to save sea-life.

Meet Lynn Adler, Ph.D

A biologist who investigates the relationship between bumblebees, their preferred food-flowers, and the transmission of bee diseases.

Meet Maharaj K. Pandit, Ph.D.

A leader in the effort to reveal the complex ecologies of the Himalaya region and the need to protect this region

Meet Mara Prentiss, Ph.D.

A leading physicist explains how to implement renewable energy in the US --now!

Meet Marc Weisskopf, PhD, ScD

A major researcher in epidemiology studies on autism and other cognitive disorders

Meet Maria Ivanova, Ph.D.

An outstanding researcher and advocate for international policies to protect wildlife, environment and resources.

Meet Maria Petrova, PhD

An important source for public attitudes toward renewable energy

Meet Mario Livio, PhD

A leading astrophysicist with a great gift for communicating complex science concepts to the nonspecialist

Meet Markus Klute, Ph.D.

A particle physicist involved in both the search for new particles (Large Hadron Collider, CERN) and the design of particle detectors.

Meet Mary Gehring, PhD

A Whitehead Institute researcher who is probing the role of epigenetics in biological inheritance

Meet Matheus Fernandes

A doctoral student with a very promising research in biomimetics -developing engineering, architectural and computational designs based on the structures of natural organisms.

Meet Matthew Powner, PhD

A researcher whose award-winning work on the origin of life receives a great deal of attention

Meet Max Tegmark, PhD

A prominent astrophysicist's perspective on multiple universes

Meet Melissa Garrido, Ph.D.

A healthcare expert who is concerned to make healthcare in the U.S. available to everyone.

Meet Mercedes Lopez-Morales, Ph.D.

A astrophysicist who investigates the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system

Meet Miaki Ishii, Ph.D.

A seismologist whose research is on the cutting edge of investigations of the deep Earth

Meet Michael Levin, PhD.

A researcher with an exceptionally innovative approach to regeneration and developmental biology

Meet Michelle Lougee

A very original artist whose crochet sculptures created from discarded plastic have made news

Meet Mick Follows, PhD

An expert on the crucial role of ocean plankton in maintaining the Earth's CO2 balance

Meet Naomi Oreskes, Ph.D.

A geologist and outstandiing science historian who has shown how corporate disinformation campaigns mislead the public

Meet Natalya Gomez, Ph.D.

A researcher working at the intersection between solid Earth geophysics and climate change science to analyze glacial melting

Meet Neva Goodwin, Ph.D.

An economist with a unique focus on economic systems and ecological restoration.

Meet Pamela Templer, Ph.D.

A prominent biogeoscientist who probes the relationship between climate change, forests and their creatures, and the soil

Meet Paul Martiini, Ph.D.

Important contributions to the analysis of cosmic acceleration, quasars and galaxy formation, and to design of instruments for these investigations, especially the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI).

Meet Paul P. Woskov, Ph.D.

An innovative research engineer known especially for his work in millimeter-wave technologies, nuclear fusion, and geothermal energy;.

Meet Paul Steinhardt, Ph.D.

One of the most extraordinary -and comprehensive- theoretical physicists of our time

Meet Peter Fisher, PhD

A leading researcher in particle physics, dark matter, cosmic rays

Meet Peter Girguis, PhD

A pioneer in the investigation of extreme life at the deep-sea hydrovents

Meet Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP

A distinguished leader in the struggle to ban pesticides and other toxins that impair brain development

Meet Philip Lieberman, Ph.D.

A distinguished expert on the anatomy and evolution of human language and animal communication

Meet Philip Warburg, Ph.D.

Author, lawyer and former director of the Conservation Law Foundation

Meet Philippe Grandjean, M.D., D.M.Sc.

A distinguished and award-winning scientist who has worked for decades to raise public awareness of the impact of environmental toxins on the developing brain

Meet Priyamvada Natarajan, Ph.D.

An innovative astrophysicist who is also deeply committed to promoting worldwide science literacy

Meet Raul Jimenez, Ph.D.

An astrophysicist who investigates some of the most interesting questions about the cosmos --including gamma ray bursts

Meet Richard B. Primack, PhD

A reknowned conservation scientist and a prolific author

Meet Richard Murray, PhD

A leading expert on ocean sediments and biogeochemistry of the oceans

Meet Robert Howarth, Ph..D.

This internatonally recognized biogeochemist and ecosystem expert has contributed significantly to science --and to the environmental cause.

Meet Robert Simcoe, Ph.D.

An innovative astronomer and developer of cutting-edge instruments for optical/infra-red astronomy

Meet Robert Whitaker

One of the most respected authors on the subject of psychotropic drugs

Meet Roger Summons, Ph.D.

A major contributor to the identification of biomarkers in ancient Earth rocks and oils, as well as extraterrestrial biogeochemical fossils

Meet Sameer Sonkusale, Ph.D.

An innovator in the development of nano-scale sensors and circuits used in medicine (such as "smart thread"), and a researcher committed democratizing science

Meet Sami Khan, Ph.D.

An innovator in the field of mechanical engineering who has developed a promising carbon capture and conversion system, among other things.

Meet Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH

A distinguished scientist who emphasizes the psychological as well as the physical impacts of disease, conflict, environment in the health of populatiions

Meet Sanjoy Mahajan, Ph.D.

A mathematician with visionary ideas of how to teach --and discover-- mathematics today

Meet Scott Kenyon, Ph.D.

A very engaging authority on planet formation, binary star systems, and runaway stars

Meet Seth Lloyd, Ph.D.

A pioneer in quantum computing, with a comprehensive view of quantum mechanics that includes QM in the cosmos and biology

Meet Shakira Franco Suglia, ScD.

A researcher who examines the impact of urban pollution on cognitive development

Meet Sharon Levy

A respected nature writer discusses ancient and modern extinctions

Meet Shawn Kelly, Ph.D.

An innovative engineer who has developed a famous electric eye, and a brain stimulation device among other devices

Meet Sheldon Krimsky, PhD

One of the most prolific researchers on public health issues, greatly committed to educating the public

Meet Silas Laycock, Ph.D.

An astronomer who investigates black holes, pulsars and other major areas of modern astronomy.

Meet Slava Epstein, Ph.D.

A leader in both the effort to identify unknown microbes and the effort to create viable antibiotics

Meet Steven Nahn, PhD

A member of the international CMS project at the Large Hadron Collider discusses his fascinating work

Meet Stuart B. Levy, M.D.

An international leader in raising awareness about the misuse of antibiotics and the resulting crisis of antibiotics resistance

Meet Sukrit Ranjan, Ph.D.

An astrobiologist investigates the possible role of ultra-violet radiation in the emergence of life on exoplanets around M dwarf stars

Meet Susan Heideman

A very original artist who is much interested in the kinship between art and science

Meet Susan Roberts, Ph.D.

A prominent nutrition researcher who investigates the connection between diet and health issues

Meet Susanne Freidberg, PhD

One of the most prominent researchers on the impact of large-scale and global food production

Meet Sushil Alimchandani, PhD

A computational biologist's view of cellular mechanisms

Meet Tamar Flash, Ph.D.

An international leader in computational neuroscience and the brain-map of motion

Meet Tanja Bosak, PhD

A researcher who tracks the evolutionary relationship between life and environment

Meet Tanya Smith, PhD

An expert on reconstructing individual histories through fossil teeth

Meet Tereasa Brainerd, PhD

An astrophysicist whose work focuses on dark matter halos, satellite galaxies and gravitational lensing

Meet Thomas Dame, PhD

A leading astrophysicist's decades-long project: the mapping of the Milky Way and discovery of two new spiral arms

Meet Thomas Koeller, Ph.D.

A major endocrinology researcher with a deep commitment to revealing how ubiquitous toxins compromise brain development --and also to demanding controls on toxins

Meet Toby Lester

Acclaimed author of The Fourth Part of the World (2009) and Da Vinci’s Ghost (2012)

Meet Tom Mrowka, PhD

A leading theoretical mathematician explains the crucial role of mathematics in understanding Nature

Meet Tulika Bose, PhD

A particle physicist explains the excitement of the research at the Large Hadron Collider

Meet Walter Willett, M.D., Dr. P.H.

An international leader in epidemiology and nutrition research, especially on the relationship between diet and the occurrence of major diseases.

Meet Wendy Jacobs, J.D.

A prominent law professor provides a how-to to create the public momentum that will ensure environmental protections.

Meet William Detrich, PhD

An outstanding scientist reveals how the "anti-freeze" adaptations in Antarctic icefish can shed light on the relationship between climate and evolution and also on resistance to disease

Meet William Moomaw, Ph.D.

A distinguished scientist who has worked for decades to implement sound environment and climate policies