Brief bios of some of our presenters.
Speakers & Guests
Lynn Adler, Ph.D
A biologist who investigates the relationship between bumblebees, their preferred food-flowers, and the transmission of bee diseases.
Bree Aldridge, PhD
A researcher whose discoveries about TB bacteria are widely recognized
Sushil Alimchandani, PhD
A computational biologist's view of cellular mechanisms
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
Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Ph.D.
An innovative leader in the development of renewable energy
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
Aly Baumgartner, Ph.D.
A paleobotanist who applies her expertise to links between environmental shifts and evolution
Kamaljit Bawa, PhD
A world leader in conservation biology and founder of ATREE
Jon Beckwith, Ph.D.
A leading researcher in genetics, associated with major discoveries, who has also emphasized the social implications of this field.
Edo Berger, Ph.D.
A pioneer in the study of neutron stars and gravitational waves
Aaron Bernstein, M.D., MPH
A global ambassador for health underscores importance of biodiversity
Emilio Bizzi, M.D., Ph.D.
An esteemed leader in the neuroscience of complex movement
Douglas Bolender, Ph.D.
An archaeologist who has contributed especially to the understanding of Viking settlements in Iceland.
Ciprian Borcea, Ph.D.
A mathematician who investigates how geometry determines the limits of structures and motion.
Tanja Bosak, PhD
A researcher who tracks the evolutionary relationship between life and environment
Tulika Bose, PhD
A particle physicist explains the excitement of the research at the Large Hadron Collider
Amy Bower, Ph.D
An expert on the dynamics of major ocean currents and the complex relationship with global climate patterns.
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
Tereasa Brainerd, PhD
An astrophysicist whose work focuses on dark matter halos, satellite galaxies and gravitational lensing
Emery Brown, M.D., PhD
A distinguished researcher in neuroscience, particularly in different forms of unconsciousness
A graduate student who unravels the origin of the cell membrane
Louise Cameron, Ph.D.
A marine ecologist specializing in how ocean acidification is affecting shellfish, and searching for ways to save sea-life.
Eric Chaisson, Ph.D.
An outstanding scientist and author with an interdisciplinary approach to studying the evolution of the universe
Gang Chen, PhD
A major innovator in the field of alternative energy
John H. Connor, PhD
A virus expert whose work reveals how viruses function and how they can be controlled
Jill Crittenden, Ph.D.
A neuroscientist who probes the neurochemical breakdowns that accompany motor diseases and dysfunctions.
Dan Cziczo, PhD
A leading researcher on the science of clouds and what clouds reveal about climate change
Elena D'Onghia, PhD
An astrophysicist who investigates dark matter in galaxies
Colleen Dalton, PhD
The most advanced research methods for investigating and predicting seismic activity
Thomas Dame, PhD
A leading astrophysicist's decades-long project: the mapping of the Milky Way and discovery of two new spiral arms
Gautam Dantas, Ph.D.
A pioneer in the effort to overcome antibiotic resistance
Barnabas Daru, Ph.D.
A young researcher whose work is raising awareness of the complex dependence of marine ecosystems on seagrasses
Kristen DeAngelis, Ph.D.
A microbiologist who specializes in the complex ecosystems of soil microbes.
Gerald V. Denis, PhD
A prominent cancer researcher who emphasizes the role of the socioeconomic factor in numerous types of cancer
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
Arjun Dey, Ph.D.
An astrophysicist who searches the most distant reaches of the universe explains what large-scale structures reveal about the cosmos.
An expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists who calculates how individuals can contribute to energy efficiency
Florian Douam, Ph.D.
An innovative virus expert's insights on contemporary virus research, the Covid-19 virus, and mRNA vaccines
John Ebel, Ph.D.
A prominent seismologist explains how and where earthquakes and tsunamis are generated
Slava Epstein, Ph.D.
A leader in both the effort to identify unknown microbes and the effort to create viable antibiotics
A current (2020) Ph.D. student whose multidisciplinary approach to protecting Earth's wildlife and environment will produce real results.
Evelina Fedorenko, Ph.D.
A cognitive scientist who studies super-polyglots
A doctoral student with a very promising research in biomimetics -developing engineering, architectural and computational designs based on the structures of natural organisms.
Javier Fernandez, PhD
A brilliant scientist who is developing innovative biodegradable and biocompatible materials for use in products and biomedical applications
Peter Fisher, PhD
A leading researcher in particle physics, dark matter, cosmic rays
Tamar Flash, Ph.D.
An international leader in computational neuroscience and the brain-map of motion
Mick Follows, PhD
An expert on the crucial role of ocean plankton in maintaining the Earth's CO2 balance
Daniel Fornari, Ph.D.
An expert on the dynamic deep-sea volcanoes
A legendary Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution engineer who was part of the historical Alvin manned deep-sea submersible team
Susanne Freidberg, PhD
One of the most prominent researchers on the impact of large-scale and global food production
Robinson Fulweiler, Ph.D.
An expert on the physical-chemical-biological components of wetland and salt marshes ecosystems.
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
Melissa Garrido, Ph.D.
A healthcare expert who is concerned to make healthcare in the U.S. available to everyone.
Mary Gehring, PhD
A Whitehead Institute researcher who is probing the role of epigenetics in biological inheritance
Peter Girguis, PhD
A pioneer in the investigation of extreme life at the deep-sea hydrovents
Christopher Golden, Ph.D.
Important research on the relationship between malnutrition in poor nations and the combined impact of industrial fishing and climate change
Natalya Gomez, Ph.D.
A researcher working at the intersection between solid Earth geophysics and climate change science to analyze glacial melting
Neva Goodwin, Ph.D.
An economist with a unique focus on economic systems and ecological restoration.
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
Lincoln Greenhill, Ph.D.
A prominent astrophysicist shows how radio astronomy probes the early universe
Frank Guenther, PhD
A scientist who combines engineering and neural science skills to develop a brain-computer interface
Julie Guthman, Ph.D.
A distinguished social scientist who analyzes the relationship between Big Agriculture, health and environment
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.
Clive Hamilton, PhD
A major ethicist and author talks about the geoengineering issue and his new book on that topic, Earthmasters
Charles Harvey, Ph.D.
A distinguished engineer who questions the viability of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
A very original artist who is much interested in the kinship between art and science
Brian Helmuth, Ph.D.
A leading marine envionment scientist who is also committed to public outreach
David Hibbett, Ph.D.
A wonderful explainer of the importance of fungi and mushrooms
Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP
A dual commitment: restoring contaminated land and hands-on training of students
Robert Howarth, Ph..D.
This internatonally recognized biogeochemist and ecosystem expert has contributed significantly to science --and to the environmental cause.
Jeffrey Hughes, PhD
A major authority on space weather: solar cycles and coronal mass ejections
Miaki Ishii, Ph.D.
A seismologist whose research is on the cutting edge of investigations of the deep Earth
Maria Ivanova, Ph.D.
An outstanding researcher and advocate for international policies to protect wildlife, environment and resources.
Wendy Jacobs, J.D.
A prominent law professor provides a how-to to create the public momentum that will ensure environmental protections.
Alan Jasanoff, Ph.D.
A leading brain scientist who demonstrates why the brain is conditioned by a biological and social environment.
Raul Jimenez, Ph.D.
An astrophysicist who investigates some of the most interesting questions about the cosmos --including gamma ray bursts
Alexandria Johnson, Ph.D.
A post-doctoral researcher in the exciting young field of exoplanet atmospheres
Betul Kacar, Ph.D.
A dynamic researcher in the young field of paleogenomics reconstructs evolution
David Kaiser, Ph.D.
An expert on the relationship between science and the culture in which it develops
Les Kaufman, PhD
An early voice, and a persistent one, in warnings of the impact of climate change on ocean ecology
Shawn Kelly, Ph.D.
An innovative engineer who has developed a famous electric eye, and a brain stimulation device among other devices
Andrew Kemp, Ph.D.
A researcher who represents the interdisiplinary approach to climate change
Scott Kenyon, Ph.D.
A very engaging authority on planet formation, binary star systems, and runaway stars
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
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.
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.
Andrew Knoll, Ph.D.
An international expert on the interdependence of the evolution of early life and the young Earth
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
Jané Kondev, PhD
An expert on the physical mechanisms of cells explains the implications of the random decisions cells make.
Sheldon Krimsky, PhD
One of the most prolific researchers on public health issues, greatly committed to educating the public
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"
Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP
A distinguished leader in the struggle to ban pesticides and other toxins that impair brain development
Charles Langmuir, Ph.D.
A distinguished geochemist and author, who has led some of the most important seafloor investigations in our time.
Silas Laycock, Ph.D.
An astronomer who investigates black holes, pulsars and other major areas of modern astronomy.
Acclaimed author of The Fourth Part of the World (2009) and Da Vinci’s Ghost (2012)
Michael Levin, PhD.
A researcher with an exceptionally innovative approach to regeneration and developmental biology
A respected nature writer discusses ancient and modern extinctions
Stuart B. Levy, M.D.
An international leader in raising awareness about the misuse of antibiotics and the resulting crisis of antibiotics resistance
Kim Lewis, Ph.D.
Developer of numerous innovations in antibiotics research, and especially noted for a 2014 breakthrough
Philip Lieberman, Ph.D.
A distinguished expert on the anatomy and evolution of human language and animal communication
Mario Livio, PhD
A leading astrophysicist with a great gift for communicating complex science concepts to the nonspecialist
Seth Lloyd, Ph.D.
A pioneer in quantum computing, with a comprehensive view of quantum mechanics that includes QM in the cosmos and biology
Mercedes Lopez-Morales, Ph.D.
A astrophysicist who investigates the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system
A very original artist whose crochet sculptures created from discarded plastic have made news
Chensheng (Alex) Lu, Ph.D.
Ths persistent and thorough researcher is committed to getting the scientific facts about honeybee decimation to the public.
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.
Amala Mahadevan, Ph.D.
A physical oceanography scientist investigates important relationships between the oceans and climate change
Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Ph.D.
An extraordinary mathematician who shows the mathematics behind everyday phenomena
Sanjoy Mahajan, Ph.D.
A mathematician with visionary ideas of how to teach --and discover-- mathematics today
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).
Chris Marx, PhD
An innovator in the investigation of a rather new area of microbiology
Lee McIntyre, Ph.D.
A philosopher and author concerned with the tension between the necessity for scientific thinking and social groups antagonistic toward reason.
David Mindell, Ph.D.
A leading robotics engineer and historian emphasizes the importance of the social-psychological aspect of using robots.
Emily Monosson, Ph.D.
A toxicologist whose focus is on the impact of environmental toxins on evolutionary mechanisms
David R. Montgomery, Ph.D.
A major geologist who connects the relationship between rocks and life
William Moomaw, Ph.D.
A distinguished scientist who has worked for decades to implement sound environment and climate policies
James Mott, Ph.D.
A physicist who was involved in developing the custom electronics for the famous Fermilab Muon g-2 experiment.
Tom Mrowka, PhD
A leading theoretical mathematician explains the crucial role of mathematics in understanding Nature
Julian Munoz, Ph.D.
An innovative theoretical cosmologist who has introduced exciting new possibilities about the nature of dark matter and primordial black holes.
Richard Murray, PhD
A leading expert on ocean sediments and biogeochemistry of the oceans
Andrew Myers, Ph.D.
A leader in developing and promoting the great potential of offshore wind farms
Steven Nahn, PhD
A member of the international CMS project at the Large Hadron Collider discusses his fascinating work
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
Priyamvada Natarajan, Ph.D.
An innovative astrophysicist who is also deeply committed to promoting worldwide science literacy
A prominent Union of Concerned Scientists writer who is a very reliable source of information about science-related issues
A distinguished chemist and innovator, known especially for his energy innovation, the bionic leaf.
James P. O'Dwyer, Ph.D.
Leading research on one of the most important areas of biology: "Ecological systems are the archetypal complex systems."
Naomi Oreskes, Ph.D.
A geologist and outstandiing science historian who has shown how corporate disinformation campaigns mislead the public
Chris Organ, PhD
A scientist who has developed methods for reconstructing the genomes of ancient dinosaurs
David Page, Ph.D.
A distinguished leader in the research on the Y chromosome, and Director of the Whitehead Institute at MIT
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
Alexander Petroff, PhD
A geophysicist who develops mathematical models to investigate ancient natural processes
Maria Petrova, PhD
An important source for public attitudes toward renewable energy
Desiree Plata, Ph.D.
A dynamic civil and environmental engineer who specializes in developing sustainable environment innovations.
Irene Porro, PhD
A veteran developer of science outreach programs for youth
Matthew Powner, PhD
A researcher whose award-winning work on the origin of life receives a great deal of attention
Mara Prentiss, Ph.D.
A leading physicist explains how to implement renewable energy in the US --now!
Richard B. Primack, PhD
A reknowned conservation scientist and a prolific author
John Quackenbush, PhD
A leader in the development of genomic medicine, the personalized medicine of the future
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
Christoph Reinhart, Ph.D.,
An international leader in urban design, emphasis on healthy and sustainable environment
Alonso Ricardo, PhD
A biochemist who reconstructs the origin of the cell
Jack Ridge, Ph.D.
A leader in the study of North American glacial varves
Susan Roberts, Ph.D.
A prominent nutrition researcher who investigates the connection between diet and health issues
An expert on freshwater use, the freshwater crisis, and the potential of alternative energy
Daniel Rothman, Ph.D.
A mathematician widely recognized for developing models of very complex phenomena, such as climate change and extinction
Jonathan Runstadler, DVM, PhD
An outstanding leader in virus transmission from animal hosts to humans --and the ecological disruptions that promote such spillovers.
June Sekera, MPA
A public policy practitioner and researcher whose work and publications are focused on the public economy and public goods production.
Henrik Selin, Ph.D.
An international expert on climate change and environmental policy who emphasizes the need for global action on climate change
Jeremy Shakun, Ph.D.
A geologist who probes the ice in Arctic caves for their record of geological history.
Robert Simcoe, Ph.D.
An innovative astronomer and developer of cutting-edge instruments for optical/infra-red astronomy
The award-winning founder and director of the famous D-Lab at MIT
Tanya Smith, PhD
An expert on reconstructing individual histories through fossil teeth
Justin Solomon, Ph.D.
A mathematician deconstructs the gerrymander for public understanding --and his work extends well beyond that
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
Carlos Sonnenschein, M.D.
A pioneer in revealing the health threat of endocrine disruptors
Ana Soto, M.D.
One of the first researchers to reveal the effects of endocrine disruptors on human health
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.
Jacqueline Sperling, Ph.D.
A prominent psychologist whose focus is anxiety explains how social media causes stress in teens.
Gigliola Staffilani, PhD
A theoretical mathematician who elucidates some of the most difficult forces and patterns of Nature
Paul Steinhardt, Ph.D.
One of the most extraordinary -and comprehensive- theoretical physicists of our time
One of the leading writers on the subject of extending the human lifespan
Ileana Streinu, Ph.D.
A mathematician who examines how geometry determines the limits of structures and motion
Shakira Franco Suglia, ScD.
A researcher who examines the impact of urban pollution on cognitive development
Roger Summons, Ph.D.
A major contributor to the identification of biomarkers in ancient Earth rocks and oils, as well as extraterrestrial biogeochemical fossils
Max Tegmark, PhD
A prominent astrophysicist's perspective on multiple universes
Pamela Templer, Ph.D.
A prominent biogeoscientist who probes the relationship between climate change, forests and their creatures, and the soil
David Toomey, Ph.D.
A unique academic who bridges literature and science writing.
John Lienhard V, PhD
A world leader in the design of desalination engineering
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
Mark Vogelsberg, Ph.D.
An astrophysicist who specializes in developing complex simulations to test hypotheses of the early universe
Charles Walcott, Ph.D.
A leader in research on magnetoreception and numerous other unique animal features and capacities.
Philip Warburg, Ph.D.
Author, lawyer and former director of the Conservation Law Foundation
Benjamin Weiss, PhD
A leading researcher in the role of magnetism in planetary, astroid and lunar evolution
Marc Weisskopf, PhD, ScD
A major researcher in epidemiology studies on autism and other cognitive disorders
Jing-Ke Weng, Ph.D.
A leading researcher in the potential medical properties of plants
One of the most respected authors on the subject of psychotropic drugs
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.
Amos Winter, Ph.D.
Director of the GEAR Lab at MIT, famous for innovations that really change lives, especially in the developing world.
Creative Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and well known innovator in science illustration
Paul P. Woskov, Ph.D.
An innovative research engineer known especially for his work in millimeter-wave technologies, nuclear fusion, and geothermal energy;.