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Block, Paul
University of Colorado @ Boulder, Colorado, US

A major component of Paul Block's research interests combines the fields of climate change and human welfare. Knowledge of climate change issues and policies lends itself naturally toward this subject. His specific interests include: large-scale hydrologic modeling with variable climate, forecasting of hydrologic decision variables, and multivariate statistical analyses of potential climate change effects on health determinants and vector-borne diseases, with a focus on societal response.

Paul's previous experience in these areas includes:
. converting an agro-economic model assessing nutrition and poverty indicators from a mean climate-driven deterministic model into a stochastic model reflecting climate variability;
. creating a large-scale integrated river basin model of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia ;
. ensemble forecasting of basin-wide summertime monsoon precipitation in Ethiopia ;
. coursework focusing on public health in developing countries;
. time spent in Africa.

He can be reached at
Clarke, Kaila-Lea
Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Kaila-Lea Clarke is a Policy Advisor with the Climate Change and Health Division (CCHD) at Health Canada

Participation in the colloquium would be of great benefit to her work at the CCHD as it would provide information that could be applied to a number of current projects our office is leading including the Canadian Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Assessment 2007 and development of a Canadian Climate Change and Health Adaptation Guide, both of which aim to facilitate the use of current research and information in health planning and in efforts to manage risks associated with climate change in Canada. These projects require an interdisciplinary approach and an integration of current scientific findings into policy development (adaptation) considerations. As well, information on climate change related issues and methods will also be essential.

The Colloquium is an excellent opportunity for Kaila-Lea to share and exchange information with leading experts in the field of climate change and health about the activities of Health Canada.

She can be contacted at
DellaValle, Curt
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Curt Della Valle is in his first year as a doctoral student after graduating with Master's degrees in public health and environmental management. His current research involves examining future changes in ozone levels and health consequences that can be anticipated from such changes. Specifically, air quality modeling data from the New York Climate and Health Initiative has provided current and estimated future hourly ozone concentration data for regions of the US east of the Mississippi River. He has analyzed this data to explore the changes from current ozone levels to those anticipated in the 2020's, 2050's and 2080's. The ozone measures that are being considered are EPA defined 8-hr maximum ozone concentrations, days exceeding 8-hr maximum standards and 1-hr maximum ozone concentrations. Spatial analysis of this data was conducted to calculate county level data. County level demographics were then applied to explore the future risks of mortality and hospital admissions, including comparisons of urban and rural areas and socioeconomic impacts.

The NCAR Summer Colloquium offers an excellent forum to, not only hear about current research areas in the field of climate change and health, but also will provide Curt information and discussion on the tools available to conduct research in this field. Moreover, he thinks the opportunity to meet with the lecturers at the colloquium, as well as the other attendees, will be invaluable to his knowledge in this area.

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Dolan, Holly
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

Holly Dolan is a geographer, with several years experience in climate change-related research, having worked on projects dealing with impacts and adaptations in agriculture, water resources and community sustainability. I recently participated in two interdisciplinary research projects that examined the vulnerability of coastal communities to environmental and social changes. The first was an interdisciplinary and community-based climate change project examining the vulnerability of communities on North East Graham Island, Haida Gwaii(1), to climate-related impacts, specifically those associated with sea-level changes, as well as identifying, with communities, locally-relevant adaptation options. The second was a large interdisciplinary project, Coasts Under Stress(2) that examined population health changes over time and their attribution to environmental and social restructuring in several of British Columbia 's coastal communities.

Holly recently finished a contract faculty position in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia. She has recently joined the Research and Analysis Team of the Rural Secretariat situated in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where she is involved in research related to the health and sustainability of Canadian rural communities. Climate change is a significant threat to the health and well-being of rural, remote and northern communities across Canada. Holly hopes that her participation in the symposium will contribute to future research bridging the physical and human dimensions of climate change in order to better understand the community and population health consequences for rural Canada.

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1: This project is funded through the Government of Canada's Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program (CCIAP).
2: Coasts Under Stress
Fluet, Marie-Joelle
Institute des sciences de l'environnement of the UQAM, Montreal, Canada

Marie-Joëlle Fluet obtained a B.A. in Anthropology at the Université de Montréal; just completed a M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal; and, is assistant researcher at the Chaire d'études sur les écosystèmes urbains.

Her research focuses on the adaptation of populations to climate change. Specifically, her research concerns the reactions of the farmers of Burkina Faso (a population extremely vulnerable to any changes in their environment and in the climate) in a context of adaptation to climate change. She is also interested in the way communities and individuals perceive and are subjected to those changes - alimentation, economy, health - and the role of traditional knowledge in these situations.

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Henderson, Sarah
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Sarah Henderson is a PhD student in the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia, Canada.  Her background is in environmental engineering, and her thesis research is focused on assessing the health effects of forest fire smoke exposure in the southern interior region of BC.  Sarah spends most of her time peering at satellite images, poring over computer simulations, reading statistics manuals, and generally trying to make sense of it all.  Her three border collies ensure that she gets outside at least twice daily.

Sarah can be contacted at
Johansson, Michael
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, US

Michael Johansson is currently a Regular Fellow at the CDC Dengue Branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. His interests are best categorized as infectious disease ecology. He started working in this field in Peru, where he investigated the prevalence of leptospirosis in humans and reservoirs in different ecological settings. Since then, he unsuccessfully attempted to utilize remotely sensed imagery to characterize foci of West Nile virus risk in Maryland based on the presence of infected vectors. When this work started to look less promising, he moved to Puerto Rico, where he works on elucidating the drivers of spatially and temporally heterogeneous dengue transmission across the island with a special focus on climatic drivers.

He can be contacted at
Nakamatte, Annet
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Annet Nakamatte is an LLM student at the University of Alberta.The topic 'climate and health' is of great interest to her, so she would like to acquire more knowledge on climate change and its effects.

Annet's thesis research is in the area of climate change. She is examining the viability of the emissions trading system under the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Oldfield, Eddie
New Brunswick Lung Association, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Eddie Oldfield works as Director of the New Brunswick Climate Change Hub ( ) since 2001. In December 2005, Mr. Oldfield participated as an official Canadian Delegate to the United Nations Climate Change Convention in Montreal . He chairs a multi-stakeholder committee consisting of 3 levels of government, industry, environment and health groups, academia and First Nations, to deal with climate change issues in New Brunswick . In June 2003, Mr. Oldfield spearheaded the development of a web-based mapping application for the New Brunswick Lung Association with a focus on environmental health. He is currently developing an influenza pandemic surveillance system with this technology and funding from the US and Canadian governments. He sits on the Provincial Geomatics Review Committee,and coordinates academic, industry, health, and government partners to Advance GIS in the fields of environment, public health, and public safety.

Eddie was born June 17th, 1978 , in Montreal , and is fluentlybilingual. Throughout the 90s, Eddie worked as a television host onCTV in Montreal , travelled to Japan as a performer in Anne of Green Gables, worked on environmental projects in Montreal and Toronto , while continuinghis education. He is currently completing an Interdisciplinary Honours at St-Thomas University , but has background in music, arts, communications, sociology, and GIS. He received an award for his participation in the Model United Nations at Harvard University , earlier this year. The previous year He was awarded for his work in the United Nations Environment Programme Committee, of the Model UN in Ottawa . Mr. Oldfield participated for two years as a member of the National Youth Roundtable on the Environment, advisory to Minister of Environment, David Anderson (2001-2003). In 2004, he was invited to speak at the 10 year review of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, on the importance of public education and engagement for environmental policy. He spends his free time composing music and playing piano in local bands, and won the rising star showcase of the 2004 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.

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Pasari, Jae
University of California @ Santa Cruz

Jae Pasari is a first year doctoral student in Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. His department seeks to understand environmental issues using an interdisciplinary approach that combines natural and social science perspectives. Though his background is in ecology and molecular biology, he is now an ardent enthusiast of interdisciplinary scholarship and values the socio-economic and philosophical perspectives of his coursework and colleagues as much as his continuing education in natural sciences.

The research focus of his lab group concerns the effects of environmental change on ecosystem services. Though it is extremely uncommon in our department, he has decided to focus on human health and infectious disease prevention as ecosystem services. As a first step in identifying his dissertation topic and integrating my interests with his lab's research, he is writing a review of landscape epidemiology and co-authoring a book chapter on the simultaneous management of invasive, threatened, and infectious disease organisms (in review). In the process, he is realizing how much more he has to learn. He would welcome the opportunity to learn more about the epidemiological, ecological, and social science methods used in the analysis of environmental change and human health. He is particularly interested in remote sensing approaches, integrated assessment, and the communication of uncertainty. He is also interested in staying abreast of the latest analyses in climate modeling as climate change becomes the main driver of environmental change.

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Polson, Karen
Carribean Epidemiology Center, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Karen Polson is currently pursuing a PhD part-time which seeks to investigate the impact of temperature on mosquito biology, specifically, Aedes aegypti, the dengue vector as it relates to the insecticide susceptibility status of the mosquito. Dengue is an important disease in the region and with Climate Change and Global warming, information on the possible impact of a climatic parameter on transmission of this infectious disease is needed.

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Rebolledo, Enrique
Consultant, Mexico City, Mexico

Enrique Rebolledo is an economist from Tecnologico de Monterrey and hodls a master's degree in environmental management (resourc economics) from Duke University . He also has certificates from the Tropical Center of Research and Education in Costa Rica , and the Terry Sanford for Institute International Development, sponsored  by the Fulbright Program of the US Department of State.

Enrique Rebolledo has been a consultant for different international organizations, including the UNEP and the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), specially in the Mesoamerican Initiative for Carbon Emissions Reduction and in the evaluation of projects related to the mitigation and adaptation to the climate change, specially in the energy sector. He was also a program officer with UNDP working extensively in the integration of regional policies of commerce and environment in Central America  and the Caribbean . From 2004 to 2006 he was the air quality programs manager at the Ministry of Environment in Mexico , coordinating the development of tools and instruments for better decision making at local and regional level. This work has been particularly important in the context of bilateral and trilateral cooperation in North America .

Enrique is a scuba diver, loves to read and cook for his friends. He can be contacted at

Susandi, Armi
Institut of Teknology Bandung, Indonesia

Dr. Susandi's experience in climate change issue; such as energy issues, land use change, sea level rise impact, clean development mechanism (CDM), air pollution and health impact. He spent five years as a researcher in Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg-Germany. Dr. Susandi's core competence is in the application of meteorological, economic, mathematical, and statistical techniques to environmental problems especially in Indonesia.

Holder of a Doctorate in geosciences from the University of Hamburg in Germany, Dr. Susandi started working as a researcher, lecturer in Faculty of Earth Sciences and Mineral Technology in Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia and has also as project leader for environmental valuation and policies, climate change issues in Indonesia since ten years ago.

Since the end of 2004, Dr. Susandi was also lecturer in Post Graduate Program of Development Studies Program, ITB. Currently Dr. Susandi is create some research activities with government of Indonesia, included project of land use change, ocean uptake, clean development mechanism, renewable energy. He can be contacted at
Tanujaya, Olivia
University of California @ Santa Barbara, California, US

Olivia Tanujaya has been focusing her work on climate change issue since 2001 when she joined Yayasan Pelangi Indonesia, a local think tank on environmental issues, based in Jakarta.

Her work is ranging from emission reduction and adaptation project development, global carbon trading, modeling, capacity building on clean development mechanism, impact assessment to awareness raising on climate change. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at the University of California of Santa Barbara at Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, under the START fellowship to assist the project on Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change.

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Uejo, Christopher
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, US

Chris Uejo is excited and honored to participate in the 2 nd Climate n' Health Colloquium. He gives many thanks to the organizers for their hard work! His primary interest is in how society and the physical environment interact to foster the emergence, reproduction, and dissemination of public health risks. He's currently studying how spatial and temporal structure in climate system and society influences West Nile Virus transmission and epidemic genesis, suitable Aedes aegypti habitats, and heat wave risk utilizing statistical and geographic tools. He currently works with an interdisciplinary team on a Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessment program (CLIMAS) at the University of Arizona and will be pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I hope to become proficient in qualitative and critical social science ways of knowing and research methods during my Ph.D. Personally, he thoroughly enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, concerts, swimming, good desserts, and mid-afternoon naps.

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Verma, Preeti
Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, US

Preeti Verma has a strong background in Climate Change research, particularly,Vulnerability and Adaptation studies in India. While working on different projects in the Western Himalayas and Coastal regions in Southern India, she has realized that, so far, climate change and the assessment of its impacts on health have not been given due attention, particularly in developing countries.

Over the past few years, the impact of changing climate patterns on health has been manifested with increased incidences of heat and vector-related mortalities. However, in developing countries the correlation of increased incidences of climate change induced mortalities has been not studied so far and there is a huge research gap.

She is very keen to get acquainted with different methods of assessing the linkages between climate change and human health, as it poses a severe threat to the communities, especially those living in tropical regions. She believes this is a great opportunity for her to develop skills in this area, so that she can successfully conduct some useful research, which can contribute to a better understanding of climate change and its impact on health in poor countries. Being an Environmental Policy major, she would be interested in linking the aspects of climate change and its impacts on human health to increase awareness about the issue and successfully come up with adaptation strategies and policy framework to enhance the resilience of vulnerable communities.

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Woods, Heather
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, US

Heather Woods is very enthusiastic about the opportunity to study climate and health this summer at the NCAR Summer Colloquium on Climate and Health. Currently, she is a research assistant working with Dr. Tracey Holloway in the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, concentrating on air quality and regional meteorology. Her research is focused on identifying the meteorological processes affecting fine particulate matter (PM) distribution over the Great Lakes region. This work builds on her undergraduate meteorology studies, and she has become interested in a more interdisciplinary approach to understanding climate, air pollution, health, and social impacts.

Her work is supported by an EPA-funded project to model changes in land use and climate in the upper Midwest, and she plansto use the results of her meteorological analysis to examine how climate change and fine PM distribution may interact through regional climate modeling. As the health affects of air pollution, and fine PM in particular, are being carefully studied, my work in air quality will add to the understanding of connections between climate and health.

The summer colloquium would be a valuable opportunity for her to build on her background in atmospheric science, and gain a broader understanding of climate-health issues beyond air pollution. She has taken steps to broaden her understanding of environmental issues by enrolling in an air resources policy class and an air quality and health class for the Fall 2006 term. As my Ph.D. dissertation takes shape in future years, She hopes to include an analysis of human health impacts in my research. She can be reached at