Raymond S. Bradley

Ray Bradley is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences, and Director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received an M.A. and PhD. From the University of Colorado and a D.Sc from Southampton University (U.K.).

He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Lancaster University (U.K.), Queen's University (Canada) and the University of Bern (Switzerland) and the Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Arctic Institute of North America, and was elected a Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. 

Bradley's research focuses on climate variability, and understanding the causes of climatic change. He has written or edited thirteen books on climatic change (including Paleoclimate, Global Change and the Future, The Hadley Circulation: Present, Past and Future, Global Warming and Political Intimidation, and the award-winning text, Paleoclimatology) and he has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles on the topic. 


Julia Cole

Julia is an interdisciplinary paleoenvironmental scientist with a passion for science communication. She is a Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. Before joining Michigan, she served on the faculty of the University of Colorado (Geological Sciences) and the University of Arizona (Geosciences), where she also led the Biosphere-2 Ocean research program. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia.  

Her research targets environmental change in regions and systems with substantial ecological or human impacts. Current projects focus on El Niño and Pacific variability, drought in western North America, coral reef environments, and monsoons in Asia and the Americas. She also advises the Biosphere-2 Ocean team in developing this facility as a platform to accelerate the science around reef restoration.  

She teaches classes on climate, global change, oceanography and environmental science communication at a range of levels., and has held several competitive fellowships focused on interdisciplinary science communication and policy. Her favorite inspirations come from helping students gain insight into the natural world through classes, field studies, and research, and from enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.


Alandeom W. Oliveira

Alandeom W. Oliveira is an associate professor of science education at the State University of New York at Albany. He earned a Master’s degree in science education at Southeast Missouri State University (2002) and a PhD degree in science education at Indiana University Bloomington (2008). He has taught science education courses to teachers in Brazil and the US and has coordinated multiple professional development programs for school teachers, including Science Modeling for Inquiring Teachers Network, and Technology-Enhanced Multimodal Instruction in Science and Math for English Language Learners. His research interests include cooperative science learning, inquiry-based teaching, and classroom discourse and language use.


David W. Stahle

Dr. Stahle's research interests include all aspects of dendrochronology, particularly climate change and the proxy evidence for past variation in the El Nino/Southern Oscillation and other large scale atmospheric circulations. Dr Stahle has developed GIS-based predictive models for the location of ancient forests, and is conducting active research in the United States, Mexico and Africa. Dr. Stahle's research is funded by NOAA , NSF , NPS and the USGS and he has published in a variety of journals including, Science, Nature, Journal of Climate and Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Stahle has taught courses in Physical Geography and Conservation of Natural Resources. More information about the University of Arkansas here: Tree Ring Laboratory.