Science, Storytelling
and Climate Change

Higher Ground: Science, Storytelling and the Climb Toward Better Understanding of Climate Change

3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., October 12th, 2016
Emerson Alumni Hall

Hear from the trenches on cutting-edge climate communication research and journalism. Then join the conversation and share your own experiences as CJC Pubic Interest Communications Professor Ann Christiano hosts a dialogue between the audience and our panelists.



leiserowitzAnthony Leiserowitz, director, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Anthony Leiserowitz is a research scientist and director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is also a principal investigator at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University.

He is an expert on American and international public opinion on global warming, including public perception of climate change risks, support and opposition for climate policies, and willingness to make individual behavioral change. His research investigates the psychological, cultural, political, and geographic factors that drive public environmental perception and behavior.

He has conducted survey, experimental, and field research at scales ranging from the global to the local, including international studies, the United States, individual states (Alaska and Florida), municipalities (New York City), and with the Inupiaq Eskimo of Northwest Alaska. He also recently conducted the first empirical assessment of worldwide public values, attitudes, and behaviors regarding global sustainability, including environmental protection, economic growth, and human development.






neelabanerjeeNeela Banerjee, senior correspondent, InsideClimate News

Neela Banerjee is a Washington, DC-based reporter for Inside Climate News. Before joining ICN, she spent four years as the energy and environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau. Banerjee covered global energy, the Iraq War and other issues with The New York Times. She also served as a Moscow correspondent with The Wall Street Journal. Ms. Banerjee grew up outside New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Yale University.

The 2015 series she co-authored at ICN about Exxon’s early climate change research has won more than 10 national journalism awards, including the John B. Oakes award for distinguished environmental journalism, the White House Correspondents Association Award for national reporting and was one of three finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service reporting. ICN’s work has now spurred several Exxon investigations by state Attorneys General.


StaletovichJenny Staletovich, climate change reporter, The Miami Herald

Jenny Staletovich is the environmental reporter for the Miami Herald, where her beat includes climate change, its impacts to the region and South Florida’s response. She took over the beat in 2014 after working as a freelance reporter for eight years. From 1989 to 2000, Staletovich worked at the Palm Beach Post, where she covered the region’s major stories and issues including hurricanes. She visited Haiti and Cuba to report on immigration issues.

She has won several state and national awards including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment; Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshades awards, which recognize the best journalism in the Southeast; and SPJ Sunshine State Awards. Staletovich graduated from Smith College and lives in Miami.

You can watch a live stream of this event here.


A program of the UF College of Journalism and Communications and the Florida Climate Institute, with support from the Malone Distinguished Lecture Series, IFAS, the Office of the Provost and Sustainable UF.