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AU Experts: Environment

The installment of the largest solar photovoltaic system in Washington, DC at American University.

The installment of the largest solar photovoltaic system in Washington, DC at American University.

How does communication affect the way a person perceives climate change? What role does politics play in reducing America’s carbon footprint? What are the differences between surface oil spills and deep leaks? American University’s environmental issues wonks can answer these pressing questions and more.

To arrange an interview with one of the experts below or other AU Experts, contact University Communications at 202-885-5950 or

Matthew Nisbet

Matthew Nisbet, professor of communication

Associate Professor of Communication

Can discuss: Climate change communication; intersection between media, politics,and science; environment issues

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Chris Palmer

School of Communication professor Chris Palmer has spent 25 years spent producing original programming for prime-time television and the large-format film industry.

Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking 

Can discuss: Wildlife, natural history, and environmental films and filmmaking; ethics of wildlife films, wildlife television personalities

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Chris O'Brien

Director of Sustainability, AU's Office of Sustainability

Can discuss: Role of sustainability in higher education, carbon neutrality

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Kiho Kim

Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Science 

Can discuss: Marine biology, ecology of tropical coral reefs, marine conservation, impact of marine debris on marine life

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Richard Linowes

Richard Linowes, professor in the Kogod School of Business

Faculty Program Director for the MS. in Sustainability Management Program

Can discuss: entrepreneurial leadership for green ventures,
cross-cultural talent development, international green-tech business

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Daniel Fiorino

Photo: SPA Executive in Residence Daniel Fiorino

Director, Center for Environmental Policy

Can discuss: environmental policy and politics, addressing environmental challenges through effective governance

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Stephen MacAvoy

Stephen MacAvoy, Assistant professor of environmental science

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Can discuss: Differences between surfance oil spills and deep leaks, short and long term impacts of oil spills on ecosystems

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