A column argues that the lack of female scientists on the UN's panel of climate scientists is hurting the quality of scientific research. Miriam Gay-Antaki, a visiting assistant professor at Colorado College, examined the plight of women climate scientists while a doctoral candidate in geography at the UA. Her study, conducted with Diana Liverman, a Regents' Professor of Geography and Development at the UA, found a modest increase in women on the panel, but some of the open-ended comments from surveys of more than 100 women expressed dissatisfaction with the treatment from their male peers.
Public engagement and effective communication are critical to making environmental research and natural resource management useful and effective for everyone. Home to outstanding faculty involved in multidisciplinary science engagement work, the UA hosts a number of centers and training and outreach programs that connect environmental research, education and decision making.