Over the past four decades, forests have moderated global warming and climate change by absorbing about one-quarter of the carbon emitted by human activities. Forests are a vital part of the carbon cycle, storing and releasing this important element in a dynamic process of growth, decay, disturbance, and renewal. In the United States, West Virginia has the most carbon-dense forests East of the Mississippi. In this program you can learn about and discuss the latest science on forests and the climate crisis, and what forest management strategies can protect our planetary future.
Dr. William Moomaw is Emeritus Professor of international environmental policy and founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School. He currently serves as co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts, which he co-founded. He received his B.A. degree in chemistry from Williams College and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT. He had a 26-year career in chemistry and environmental studies at Williams College, where he directed the Center for Environmental Studies. He served as AAAS Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate, where he worked on legislation that successfully addressed ozone depletion, and on legislation responding to the 1973 energy crisis. He began working on climate change in 1988 as the first director of the climate program at World
Resources Institute in Washington. He has been a lead author of five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports. The IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its climate work in 2007. He is currently working on natural solutions to climate change with a focus on increasing carbon dioxide removal and sequestration by forests, wetlands and soils to compliment emission reductions from land use changes and replacing fossil fuels with zero carbon renewable energy. One of his most recent papers, authored with Susan A. Masino and Edward K. Faison, “Intact Forests in the United States: Proforestation Mitigates Climate Change and Serves the Greatest Good (2019),” was published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change.
Dr. Moomaw and his wife, Margot, completed a zero net energy home in Williamstown MA in 2007 that produces sufficient solar electricity to meet all of its heating, lighting and appliance requirements while exporting surplus power to the grid. They have recently added more solar panels for a battery powered electric vehicle.
Dr. Sam Davis (uses pronoun they) earned a B.S. in Biology summa cum laude at Damean College, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science in 2015 at Wright State University; and completed a postdoc at University of California Merced. Dr. Davis has researched a native/invasive plant/insect relationship between Pieris virginiensis and Alliaria petiolat; contributed to projects on garlic mustard, watercress, and honeysuckle; taught Entomology and Plant Physiology, Health and Disease; developed protocols for Emerald Ash Borer feeding assays; and developed baselines for modeling forests incorporating genetic variation alongside climate change and disturbance. Dr. Davis is now translating science into action with the Dogwood Alliance in Asheville, NC, where they were a principal researcher for “The Great American Stand,” a recent report that Dr. William Moomaw co-authored that examines the forest management opportunities for combating the climate crisis in the United States. On the weekends, Dr. Davis enjoys hiking, home improvement, and gaming with friends and family. Dr. Davis will appear in person.