Day Two Panelists


  • Portrait of Paul Koch

    Dean Paul Koch

    Paul Koch is a professor of Earth and planetary sciences and the dean of the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. Paul is internationally known as an innovator in the use of chemistry as a forensic tool to determine the diets, habitats, and physiological states of individual fossil or living animals.

  • Featured Panelists

  • Portrait of Noah Diffenbaugh

    Noah Diffenbaugh

    Noah Diffenbaugh is Kara J. Foundation Professor of Earth System Science and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University. He studies the climate system, including the processes by which climate change could impact agriculture, water resources, and human health.

  • Portrait of Aditi Sen

    Aditi Sen

    Aditi Sen is a lead policy advisor at Oxfam, a global organization that works to end the injustice of poverty. Her work focuses on the nexus of climate change, food and land use and addresses the drivers and impacts of climate change stemming from food systems particularly on vulnerable communities across the world.
  • Portrait of Naya Jones

    Naya Jones

    Naya Jones PhD (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor, critical geographer, and cultural worker at UC Santa Cruz. She studies Black geographies of community health and healing in North and Latin America. Her work on food sovereignty especially considers embodiment: she asks how food sovereignty and food access feel, and how embodied knowledge matters for collective thriving, policymaking, and movement-building. Her current book project focuses on African-American gardening and migration beyond the South.

  • Portrait of Galina Hale

    Galina Hale

    Galina Hale  is a Professor of Economics at UC Santa Cruz. In addition to her research on international financial markets and financial stability, she has been looking at how the financial system can help solve problems related to climate risks, and what economists can do to promote a more sustainable food system.

  • Moderator

  • Portrait of Stacy Philpott

    Stacy Philpott

    Stacy Philpott is a professor of environmental studies and the director of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz. Her research interests include community ecology, ecosystem services, urban agroecology, and interactions between agriculture, conservation, and farmer livelihoods.