Speaker biography | Michael Hamburger is a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Indiana University. His research on natural hazards includes earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and landslides, and he's conducted field investigations in the Philippines, the South Pacific, Central Asia, and the U.S. Midwest. Hamburger has strong interests in the intersection of natural disasters, environmental challenges and science policy. He served as a Jefferson Science Fellow with the U.S. Department of State and is one of the leaders of the science advocacy group Concerned Scientists at IU. He has undergraduate degrees in environmental sciences and Russian studies from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Cornell University.
Moderator biography | Kendra Obermaier graduated in 2020 with degrees in biology and environmental sustainability from the Liberal Arts and Management Program. She was especially influenced by her off-campus travels, including internships in Washington D.C. and Chicago, where she worked at the intersection of technology, policy, and sustainability at XLabs AI and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, respectively. After graduation, she will pursue intersectional work through environmental policy and technology focused on conservation and climate change mitigation.