El Nino is a natural warming of the waters in the equatorial Eastern Pacific that causes major influences on winter weather patterns across much of the globe, particularly in North America. With one of the strongest El Nino events ever recorded currently in progress, Dr. Masters will discuss how such events have influenced past winter weather in the U.S. He will also discuss how the event will affect this winter's weather--keeping in mind that global warming is likely to bring Earth its warmest winter on record this winter and bring jet stream patterns capable of causing periods of intense cold and snow to eastern North America.
Jeff Masters - Dr. Jeff Masters has been a meteorologist for 33 years, teaching weather forecasting at SUNY Brockport in New York in 1986, and serving as a flight meteorologist with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986 - 1991. After nearly getting killed in Category 5 Hurricane Hugo in 1989, Jeff returned to graduate school, earning his Ph.D. in air pollution meteorology in 1997 from the University of Michigan. He co-founded the Weather Underground, Inc. in 1995, and served on its board of directors until the company was sold to the Weather Channel in 2012. He writes one of the most popular Internet weather blogs.
Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.