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Climate Solutions

Spring 2021

Climate solutions, not just climate problems.

Florida is especially vulnerable from the intersection of climate-driven adversities (increased hurricane frequency, low-elevation flooding, high incidence of heat waves) with a large population that is growing faster than the country as a whole, and is increasingly coastal. The technologies, practices, and policies needed to slow, and ultimately reverse climate change will be developed by university researchers, and implemented by our students. These climate solutions will require broad interdisciplinary perspectives, and contributions from many different areas of research.

Keynote Speaker

Chad Frischmann—Senior Director, Research & Technology, Project Drawdown

Chad Frischmann is a co-author, and the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models behind the New York Times best-seller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (Penguin, 2017) and the Drawdown Review (February, 2020). Leading a global team of researchers, Chad designed integrated global models to assess the world’s most effective climate solutions and determine if, when, and how the world can reach “drawdown,” the point in time when the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. As head of research and technology since Project Drawdown’s inception, Chad is a key spokesperson and coalition-builder dedicated to sharing the message and model of the Drawdown Framework to the world.

With an interdisciplinary background in public policy, human rights, sustainable development, and environmental conservation, Chad works as a systems strategist to build a new, regenerative future with cascading benefits to human and planetary well-being. He is the lead author of the paper “Drawdown’s ‘System of Solutions’ Helps to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”, and speaks and writes widely on topics linking climate solutions to global challenges that benefit people and the planet.

Collaborative Collision focuses on the individual's research background and interests. Our Research Profiles discuss each participant's expertise, and specific ways they can help, or be helped by, a collaborator.

Who attended?

Collaborative Collision: Climate Solutions featured presentations from members of the FSU and FAMU research community who have completed or are conducting research related to climate change, mitigation, and adaptation topics. Participants came from a variety of STEM, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities disciplines, united by their interest in solving one of our most urgent crises. 

First Name 

Last Name




Tarek Abichou FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering/RIDER Center
Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Civil & Environmental Engineering
Aavudai Anandhi FAMU Biological systems engineering
Laura Arpan FSU School of Communication
Josh Breithaupt FSU Coastal and Marine Lab
William Butler FSU Urban and regional planning
Clifton Callender FSU College of Music
Jeff Chanton FSU EOAS
Ron Doel FSU History
Leigh Edwards FSU Department of English
James Elsner FSU Geography
Kassie Ernst FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Student Services and Undergraduate Affairs 
John Felkner FSU Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Laurelin Haas FSU Sustainable Campus
Sonia Haiduc FSU Computer Science
Jessi Halligan FSU Anthropology
Daniel Hallinan FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Muhammad.  Haseeb FAMU Entomology, Center for Biological Control
Matt Hauer FSU Sociology/Center for Demography and Population Health
Shuyuan Ho FSU School of Information
Tisha Holmes FSU Urban and Regional Planning
Wenrui Huang FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Civil Eng
Christianah  Ijagbemi  Other Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering & Engineering Technology
Bradford Johnson FSU Geography
Kathryn Jones FSU Biological Science
Sarah Lester FSU Geography
Lichun Li FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Industrial and Mechanical Engineering
Xiuwen Liu FSU Computer Science
Bruce Locke FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Michael Martinez-Colon FAMU School of the Environment
Jayur Mehta FSU Anthropology
Meghan Mick FSU Interior Architecture and Design
Andy Opel FSU Communication
Eren Ozguven FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering
Emily Powell FSU COAPS/Florida Climate Center
Andrew Rassweiler FSU Biological Science
Tian Tang FSU Public Administration 
Mila Turner FAMU Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Robert Wandell FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

The Collaborative Collision Seed Fund provides resources to catalyze the development of new interdisciplinary teams that form as a result of connections made at ORD’s Collaborative Collision events. Collaborative Collision grants are intended to allow a new team to position themselves to seek external funding for a new research initiative by demonstrating a history of successful collaboration.