Graduate Student Seminar (GSS)

Throughout the year, the PCC graduate community hosts a mid week Graduate Student Seminar (GSS) where students share their expertise on climate science in a fun, relaxed, yet “seriously” academic environment. Talks are designed to educate non-experts while exposing other graduate students to the questions and research at the forefront of climate science. This is a great opportunity to practice communicating your work. If you would like to get involved and give a talk, please email Kelly Carpenter ( (newest member of the PGraSC Community Outreach Committee)!


Spring 2018

GSS will take place from 5:30-6:30 PM on the following dates:

  • 4/17 Hillary Scannell & Leah Johnson on the NYT marine policy contest
  • 5/1 Rebeca de Buen Kalman on how transportation policy affects bike usage in Mexico City
  • 5/15 Stephanie Rushley on her interdisciplinary PCC fellowship work relating corals and the MJO
  • 5/29 Ben Miller on hydropower in the Mekong River system

ATG 610 is reserved for each date, although we might update that to add a little geographic diversity.

In 2016-2017…

The last Graduate Student Seminar (GSS) of the 2016-2017 academic year was held on May 23. Some of our new PCC Graduate Student Steering Committee (P-GraSC) members gave one slide, five minute presentations on their research/interests over pizza, snacks, and beverages.

Grant Williamson from the Molecular Engineering Department spoke about new battery technologies under research at the Clean Energy Institute and why we should care about batteries in general.

“Postcards from the Arctic” with Oceanography grad student, Sarah Dewey, and Coast Guard Lieutenant, Caroline Bell, sharing their stories about research in the Arctic.

Jake Steinberg (Oceanography) on the prevalence and importance of oceanic subsurface-intensified eddies. How do we observe these eddies and understand their role in the advection of heat and salt (among other interesting tracers).

Michael Diamond (Atmospheric Sciences)
“Small particles, large impact: Why do we care about aerosols?”

Hillary Scannell (Oceanography)
“Marine Heatwaves: emerging climate phenomena not just in your own backyard”


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