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 Tyler Cox for 2019-2020.


Spring 2019

April 16th from 5-6 PM in ATG 610. Robbie Emmet on “Developing a monitoring framework for wolverines in the Cascades.” Robbie is a graduate student in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management (QERM) program and a research fellow at the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Winter 2019

Tuesday March 12, 2019 in ATG 610 at 5 PM.  Jon Witt, a chemical engineer in the Clean Energy Institute, will be giving a presentation about development of carbon neutral fuel through co-electrolysis.

(this was cancelled due to weather) The first GSS of winter quarter is TUESDAY, 2/12 from 5-6 PM in ATG 610.  Three graduate fellows from the Department of the Interior Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center at UW will present their current research.

Contact Kelly Carpenter

Fall 2018

TUESDAY, 10/9 from 5-6 PM in ATG 406 the PCC will host this year’s first Graduate Student Seminar (GSS). Mark your calendars and come on by to meet your new and old PCC buddies!

This year we welcome six new members to the PCC Graduate Student Steering Committee (P-GraSC)! On Tuesday’s GSS, we’ll hear from our new P-GraSC members to introduce them and get a flavor for the breadth of research they participate in. They will each make a 5 min. presentation to leave plenty of time for questions and transitions (refreshments!).



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.


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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