Dr. Alison Meadow is an Associate Research Professor in the Arizona Institutes for Resilience. Dr. Meadow has a background in environmental anthropology, Indigenous studies, and urban planning. Her research focuses on the process of linking scientists with decision makers to improve the usability of climate science, with a particular emphasis on evaluating the societal outcomes of such research partnerships. Meadow partners with communities in Arizona and New Mexico to support their climate adaptation planning efforts through the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS). In addition to her affiliation with CLIMAS, she is a principal investigator with the Department of the Interior’s Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC). Dr. Meadow received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Jackie Qataliña Schaeffer
Jackie Qataliña Shaeffer is the Community Development Manager for Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Community Environment & Health. Qataliña is Iñupiaq from Kotzebue, Alaska. She studied Interior Design & Sustainable Building in London and the U.S. She is currently the Community Development Manager at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She has worked in comprehensive planning, energy, housing and water/sanitation in rural communities across Alaska, utilizing a holistic approach to project development. Her passion has led her to infuse traditional Inuit knowledge into strategic planning to change the “top down” approach into a locally-driven, grassroots approach. This innovative approach allows local leadership to be empowered to own and lead the discussions and decision making. Qataliña believes her ancestors’ traditional knowledge will help bridge gaps in our multi cultural lifestyles and create balance in how we adapt to our rapidly changing climate. Her current work includes innovative sanitation solutions for unserved communities, tribal resilience adaptation planning, and community engagement for communities responding to climate impacts.
Dr. Fernando Rivera is a professor of sociology at the University of Central Florida. He has established an ongoing research program in the fields of medical sociology/sociology of health, race and ethnicity, and the sociology of disasters. In the area of health, he has studied the differential patterns of health among Puerto Ricans in the United States by analyzing different social indicators such as: perceived discrimination, residential segregation, and socioeconomic status and their impact on Puerto Rican health. In the area of race and ethnicity, he has studied racial relations among college students, the process of incorporation of Puerto Ricans to Central Florida, and several aspects of the Puerto Rican diaspora in the US including, health disparities, culture, and discrimination, among others. For the study of disasters, his work has emphasized on disaster resiliency and the importance of social and economic indicators in promoting resilience to the process of preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery to disasters. He has expanded his disaster resilience work, particularly as it relates to community resilience, to the study of restoration and resilience for an on-going National Science Foundation research grant. Dr. Rivera received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Mathew Sanders manages the state planning portfolio of Pew’s flood-prepared communities initiative, which focuses on state-level efforts to plan for current and future flood risk. In this role, he works directly with state governments and community leaders to advocate for, develop, and implement comprehensive disaster-resilience plans for various flood risks, including coastal surge, riverine, and flash flooding. Before joining Pew, Sanders led the development of Louisiana’s successful application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-sponsored National Disaster Resilience Competition, and upon receipt of a $92.6 million award was the principal planner in development of both funded projects—Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) and the relocation of Isle de Jean Charles in remote coastal Louisiana. Sanders was a Route Fifty Navigator Award recipient in The Leaders category for excellence and achievement in state government. Sanders holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University and a master’s in urban planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Additionally, he is accredited by the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners.
Dr. David Shaw is the Povost and Executive Vice President at Mississippi State University. As Chief Academic Officer for Mississippi State University, David Shaw oversees all academic policies, the integrity of the academic mission, and academic operations of Mississippi’s leading research university and land-grant institution. He provides direct oversight for eight academic colleges and two campuses, as well as many academic and non-academic support units. A longtime faculty member and former vice president for research and economic development at MSU, he works with senior administrators to develop budgetary recommendations that affect the teaching, research and service mission of the institution. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Cameron University in Oklahoma and a master’s and doctorate from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Shaw previously served as the founding director of the Northern Gulf Institute, a NOAA Cooperative Institute. He also was founding director of the Geosystems Research Institute at MSU, a research and outreach institute focused on spatial technology visualization of complex datasets and computational modeling in agriculture, forestry, water resources, climate, weather and oceanography.
Dr. Shaw is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2017, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program selected him for its prestigious U.S.-France International Education Administrators Program. Dr. Shaw serves on the board, and chairs the budget committee, for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, overseeing $500 million in funding provided by BP in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He was recently appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, one of EPA’s leading advisory boards.
Heidi Stiller is the South Regional Director for NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) Office for Coastal Management (OCM), and she is based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Heidi serves as a focal point for senior level coastal partner interaction at the regional, state, and local levels from North Carolina around to Texas and including the Caribbean. She helps to implement national and regional statutory and other coastal and ocean programs, responds to the needs of users, partners and coastal decision-makers, and delivers technical assistance to meet coastal and ocean challenges. Before joining NOAA, Heidi worked for the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, and spent three years at the Florida Coastal Management Program. Planning that incorporates hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, and natural resource sustainability is a focus of Heidi’s work, including providing data and tools to help communities address and communicate coastal inundation risks. She has experience with post-disaster recovery planning, and recently served as an author on the coastal chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. Stiller received her Masters in Public Policy from Duke University.
James Temte is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and joined Alaska Pacific University in 2018. Temte is currently serving as the Acting Director of APU’s Office of Research and Community Engagement. In addition, he also serves as adjunct faculty in the Institute of Culture and the Environment. His favorite classes to teach include the topics of Modern Indigenous Art, Climate Change, and Co-Production of Knowledge. Over the course of his career, Temte has spent time with Tribes in all regions of the US and most recently Alaska. It has been fascinating for him to learn of the similarities and very unique differences between Indigenous people. This always reminds him to approach with a clear and open mind. Temte have an M.S. in Applied Environmental Science and Technology, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK; and a B.S. in Biology, Fort Lewis College. Temte's interest in the Arctic is with the people of the Arctic and their interactions with the natural world. He has a passion for supporting Indigenous voices, tribal sovereignty, tribal self-determination, and co-production of knowledge, including Indigenous methodologies and Western Science using innovative community engagement methods that include mural art, traditional Indigenous culture, science and media. Temte loves to work with communities on multi-disciplinary teams that inspire a broader understanding. For him, the best part of being involved in community research activities is when the community voices and priorities are not only heard but supported, celebrated and preserved.