The New Mexico State University Climate Change Education Seminar Series, or NMSUCCESS for short is an interdisciplinary series bringing a range of experts to New Mexico State University and venues in Las Cruces to promote informed discussion of the causes and consequences of climate change.

Fall 2021

Wednesday October 20, 2021 Time 7pm

Jennifer Atkinson

Climate Anxiety, Grief and Hope: Moving from Angst to Action

Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Atkinson

Organizers: NMSUCCESS

Contact: ajenks@nmsu.edu


As our climate crisis deepens, feelings of anxiety, grief, and hopelessness are on the rise. Staying engaged in climate solutions over the long term requires us to avoid emotional burnout; yet when bombarded with so much bad news – mass extinction, dying oceans, displaced communities and burning forests – this is easier said than done. This talk explores the mental health dimensions of climate disruption among students, scientists, activists, and frontline communities, and shares practical strategies for building the emotional resilience to channel despair into meaningful action.

Wednesday November 17, 2021 7pm

Karletta Chief

Unique Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S

Speakers: Dr. Karletta Chief

Organizers: NMSUCCESS

Contact: ajenks@nmsu.edu


This presentation provides an overview of climate change impacts on tribal water resources and the subsequent cascading effects on livelihoods and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives living on tribal lands in the U.S. It first presents a hazards and vulnerability framework for understanding these impacts. Next the presentation will provides context on the framework components including climate, hydrologic, and ecosystem changes (i.e. hazards) and tribe-specific vulnerability factors (socioeconomic, political, infrastructural, environmental, spiritual and cultural), which when combined with hazards lead to impacts. The presentation will finish with regional summaries of impacts around the U.S. Although each tribal community experiences their own impacts because of their individual history, culture, and geographic setting, many of the observed impacts are categorized as impacts on – 1) water supply and management (including water sources and infrastructure), 2) aquatic species important for culture and subsistence, 3) ranching and agriculture particularly from climate extremes (e.g. droughts, floods), 4) tribal sovereignty and rights associated with water resources, fishing, hunting, and gathering, and 5) soil quality (e.g. coastal and, in Alaska, riverine erosion, degradation) prompting tribal relocation.

2021 – 2022 Series

Pacific Islander Climate Change Poetry

Dr. Craig Santos Perez


2020 – 2021 Series

The Promise of Regenerative Agriculture

Biomimicry a New Approach to Agriculture Science

Ray Archuleta

Regenerating the Diversity of Life in Soils – Hope for: Farming, Ranching, Nutrition, Environment, Health and Climate!

David Johnson

Discussion with Dr. Gregory Cajete on Indigenous Perspectives in Science

Dr. Gregory Cajete

Wednesday March 24th 7pm

A Conservation on Waste Reduction – In Celebration of America Recycles Day

Mary Canavan

Jesse Van Maanen

Peter Ibarbo

Thursday November 12st 10am

Knowledge to Outcomes in Global Biodiversity Conservation

Dr. Leah Gerber

Wednesday October 21st 7pm

New Mexico At The Precipice: A conversation with Laura Paskus

Laura Paskus

Wednesday September 30th 7pm

2019 – 2020 Series

On the Competing Risks and Benefits of Geologic CO2 Sequestration

Dr. Brian McPherson

Wednesday March 4, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Recording Part 1
Recording Part 2

Climate Security: Threats and Responses at Home and Abroad

Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret)

Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP)

Wednesday February 12, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Redesigning Desert Agriculture for Climate Change: Biomimicry, Nurse Plant Ecology & Succulent Plants

Dr. Gary Nabhan

University of Arizona

Wednesday January 29, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Multi-species Justice in the Age of Biological Annihilation & Climate Breakdown

Subhankar Banerjee

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:00 – 8:30 pm

The Human Dimension of Disaster Preparedness, Vulnerability, and Resiliency: The Role of the Colleges and Universities

Dr. Jorge Vanegas

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7:00 – 8:30 pm

New Mexico at the Crossroads: How the State, It’s Biggest City, and NMSU are Addressing Climate Change

Chancellor Arvizu – Chancellor of NMSU

Sarah Cottrell Propst – Secretary of the State Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

Kelsey Rader – Sustainability Officer of Albuquerque

Wednesday October 2, 2019 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Chihuahuan Desert Landscapes in the Uncertain Future

Debra Peters (Lead Research Scientist at Jornada Experimental Range)

Thursday September 12, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm

2018-2019 Series

Climate Change, Wildfire, and Megadrought in the Western United States

A. Park Williams

April 3, 2019

Drought, water security, and ecosystem disruption – the SW climate challenge

Jonathan Overpeck

March 6, 2019

Extreme Conservation on a Glacier-less Planet

Joel Berger

February 20, 2019

Barriers to Public Acceptance of Climate Science, Impacts and Solutions

Katharine Hayhoe

February 6, 2019

Environmental Markets: From Sulfur to Carbon to Water and Beyond?

Michael Walsh

November 28, 2018

The 3 S’s of Climate Change: Simple, Serious, and Solvable

Scott Denning

November 7, 2018

Deep Time Insight into Earth’s Future

Isabel Montanez

October 3, 2018

On the Front Lines of Urban Warming

David Hondula

September 19, 2018

A Look ahead for the Southwest: Hotter and More Arid

Gregg Garfin

April 25, 2018

Why are We Concerned about Changing Climate

Dave Dubois

April 17, 2018