Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer

Professor of the Economics of Climate Change, TU Berlin-Berlin Institute of Technology

Dr. Edenhofer is Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the TU Berlin - Berlin Institute of Technology and Deputy Director as well as Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He earned his doctorate degree in economics at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany.

He currently leads Research Domain III - Sustainable Solutions - which is focusing on research in the field of the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilisation. In 2012 he was appointed director of the newly founded Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). From 2008 to 2015 he served as Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

His research work is concentrating on strategies to mitigate climate change, questions of growth- and development theory, public finance, questions of distributional effects of climate policy instruments, game theoretic aspects of designing international agreements and last but not least energy economic aspects. He specializes in the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilization, Social Cost-Benefit Analysis, Sustainability Theory, Economic Growth Theory, Environmental Economics, Welfare Theory and General Intertemporal Equilibrium Theory.

Dr. Anthony Annett

Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor at the Earth Institute, Columbia University

Dr. Annett is the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. He received his doctorate degree in economics from Columbia University. He is also a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a papal order of chivalry.

Working closely with Religions for Peace, he leads the Earth Institute’s initiative to strengthen the engagement of the world’s religious communities in the climate change and sustainable development agenda. Trained as an economist, Tony has a keen interest in Catholic social teaching and in the intersection of ethics and economics more broadly.

Dr. Robert J. Brecha

Research Director - Hanley Sustainability Institute and Professor of Physics, University of Dayton

Dr. Brecha is a professor of Physics and the research director for the Hanley Sustainability Institute at the University of Dayton. He received his doctorate degree in Physica from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Brecha teaches in the Renewable and Clean Energy Graduate Program and coordinates the Sustainability, Energy and Environment (SEE) Minor and other SEE initiatives. Since 2006 he has been working periodically as a visiting scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

His most recent research includes energy and environmental issues. A particular interest lies in tying together climate, economic and energy system models and thinking about the consequences of coming fossil-fuel depletion challenges.

Dr. Daniel Castillo

Assistant Professor of Theology, Loyola University Maryland

Dr. Castillo’s expertise lies at the nexus of liberation theology and ecological theology. His work has been published in the journals Political Theology and Koinonia. While completing his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame, Dan was the recipient of a GLOBES (Global Linkages of Biology, Environment, and Society) Fellowship, funded by the National Science Foundation. He teaches courses in liberation theology and environmental ethics at Loyola University Maryland, where he is an assistant professor of theology and a Bunting Peace and Justice Fellow.

He is currently working on a book entitled, An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Salvation and Political Ecology.

Dr. Douglas E. Christie

Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Christie is a professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He earned his doctorate degree in Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union. He is the author of The Word in the Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Early Christian Monasticism (Oxford) and The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Note for a Contemplative Ecology (Oxford).

He serves as an editor for the journal Spiritus and is the co-director of the Casa de la Mateada Program in Córdoba, Argentina.

Dr. Maria Teresa Dávila

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Andover Newton Theological School

Dr. Dávila is an associate professor of Christian Ethics at Andover Newton Theological School. She received her doctorate at Boston College with a dissertation titled A Liberation Ethic for the One Third World: The Preferential Option for the Poor and Challenges to Middle-Class Christianity in the United States.

She has published articles and contributions on immigration, the use of force and just war theory, the theology of creation of Paul Tillich, Latina/o Theology, Christianity and U.S. civil society, and the role of the social sciences in Christian ethics.

Her main interests are the intersections of class identity formation and Christian ethics in the U.S. context. She is currently undertaking a study of leaders of communities of faith, peace and justice practitioners, and others to examine the relationship between different understandings of discipleship and activism-public witness-faith in action.

Daniel DiLeo

Project Manager of Catholic Climate Covenant

Daniel R. DiLeo is a Ph.D. candidate in theological ethics at Boston College. He is also Project Manager of Catholic Climate Covenant.

Dr. Elizabeth Groppe

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Xavier University

Dr. Groppe is an associate professor of Religious Studies at Xavier University. Her area of expertise is Roman Catholic systematic theology. Her recent publications include “Seed that Falls on Fertile Ground (Mt 13:1−9): Catholic Higher Education and the Renewal of Agrarianism" published in the journal Horizons and "Forging New Paths of Shalom: Cardinal Kasper’s Contributions to Catholic-Jewish Relations" published in the anthology Speaking Truth in Love: The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper, edited by Kristin M. Colberg and Robert A. Krieg.

She serves on the Climate Change Task Force of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and her work in progress includes a book that will be a theological response to the ecological crisis.

Dr. Leanne M. Jablonski, F.M.I.

Hanley Sustainability Institute (HSI Scholar-in-Residence for Faith and Environment and Marianist Sister, University of Dayton

Sr. Jablonski is a Hanley Sustainability Institute Scholar-in- Residence for Faith and Environment and Marianist Sister at the University of Dayton. She received her doctorate degree from McGill University.

She directs the Marianist Environmental Education Center which specializes in restoring communities of land and people and focuses on ecological restoration through research and service-learning, bridging the faith and science communities, and environmental justice. She also coordinates the Ohio Interfaith Climate & Energy Campaign of the Ohio Council of Churches and the Environmental Justice working group of the Ecological Society of America.

Her research interests are the global climate change/global warming impacts on ecosystems, plant responses to the environment, ecological restoration of habitats, environmental justice and ecology education.

Dr. Erin Lothes

Assistant Professor of Theology, College of Saint Elizabeth

Dr. Lothes is an assistant professor of Theology at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ. She earned her doctorate degree in systematic Theology from Fordham University.

As an advocate for an interdisciplinary energy ethic, she recently convened a task force examining the ethics of the carbon, transitional, and renewable energy economies, within the Catholic Theological Society of America. Dr. Lothes has participated in the activism and scholarship of the interfaith environmental movement since 2003 through collaborations with interfaith groups such as Green Faith, the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, and the Catholic Climate Covenant.

Her research with the Center for the Study of Science and Religion was directed toward a forthcoming book analyzing the motivations driving environmental advocacy in diverse American congregations, Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action (Orbis 2016). She is also author of The Paradox of Christian Sacrifice: The Loss of Self, the Gift of Self (Herder and Herder, 2007).

Dr. Vincent J. Miller

Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, University of Dayton

Dr. Miller was appointed as the first Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture in 2009. He came to the University of Dayton from Georgetown University where he was an associate professor of theology. He served as a distinguished visiting professor at U.D. in spring 2008. He is the author of Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture (New York: Continuum, 2003) and is currently working on a book about how globalization is affecting religious belief and communities.
Dr. Sandra Yocum

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Dayton

Dr. Yocum is an associate professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. Her area of expertise is Historical Theology. She attended Marquette University where she completed her doctorate in Theology with a research specialization in the theological dimensions of U.S. Catholic life and thought in the nineteenth and twentieth century.

She has served on the boards of the American Historical Association and the College Theology Society and has been the Director of Graduate Studies in Religious Studies and the chair of the Department of Religious Studies. She is currently a member of the board of the American Society of Church History and the Director for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Dayton.

Her recent research interests include a history of the first fifty years of the College Theology Society and a history of the U.S. Catholic women’s entrance into the formal study of theology in the twentieth century currently titled A Strange Impulse: Roman Catholic Women Enter the Court of the Queen of Science.


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