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October 29–31, 2018 | Columbia, SC

Speakers at the 2018 Conference


Plenary Speakers

Ben Cohen
Quantified Ventures
As part of Quantified Ventures' environmental team, Cohen leads resilient infrastructure investments in urban green infrastructure to manage stormwater, coastal wetland restoration to reduce risks from storm surge and sea level rise, and economic resilience to provide green employment opportunities in distressed cities. His passion for creating financing solutions to resilience and adaptation needs is driven by firsthand experiences working in communities around the world impacted by climate change. He studied sea ice melt in Arctic Norway, and, as a Fulbright Scholar, researched glacial flooding hazards in the Himalayas of Nepal. He has also brought solar power and other resources to Namibian villages afflicted by drought and developed a program to protect against climate-induced flooding in northern Pakistan as part of UNDP's climate adaptation team. He previously worked with Encourage Capital developing green infrastructure investments and created sustainable investment portfolios through independent projects and research during his dual MBA and Master of Environmental Management program at Yale University. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in biology from Williams College.

Robert Hartwig
Risk and Uncertainty Management Center, University of South Carolina
Robert Hartwig is co-director of the Risk and Uncertainty Management Center and a clinical associate professor of finance at the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business. His research focuses on insurance markets and structures, risk management, risk-bearing capital market instruments, the financing of technology risks and venture capital in insurance markets. He makes frequent presentations to insurance industry management, boards of directors, regulators and legislators. Prior to joining the Darla Moore School of Business, he was president and economist for the Insurance Information Institute in New York and in prior positions worked for Swiss Re, the National Council on Compensation Insurance and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. His professional experience includes expert witness testimony and testimony before numerous congressional and state legislative committees. He holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) credential and speaks frequently in the media on all issues related to insurance markets.

Linda Joyner
Town of Princeville, NC
Linda Joyner is a native of Edgecombe County, NC. She has been employed as a Youth Case Manager with OIC, Inc. for the past eleven years. She is passionate about working with youth, to help them learn and grow to become productive citizens in the community. Joyner has been a community activist leader for many years, utilizing her gifts of planning and organizing events for the betterment of her community. Joyner was elected to the office of Commissioner for the Town of Princeville in November 2015 and voted Mayor Pro-Tem by the Board in January 2016. She has been instrumental in Hurricane Matthew relief efforts. She has built an outstanding rapport with the constituents in her ward as well as serving the 2200 citizens of Princeville. She has also earned the respect of many legislative and government officials in North Carolina. Joyner’s mode of operation stems from her favorite quote by George Washington Carver, “Start where you are with what you have. Make something of it; never be satisfied.”

Maria Cox Lamm
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Flood Mitigation Program
Maria Cox Lamm is a Certified Floodplain Manager and serves as the State Coordinator of the Flood Mitigation Program in the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Land, Water and Conservation Division. She is responsible for the administration, coordination, and direction of all aspects of the South Carolina Flood Mitigation Program. She has been with the agency since July, 2004 and was previously the Associate Engineer in the SC Flood Mitigation Program. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of floodplain management. Maria graduated from North Carolina State University in 1998, and prior to working with the Flood Mitigation Program in South Carolina, she was employed by Wake County (North Carolina) Environmental Services in the Erosion, Flood and Stormwater Section. Maria also serves as the Chair of the Association of State Flood Plain Managers.

Joe Riley
The Citadel and College of Charleston
Joe Riley served ten terms as Mayor of the City of Charleston from 1975 to 2016. He led a city government with an impressive record of innovation in public safety, housing, arts and culture, children’s issues, and economic revitalization and development. Riley graduated from The Citadel in 1964 and the University of South Carolina Law School in 1967, and served in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1968 to 1974. Riley has held numerous national leadership positions and received many awards and distinctions. Today, Riley is professor of American Government and Public Policy at The Citadel and Executive in Residence at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Pew Charitable Trusts, working on smart solutions for flood-prone communities and the national government, and the first Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Urban Land Institute. Riley is also currently working to build the International African American Museum, which is set to open in downtown Charleston in 2020.

Josh Sawislak
Josh Sawislak is an internationally recognized expert on climate and disaster resilience and sustainable development. He advises governments, corporations, international organizations, and NGOs on policy, implementation, and financial issues around building sustainable and resilient infrastructure in both the developed and developing world. His expertise includes the emerging efforts around assessing and pricing climate and disaster risk in financial portfolios and corporate facility assets as well as business continuity planning and disaster risk reduction. Sawislak served in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama as the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He also served as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and led the development of the infrastructure recommendations for President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. After leaving the White House in 2015, Sawislak served as the global director of resilience for the infrastructure services firm AECOM.

Clint Shealy
City of Columbia, SC
Clint Shealy is a licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. He has worked in the water and wastewater field, in regulatory, consulting and municipal roles, for over 26 years and currently serves as the Assistant City Manager over Columbia Water for the City of Columbia. Shealy previously served as Chair of the Capital District of the Water Environment Association and Chair of the South Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association. He is also a past recipient of the George Warren Fuller and Herman F. Wiedeman Awards.

Tim Trautman
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services
Tim Trautman is the Engineering & Mitigation Program Manager for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services in North Carolina. He is actively involved in national flood policy issues with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). Trautman oversees a $10M annual program that includes water quality and flood mitigation capital improvement projects, local mitigation planning, flood warning, and floodplain map maintenance. He has a BS and ME degree in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.



Addu, Donald. Community Communication on Climate Change. Abstract.

Altman, Ekaterina. Preparing South Carolina for Drought: Lessons Learned from the State's First Drought and Water Shortage Tabletop Exercise. Abstract.   Presentation.


Barber, Pamela. What Role Can Lands Trusts Play in Climate Adaptation Planning? AbstractPresentation.

Bertrand, Darrian. Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Decision Support Tool. AbstractPresentation.

Brown, Joy. North Coast Resilience — Nature Based Flood Projects in Horry and Georgetown Counties. AbstractPresentation.

Brown, Joy. Water, Water Everywhere: How Nature Can Help...through Living Shorelines. Abstract. Presentation.

Bundrick, Lee. Deliberative Decision Making on Issues in a Changing Climate. AbstractPresentation.


Campbell, Bruce. Simulations of Potential Future Effects of Changing Climate and Land Use on the Groundwater Resources of the South Carolina Atlantic Coastal Plain. Abstract.

Carbone, Greg. Reflections on Future Heavy Precipitation. Abstract.   Presentation.

Carnevale, Chris. Clean Resilience: Distributed Energy Systems Address Cause and Effects of Global Warming. Session Abstract.

Clark, Jordan. Comparing the Relationships between Heat Stress Indices and Mortality in North Carolina. Abstract. Presentation.

Conley, Mary. Water, Water Everywhere: How Nature Can Help...through Regional Resilience. Abstract.   Presentation.

Covi, Michelle. Engaging Residents in Resilience Planning Using the ASERT Framework. AbstractPresentation.

Cupini, Calvin. AirKeepers: Citizen Science and the Internet of Things. Abstract.   Presentation.


Davis, Corey. Frankenstorm: Florence and its Flood-Producing Forerunners. Abstract.   Presentation.

Davis, Corey. Increasing Capacity for Fire Weather Monitoring across the Southeast US. AbstractPresentation.

Davis, Eleanor. What’s Salt Got To Do With It? Lessons from Current Coastal Agricultural Adaptation in Hyde County, NC. AbstractPresentation.

Dissen, Jenny. Key Findings from the U.S.–India Partnership for Climate Resilience Workshop on Development and Application of High Resolution Climate Modeling. AbstractPresentation.

Dissen, Jenny. NCEI Customer Engagement Initiatives to Guide Opportunities in Innovation. AbstractPresentation.

Dobson, Greg. A Coastal Resilience Assessment for the United States. AbstractPresentation.

Dobson, Greg. The NEMAC-FernLeaf Collaborative: Creating Climate Solutions Through a Public-Private Partnership. AbstractPresentation.

Dow, Kirstin. Engaging with Charleston Communities about Flood Risks and Impacts. AbstractPresentation.

Downs, Kristen. Investigating the Relationship between Weather and Acute Gastrointestinal (AGI) Illnesses in North Carolina. Abstract.

Durham, Brian. Mapping Smart Land Decisions with geothinQ. Abstract.


Eck, Montana. Extreme Precipitation and Flooding in the Southern Appalachian Mountains: Implications of Subtropical Storm Alberto. Abstract.   Poster.

Eddy, Lora. Water, Water Everywhere: How Nature Can Help...through the Community Rating System. Abstract.   Presentation.

English, Elizabeth. An Innovative Climate Change Adaptation Solution for Freedman's Cottages in Charleston, SC. Abstract.


Fly, Liz. Water, Water Everywhere: How Nature Can Help. AbstractPresentation.

Fox, Jim. Building Resilience to Flooding: A Complex — but Achievable — Challenge. AbstractPresentation.

Frank, Jessica. Digging Deeper: Integrating Multi-Disciplinary Expert Knowledge into Resilient System Decision-Making. AbstractPresentation.

Freid, Tobin. Creating a Triangle Regional Resilience Partnership. Abstract.   Presentation.


Gagné, Shawn. Regional Sustainability Markets. AbstractPresentation.


Hall, Nina and Carolina Dougherty. The Climate Resilience Communications Cookbook: Creating Communication Strategies That Lead to Action. AbstractPresentation.

Helgeson, Jennifer. Resilience and Recovery: A Case Study of the 2016 Lumberton, NC Flood. Session Abstract.

Horner, Robert. Using Hydraulic Models to Plan for Flood Prevention in Charleston, SC. AbstractPresentation.

Huang, Alex. Implications of Climate Change in North and South Carolina in 1950–2016. AbstractPoster.

Hutchins, Matt. How Assessments Can Inform — and Empower — Community Resilience. AbstractPresentation.


Jacobson, Rachel. Visioning Resilience: What Successful Resilience Looks Like in Practice. Abstract.

Jeffrey, Lisa. Regional Collaboration for Resiliency Planning, Sustaining Scioto Phase 2. AbstractPresentation.

Johnson, Ian. Identifying Community Exposure to Flood Hazards along the Carolina Coast. Abstract.   Poster.

Johnson, Ian. Roads, Access, and Emergency Response: How Assessment Products Can Inform Emergency Managers. Abstract.   Poster.

Jones, Matthew. When and How to Modify Stormwater Design Standards for Climate Resiliency. AbstractPresentation.

Jones, Shana and Scott Pippin. Road to Nowhere: Legal Issues for Local Government Infrastructure Affected by Sea Level Rise. Abstract.   Presentation.

Judson, Tim. Preparing for Resilience: Working with Faith Communities to Advance Adaptation, Recovery, and Resilience. Abstract.   Presentation.


Kempski, Caitlin. Climate Change Education: What We Have Learned and Where We Should Go from Here? Abstract.

Kenne, Gabriel. The Carbon Sequestration Potential of Regenerative Farming Practices in South Carolina. Abstract.

Knapp, Landon. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) Tool. AbstractPresentation.

Koester, Merrie. Step Up, Get Ready, Respond! Taking Flood Resilience to School. AbstractPresentation.

Konrad, Chip. The Southeast US Drought of 2016 and Public Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke. Abstract.   Presentation.

Konrad, Chip. Trends in the Character of Hurricanes and their Impact on Heavy Rainfall across the Carolinas. Abstract.   Presentation.


Lackstrom, Kirsten. When the Well Runs Dry: Coping with Drought in the Carolinas. Session Abstract.

Lea, Suzanne. Recovery and Resilience from Hurricane-Induced Flooding in Eastern North Carolina: Perspectives from Community Leaders. AbstractPresentation.

Lewers, Ra'Kenya. South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light. Abstract.   Presentation.

Lewis-Gruss, Sharai. FloodIQ: Raising Awareness around Flooding through Free Online Tools and Resources. Abstract.   Presentation.

Lussier, Bridget. Coastal Habitat Restoration and Conservation Projects to Build Resilience. AbstractPresentation.


Mack, Chris. Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation. Abstract.

Marsh-Robinson, Marilynn. The Environmental Defense Fund's Approach to Resilience. Abstract.   Presentation.

Martin, Amanda. Southeast Disaster Recovery Partnership Interactive Session: Recovery, Resilience, and Private Sector Partnerships. AbstractPresentation.

McCauley, Stephanie. Multisolving Resiliency: Case Studies Prioritizing Climate, Equity, and Collaborative Benefits. AbstractPresentation.

Michelson, Dave. Paper or Plastic? The Psychology of Paper vs. Digital Presentations for Resilience Information. AbstractPresentation.

Mizzell, Hope. Demonstration of The New Website. Abstract.   Presentation.

Moore, Patrick. Section 404 of the Clean Water Act as a Climate Resilience Tool. AbstractPresentation.


Nipper, Joel. Intensifying Storm Dynamics: Implications for Surface Water Quality Management and the Value of Long Term Gage Records. AbstractPresentation.

Norris, Tyler. Unlocking the Solar+Storage Industry in the Carolinas. Abstract.   Presentation.


Pabon, Jaime. Resiliency in Puerto Rico: Before, During, and After Hurricane Maria. Abstract   Presentation.

Patel, Aashka. Investigating Dependability of Water Supply in a Changing Climate: Lessons from a Collaborative Case Study. AbstractPresentation.

Peedin, Michelle. An Introduction to North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light. Abstract.   Presentation.

Pellett, Alex. Trends in Water Use in the Face of Climate Uncertainty. AbstractPresentation.

Plunket, Jennifer. A New Method to Assess the Vulnerability of Habitats to Climate Changes. AbstractPresentation.

Prat, Olivier. Toward Earlier Drought Detection Using Remotely Sensed Precipitation Data and Applications to the Carolinas. AbstractPoster.


Queen Quet. Disya We Way: Gullah/Geechee Coastal Collaboration for Resilience and Adaptation. Session Abstract.


Regan, Seann and Chloe Fleming. Integrating Vulnerability and Risk to Inform Climate Adaptation Action: An Applied Framework. AbstractPoster.

Rennie, Jared. Climate in Your Neck of the Woods: A Real-Time, Interactive Product to Assess Historical and Current Trends in Temperature and Precipitation. Abstract

Robinson, Megan. Data-Driven Climate Innovation. Session Abstract.

Rogers, Karin. Applying the Steps to Resilience: Success at Multiple Scales. AbstractPresentation.


Salvesen, David. Floodplain Buyouts: A Smart Investment for Local Governments? AbstractPresentation.

Sanders, Andrew. Climate Change and Trout on the Qualla Boundary. AbstractPresentation.

Sauer, Catie. Residents' Receptivity to Sea Level Rise on Tybee Island. AbstractPresentation.

Schmid, Keil. Maintaining Military Missions: A Coordinated Approach to Sea Level Rise Infrastructure Impacts. AbstractPresentation.

Schnabel, Matt. Teaching Climate Change in the Southeast to High School Students. AbstractPresentation.

Shannon, Andrew. Utilizing Extreme Precipitation Estimates from NASA and NOAA Earth Observations to Enhance Understanding of Extreme Events in the Carolinas. AbstractPoster.

Shelley, David. How Are We Communicating about the Complexities of Climate Change? Abstract.

Shuford, Scott. Forming, Storming & Norming: Three Stages of Collaborative, Integrated Resilience Planning. AbstractPresentation.

Sprouse, Gregory. The "Forming" Stage of Collaborative, Integrated, Regional Resilience Planning. Abstract.   Presentation.

Stevens, Hilary. Guiding Resilience Planning through Flood Risk Mapping. AbstractPresentation.

Stiles, Skip. Building the "Last Mile" between Data Sources and Decision Makers. AbstractPresentation.

Sugg, Maggie. Personal Occupational Temperature Exposure in Thermal Extremes: A Case Study of Grounds Workers in Boone, NC and Raleigh, NC. AbstractPresentation.


Thornbrugh, Casey. Support Climate Adaptation with American Indian Tribal Nations in the East and Southeast. AbstractPresentation.

Tuttle, Susannah. Creating a Carolinas Faith Leaders Network towards an Adaptive and Resilient Future. Session Abstract.

Tuttle, Susannah. Geopolitical Mapping a Comprehensive Electricity System for North Carolina Communities. AbstractPoster.


Vila, Olivia. Climate Justice in Cyberspace: Can the Internet Amplify and Connect Marginalized Voices? AbstractPresentation.

von Kolnitz, Christine. From Tides to Ice, Operating 24-7. AbstractPresentation.


Ward, Ashley. Health Vulnerabilities to Climate Extremes. Session Abstract.

Ward, Ashley. Hot as Blue Blazes: The Impacts of Heat on Preterm Labor. Abstract.   Presentation.

Ward, Ashley. Resilience in the Face of Climate Change: Native American Communities Coping When Earth Becomes Non-Native. Session Abstract.

Ward, Ashley. Too Hot to Handle: Heat and Human Health. Session Abstract.

Warnell, Katie. Current and Future Supply and Demand of Ecosystem Services in the Carolinas. AbstractPresentation.

Watson, Sarah. Working Together to Create Effective Resilience and Adaptation Networks. Session Abstract.

Watson, Sarah. Turning Plans into Action: Lessons from Coastal Communities. Session Abstract.

Werth, David. Climate Change Preparation at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. AbstractPoster.

White, Holly and Jessica Whitehead. From Planning to Action: Mainstreaming Adaptation Strategies in Nags Head, NC. AbstractPresentation.

Whitehead, Jessica. Supporting Climate Action through Assessments: Creating a U.S. Sustained Assessment Infrastructure. Abstract.

Wiener, Sarah. Climate-Smart Workforce: USDA Field Staff’s Readiness to Support Climate Adaptation. AbstractPresentation.

Wilbert, Mark and Robert Osborne. Building a World of Difference: Flooding and Sea Level Rise Strategy Abstract.   Presentation.

Willis, Rachel. Water over the Bridge: Innovation, Technology and Partnerships for Port Community Resilience. AbstractPresentation.

Wilson, Matthew. A Spatial Evaluation of Nursing Home Vulnerability in the Southeastern United States. AbstractPresentation.

Woodul, Rachel. Assessing Mortality from Extreme Events: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for the Future. Abstract.   Presentation.