Erin burns


Carbon 180

Erin Burns is the Associate Director of Policy at Carbon180, a climate NGO focused on carbon removal. There she works with scientists, entrepreneurs, academics, and policymakers to create and inform federal policy on carbon capture, removal, and use. Previously, she worked in the Senate where she handled energy, environment, labor, and agricultural issues, including staffing for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Public Lands Subcommittee. She also worked at Third Way, a DC-based think tank, managing carbon capture and removal, innovation, and other clean energy policy advocacy. A native of southern West Virginia, throughout her career, she has worked on issues related to coal worker and coal community transitions. She holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Natalie Mahowald


Cornell University

Natalie Mahowald is the Irving Porter Church Professor of Engineering in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a lead author on the recent United Nations’ special report on global warming. Her research group is focused on understanding feedbacks in the earth system that impact climate change. This includes global and regional scale atmospheric transport of biogeochemically important species such as desert dust, as well as the carbon cycle.

Robin Chazdon


University of the Sunshine Coast

Robin Chazdon is a part-time Senior Fellow in the Forests Program at the World Resources Institute, a Research Professor in Ecology at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and the Executive Director of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. She has conducted long-term research on natural regeneration of forests in Costa Rica for over 30 years, and works with collaborators to study forest successional pathways in Brazil, Mexico, and other regions.

Ben Cashore


Yale University

Benjamin Cashore is Professor of Environmental Governance & Political Science At Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is Director of the Governance, Environment and Markets (GEM) Initiative at Yale and is the Joseph C. Fox Faculty Director of the Yale International Fox Fellows Program. His ongoing research efforts are focused on understanding how the interaction of multiple levels of governance, public and private, might evolve, in the global era, to produce durable global environmental governance and sustainability solutions.

Wil Burns


Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy

Wil Burns is the co-Executive Director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy and Professor of Research at American University’s School of International Service as well as senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He also serves as the co-chair of the International Environmental Law section of the American branch of the International Law Association. He has published more than 80 articles and edited four books. His research focuses on climate geoengineering, the European Union’s emissions trading system, and the Paris Agreement.