Social Justice and Entomology: Climate Change

Thursday, February 10, 2022

1-2 PM Eastern Time


Panelist: Charles Ben Beard 

Charles Benjamin (Ben) Beard is the Deputy Director of CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. He also serves as co-chair of CDC’s Climate and Health Taskforce and is CDC’s representative to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. He has served outside of CDC on numerous working groups and advisory panels for the World Health Organization, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and the American Meteorological Society. He served as an editor and lead author for the USGCRP Climate Change and Human Health Group 2016 report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, and he is an author currently on the Human Health Chapter of the USGCRP Fifth National Climate Assessment. He is an Associate Editor for Emerging Infectious Diseases and past president of the Society for Vector Ecology. During his tenure at CDC, his work has focused on the ecology, prevention and control of vector-borne zoonotic diseases, both in domestic and global arenas, and he has published over 140 scientific papers, books, and book chapters collectively.

Panelist: Emily Meineke

Dr. Emily Meineke earned her doctoral degree at North Carolina State University in the Department of Entomology as an EPA STAR Fellow where she pioneered research characterizing the effects of urban heat islands on insect herbivores. As a is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University Herbaria, she studied how urbanization and climate change have affected plant-insect relationships worldwide over the past 100+ years. Emily joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Urban Landscape Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at University of California, Davis in 2020. Her laboratory leverages natural history collections, citywide experiments, and observations to characterize effects of recent anthropogenic change on plant-insect herbivore interactions.