Media Briefings

Climate change impacts on U.S. agriculture

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Monday, May 23rd, at 2 p.m. ET

U.S. agriculture is under stress because of climate change. Farmers are facing drought, rangeland wildfires, and shifting distributions of pests and diseases that are impacting crops and livestock, while fisheries are being affected by warming waters. At SciLine’s next media briefing, a panel of scientists will describe how climate change is affecting crop, livestock, and fishery operations in different regions of the country. They will also discuss new approaches to help farmers predict and adapt to future change. Three experts will make brief presentations and then take reporter questions on the record.


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Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig

Senior research scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies & Columbia University Earth Institute’s Center for Climate Systems Research

Dr. Rosenzweig is a senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the co-located Columbia University Earth Institute’s Center for Climate Systems Research. Dr. Rosenzweig’s specific area of expertise is climate change and food systems. At NASA GISS, she heads the Climate Impacts Group, whose mission is to investigate the interactions of climate (both variability and change) on systems and sectors important to human well-being. In 2019, Dr. Rosenzweig was coordinating lead author of the food security chapter for the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land. In May 2022, Dr. Rosenzweig was announced as the World Food Prize Laureate.

Dr. Mario Herrero

Professor of sustainable food systems and global change, Cornell University

Dr. Herrero is a professor of sustainable food systems and global change in the Department of Global Development, a Cornell Atkinson Scholar, and a Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences at Cornell University. His research focuses on increasing the sustainability of food systems for the benefit of humans and ecosystems. He works in the areas of sustainable intensification of agriculture, climate mitigation and adaptation, livestock systems, and healthy and sustainable diets. Dr. Herrero is a regular contributor to important global initiatives at the heart of the sustainability of global food systems, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Lancet Commission on Obesity and the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems.

Dr. Abigail “Abby” Lynch

Research fish biologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. Lynch is a research fish biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Adaptation Science Center. She conducts science and science syntheses on the impacts of global change to inland fishes at local, national, and global scales. Her work aims to inform conservation and sustainable use and to help fishers, managers, and other practitioners adapt to change. She is the coordinator for the international ‘InFish’ research network, associate editor for fisheries management and ecology, and an adjunct/affiliate faculty member at Michigan State University, New Mexico State University, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, and University of Missouri.