Climate change is inherently interdisciplinary. Connect and collaborate with climate experts from across the UBC community to deliver climate change and climate justice-related content in your undergraduate courses.

How to Connect

Follow the steps below to have a climate expert deliver a 50 or 80 minute guest lecture in your undergraduate course.


Step 1: Fill out a brief (5-minute) survey to identify your topic(s) of interest and teaching schedule. Although optional, you can indicate any preferences from the climate experts listed below.


Step 2: We'll use the survey to pair you with one or more climate experts. We will send you their expanded profiles for you to review and select a top choice.

Step 3: We will contact the climate expert you selected to confirm their interest and availability. If the climate expert is able to accommodate your request (they will respond within 48 hours), we will send an email to connect you both. You will be asked to provide a course syllabus and to co-identify one or more learning outcomes with the expert. We ask that you email them at least two weeks prior to the lecture date (for a single lecture) and at least three weeks prior for a request to co-teach lecture(s) with the climate expert.

Step 4: After the climate expert has delivered their lecture, we'll send you a brief evaluation of their presentation and the program.


Browse Climate Experts

Climate Adaptation and Resilience

Jose Arias-Bustamante

Jose Arias-Bustamante

Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry
Climate Science; Climate Justice; Climate Law, Planning, and Policy; Climate and People; Climate Adaptation and Resilience

I have been invited to deliver several guest lectures in the Faculty of Forestry (9), the Department of Geography (2) and the Department of Sociology (1). I have also developed and delivered several NVivo workshops at multiple UBC Departments (3 in Sociology, 2 in Education, 3 in Social Work, 3 in Forestry, 1 in Sauder Business School, 1 in iSchool) and off-campus Research Units (Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, BC Children's Hospital).

Farrukh Chishtie

Farrukh Chishtie (He/Him/His)

Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
Climate Science; Climate Adaptation and Resilience

My approach in teaching is interactive and engaging. I am a founding member of the Space Science Department at the Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad where as an atmospheric scientist I have developed and taught courses in environmental and atmospheric science, meteorology and remote sensing. I can also share my own experience and ongoing work in climate change related disasters such as floods and droughts in Asia.

Yuhao Lu

Yuhao Lu (He/Him/His)

School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Applied Science
Climate Science; Climate Law, Planning, and Policy; Climate and People; Climate Adaptation and Resilience

I have taught 200 to 400 level undergraduate courses at SFU and UBC since 2018 as a sessional lecturer. I am currently mentoring 3 master's students at UBC. I have also developed exercises in and outside classrooms to allow students to apply skills and theories in real-world scenarios. I have maintained active communications with students and teaching assistants and have utilized and developed a series of multi-media teaching tools for remote learning.

Climate and People

Sara Cannon

Sara Cannon (She/Her/Hers)

Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the Department of Geography, Faculty of Science and Arts
Climate Science; Climate Justice; Climate Law, Planning, and Policy; Climate and People; Climate Adaptation and Resilience; Other

I have taught the first-year science course, SCIE113, for two semesters, and was thrilled to receive teaching evaluations that placed me in the top 10% of all instructors in the Faculty of Science. I have also worked as a teaching assistant at UBC off and on since 2015 and have supported instructors in both physical science courses and human geography courses, which has given me a wide breadth of experience and perspectives.

Promit Ananyo Chakraborty

Promit Ananyo Chakraborty (He/Him/His)

School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
Climate Justice; Climate Economics; Climate and People; Other

My primary interest is in the intersection between climate change and human health. Particularly, I am interested in exploring how environmental factors affect overall human health with an emphasis on mental health. I was born and raised in Bangladesh – a country that is severely impacted by climate change – and worked in a mental healthcare institute. These allow me to bring to the class my lived-experience of tales and facts from the other unheard side of the globe.

Nigel Deans

Nigel Deans (He/Him/His)

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Faculty of Science 
Climate Science; Climate Justice; Climate and People; Complex Systems Thinking; Climate Adaptation and Resilience; Other

For the past 2.5 years, I have worked for Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC as Research Coordinator for SSHRC and NRCAN funded research conducted by the Resilience by Design lab and the Adaptation Learning Network. In this capacity, I have facilitated interactive workshops on climate change and climate action with over 100 youth age 15 to 24 and presented our research to government, academic, and public audiences.

Andrea Hoff

Andrea Hoff (She/Her/Hers)

Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education
Climate and People; Climate Adaptation and Resilience

I have taught and designed the curriculum for Rhetoric in New Media at Quest University, as well as guest lectured in Graphic Forms at UBC in the Department of Creative Writing. In the Winter Term, I will be teaching "Teaching Literature" in the School of Education and will continue my work (remotely) as a guest lecturer in Climate Comics with the Vancouver School Board. I employ participatory methods, creative practice, and foster a safe environment open to artistic exploration and discussion.

Aubree McAtee

Aubree McAtee (She/Her/Hers)

Educational Studies, Faculty of Education
Climate Justice; Climate Economics; Climate Law, Planning, and Policy; Climate and People; Complex Systems Thinking; Climate Adaptation and Resilience

I’m interested in interconnections between human health and planetary health. As a MEd student in the Education for Sustainability program, I bridge experiences from the classroom to the community and beyond. Over the past 10 years, I consider land as pedagogy, immersion and experiential opportunities, and behaviour change management tools to guide my teaching. I’m currently teaching/consulting at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (UBC Farm) and as a consultant for health care authorities.

Climate Economics

Sadia Ishaq

Sadia Ishaq

Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Climate Science; Climate Justice; Climate Economics; Climate Law, Planning, and Policy; Climate and People; Complex Systems Thinking; Climate Adaptation and Resilience; Other

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for four courses and facilitated discussion groups, graded students’ assignments, recorded progress and attended course meetings. My approach to conducting tutorials is based on being interactive, connecting assignment questions to lecture material and past knowledge, sharing relevant examples, listening carefully, and encouraging group discussion.

Climate Justice

Jenalee Klutz

Jenalee Klutz (She/Her/Hers)

Educational Studies, Faculty of Education
Climate Justice; Climate and People

My teaching interests include climate and environmental justice; social movements; decolonizing understandings of climate justice and sustainability; climate change and mental health; and education for sustainability more broadly. Much of my research explores the solidarity work between climate change, environmental justice, and Indigenous Rights movements in opposition to the fossil fuel industry. I bring my experience as a community organizer, educator-activist, and scholar into the classroom to inform an experiential, participatory, and holistic approach to teaching and learning. Currently I work as a TA for both SCIE 420: Sustainability for Community (a community engaged learning course that focuses on systems thinking and sustainability) and LFS 250: Introduction to Food Systems and Sustainability.

Kevin McCartney

Kevin McCartney (He/Him/His)

Geography, Faculty of Arts
Climate Justice; Climate and People; Other

My approach to teaching is dialogical and responsive, beginning from the acknowledgements that all students are experts in their own lives and that learning is only effective when it attends to issues as students see them. In my MA, I was a sessional for a 3rd year interdisciplinary seminar entitled Climate Change and Social Transformation (4.5/5 rated effectiveness), and have led discussion groups as a TA for a 3rd year Environmental Justice course and a 3rd year Political Ecology course.

Climate Science

Colin Rowell

Colin Rowell (He/Him/His)

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty of Science
Climate Science; Complex Systems Thinking

I recently co-lectured EOSC 340, Global Climate Change, and have over 5 years of experience as a teaching assistant in a wide range of topics in climate and other earth science fields. My teaching experience covers the processes, natural variability, and history of Earth's climate systems, and the impacts and future scenarios covered in the IPCC's reports on climate change. Whenever possible I prefer an engaged, interactive, and discussion-based teaching style, but am quite comfortable delivering lectures to large audiences.

Don Shafer

Don Shafer (He/Him/His)

Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, Faculty of Arts
Climate Science

My experience in media, teaching, public speaking, and working with various community and media organizations has allowed me to develop a hybrid or blended teaching style that follows an integrated approach. I adjust it based on the task, curriculum, interests with staff or students’ and the desired outcomes as required. Teaching journalism and the art of communication, the science of climate change and the psychology of denial, or how to make meaningful connections within a community to initiate significant social change have become lifetime themes. My teaching philosophy involves helping students and anyone interested in community work on-air or online, to develop the skills that will help them adapt to our changing world.  I have presented recently within the Social Geography and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Departments at UBC. As an adjunct instructor with Kwantlen University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, I taught Media and Ethics in Communication. I have lectured at Ryerson University, Humber College, and guest lecturer at numerous conferences over the years.

Balsher Singh Sidhu

Balsher Singh Sidhu (He/Him/His)

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Faculty of Science
Climate Science; Climate Justice; Climate Law, Planning, and Policy; Climate and People; Climate Adaptation and Resilience; Other

I led a team of academicians (including 4 faculty members) to design and teach a course on Climate Change and Energy Futures in UBC's 2018 and 2019 Vancouver Summer Programs. In addition to multiple field trips, class hours were divided equally between instructor-led lessons and group activities, with special focus on collective problem-solving and interactive learning (e.g. model UNFCCC).

Imranul Laskar

Imranul Laskar (He/Him/His)

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Faculty of Science
Climate Science; Climate Justice; Climate Law, Planning, and Policy; Complex Systems Thinking; Climate Adaptation and Resilience

I have had the privilege last term for a course to lead tutorials, mark assignments, develop rubric and prepare and mark case studies for the finals. We initially set the learning goals for the tutorials, and designed our tutorials in a way that is geared towards the profiles and career interests of the class. This helped the students grasp sustainability and system thinking concepts better, and in an enjoyable manner. I can attest to this from the feedback I received towards the end of the class.



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I found it a very straightforward and easy process! I had a great experience working with the Climate Expert and look forward to participating in the program in the future!

Dr. Sara Elder, ENVR 448A course instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability


The Climate Teaching Connector is a great resource linking learners, faculty and researchers with multidisciplinary perspectives and resources needed to inspire, promote and sustain climate awareness and action. My undergraduate students in PLAN 331 (The Just City in a Divided World) learned immensely from our guest Climate Expert who gave rich examples on climate vulnerabilities generated from an under-studied region and connected these insights to our other lessons on urbanization, city justice, urban revitalization, and climate migration grounded on histories of colonialism, militarization, and economic development.

Dr. Leonora C. Angeles, Associate Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning & Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice