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Charles Ffoulkes, Graduate Research Fellow and Coordinator

Charles FfoulkesA British national and graduate of the University of Exeter, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography with First Class Honours, and Master of Science in Climate Change and Risk Management with Distinction. He has done research on the evidence for, and significance of teleconnections in contemporary climate change and in doing this, looked at both Northern and Southern Hemisphere Oscillations. Most recently, he has analysed recent evidence for climate induced changes to rainfall patterns over London and studied the implications of this for flood risk management strategies. Charles is coordinating the Arctic Climate Protection Efforts with President John Topping in Hanover, NH as part of the Climate Science Team, in addition to assisting with the coordination of CELT.

Michael Dorsey, Faculty Advisor

Dr. Michael Dorsey

Dr. Michael Dorsey is this year Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies in the College of Environment at Wesleyan University. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (B.S. & Ph.D.), Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (M.F.S.) and The Johns Hopkins University (M.A.). His articles have appeared in Nature; Carbon Market Europe; Journal of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA); Capitalism, Nature, Socialism and the Los Angeles Times. He has also authored numerous book chapters for edited volumes. His work focuses on global environmental governance, with particular attention to climate and biodiversity policy. Other interests include understanding how theories underscoring political ecology, political-economy, and institutional and organizational behaviour explain and inform myriad efforts to manage the environment and shape sustainable development. As CELT Faculty Advisor he will facilitate links among CELT efforts at Dartmouth, Vermont Law School, Wesleyan and Yale and will help to link CELT to activities of South Pacific island nations.

Dennis Posadas, International Fellow of Climate Institute

Dennis PosadasDennis Posadas is an Asia-based technology consultant, author and tech pundit. He is the author of Jump Start: A Technopreneurship Fable (Singapore: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009) and Rice & Chips: Technopreneurship and Innovation in Asia (Singapore: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007). Dennis holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of the Philippines and was a former Intel Corporation sponsored fellow to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Advanced Study Program in 1999. He has previously worked in the semiconductor industry, has been a former Deputy Director of the Philippine bicameral Congressional Commission on Science & Technology and Engineering, and has consulted for groups such as USAID, World Bank, GIZ, Ayala Foundation, and for a waste to energy project in the Philippines.

Marissa Knodel, Vermont Law School Liaison

Marissa KnodelMarissa graduated from Dartmouth in 2009 with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Public Policy. While at Dartmouth, she was active in the Dartmouth Outing Club and the Dickey Center for International Understanding. She was also very involved with the sustainability movement on campus, interning at the Sustainability Office, helping to found the Sustainable Living Center, and working as an education and logistics coordinator for the Big Green Bus. Following graduation, Knodel remained at Dartmouth for an additional year to serve as the Sustainability Program coordinator. She is now entering her second year at Vermont Law School.

Alixanna Norris, Ph.D, Senior Health Advisor to CELT

Alixanna NorrisAlixanna Norris is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Dartmouth Medical School. In addition, she serves as a scientific consultant and writer for BioMed Bridge, LLC. Norris also has experience teaching in human anatomy and physiology. At the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Norris received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with Minors in Biology and Chemistry. She later earned a Ph.D in Cancer Biology, with a minor in Toxicology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is currently researching the consequences of TGF-ß signalling in pancreatic cancer.


Kiana Outen, Dartmouth ’18

Kiana OutenKiana Outen graduated from Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida as Salutatorian, an AP Scholar with Honor, a National Merit/Achievement Scholar, and an All-County Athlete. At Wharton, Kiana was the 2 year captain of her Varsity Track and Field team, along with being a member of the Varsity Cross Country Team, President of Science National Honor Society, and President/Founder of Wharton Wildlife Society, a club dedicated to expanding knowledge and interest of animal welfare in her community. At Dartmouth, her major is currently undecided, however she is interested in Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Biology. Kiana also walked on as a coxswain on Dartmouth’s Varsity Crew team.