Using Economics to Cool the Climate Crisis

Joellen Russell and Derek Lemoine
A joint program of the Office of Economic Education and the Thomas R. Brown Foundation

The Office of Economic Education is pleased to join with the Thomas R. Brown Foundation to present a panel discussion on climate change.

UA Geoscientist Joellen Russell and UA Economist Derek Lemoine will discuss the science behind measuring carbon levels in the atmosphere and the oceans, and the potential impact of carbon taxes on future levels. Can carbon taxes “bend the curve” of CO2? How might such a tax be administered, and how would it work?

The public is invited to this program. There is no fee, but scroll down to the end of this page to let us know how many will be in your party. Seating is limited and will be first-come, first-served.

TEACHERS: If you want a guaranteed seat and a certificate for professional development hours, please click here to register via the Thomas R. Brown Foundation.

For additional information, call the Office of Economic Education at 520-621-3495 or the Thomas R. Brown Foundation at 520-345-5300 extension 2.


Joellen Russell is the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrative Science at the University of Arizona, with a specialty in geoscience and the role of wind and water on the mechanisms of climate change during earth's repeated glacial-interglacial cycles. She uses climate models and supercomputers to simulate the earth system in the future, the present and the past. Prof. Russell was named a University of Arizona 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar in 2014 and won the UA Provost’s Teaching Award in 2010. Joellen Russell received her bachelor's degree at Harvard University in Environmental Geoscience and earned her Ph.D. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD in Oceanography. Before joining the faculty in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona in 2006, she worked at Princeton University at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory during the intensive preparations for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment.

Derek Lemoine is an associate professor of economics at the University of Arizona, and also a Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research. His areas of expertise include environmental and energy economics, climate change, technological change and decision-making under uncertainty and over time. His current research combines economic theory and computational methods to better understand the dynamics of optimal environmental policy and of energy systems. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the Econometric Society. Derek Lemoine earned his PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

There is no fee for this program, but seating is limited. Scroll down to the end of this page to let us know how many will be in your party.

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Event Contacts

Mark J. Sammons, Office of Economic Education
Norma Roberts, Thomas R. Brown Foundation