Meet the matchmakers

Dr. John Abraham

John is an Associate Professor of Thermal Sciences at the University of St. Thomas. His areas of expertise include heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. In addition, he developed computational methods to simulate the flow of energy and fluids in physical systems. He has published approximately 100 journal and conference papers and has consulted for a number of companies, including Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, Caterpillar, Johnson and Johnson, and St. Jude Medical.

Scott A. Mandia

Scott is Professor of Earth and Space Sciences and Assistant Chair of the Physical Sciences Department at Suffolk County Community College, Long Island, New York, USA. He has been teaching introductory meteorology and climatology courses for 22 years. He received his M.S. – Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1990 and his B.S. – Meteorology from University of Lowell in 1987. In 1997, he won the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mandia maintains a website titled Global Warming: Man or Myth? which is listed at as a climate science resource. Mandia also writes about climate change and politics at his blog with the same title.

In addition to climate change, Mandia has written on the subject of Long Island hurricanes, especially the New England Hurricane of 1938, known locally as the "Long Island Express" and prognostication on the future vulnerability of Long Island to hurricanes.

Mandia co-authored a book titled Rising Sea Levels: An Introduction to Cause and Impact as well as a series of weather and climate learning modules titled Investigations in Atmospheric Sciences that are geared toward non-science major college students.

Michael C. B. Ashley

Michael is a Professor of Astrophysics in the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He received his BSc and PhD from the Australian National University, and an MS from Caltech. Michael has coauthored over 180 papers: about half in peer-reviewed journals and the rest conference papers.

Michael's main research interest is in conducting astronomical and atmospheric observations from Antarctica. He is intimately involved in the design, construction, and operation of PLATO (the PLATeau Observatory), which is a completely robotic facility for operating equipment in Antarctica in regions where human intervention is not possible. Michael has been to the South Pole on four occasions from 1995 to 2004, and is currently working on a terahertz telescope for deployment in 2011-12.

Michael has taught several undergraduate courses of relevance to climate science, e.g., stellar structure and evolution; remote-sensing of atmospheric and ocean properties; absorption of radiation by atoms and molecules; nuclear energy. He also teaches a First Year Advanced Science course which discusses the physics of climate change.

Jan W. Dash

Jan Dash has a PhD in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley, and has published over 50 papers in scientific journals. He was Directeur de Recherche at the Centre de Physique Théorique, CNRS, in Marseille, France. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Courant Institute of NYU.  Jan is the UU-UNO Climate Initiative Chair and Managing Editor of their Climate Portal. He is the author of the popular “one-liner” responses to climate contrarian/denier/faux-skeptic fallacies. He was the Editor of the Climate Statement Summary and Recommendations to Governments of the UN Committee on Sustainable Development (Co-NGO, NY), delivered to leaders at the Copenhagen Climate Conference, see HERE. Relevant to the economic impacts of global warming, Jan has worked for 25 years in quantitative finance and risk management at financial institutions, and wrote a book on the subject.