Climate Refugees

The New Era of Environmental Migrants

Twenty-Eighth Annual David R. Keller

Environmental Ethics Symposium


Presenter Bios 

Hal Crimmel

Hal Crimmel is the Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor of English at Weber State University. He is the editorDesert Water: The Future of Utah's Water Resources and author of Dinosaur: Four Seasons on the Green and Yampa Rivers, editor of Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom (University of Utah Press, 2003), and co-editor of Teaching about Place: Learning from the Land

Steven Emerman

Steven Emerman is an associate professor of Earth Science at Utah Valley University. He specializes in hydrology with attention to ground water and surface water contamination. He is active in hydrology education both in the State of Utah and in global regions including Nepal, Haiti, and Mali.

Lynn de Freitas

Lynn de Freitas is Executive Director of Friends of Great Salt Lake. She began her involvement with FRIENDS shortly after its founding in 1994 and became President of the Board in 1996 and Executive Director in 2002. She is a full-time volunteer. She especially enjoys working on developing policies that address the unique role and characteristics of the Great Salt Lake to ensure its long-term sustainability. In 2002, she received the Utah Environmental Educator Volunteer of the Year Award from the Utah Society for Environmental Education.

Zachary Frankel

Zachary Frankel received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Utah and is the founder and Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council, which he helped start in 1995. Zach has led many exciting campaigns to protect Utah’s rivers and is an expert on water policy in Utah. He lives with his family and their horses in the Salt Lake Valley and enjoys all manner of outdoor sports and writing and making short films.

George Handley

George Handley is Chair of the Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature and Professor of Humanities at Brigham Young University. He is the co-author of Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture, Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River, and editor of Stewardship and Creation: LDS Perspectives on the Environment.

Hilary Hungerford

Hilary Hungerford is a Human Geographer interested in the intersections of human and natural systems. She works primarily on water-related issues in West Africa, specifically Niger and Senegal, with an emerging focus on water issues in Utah. 

Wayne Wurtsbaugh

Wayne Wurtsbaugh is Professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University. He has broad experience in fish ecology and limnology and in 2015 was named as a fellow of the international Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. Wurtsbaugh’s current research focuses on the world’s saltwater lakes, including Utah’s Great Salt Lake.