Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is founder of Urban Ocean Lab , a think tank for coastal cities, and co-creator and co-host of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast How to Save a Planet . With Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, she co-edited the climate anthology All We Can Save , and co-founded The All We Can Save Project . Recently, she co-authored the Blue New Deal , a roadmap for including the ocean in climate policy. Previously, she was executive director of the Waitt Institute, developed policy at the EPA and NOAA, served as a leader of the March for Science, and taught as an adjunct professor at New York University. Dr. Johnson earned a BA from Harvard University in environmental science and public policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology. She publishes widely, including in The New York Times, Washington Post , Los Angeles Times , and Time , and she blogs on Scientific American . She is on the 2021 Time 100 Next List and was named one of Elle’s 27 Women Leading on Climate . Outside Magazine called her “the most influential marine biologist of our time.” Her mission is to build community around solutions to our climate crisis. Find her @ayanaeliza .
The first 200 ISU students who register for this event can also enjoy a FREE sustainable meal prepared by ISU Catering featuring locally sourced foods. Students have the choice of a locally-sourced meat option or a vegan/gluten free option. All food will be boxed in compostable packaging to reduce the use of single use plastic. To-go meals can be picked up between 4:30-6:oo p.m. on April 21st in the Spotlight Room in Bone Student Center. *ALL ISU STUDENTS MUST SHOW A VALID REDBIRD ID THAT CORRESPONDS TO THE REGISTRATION LIST TO RECEIVE THE FREE MEAL.
*All students who attend will also be entered to win a variety of ECO PRIZE PACKAGES!* (Prizes are bundled into various themes that include items such as a new bike, outdoor yard games, and eco/reusable supplies. Students must attend the full event to receive the prize package.)
This evening is made possible by the Student Sustainability Committee.