Julia Hathaway

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PhD student, Center For Climate Change Communication, Department of Communication, George Mason University

Interests:  Climate Change Communication

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I am proud and grateful to begin my doctoral program at George Mason University as the Dean’s Fellow for Climate Change Communication. My academic home is the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C), directed my Dr. Edward Maibach. I am passionate about addressing the societal aspects of climate change.

We are in the process of breaching critical ecological thresholds (including, according to the Stockholm Resilience Center, biochemical flows, genetic diversity and greenhouse gas emissions). We need to improve communication of scientific information pertinent to decision making. And we must figure out how to talk about what communities can and should do through participatory processes that make our beliefs, values, and priorities transparent.

For many years, I worked on environmental policy issues in Washington, D.C. I landed a job right out of undergrad at Hill and Knowlton Public Affairs upon earning my B.A. in Communications from The George Washington University. I served as staff for two Members of the Florida Congressional Delegation in the 1990s: Representative Harry Johnston and Senator Bob Graham. I blew out of D.C. swearing never to come back because no good could come of this, earned my Masters of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry, and then of course returned to D.C. where I worked first at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs and subsequently as legislative director for the Ocean Conservancy. I led three marine mammal programs for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, then worked for the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Oceans and Wildlife until my position was eliminated in 2010 with the advent of the Republican Majority. After a short time working for the Smithsonian Institution in a role that turned out to be different than expected, I returned to Florida to be near family and work as a grassroots organizer for the Sierra Club.

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Poster presented at DCHC 2017 conference  on April 29, 2017

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