Cassie Xu, Author at State of the Planet

Cassie Xu, is a senior program manager for Academic Governance and Research. Cassie joined the Earth Institute in early 2011 as an intern and has worked with many Earth Institute teams and departments. She contributes to numerous research, educational programming, and faculty support initiatives in her role. Before attending Columbia, Cassie taught elementary school at the Canadian International School of Macau. Cassie is a graduate of the MA program in International Education Development from Teachers College and also holds a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

Recent Posts

Alumni Recruit Students for Sustainability Jobs

Earth Institute alumni, who were on the job market only one or two years ago themselves, returned to the Columbia University campus in early March to recruit students for sustainability jobs.

by |March 14, 2016

The Boom of Hydraulic Fracturing

Experts discuss the rise and boom of unconventional hydrocarbon extraction in the final Sustainable Development Seminar Series of the 2012-2013 academic year.

by |May 22, 2013
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Faculty Profile: Jason Smerdon

“Much of sustainable development is about where the world is headed in the future, anticipating the changes that are to come and evaluating the choices that we have available to address them. But understanding how natural and socioeconomic systems will change in the future, including the climate system, often requires that we look to the past as a guide.”

by |April 4, 2013

Greenhouse Gases Like Steroids for Extreme Weather

The fourth seminar in the Earth Institute’s Sustainable Development Seminar Series, “Ch Ch Ch Changes – recent trends in temperature extremes and hydroclimate,” brought together experts in the fields of climate change and hydrology to discuss emerging trends in global weather events.

by |April 1, 2013

Changing Temperatures, Extremes and Hydroclimate – Wednesday, March 13 at 4:00 pm

The Earth Institute is pleased to present the fourth of the 2012-2013 Sustainable Development Seminar Series titled “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Recent trends in temperatures, extremes and hydroclimate” tomorrow (Wednesday, March 13) from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Columbia University’s Low Library, Faculty Room. Please RSVP online to attend. Distinguished speakers will include: Gavin Schmidt, Deputy Chief,… read more

by |March 12, 2013

Faculty Profile: Jeffrey Shaman

Jeffrey Shaman has never been one to study or do anything in isolation, but has always chosen to focus on the intersection of how things work. Given this trait, it is no surprise that his interdisciplinary research looks to reveal how meteorology and hydrology affect the propagation of infectious diseases.

by |October 18, 2012

Sustainable Development Seminar Series: A New Record Low in Arctic Sea Ice Extent

On September 19th, the Earth Institute’s Sustainable Development Seminar Series began for the 2012-2013 academic year with “A New Record Low in Arctic Sea Ice Extent.” The first seminar topic brought together a group of Columbia University climate experts and gave them the opportunity to respond to recent Arctic ice findings released by the National… read more

by |October 12, 2012

Faculty Profile: Donna Shillington

Shillington’s research at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has led her to a deeper appreciation of the societal impacts on populations concentrated around the boundaries of plate tectonic hazards. “There is very much a need to understand fundamental processes at plate boundaries in order to better assess possible hazards and resources in these areas,” says Shillington.

by |September 21, 2012