As an environmental advocate, Dr. Brad Tyndall, vice president for academic affairs at Central Wyoming College, has been invited by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Royal Commission for Jubail to speak about climate changes and the effects on the environment and habitat.
Jubail is Saudi Arabia’s largest industrial city along the Persian Gulf coast, where Tyndall will be a Climate Voices speaker of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a leading atmospheric research institute based in Boulder, Colorado. He will speak June 5 during the World Environment Day celebration.
“The crown prince of Saudi Arabia is trying to find ways to reduce their economic dependency on fossil fuels because of climate change and shifting global demand for oil,” Tyndall said. “They want to remain a wealthy nation beyond petroleum and have been aggressively planning for their future.”
Tyndall said he plans to talk about CWC’s avid research on the environment, especially the Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition (ICCE), led by professors Jacki Klancher and Darren Wells. Students and professors who are part of the ICCE conduct field research on the diminishing Dinwoody Glacier and ecosystem impacts on water flow and quality. Tyndall will also discuss Professor Todd Guenther’s archeological research of Native populations living near the glaciers and Professor Kirsten Kapp’s water quality research dealing specifically with plastic microfibers. As for his own research, Tyndall will touch on new concepts in ecological economics relevant for shifting national priorities.
Tyndall, who has taught environmental economics and has worked overseas in sustainable development, continues to learn about the global environment and share his findings. He is one of two Americans who have been invited to speak with all expenses paid by the Saudi Arabian government.