Duke Farms Dialogues



The first in a series of online dialogues between national experts was hosted by Duke Farms on June 25, 2014.


Duke Farms executive director Michael Catania and guests Dr. Robin Leichenko and Dr. Anthony Broccoli examine the impacts of climate change and implications for New Jersey.  This initial dialogue provides natural and social science content as background to the work of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance that is developing recommendations to enhance New Jersey's ability to prepare for and adapt to a changing climate.




We’re all watching as the changing climate is affecting our economy, health, resources, agriculture and the extensive infrastructure system that delivers transportation services, energy and clean water to millions of New Jersey residents. But there are individuals and organizations looking ahead for ways for us to adapt to these oncoming changes – both locally and globally.




The above video contains the complete one-hour lecture and discussion.




Dr. Robin LeichenkoDr. Robin Leichenko

Robin Leichenko is Professor of Geography at Rutgers University and co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute. Her current research examines climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in U.S. cities and coastal regions. Leichenko served as a review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and as a contributing author on the IPCC Special Report on Extreme Events. Leichenko has authored or co-authored two books and more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Her book, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (2008, Oxford University Press), won the Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution from the Association of American Geographers.



Dr. Anthony BroccoliDr. Anthony Broccoli

Dr. Anthony Broccoli is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, where he also serves as Co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute. His primary research interest is climate dynamics, especially the simulation of past climates and climate change. He currently serves as Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate, and he has been a contributor and reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Dr. Broccoli spent 21 years at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, one of the premier climate modeling centers in the world. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



Michael CataniaMichael Catania

Michael Catania is the executive director of the Duke Farms. He began his career with the nonpartisan New Jersey Legislative Services Agency, where he drafted many of New Jersey’s landmark environmental laws, including the Pinelands Protection Act, several of the Green Acres Bond Acts, the Conservation and Historic Preservation Restriction Act, and the Spill Compensation and Control Act. Michael also served as in-house counsel at NJDEP, where he established NJDEP’s Division of Regulatory Affairs and oversaw the development and enforcement of all NJDEP rules and regulations. From 1991-2003, he served as the Executive Director of the Nature Conservancy of New Jersey, where he helped preserve more than 45,000 acres of natural areas throughout the state. From 2003-2013, he was the Founder and President of Conservation Resources, a unique non-profit organization which provided technical and financial assistance to the conservation community. He holds a BA and MA in Political Science from Rutgers University as well as a JD from Rutgers School of Law in Camden. 






Host and content provider Duke Farms

Production by Greener New Jersey Productions

In partnership with The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Duke FarmsDuke Farms is where creative conservation strategies are put into action. It serves as a place of inspiration and education, demonstrating adaptive management methods for a wide range of conservation issues facing New Jersey. We seek to identify ways to balance growth and preservation, especially since NJ appears likely to be the first in the nation which will achieve complete build out.



Greener NJ ProductionsGreener New Jersey Productions is working to further public awareness and appreciation of New Jersey's outstanding scenic beauty; significant agricultural 

legacy; and diverse natural, historic and cultural treasures. Through the power of locally produced media, GNJP turns the spotlight on some of the best of New Jersey, encouraging support of, participation in and dialogue about the greener side of the Garden State, connecting people to the land and water.


CLICK HERE to find out more about Greener New Jersey Productions.


New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance is facilitated network of policymakers, public and private sector practitioners, academics, and NGO and business leaders

 designed to build climate change preparedness capacity in

 New Jersey. Learn more about the Alliance HERE

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