Other Presenters

Brook Thompson Brook Thompson (She/Her/They) is a Yurok and Karuk Native from Northern California. Growing up she lived and fished on the same land that her ancestors have been on for over 12,000 years. Brook fights for water and Native American rights through speaking to groups and frontline activism. She has been an intern for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in D.C., the California State Water Resource Control Board Office of Information Management, and currently for Save California Salmon. In 2017 Brook was awarded the American Indian Graduate Center’s Undergraduate student of the year and in 2020 she won Unity’s 25 Under 25 award. Recently she was accepted into the 5th Cohort of the Water Solution Network. Brook is a graduate of Portland State University with a degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Political Science. Currently, she is in her master’s program in environmental engineering at Stanford University and just accepted a PhD program in Environmental Science at UC Santa Cruz. Thompson’s goal is to bring together water rights and Native American knowledge through engineering, public policy, and social action.


Katherine Hegewisch

Katherine Hegewisch is a project scientist at the University of California Merced, where she is an applied researcher in the Applied Climate Science Lab. She helps to maintain large climate datasets (past observations, forecasts and future projections) and develops web tools to improve the accessibility of climate data. She is a lead developer of the Climate Toolbox, an online suite of over 20 web tools which provide climate and hydrology summaries on maps and graphs to inform decision making related to heat stress, drought, agriculture and wildfire danger. Hegewisch earned her B.S from California State University Chico, and her M.S. and PhD from Washington State University. The data and tools she helps develop have been used in National Climate Assessments and in peer-reviewed scientific publications and are used every day by decision makers to monitor the climate.


Thomas Doherty Dr. Thomas Doherty is a Clinical and Environmental Psychologist based in Portland, Oregon who has developed a specialty addressing people’s concerns about environmental issues and climate change. His multiple publications on nature and mental health include the groundbreaking paper “The Psychological Impacts of Global Climate Change,” co-authored by Susan Clayton, cited over 750 times. Thomas is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Past President of the APA Div. 34 Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology, and Founding Editor of the academic journal Ecopsychology. Thomas was a member of the APA’s first Task Force on Global Climate Change and founded one of the first environmentally-focused certificate programs for mental health counselors in the US at Lewis & Clark Graduate School. Thomas is originally from Buffalo, New York.

Dr. Thomas Doherty’s work has been featured in publications like the New York Times. He also co-hosts the Climate Change and Happiness podcast.

You can learn more about Dr. Thomas Doherty at his website.