INSIDE THE GREENHOUSE | Re-telling climate change stories


Maxwell Boykoff

Max Boykoff is Director of the Environmental Studies Program at University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program and is Adjunct faculty in the Department of Geography. In addition, Max is a Senior Visiting Research Associate in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Max also served the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy, which was a part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Max has ongoing interests in cultural politics and environmental governance, science and environmental communications, science-policy interactions, political economy and the environment, and climate adaptation. He has experience working in North America, Central America, South Asia, Oceania and Europe, and is a co-author and editor of six books and edited volumes, along with over fifty articles and book chapters. 

Beth Osnes

Beth Osnes PhD, is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado. She is co-director of Inside the Greenhouse, an initiative for creative communication on climate. She recently toured an original musical Shine to cities in the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Initiative to facilitate local youth voices in resilience planning, and her book on this Performance for Resilience: Engaging Youth on Energy and Climate through Music, Movement, and Theatre was recently published. Open Source Materials for using Shine to engage youth are available here. She is currently developing a method towards vocal empowerment for young women that she is researching in Guatemala, Tanzania and the USA. Her book Theatre for Women’s Participation in Sustainable Development includes her work specific to gender equity in Panama, Guatemala, India, Nicaragua and the Navajo Nation. She is featured in the award-winning documentary Mother: Caring for 7 Billion.

Rebecca Safran

Becca Safran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. As an evolutionary biologist, Safran's interests are focused on the formation of new species. Her research group works on a variety of projects related to the physiological, behavioral and ecological and climate factors that influence genomic divergence among closely related populations. Funded by the National Science Foundation through several grants including CAREER award, Safran's research has appeared in Science, Current Biology, and Trends in Ecology and Evolution and many other publications related to evolutionary ecology and genetics. Each fall Safran has taught a course on the interface of climate change and filmmaking where students are asked to present their views on climate change in several 5-minute short films. You can read more about Safran here and about research adventures here

Connor Callahan (2014)

Conner first traveled with the performance Sol-Her Energ-He to the Navajo Nation in the Spring of 2015 while a part of the Creative Climate Communication course.  When the revised version of the show was being mounted at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in June of 2015, Conner became an Inside the Greenhouse intern and created a video recording of the performance at NCAR and at the Conference on Communication and the Environment that occurred at CU Boulder.  What is unique about Conner's process in creating a recording of this event is that he was also very much a participant and performer in the piece, which granted him an embodied experience with the material.  He also influenced the development of the piece through the collaborative process.  Throughout he was a positive role model for the youth performers involved in the process.  He deepened our discussion of the environmental issues that are the focus of the show and contributed his ideas and energy throughout the entire process.  The recordings he created are terrific tools for sharing this work beyond the live experience.  His teaser of the performance can be viewed at and his full-length edited recording of the performance can be viewed at

Angela Earp (2015)

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Angela Earp is a CU student majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After winning first place in her class (Film and Climate Change)  film festival in December 2014 with her film Canaries of Climate Change, she began an internship for Inside the Greenhouse in the summer of 2015. Accompanied by another former classmate and Inside the Greenhouse intern, Sara Berkowitz, she traveled to Albaquerque, NM to film a mural being painted and the amazing women behind it. Angela and Sara ended their internship with three new short films, and an incredibly rewarding experience. Angela currently works in the Safran Lab at CU Boulder, and is pursuing careers involved in the creative communication of science. 

Sara Berkowitz (2015)

Sara graduated from CU Spring 2015 with degrees in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Sociology. She also recieved a certificate in Public Health. After completing Becca Safran's class, she was inspired to dedicate more effort on the global climate change issue. She started her internship for Inside the Greenhouse after her graduation in 2015, along with former classmate Angela Earp. They traveled to New Mexico to cover the story of traditional herbalist Maclovia Sanchez de Zamora, and artist Nani Chacon. Sara currently is volunteering for Magen David Adom, the Israeli Red Cross, and hopes to pursue a career in nursing. She hopes to incoorporate enviornmentalism and social justice into her practices as a nurse. 

Barbara MacFerrin (2015)

Barbara has an undergraduate degree in Information Systems Security and worked in the information technology field in various environments ranging from the aerospace industry to healthcare and wellness. Barbara left her IT career to pursue a graduate degree in the Technology, Media and Society program at CU’s ATLAS institute. After completing the Inside the Greenhouse two-course series, Barbara was inspired to dedicate her efforts to communicating climate change and climate science.  She started an Internship for ITG in October 2015 for the City of Boulder’s Climate Commitment communication project.  Barbara is working with local high school students who are members of the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB) to produce a short film about climate change impacts and opportunities for action in the Boulder community. 

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Meridith Richter (2016)

Meridith Richter, a senior Technology, Arts, and Media major and Computer Science minor, was an Inside the Greenhouse intern for the summer of 2016. During that summer, she documented the mounting of an original Inside the Greenhouse performance, Shine, through CU’s Science Discovery camp. She also began the colossal job of editing a professional video recording of Shine that was directed by Arthur Fredrick the summer of 2016 in New York with local youth. This edited version of the performance will be one of the primary digital portions of a forthcoming book on Shine, entitled Performance for Resilience: Youth-sparked Community Engagement for Climate, Energy and Resilience Planning. Meridith is continuing her collaboration with Inside the Greenhouse and is fulfilling her capstone project for her degree by preparing the digital materials for this book (interviews, run of show…) for publication (resulting in a publishing credit for her). We are so impressed by her ability, attitude, and perseverance.

Sean Race (2016)

ITG welcomed Sean Race to our internship team during the summer of 2016. As an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major at the University of Colorado, Sean was able to take a diversity of science classes; he enrolled in the Film and Climate Change class in fall 2015 to gain experiences in science communication and in particular, to try his hand at producing films. The ITG summer internship enabled Sean to deepen his skill sets in both science and science communication. In May 2016, he traveled with PhD student David Zonana to document ongoing work on how animals respond to climate change. This project is focused on how distributions of quail have shifted with changing climates in the high deserts of California. Sean produced two excellent short films during the summer: one that documents the research itself and another that highlights a local activist working on conservation issues in the California deserts.

Phaedra Pezzullo

Phaedra C. Pezzullo is an Associate Professor of the Department of Communication in the College of Media, Communication & Information at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. She earned her MA and PhD in Communication Studies with a certificate in Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, as well as a BS in Natural Resources and a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In addition to over thirty articles and chapters, Pezzullo authored Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution and Environmental Justice (University of Alabama Press, 2007), which won four book awards, including the Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award and the Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication. Pezzullo also has coauthored two editions of the award-winning textbook, Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere (Sage, 2016, 2018, with three-time Sierra Club president Robert Cox), coedited Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement (MIT Press, 2007) and edited Cultural Studies and the Environment, Revisited (Routledge, 2010). She serves on five editorial boards in communication studies, including Environmental Communication. Pezzullo also has lectured throughout the US and internationally, including at the Grand amphithéâtre de la Sorbonne de Universitéde Paris-Sorbonne, Fudan University in Shanghai, and the Communication University of China in Beijing. She currently is coediting a book on China and environmental communication for Michigan State University Press and is launching a new coedited book series with University of California Press titled Environmental Communication, Power, and Culture. Committed to public engagement, she has consulted with cities and NGOs on just transitions for climate change and environmental justice organizing, participated in the International Environmental Communication Association’s Climate Negotiations Working Group at COP21 in Paris, and provides training in climate science communication. For more info, see her professional website.