• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Carrie Masiello

Rice University

W. Maurice Ewing Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Masiello is the W. Maurice Ewing professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she is also joint faculty in the department of Biosciences and the department of Chemistry, and is a Baker Institute for Public Policy Faculty Scholar. She is a biogeochemist and geobiologist interested in developing new tools to understand the processes that control carbon, nitrogen, and water fluxes through the Earth system. Theoretical aspects of her research include development of new tools to measure physical and chemical properties of the Earth, as well as applications of synthetic biology to Earth system questions. Her applied research uses these tools to understand biogeochemical processes relevant to climate, water, and agriculture. She has published more than 80 peer review studies and has received over $10 million in research support from the NSF, DOE, USDA, DOD, and a number of private foundations and businesses.

Sessions With Carrie Masiello

Thursday, 9 March

  • 01:30pm - 02:15pm (CST) / 09/mar/2023 07:30 pm - 09/mar/2023 08:15 pm

    Rice University | Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change

    The rapidly growing field of nature-based solutions (NBS) aims to become intentional in managing ecosystem-scale carbon fluxes, and NBS are the least expensive approach to get CO2 out of the atmosphere. But while these solutions are cheap, NBS tools must be applied carefully both to generate real CO2 sinks and to avoid unintended consequences. This talk will start with an introduction to the breadth of nature-based solutions possible, explore some of the most exciting opportunities, and give guidance on how to think rigorously about matching individual NBS opportunities to specific portfolio needs.