Lessons from the U.N. Climate Change Conference: An SF State ecologist’s debrief

Author: Kanaga Rajan
December 8, 2021
SF State Professor of Biology Andrea Swei headshot with grass and building in the background
Photo Credit: SF State News

Biology professor Andrea Swei attended the COP26 conference in Glasgow and shares a few key takeaways

Politicians, scientists, activists and other climate change leaders from around the world gathered last month for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. Among those in attendance was San Francisco State University Professor of Biology Andrea Swei.

Swei was one of 10 ecologists to attend the meeting as an observer with the Ecological Society of America. Her own research focuses on tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease. Although her team often studies how environmental changes affect organisms and disease ecology, her time at COP26 has broadened her perspective about her role in the battle against climate change.

Swei took time to reflect on the experience, discussing major takeaways and how we — as citizens, youth and scientists — can become more involved.

Read the interview in SF News here.