Understanding how genetics can play a role in addressing climate challenges

Researchers at universities and companies are exploring how genetics can be a tool to help with problems posed by a changing climate. Some technologies are already being trialed and many more are under development.

Policy-makers and citizens will need to consider whether, how, and where we develop and implement these technologies.

At Connecting Genetics to Climate we want information about these technologies to be as transparent and accessible as possible.


We connect people and ideas


We ask and gather questions


We bring our learning to you

Our team

Ting Wu
Ting WuFounder and Director
Ting is the founder and Director of Connecting Genetics to Climate and a Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Her research group studies how chromosome structure and behavior impact inheritance and genome activity. She is also Director and Co-founder of Personal Genetics Education & Dialogue (PGED). Dr. Wu’s research has been supported by an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, an NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award, and a Center of Excellence in Genomic Science award.
Geoffrey (Geoff) Hunt
Geoffrey (Geoff) HuntDirector of Strategy and Partnerships
Geoff Hunt is a program director with extensive experience creating mechanisms that bring together different communities to foster engagement and conversation around scientific topics. Geoff has worked for several international organizations, including the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the American Society for Microbiology, and he was the inaugural Director of LabX, a public engagement program at the National Academy of Sciences. In addition to (or as part of) his day job, Geoff has been known to perform the occasional science rap.
Leonor Sierra
Leonor SierraDirector of Communications and Engagement
Leonor Sierra is a science communication and science policy professional with more than 15 years of expertise in bringing accessible and accurate evidence into public dialogue (in English and Spanish). In addition to her work with us, Leonor is a lead on the Risk Know-How campaign of the UK-based nonprofit, Sense About Science, and a leading founder of Ciencia en el Parlamento (Science in Parliament), an initiative that connects science and policy-making in Spain.
Morgan Thompson
Morgan ThompsonDirector of Operations
Morgan Thompson is a communicator and educator experienced in public engagement, science communication, and training the future scientific workforce. In addition to her work with us, Morgan is Communications Co-Director for the Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment and continues to train early career scientists in communication (interpersonal and community-based), leadership, mentoring, and being well and working well as science professionals.

We’re learning in public

Addressing understanding and transparency for emerging technologies