Dr. Leichenko has an extensive experience in education and academics. She has worked as a professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University since 2014, and she was an Assistant and Associate Professor there from 1998 to 2014. Dr. Leichenko is also Co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute. Dr. Leichenko’s research interest intersects the fields of economic geography and human dimensions of global environmental change. Her 2008 book “Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures”, which was co-authored with Karen O’Brien from the University of Oslo, won the Meridian award for outstanding scholarly contribution for the American Association of Geographers. Her current projects mainly focus on coastal zones in New Jersey and New York, where she investigates the impact of climate change on both the economy and the environment, including the implications of climate change for energy systems and infrastructure. Her forthcoming book “Climate and Society: Transforming the Future”, also co-authored with Karen O’Brien, is a textbook for undergraduate courses in the social dimensions of climate change and energy. Dr. Leichenko graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in English in 1989. She also holds two Master’s degrees - one in Geography from the University of Colorado in 1991, and the other one in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1995. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997.