Stay and Defend: Shedding Light on the Unseen American Climate Refugees (Flash Seminar with David Smith '15)
As part of the SLU Innovation Grant-funded series on Building Skills for Advocacy & Activism, David Smith '15 will present a Flash Seminar focusing on his work investigating the impact of climate change on frontline communities in Alaska. The event will feature Stay & Defend, a documentary film that Smith created based on his research. The event is free and open to the public.
David Smith graduated from St. Lawrence in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies & Geology. During the summer prior to his senior year, he was a research assistant to Dr. Jon Rosales in Shaktoolik, Alaska. They spent a week capturing footage and indigenous knowledge of the effects of climate change. He spent his senior year producing the documentary and utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to quantify coastal erosion in Shaktoolik from the past sixty years. He currently works for the Development Authority of the North Country in Watertown, NY as a GIS Technician, where he helps manage the largest Internet Mapping Application in New York. Working for DANC has provided him with invaluable work experience and furthered his skillset with GIS. He is in the process of applying to graduate studies in GIS to aid Shaktoolik and other future climate refugees with climate resiliency.