|Susi is a researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research's (NCAR) Institute for the Study of Society and Environment in Boulder, Colorado. A geographer by training (Ph.D. from Clark University, 1997), her work over the past 15 years has focused on interdisciplinary challenges such as the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on coastal areas, community and state responses to such global change hazards, the interaction between science and policy/practice, and the communication of climate change risks in support of societal responses to climate change. Susi was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and prior to coming to NCAR worked for the Heinz Center in Washington, DC and for four years as staff scientist for climate change for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2005 she was selected as a fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership and the UCAR Leadership programs. The emotional and spiritual essence of Susi's connection to nature is one of trust. It is her most stable, reliable, and reassuring relationship, humbling and inspiring at once, a source of hope and empowerment, a place of inner peace and rejuvenation. The connection with nature stems, first from direct contact and immersion, second from scientific study (Earth sciences, the nature-society tradition within geography), and third from intensive study of deep ecology and ecopsychology, and the occasional facilitation of ecopsychological workshops which she entitled R•eco•nnect.