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Tracy-Ann Hyman Workshop Coordinator
 Tracy-Ann Hyman is currently a Research Assistant with the Climate Studies Group in the Department of Physics, U.W.I. Mona, Jamaica. She is responsible for providing technical research support to the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project in Jamaica. This project is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica and the United Nations Environment programme and is funded by the European Union. The project’s objective is to ‘increase resilience and reduce risks associated with natural hazards in vulnerable areas, thereby contributing to the sustainable development of Jamaica.’

Tracy–Ann wears different caps, as she is also the Assistant Project Coordinator for the Jamaican Bi-literacy and Bible reading project. This project sensitizes persons across the island on the translation of the Bible into Jamaican Creole.

In 2008, she received a Japanese Government scholarship which allowed her to pursue a Masters degree in Sustainability Science at the University of Tokyo in Japan. Her research focused on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments for operations along the Coastlines of Jamaica and Asia. While in Japan, she won the ‘Best Paper Award’ for her thesis research at the Asia Pacific Forum in Beppu, Japan in 2010.

Tracy-Ann has extensive work experience in Hotel and Tourism Management, Training & Development, Adult Literacy, Sales and Marketing, Market Research, Administration, Project & Environmental Management, Community Development, Health, Safety and Emergency Management. She has also received several awards, one of which includes the Jamaican Prime Minister’s Award for the preservation of the Natural Environment in June 2004.

Her current research interests focus on Vulnerability Methodologies and Adaptation Strategies for Small Island States in light of Climate Change. She is also a member of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences, Jamaica.


Cherri-Ann Scarlett Assistant Workshop Coordinator

Cherri-Ann is a Senior Scientific Officer in the Department of Physics. Her responsibilities include the preparation of laboratory equipment and manuals for the introductory and preliminary Physics laboratory exercises; as well as supervising laboratory staff. Previously she completed a MPhil programme where her focus was on investigating the temporal and spatial variability of lightning across Jamaica. 

As a member of the Climate Studies Group Mona and the Department of Physics Renewable Energy Group, she currently carries out research and special projects which examine renewable energy and climate change, and the points of intersection of these disciplines. This includes examining current and future trends in renewable resources, energy conservation and management.

She also has keen interest in Physics outreach to students at the secondary and primary levels, which influences her involvement in such outreach activities within the department. Additionally, her expertise in logistics and events management has made her involved in the planning and execution of several workshops and other functions both on and off campus.

Rochelle Walters Information Technologist

Rochelle Walters is currently studying the causes and patterns of drought in the Caribbean with emphasis on Jamaica. The project entails transformation of precipitation into an index (Standardized Precipitation Index) which picks out the extremes and allows for quick classification of droughts. After classifying the droughts, it then becomes simple to determine if there is a periodicity to droughts in the region and from there to determine the driving force behind the periodicity. 

This project is useful because it enables the authorities to determine the best practices for each year, depending on the influencing factors and not just on rainfall amounts. Thus the Water Resources Authority may know earlier on, if a drought in the near future is possible and can act on it, before it starts. It is adding to the body of research on drought, which in the Caribbean is under-studied.

Rhodene Watson Technical Manual Specialist

Rhodene Watson is currently an assistant lecturer for level 1 in the Department of Physics at the University of the West Indies Jamaica (UWI), since 2010. She also teaches Physics at Quality Academics, since 2008. She completed a Bachelors of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Physics from UWI in 2006 and 2001 respectively.

Her work experiences include being a Teaching Assistant and a laboratory demonstrator at UWI, as well as a teacher of physics at Mannings School in Jamaica. She has also been the Project Manager for "Telling the Stories'' Disseminating Caribbean Climate Change Science and Stories - funded by the Small Grants Program through the United Nations Development Program.

She has also authored and co-authored scientific publications.

Kimberly Stephenson Rapporteur
Kimberly Stephenson is currently undertaking a Master of Philosophy degree in climate physics, with a focus on the impacts of climate variability and change on terrestrial animal populations.  Her background is in Environmental Physics and Zoology, in which she obtained a BSc double major in 2009.  As a student researcher with the Climate Studies Group, Mona based in the Department of Physics, she has conducted research in the field of climate physics, including data analysis, co-authoring of UNFCCC national communications of four countries and organization of workshops, and assessment of the impact of sea level rise on the mangrove communities of Jamaica using DIVA (Dynamic and Interactive Vulnerability Assessment).

Her current research project seeks to project climate change impacts on arthropod and small reptile populations in the Jamaican dry forest of the Hellshire Hills.  The Hellshire Hills is one of the best preserved dry forests in the Americas, and is home to a number of endemic species.  However, due to the relatively harsh conditions of the habitat, populations are often sparse.  This project will use population abundance data and weather data collected in the forest over time to formulate a model that can be used for projecting climate impacts on small ecological systems, particularly in cases in which the climate signal may be less dominant than other influences.  The field of bioclimatic modelling is still developing and has not been used to identify the climate signal in Caribbean animal population change.

Ultimately, she would like to continue research in the combination of both zoology and climatology and to lecture in these fields as well.  She also intends to use the skills gained to further cross-field studies of the impacts of climate variability on terrestrial and coastal animal populations, and ultimately to contribute to conservation of high risk species in biologically diverse regions.

Dorlan Burrell Workshop Assistant

Dorlan Burrell is currently the Climate Change Representative for ACDI/VOCA (an international NGO), who are implementing partners of the Marketing and Agriculture for Jamaica Improved Competitiveness (MAJIC) Project. Under his portfolio, Dorlan is responsible for informing MAJIC’s assessment of the effectiveness of piloted climate change adaptation measures in reducing disaster related risks. Prior to this appointment, Dorlan worked closely with Dr. Barbara Carby as the Technical Assistant at the Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (DRRC).

Dorlan is quite passionate on the issue of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and has recently completed his post-graduate degree in Disaster Management through the Natural Resource Management programme at the Institute of Sustainable Development, UWI Mona. Funding for the programme came from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) in which Dorlan was a recipient. In completing this programme, his research thesis analyzed the impacts of hydro-meteorological hazards on crop production among small-scale farmers in Central Jamaica. This research focused on existing strategies and indigenous techniques being developed and employed by local farmers to cope with the adverse effects of climate-related hazards in relation to climate adaptation and risk reduction mechanism. Assistance for the research was made possible through the CARICOM/Brazil/FAO Disaster Risk Reduction Grant (2012).

In addition, Dorlan has a wealth of experience working in disaster risk reduction projects especially on agriculture and climate change. Dorlan has worked on an Oxfam GB funded project that was geared at providing a road map for the Jamaican agricultural sector based on local knowledge of farmers and future climate projections. A major component of the study was to estimate the effects of projected changes in the climate, for 2030, 2050 and 2100 while assessing the related risks for crop production in Jamaica using a number of probabilistic models such as ECOCROP and MAXENT. Due to his proven excellence in the field, Dorlan was later appointed Visiting Researcher at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) based in Colombia, where he underwent training in crop suitability modeling and basic remote sensing. 

Pietra Brown Workshop Assistant

Pietra Brown graduated from the University of the West indies, in 2008 with a Bachelors of Social Science degree (honours) in International Relations. After that she worked for almost 3 years at the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals, where she planned environmental events and performed administrative duties.

She graduated in 2011 from the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica, where she received a Masters of Arts in Environmental Security and Governance, with a specialization in Climate Change. She studied various environmental issues, which ranged from studying international policy in environmental and climate change governance; climate justice, to field trips in forests where the Payment for Ecosystems Services (emissions reduction forest conservation program) were implemented. She has also done risk and vulnerability assessments of coastal and mountainous communities, to include the vulnerability of turtles in a local coastal community.  

This was followed by a 3 month internship with the Mesoamerica and Caribbean offices in Costa Rica, of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) where Miss Brown did research and field interviews with farmers in Jamaica. This work involved encouraging the use of sustainable farming methods to address climate change and food security issues.

Natalie McLean Workshop Assistant
Natalie McLean is currently completing her third year in the M.Phil. programme at the UWI, Mona, focusing on future projections of climate extremes in the Caribbean. She attained her B.Sc. in Environmental Physics at the UWI, Mona in 2009. During her undergraduate studies, she completed courses in Geology and Mathematics, and working in the field of Atmospheric Physics has afforded her the opportunity to use all these areas in a multidisciplinary form. She has an avid interest in future climate change as these will impact every aspect of our lives, from economic to health. She is particularly interested in pursuing further studies in climate extremes directly, via the use of extreme value distributions and analyses, or indirectly by examining the influence of the climate on health or other socio-economic areas.

This study seeks to investigate changes in Caribbean climate extremes for 2071-2100 under the IPCC SRES A2 and B2 emission scenarios using output from the ECHAM-driven PRECIS regional model. The climate extremes examined include Consecutive Dry Days, Consecutive Wet Days, Heavy Precipitation Days, Cool Nights, and Warm Days. It also seeks to characterize the warming and drying trends forecasted for the Caribbean to the end of the century as manifested through climate extreme indices. Conclusions will then be made as to how these indices interact to validate the forecasted drying and warming trends expected in the Caribbean at the end of the century.  Her goal is to work at an international climate research centre and/or become a university professor.


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