This annual lecture series is named for Professor Lawrence H. Vadnais and is sponsored by the Vadnais Endowment.
Vivek Shandas is a Professor of Climate Adaptation and the Founding Director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) Lab at Portland State University. Professor Shandas specializes in developing strategies to reduce exposure of historically marginalized communities to climate-induced extreme events. He has published over 100 articles, three books, and his research has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Scientific American, and other national and local media. Professor Shandas serves as chair of the City of Portland's Urban Forestry Commission, technical reviewer for Federal and State agencies, and a board member on several non-profit organizations. During his spare time, he revels in the mountains and waters of the Pacific Northwest, and pines for late-night vegan tacos anywhere he can find them.