Mathilde Hagens is a biogeochemist focusing on carbon and nutrient cycling in natural environments. She is interested in the functioning of both the terrestrial and oceanic carbon sinks in relation to climate change mitigation, with a particular interest in enhanced silicate weathering. She currently investigates this topic at the Soil Chemistry and Chemical Soil Quality chair group at Wageningen University & Research, where she also teaches in the Master Climate Studies. In her Ph.D. and postdoc projects Mathilde worked on the impact of biogeochemical processes on the carbonate system in the marine realm, for which she combined field data with numerical modelling.
Professor Hester teaches environmental law and emerging technology courses at the University of Houston Law Center. His research focuses on the innovative application of environmental laws to emerging technologies and risks, such as climate engineering, nanotechnologies, genetic modification, wind and other renewable power projects, and on novel compliance and liability issues. Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Center, Prof. Hester served as a partner in Bracewell LLP for sixteen years and led the Houston office’s environmental group. He has previously taught classes on Environmental Law, Natural Resource Damages Liability, Climate Change Liability and Litigation, Emerging Technologies and Environmental Law, Advanced Hazardous Waste Law, and Practice of Environmental Law. He also teaches the first year course on Statutory Interpretation and Regulatory Practice.