Students in the CCS Masters program come from a variety of backgrounds and investigate the interface between climate change and society at different scales and in different forms.

Certificate Program students include recent graduates of Bachelor’s programs and a number of mid-career individuals from industry leaders such as the Weather Channel.

In their own words

Veronica Fall

I earned my B.S. in Meteorology from Valparaiso University in 2013 and my M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 2017 before joining CCS at NCSU.


Halie Cunningham

Hello! My name is Halie Cunningham and I love teaching people about and playing in the natural world. I do the things I love for my job as an environmental educator in Mecklenburg County currently. For my undergraduate degree I studied Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University with a minor in Geology. I decided to participate in the Climate Change & Society master’s program at NC State because I am concerned about the lack of critical dialogue about climate change and adaptation in mainstream culture and policy-making. Because of this void, I want to sharpen my professional skill set related to climate science, education, and mitigation.

George Murdisson

I got my BA in American Studies from the University of Alabama, where I was exposed to the works of John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and David Brower, which compounded a general interest in environmental sciences. NC State’s Climate Change & Society program will help me to better understand the science of climate change, while giving me the tools and experience necessary to pursue a career in environmental advocacy


Cara Geiger

My name is Cara and I am a weather and outdoor enthusiast! I got my Bachelor’s in Science in both Meteorology and Ocean Sciences & Coastal Studies from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. My undergraduate research involved studying sea surface temperature using remote sensing. I came to NC State to master in Climate Change & Society and I absolutely loved the program!

ACE: State Climate Office of North Carolina 

Connect with Cara: @caralynng


Kara Piarulli

I received my B.S. in meteorology from Millersville University and was excited to combine that knowledge with climate through this program.

ACE: NOAA NCEI,  Asheville NC


Christian Erickson

I grew up in Vienna Virginia and earned a BA in Geosciences from Denison University in 2014. I’m interested in educating the public about science and climate change, and actively does so at his part time job at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

ACE: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences,  Raleigh NC

Eric Wright

I began my undergraduate career studying civil and environmental engineering. My passions for math, science, and our environment were what led me in that direction. I changed majors my Junior year, to shift my focus more strictly to the realm of earth science, and earned my Bachelor of Science in Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences with an emphasis in Atmospheric Science. The Climate Change and Society Program at NCSU has been a unique experience and has given me a completely new perspective on the importance of climate information and how it can be used.

ACE: State Climate Office of North Carolina


Crystal Yelverton

Hailing from Petersburg, VA, Crystal received her Bachelors of Science in Geology from Elizabeth City State University. Crystal’s enthusiasm for Earth conservation derived at a very early age and states that she feels that it is something she was born to do rather something she decided or chose to do. She determined that her true passion lies within climate change, as this particular topic is what really stirs her soul. Crystal states that after graduating from the NCSU CCS program, she plans to obtain her doctorate so that she will be able to perform climate change research and continue to advocate its importance.

ACE: Sierra Club Virginia Chapter