Climate Change Initiative

Featured Speakers


Dr. Adelle Thomas

Adelle Thomas

Dr. Adelle Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the College of The Bahamas. Her research explores the vulnerability of small island states to the impacts of climate change and options available for industries and communities to adapt. Thomas is a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report and her publications also appear in academic journals such as Geography Compass and International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. She is the Chairperson of the Public Education and Outreach Subcommittee of the National Climate Change Committee as well as the founder of the Climate Change Initiative at the College of The Bahamas.


Lisa Benjamin

Lisa Benjamin

Lisa Benjamin is an Assistant Professor in the University of the West Indies/ College of The Bahamas LL.B. Programme, and the College of The Bahamas’ Small Island Sustainability Programme, where she teaches courses in environmental, company, trade and intellectual property law. She is a lawyer by training and a member of the Compliance Committee (Facilitative Branch) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Bahamas National Climate Change Committee, and the Public Education and Outreach Subcommittee of the National Climate Change Committee. Since 2008 she has been investigating the role of law in development. Her current research looks at climate change in small island developing states, Caribbean environmental law, the role of companies in climate change, and trade and environmental law.

Rhianna Mychol Neely

Dr. Rhianna Mychol Neely is a passionate ambassador for a better tomorrow. For most of her life she has been acquainted with academic excellence; but at the age of 14 she became aware of the importance of helping others do the same. This prompted her to sign up as a Scouts Leader. It was during this time that her special ability to organize people and events became evident. She began her tertiary level education at the College of the Bahamas and onto Florida A&M University, where she was the first student in the history of the Environmental Sciences Institute (now the School of the Environment) to complete a degree with a focus in Environmental Education. She is presently involved with several environmental advocacy groups and serves with versatility in her church’s music department, a key organizer for the Englerston Community Band and as President of the Royal Representatives Youth Group whose initiatives are geared towards preparing children to attend and succeed at college