In this age of specialization, Stager's background in the natural sciences stands out for its depth and breadth. He has taught marine ecology in the Caribbean, North Carolina, and Maine, and taught geology, biology, and evolution in upstate New York and paleolimnology in Tanzania. A world authority on the ecological history of Africa and its lakes, he has also investigated El Niño in Peru, human impacts on lakes in Sweden, exploding lakes in Cameroon, bat pollination of flowers on the South Pacific islands of Melanesia, and modern climate change in the northeastern U.S.
Stager brings his diverse background to bear on his books, radio programs, and presentations, blending the long-term perspective of a climate historian and multidisciplinary outlook of a biologist-geologist with the communication skills of a lifelong teacher and writer. He currently teaches at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and holds a research associate post at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute, where he continues to investigate the long-term history of climate in Africa, South America, the polar regions, and the northeastern United States.
In whatever spare time remains, he performs and records on banjo and guitar (YouTube). In summer, he also co-directs The Mountain Arts Gathering in Paul Smiths, NY, with his wife, Kary Johnson.
Save The Carbon blog
Fast Company blog
Presentation on Climate Whiplash, Paul Smith's College
on Maine Public Radio, and at Sydney Writers Festival, Australia
"Welcome to the Age of Humans"
A four-minute video Interview for Middlebury Magazine, 2013
"Reformed climate skeptic" interview for The Nature Conservancy
Curt plays "Blackbird" for "Birdie" the crow
"Return of the Wild" film
Climate Change Institute, Orono, ME
Save the Carbon products
Curt's instrumental, Southern Cross
Mountain Arts Gathering
Selected reviews of presentations:
"It was a wonderful night of intellectual 'give and take.' The students enjoyed it immensely." - Kyle Dodson, Champlain College
"Your presentation was engaging and the students were following it with real interest." - Bruce Hodgson, Minerva Central School