Scientists

The number of scientists engaged in studying climate change is growing exponentially. This page is designed to help you identify climate scientists conducting research in your region and in specific subject areas. All information about climate scientists is derived from publically available sources. Tribes and non-tribal entities engaging in climate science partnerships may also seek information on protection traditional knowledges in those research intitiatives. Resources that may be of assistance include Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives and the role of tribal Institutional Review Boards. An example is this Institutional Review Board Manual for the Northwest Indian College.

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Titlesort descending Organization Description Category Geography Website
Aaron Wolf Oregon State University, Program in water conflict management and transformation

Transboundary Water Conflicts and Conflict Resolution, Water Basin Technical and Policy Analysis, Environmental Policy Analysis

Water Resources Impacts, policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems International, National Link
Abby Powell University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Conservation biology, shorebird ecology and avian management.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Birds Alaska Link
Adam Wei University of British Columbia

Dr.Wei's key research interests are eco-hydrological processes; in-stream wood ecology and its relations with channel morphology, aquatic habitat and carbon budget; forest disturbance and watershed processes; application of GIS and remote sensing on watershed hydrology and management; surface water and groundwater integration; and long-term soil productivity and forest ecosystem modeling.

Hydrological Modeling, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, British Columbia, Canada Link
Alan Bloomberg Stevens Institute of Technology; Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN)

His research is directed towards understanding and predicting the flow processes operating in rivers, lakes, estuaries and the oceans. It has contributed to the creation of ocean observing and forecasting systems which are used for environmental studies, surface vessel operations and as a basis for maritime security. His latest work is to understand and predict the impacts of extreme climate-driven events on urban coasts and to create innovative adaptations to protect people and property – a new discipline called adaptative engineering.

Adaptive Engineering; Climate Modeling; Infrastructure East, Atlantic Link
Alan Hamlet Skagit Climate Science Consortium

His research over the last 10 years has focused on the impacts of climate variability and change on rivers and water resources systems in the western U.S., with a particular emphasis on the Columbia River basin in the Pacific Northwest.

Climate change, hydrology, Columbia River Northwest Link
Alan Springer University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research focuses on food web structure and on the causes and consequences of variability in production at various trophic levels, with an emphasis on marine birds and mammals.

Marine, Coastal, Marine Birds, Marine Mamals Pacific Ocean, Alaska Link
Alba Argerich Oregon State University, Stream Chemistry Synthesis Project

Effects of global change on stream ecosystems. Functional processes in stream ecosystems with major focus on nutrient cycling and ecosystem metabolism. Ecology of the hyporheic zone.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Monitoring, Stream Ecology, Biogeochemistry Northwest, Oregon, International Link
Allan L Carroll University of British Columbia

Role of climate change in the population dynamics and impacts of eruptive forest insects; coevolution of insect-plant interactions; integrated management of forest insect populations; and advanced techniques for detection and monitoring of forest insect populations.

Climate Modeling, Population Dynamics, Vegetation Modeling, Insects Northwest, British Columbia, Canada Link
Allen J. Milligan Oregon State University, Phytoplankton Ecophysiology Lab, University of British Columbia

Application of cellular-scale molecular and biochemical studies of microalgae, bacteria and corals to environmental questions about ecosystem function and global change. This work is directed towards understanding the physiological mechanisms by which the cycling of elements are influenced by environmental variables. My overall research goal is to apply cellular-scale molecular and biochemical studies of phytoplankton to oceanographic questions about production and function of the oceanic ecosystem in the past, present and future.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Estuaries, Phytoplankton Northwest, Pacific Ocean, International, British Columbia Link
Amanda Rosenberger University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Fisheries Society

Ecology of freshwater fishes with and emphasis on the role of ecological processes in shaping fish distributions, population characteristics, and community structure.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Fisheries Alaska Link
Amy Holman NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessmet and Policy (ACCAP)

As NOAA’s Regional Coordinator for Alaska, I work with colleagues from all of the NOAA line offices and with people from other federal and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and industry to tackle issues in the state that no single organization can solve on its own.

Policy; Coordination Alaska Link
Amy Lovecraft University of Alaska Fairbanks

Currently, as the Principle Investigator on a three-year National Science Foundation grant, she leads a team working with resident experts in the Northwest Arctic and North Slope Boroughs on scenarios development asking "what is required for healthy sustainable communities in Arctic Alaska by 2040?"

Adaptation; Planning; Communtiy Healthy Alaska, National, International Link
Amy Snover Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington

Work draws on the natural and social sciences to assess the vulnerability of natural and human systems to climate variability and change and to inform the development of climate adaptation strategies. Works with decision makers to develop science-based climate change planning and adaptation guidance and to assess their climate information needs in order to develop priorities for research, tool development, and outreach.

Climate change, Adaptation, Mitigation, science and policy Northwest Link
Ana Aguilar University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research encompasses the marine biogeochemistry of trace metals with particular emphasis on high latitude regions. A combination of field and laboratory studies are used to understand how different physical, chemical and biological processes regulate trace metal speciation and distribution in the open ocean and coastal regions, and how these in turn affect the ecosystem. I am also interested in the cycling of trace metals in sea ice.

Environmental Monitoring, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, sea ice Alaska, Pacific Ocean Link
Andrea S. Thorpe The Washington Natural Heritage Program

My research interests include rare species biology, conservation, and restoration; invasive species biology and control; and the interactions between plants and soil ecosystems. The central theme uniting most of my projects is using ecological theory to inform and improve conservation and restoration of native species and habitats.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation West, Northwest Link
Andreas Schmittner Oregon State University

Earth System Modeling, Climate Dynamics, Paleoclimate, Ocean Circulation, Marine Ecosystem and Biogeochemical Cycles. Global coupled ocean-atmosphere-biogeochemical models.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts National, International, Pacific Ocean Link
Andres Lopez University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage

Fish diversity and evolution. The study of systematics (taxonomy and classification) of fishes using a combo of mophology-and gene-based lines of evidence. His goal is to produce accurate and precise information on the nature and geographic distribution of fish biological diversity.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries, Lamprey, Cultural Resources Impacts Alaska Link
Andrew Cooper Simon Fraser University, Resource and Environmental Management

Andrew is an Adjunct Professor in the Resource and Environmental Management program. Research interests: Applied statistics and simulation models in natural resources management

Statistics, Natural Resources, Management National, International, Pacific Ocean, Northwest, British Columbia Link
Andrew Fountain Portland State University

I am interested in understanding the basic physical laws that control processes on the Earth’s surface. My focus is primarily on ice, particularly glacier ice. My research is devoted to the problem of water and glaciers, and the variation of glaciers with climate.

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Climate Modeling West Link
Andrew Plantinga Oregon State University

Dr. Plantinga ’s research focuses on the economics of land use, climate change, and forests. Particular emphasis is given to the development of methods for econometrically modeling land-use decisions, the application of land-use models to environmental and resource policy problems, and the modeling of land development pressures. Current projects involve the use of a national-level (U.S.) econometric model of land use to evaluate wildlife conservation policies and factors determining historical land-use changes, the effects of forest fragmentation on wildlife species, land-use policies designed to lessen adverse effects of fragmentation, growth management restrictions in Oregon and its effect on property values, and the application of techniques from macroeconomics to model natural resource markets.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Policy: Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts National, International Link
Andrew Rice Portland State University

Future forecasting of climate relies heavily on our ability to predict concentrations of atmospheric trace gases. My research focuses on better understanding sources and sinks of important atmospheric trace gases using small variations in naturally occurring stable isotopes.

Climate Modeling National Link
Andrew Shirk University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group

My expertise is primarily in landscape ecology, population genetics, and spatial statistics. I study the impacts of climate change and other anthropogenic factors on the viability of wildlife populations. These studies often involve inferring how landscape conditions influence gene flow and population demographics based on genetic data, GPS collars, and remote sensing.

Environmental Monitoring Northwest Link
Anita Morzillo University of Connecticut

Research in my lab focuses on affects of human activities on natural resources. Broad research areas include landscape ecology, systems ecology, and interdisciplinary integration of ecology and social science. Specific foci embrace many disciplines, including wildlife ecology and management, human dimensions of wildlife, recreation management, and urban ecology.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Social science, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts National, North East Link
Ann Shriver Oregon State University, International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade

My general research interests include all aspects of fisheries economics, international and domestic seafood markets, aquaculture economics, fisheries management and institutions. Specific past projects include the effects of Russian political changes on international seafood trade, and market channels for Pacific Northwest seafood.

Aquacultural Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, Fisheries International, Northwest Link
Anna Harding Oregon State University

Environmental health, including water quality, environmental contamination and public health interventions, and community involvement. NIEHS grant (affiliated with the Superfund Basic Research Program) funding to examine PAH exposures for tribal communities engaged in traditional cultural lifestyles

Cultural Resources, Social Sciences, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest Link
Anne Nolin Oregon State University, Mountain Hydroclimatology Research Group

Snow processes in mountain environments, hydroclimatology, cryosphere-climate interactions, remote sensing of snow and ice, surface energy balance modeling, radiative transfer modeling, digital image processing

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Hydrologic Modeling West, Northwest, Oregon, Washington, International Link
Arny Blanchard University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Statistical Association

I have been involved with taxonomic identification of Alaska marine invertebrates and monitoring marine environments for anthropogenic disturbances. I focus on sediment-dwelling organisms (the infauna) and how resource use alters communities. I manage a long-term environmental monitoring project in Port Valdez, Alaska (1971 to present) and am a member of the team working on a environmental assessment of the Chukchi Sea for ConocoPhillips, Shell Exploration and Production, and Statoil.

Environmental Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts Alaska Link
Aslam Khalil

Professor Khalil is well known for his pioneering research and influence in the area of trace gas chemistry and physics. Currently Professor Khalil's interests center on how the earth's global systems are determined by physics and chemistry.

Climate Modeling National Link
Barbara Bond Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Physiological processes, especially water and carbon relations, at whole tree and forest ecosystem scales. Development of new tools and techniques for measuring and monitoring physiological processes in forests.

Environmental Monitoring Northwest Link
Bart J. Van der Kamp University of British Columbia, Professor Emeritus

My main research interest revolves around the expression of Armillaria root disease in the moist, mid-elevation forests of the southern interior of British Columbia. In these forest, Armillaria ostoyae is very widely distributed, but it is expressed in very different ways. In some places, the pathogen is quiescent, meaning it is present on roots, but almost exclusively restricted to callused lesions. In such stands there are virtually no above-ground symptoms and presumably little damage. On the other hand it can also be active, advancing along roots, killing trees, and spreading from tree to tree. My research is focused on the factors that lead to quiescence or active expression. The ultimate aim is to devise silvicultural approaches that will keep stands in a quiescent state.

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts British Columbia, Northwest Link

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