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 initiatives. 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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Title Organizationsort descending Description Category Geography Website
Eran Hood

Dr. Hood's work focuses on watershed-scale biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling in aquatic systems, alpine hydrology, snow hydrology and snow chemistry

Ecology, watersheds, Climate change Alaska, Northwest Link
Hamid Moradkhani

Watershed Hydrology and Hydrometeorology, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, Uncertainty and Risk Analysis, Data Assimilation and Ensemble Inference, Multi-objective Optimization, Sustainable Water Resources Management under Climate Change, Prediction of Hydrologic Extremes Including Flood and Drought, and Ecohydrology.

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, National Link
Sarah Trainor Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, NOAA RISA, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Climate Science Center

Human dimensions of global change in arctic and northern latitudes, vulnerability and adaption of northern communities to climate change and environmental injustice and climate change in Arctic Indigenous peoples.

Impacts on Human Systems, Economic Impacts, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation, Social science, Cultural Resources, Impacts to Indigenous Communities Alaska, Arctic Link
Malinda Chase Alaska Climate Science Center

Malinda Chase serves as the Tribal resilience Liaison at the Alaska Climate Science Center consortium at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Malinda is an enrolled tribal member of Anvik. Malinda holds a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Wellesley College and a master's degree in Cross-Cultural Studies from the UA-Fairbanks. Her experience is in community planning, non-profit management, Native language revitalization, post-secondary distance education and Alaska Native education. More recently, Malinda's focus is on tribal resilience education that aims to engage the AK Native community in her work with the Association of Interior Native Educators.

Community Planning, non-profit management, Language, education, Tribal Liaison, Climate Science Center Alaska Link
Scott Lowe Boise State University

Dr. Lowe's primary research interests relate to the influence of regulations on environmental and socioeconomic conditions. His research focal areas include air and water quality, urban economics, and on water use in the arid western United States. Dr. Lowe is currently the Director of the Environmental Studies Program and the coordinator for the Sustainability Minor at Boise State.

Agricultural Impacts, Social science, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Idaho Link
Julia Burton Burton Forest Ecology & Silviculture Lab

Our research focuses on important conceptual questions that inform forest management and conservation. We integrate field studies of plant communities with statistical modeling to understand how local processes (e.g., disturbance and succession) interact with regional processes (e.g., climate change, migration and invasion) to influence forest structure and function. These studies are used to design silvicultural systems and prescriptions that balance multiple objectives (e.g., ecological restoration, biodiversity maintenance, climate change adaptation and mitigation).

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Modeling, Silviculture Northwest Link
Meade Korsby Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington

Works with land and wildlife managers and policy makers to incorporate climate change into conservation planning. Primary research and outreach interests include climate change impacts assessment and adaptation planning for species and ecosystems, spatial conservation planning, particularly connectivity conservation and conservation priorities under climate change, species ranges, species boundaries, and hybrid zones, and how they interact with climate.

Climate change, conservation planning, adaptation planning, spatial conservation planning, connectivity conservation Northwest, Washington 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, Washington Link
Robert Lessard Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)

Past projects have involved developing forest fire mitigation strategies, habitat restoration strategies for fish and wildlife recovery, direct manipulation of species abundances for endangered species recovery, examination of climate effects and land and water resource management.

Tribal, forest, fire, fish and wildlife, Climate change Northwest, Oregon, Washington, Columbia River Basin Link
David Graves Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)

My work at CRITFC includes GIS analysis, map-making, database design, and research into the effects of climate change on Columbia Basin snowpack and streams. Before working at CRITFC, I spent five years performing fisheries data collection and management in Washington and Oregon. At Portland State University, my thesis focused on using GIS as a tool to model the potential effects of climate change on a local hydrologic basin.

Tribal, Climate change, hydrology Northwest, Oregon, Washington, Columbia River Basin Link
Jeffrey Shaman Columbia University

My background is in climate, atmospheric science and hydrology, as well as biology. I study the environmental determinants of infectious disease transmission. In particular, I investigate how hydrologic variability affects mosquito ecology and mosquito-borne disease transmission, and how atmospheric conditions impact the survival, transmission and seasonality of pathogens. I am now working to develop systems to forecast infectious disease outbreaks at a range of time scales.

Hydrologic Modeling, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Air Quality, Disease, Mosquitos National, Northeast Link
James Booth Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); Climate and Weather Research Group

Midlatitude Dynamics, Air-sea interactions, Moist Processes in Extratropical Cyclones

Climate Modeling; Marine Ecosystem Impacts Northeast, National Link
Robert Chen Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); Columbia University

During more than 20 years at CIESIN, Dr. Chen has helped initiate and manage a wide range of projects and data development efforts, including CIESIN's widely used Gridded Population of the World (GPW) data set, its Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators (ENTRI) service, its global poverty data collection, and the Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center. He is currently leading or co-leading research and data development projects on topics such as earthquake risk assessment, environment and security, climate adaptation, and sustainability education.

Climate Modeling; Northeast, Atlantic Link
Patrick Kinney Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); Columbia University

Dr. Patrick Kinney's teaching and research address issues at the intersection of global environmental change, human health, and policy, with an emphasis on the public health impacts of climate change and air pollution.

Air Pollution; Adaptation; Public Health; Policy; Urban Impacts Northeast, Atlantic Link
Upmanu Lall Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); Columbia University

He has broad interests in hydrology, climate dynamics, water resource systems analysis, risk management and sustainability.

Hydrology; Policy; Planning; Public Health; Climate Modeling; Urban Impacts Northeast, Atlantic Link
Yochanan Kushnir Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); Columbia University

Using observations and climate model output, I study the physics, impact, and predictability of climate variability on interannual to decadal time scales. This includes research on phenomena such as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), the interannual variability of tropical Atlantic climate (TAV), and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and of their impacts on variations of temperature, rainfall, and storminess around the world.

Climate Modeling; North Atlantic Oscillation; Tropical Atlantic Climate Variability; Pacific Decadal Oscillation Northeast, National, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean Link
Franco Montalto Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); Drexel University

Effects of built infrastructure on societal water needs, ecohydrologic patterns and processes, ecological restoration, green design, water interventions

Water Resources Impacts; Ecological Restoration; Urban Infrastructure Northeast, Atlantic Link
Raymond Bradley Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); University of Massachusetts

My interests are in climate variability across a wide range of time scales. I'm particularly interested in how present day climate differs from climates in the past, and what may have caused climates to change.

Climate Modeling; Historical Climate Trends Northeast, Atlantic, National Link
Jessi Kershner EcoAdapt

Jessi Kershner is an environmental specialist that works at the interface of scientific research on climate and resource management decision-making. She has a background in ecology, physiology, marine biology and oceanography, and natural resources policy and management. Her education and work experiences have been focused on natural resources management strategies for natural and human influences (including climate change) in terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal and marine ecosystems.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Washington, Puget Sound Link
Daniel Schrag Harvard University

Application of geochemistry to problems concerning the geologic record of climate change, history of the oceans and atmosphere, and interactions between the environment and life. Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth history. He is particularly interested in how information on climate change from the geologic past can lead to better understanding of anthropogenic climate change in the future. In addition to his work on geochemistry and climatology, Schrag studies energy technology and policy, including carbon capture and storage and low-carbon synthetic fuels.

Climate Modeling, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, policy, Geology/Geomorphology Northeast, National, International Link
Emily V. Fischer Harvard University, Colorado State University

What processes impact the atmosphere's self cleansing capacity? How will climate change impact these processes? How do we differentiate local versus non-local sources of air pollutants? What tools and measurements are most helpful? How do atmospheric particulates change as they drift away from their sources? What does this mean for their impact on climate?

Climate Modeling, Air Quality West, Northeast, National, International Link
Frank Shaughnessy Humboldt State University

I am interested in the population and community ecology of marine algae and seagrasses. Active projects include the updating of the seaweed flora for northern California, examining the eelgrass and invertebrate response to the grazing of eelgrass by black brant geese, the examination of bottom up limiting factors to eelgrass, and the description of the phytoplankton community in the Humboldt Bay. I am also involved in CSU collaborative effort to set up an integrated ocean observation platform to monitor near shore marine water quality.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Modeling, Estuaries, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Eelgrass Northwest, California Link
Stephen Sillett Humboldt State University

My scientific interests began with a focus on arboreal organisms living in the crowns of tall trees, but has recently shifted to the trees themselves, particularly the five species with living individuals over 300 feet tall. How fast do they grow, what limits their maximum size, and how will they respond to a changing climate? My team is also considering how second-growth forests might be managed to accelerate the development of old-growth forest complexity and biodiversity.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Terrestrial Ecosystems Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, California Link
Susan Schlosser Humboldt State University, Sea Grant Extension Program Humboldt Bay Initiative

Schlosser is interested in eelgrass distribution and growth. Annual collaborative eelgrass surveys provide useful information to resource managers for developing management plans, reviewing development proposals, levee design, restoration projects, and bridge repair. She also manages an invasive eelgrass monitoring and eradication program in Humboldt Bay and the Eel River Estuary. She is starting research on best practices for community programs using an ecosystem-based management approach.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Estuaries, Impacts to Human Systems, Eelgrass Northwest, California Link
Naoki Takebayashi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

My primary interest is the population genetics of plant mating-system evolution. I approach this issue from several levels: from ecological genetics to macro-evolution to molecular evolution, using genetic simulations, population genetics theory and empirical works.

Population Dynamics, Vegetation Modeling National, International Link
Tom P. Evans Indiana University Bloomington, Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change

My research interests fall broadly within the area of human-environment relations and human dimensions of global change. Much of my past research has focused on household level analysis of land management decisions to explore the spatial dimensions of deforestation and reforestation, while more recent work addresses the intersection between agriculture, water and food security.

Environmental Monitoring, Social Sciences, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Agricultural Impacts Midwest, National, International Link
Laura Brophy Institute for Applied Ecology, Estuary Technical Group, Green Point Consulting

Laura Brophy provides state and regional leadership in coastal wetland restoration and conservation for Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. She has over 25 years of field experience in habitats ranging from Pacific Northwest coastal forests and estuaries to tropical rainforests and high desert. Laura's project focus is dual-scale, including basin scale strategic planning and site-scale restoration design, monitoring and implementation. At Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, she conducts and directs research to advance restoration science and bridge the research-application divide.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Estuaries, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
David Ervin Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University

Environmental Management and Economics, Ecosystem Service Values, Urbanizing Regions, Business Sustainability , Sustainability effects of Genetically Engineered Crops

Agricultural Impacts, policy, Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Sustainability Northwest, National Link
Claudine Hauri International Pacific Research Center; University of Alaska Fairbanks

Ocean acidification and carbon dynamics in high latitude, upwelling, and coral reef systems; Oceanographic and climate drivers of carbon system variability; Linking knowledge of field and model oceanographic studies with experimental biological studies for a better understanding of the impact of ocean acidification on organisms

Marine Ecosystem Impacts; Coastal Ecosystem Impacts; Ocean Acidification Pacific Ocean, Alaska, Hawaii
John Alexander Klamath Bird Observatory

John has been working to integrate bird conservation with natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest since 1992. He is focused on applying bird conservation science as a tool for advancing ecosystem conservation regionally, nationally, and internationally. His expertise includes participatory action research; ecological monitoring and research using standard bird and habitat sampling techniques; the use of scientific results for overcoming land stewardship challenges; and the development of applied science tools and teaching materials for natural resource management professionals, community members, and students of all ages.

Bird Conservation, Wildlife Northwest, Klamath Basin Link

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