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 ascending Organization Description Category Geography Website
Yvette Spitz Oregon State University

Investigation of the main pathways in marine ecosystems; development of coupled physical-biological models. Use of data-assimilative models in conjunction with observations from long-term time series and Ocean Color data to modify model pathways and estimate model parameters and errors for the North Pacific carbon cycle; modeling of ecosystem response to upwelling off the Oregon coast; data-assimilative modeling of eutrophication in the North Sea.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean, International 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
Xiangdong Zhang University of Alaska Fairbanks

Weather extremes in the present and projected future climate, Arctic freshwater and sea ice and their roles in global climate, development of climate model and improvement of physical treatments.

Climate Modeling, Hydrologic Modeling Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Alaska Link
William Schnabel University of Alaska Fairbanks

Varied projects are centered around cold regions applications involving surface/subsurface water quality, contaminant fate and transport, water resources and waste management.

Engineering; Hydrologic Impacts Alaska, Arctic Link
William Pearcy Oregon State University (Professor Emeritus)

Dr. William Pearcy is a world-renowned authority on many aspects of biological oceanography, in particular his extensive work on fishes and squids in the North Pacific. He has made significant contributions to many areas of marine research, including fisheries oceanography, the ecology of deep-sea and open ocean fishes and squids, the trophic dynamics of marine fishes, and pollution and trace metals in the marine environment. He is perhaps best known recently for his contributions to understanding all aspects of Northeast Pacific salmon during their ocean phase.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Fisheries, Squid, Salmon Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
William Jaeger Oregon State University

Dr. Jaeger's research includes issues related to water and land use, energy, taxation, the relationship between economic growth and natural resource allocation (the environmental Kuznets curve), and sustainable development.

Economic Impacts, policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems National Link
Wendy Palen Simon Fraser University, Earth2Ocean

The research program of my group is broadly defined by the ecology of aquatic communities, currently ranging from amphibian populations of California, the Pacific Northwest, and the far north, to the river and lake food webs that support salmon populations from California to Alaska. We rely heavily on field-based experimental manipulations to tease apart the mechanistic underpinnings of ecological patterns, from species physiology to food web interactions.

Population Dynamics, Freshwater Ecosystems Impacts, Environmental Monitoring National, Northwest, British Columbia, Washington Link
Vladimir Romanovsky University of Alaska Fairbanks

I am interested in the scientific and practical aspects of environmental and engineering problems involving ice and permafrost. These include problems in the areas of soil physics, thermodynamics, heat and mass flow, and growth and decay processes that are associated with permafrost, subsea permafrost, seasonally frozen ground, and seasonal snow cover. I am also interested in the improvement of mathematical methods (analytical and numerical modeling) in geology and geophysics.

Ice; Permafrost; Snow; Climate Modeling; Geology Alaska, Russia, International Link
Vladimir A. Alexeev University of Alaska Fairbanks

My area of expertise is climate dynamics with emphasis on feedbacks affecting polar amplification (PA) of global warming. These feedbacks are unrelated to the so-called "local" polar amplification mechanisms associated with surface albedo and clouds. They are linked to remote signal propagating to the Arctic atmosphere from the lower latitudes as the climate warms.

Climate Modeling, Atmospheric Dynamics Alaska, Arctic, Russia, International Link
Viviane Simon-Brown Oregon State University (Professor Emeritus)

Human dimensions of natural resource sustainability. Sustainable living education to help individuals and families make intelligent, thoughtful quality of life and consumer choices about natural resources. Public engagement to better understand the public's natural resource values and beliefs systems. Collaborative public processes that move people from conflict and promote direct and meaningful natural resources decision-making.

Social science, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Vivek Shandas Portland State University

Examining feedbacks between environmental change and human behavior. Developing community-based indicators for measuring the social and environmental conditions. Characterizing the relationship between urban development patterns and environmental quality.

Social science, Impacts to Human Systems, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, International Link
Valerie Barber University of Alaska Fairbanks

Climate change, boreal forest, forest products, dendrochronology, dedroisotopes, paleoclimatology.

Vegetation Modeling, Economic Impacts, Climate Modeling Alaska 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
Uma Bhatt University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research specialty is "Climate Variability". This research aims to understand how one component of the climate system impacts another (e.g. ocean and atmosphere) and attempts to explain why something happens.

Climate, Ecosystem Modeling Alaska, National, International Link
Tuula Hollmen University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Dr. Hollmen's research focuses on the physiology and health of wild avian species, especially waterfowl and marine birds, development of methods and biomarkers to evaluate body condition, immune function and disease/contaminant effects in birds, and application of such techniques for monitoring of population health and fitness of wild birds.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Air Quality, Water Resource Impacts, Birds, Wildlife Alaska, Arctic Link
Trent Sutton University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Fisheries Society, International Association of Great Lakes Research

Current research interests focus on the ecology and population dynamics of freshwater and marine fishes, particularly whitefishes, salmon, lampreys, and rockfishes.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Salmon, Rockfish, Whitefish, Lamprey Alaska, Great Lakes, Midwest, Northeast Link
Tom Weingartner University of Alaska Fairbanks

Physical oceanography of Alaskan continental shelves and slopes, interdisciplinary marine research, and wind and buoyancy-forced shelf circulation systems.

Hydrologic Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Pacific Ocean 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
Tom Miewald USFWS

Tom Miewald is a Geographer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and specializes in mapping and modeling spatial aspects of wildlife for applied conservation planning problems. Currently, Mr. Miewalds' focus is on providing decision support for the wildlife refuge system across multiple spatial scales. Prior to working for the USFWS, Tom was the Conservation Planner for the Wild Salmon Center, helping to prioritize salmon conservation actions internationally. Tom has also been a Project Manager and Lead Analyst for several large federal vegetation and land cover mapping projects, including the USGS GAP program, NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program, and the USGS National Land Cover Dataset.

Vegetation Modeling, Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems, Wildlife, Salmon Northwest, International Link
Todd O'Hara University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Wildlife conservation and medicine with a focus on environmental and wildlife toxicology of marine and terrestrial mammals and fish, and marine mammals outside of Alaska.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries, Wildlife Alaska, Arctic, International Link
Timothy Link University of Idaho

My research focuses broadly on how climate, vegetation, and human activities influence hydrological processes from the point to the small watershed scale. Specific research topics focus on how vegetation affects snowpack and related ecological processes, how climate changes will be manifested in the rain-snow transition zone in complex terrain, and how forest management activities affect water flow, quality, and riparian systems

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Hydrological Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Idaho, Yukon, International Link
Tim Beechie Northwest Fisheries Science Center

His research focuses on geomorphology and riparian vegetation as key drivers of riverine ecosystems. His current research interests include influences of valley and river channel morphology on salmon habitats and populations, using land use and restoration scenarios to estimate salmon population responses and evaluate restoration alternatives, and adapting river restoration plans and project designs for climate change.

Fisheries, Geology/Geomorphology, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Salmon Northwest Link
Tiffany Garcia Oregon State University

My research encompasses a wide variety of biological disciplines, including aquatic, behavioral and community ecology, invasion biology, conservation biology, and herpetology. I typically work in freshwater habitats and address ecologically based questions using amphibian and invertebrate systems. I have projects quantifying predator/prey dynamics, competition regimes, stressor defense strategies, and microhabitat preference using observational, theoretical and empirical methods.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Agricultural Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National Link
Thomas Maness Oregon State University

Climate change mitigation, bioenergy production, strategic planning and logistics, tactical decision support systems. My research interest is in developing innovative forest policies and practices to balance the production of traditional forest products with society's expanding need for ecosystem services, energy, and climate mitigation. My research falls in three broad categories: Strategic Land-use Planning and Forest Tenure Policy, Value Chain Optimization, and Energy and Climate Policy.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, policy, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Economic Impacts, Agricultural Impacts, Cultural Resources British Columbia, International, Northwest Link
Thomas Kaye Oregon State University, Institute for Applied Ecology

My major areas of research are population dynamics of endangered plants and invasive species. Matrix models can be used to pose "what if" questions to develop hypotheses for a population's response to various changes in its environment, such as decreased seed predation, grazing, reproductive failure, global warming, or even wild harvest.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, Oregon, Coast, Willamette Valley, Eastern Oregon Link
Thomas Hurst Oregon State University, Alaska Fisheries Science Center

I am interested in the ecology of early life stages of marine species and the constraints imposed by the environment. I am particularly interested in the pervasive influence on temperature variation on all aspects of physiology and ecology of ectotherms. A current area of research is the role of temperature variation on growth dynamics and survival patterns of juvenile fishes, including the phenomenon of winter mortality among temperate and boreal fishes.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Fisheries Alaska, Northwest Link
Terry Whitledge University of Alaska Fairbanks

Marine chemistry/chemical oceanography, nutrient chemistry, nitrogen cycle, biogeochemical processes, dynamics of coastal ocean and estuaries, eutrophication and oxygen depletion, nutrient uptake and regeneration, and harmful algal bloom.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Apoxia, Hypoxia, Harmful Algal Blooms Pacific Ocean, Alaska Link
Teresa Bulman Portland State University

Resource management, water resources, environmental law, teacher education

Water Resources Impacts, policy National, California, Northwest Link
Temesgen Hailemariam Oregon State University

Forest measurements and biometrics, modeling, and LiDAR. My research focuses on three major areas and seeks to develop (or extend): 1) imputation methods that support dynamic forest inventory, silvicultural planning, and habitat analysis; 2) sampling and statistical methods to characterize and quantify status and change of selected attributes including biomass and carbon and 3) Applications of lidar to forest measurements and assessments.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Modeling Northwest, National 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

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