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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Titlesort descending Organization Description Category Geography Website
Bart Nijssen University of Washington, Land Surface Hydrology Research Group

Modeling of hydrological processes; Nowcasting and forecasting; Renewable energy; Remote sensing applications in hydrology; Climate change

Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Washington Link
Beatrice Van Horne USDA Forest Service

My current research focuses on monitoring systems and exploring climate change policy and research management. My research focuses on processes linking population change in animals to food habits and habitat features. Understanding these processes allows for better predictions of the effects of management or other habitat change on population dynamics. My past studies have explored the effects of clear-cut logging on small mammals in southeast Alaska; mating systems, habitat, and song patterning in winter wrens; population dynamics and habitat relationships of Townsend's ground squirrels; and prairie dog metapopulations and management.

Wildlife, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation, Environmental Monitoring Alaska, Northwest Link
Beverly E Law Oregon State University, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research and Regional Analysis

Dr. Beverly Law's research focuses on the role of forests, woodlands and shrublands in the global carbon cycle. Her approach is interdisciplinary, involving in situ and remote sensing observations, and models to study the effects of climate and climate related disturbances (wildfire), land-use change and management that influence carbon and water cycling across a region over seasons to decades.

Vegetation Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Environmental Monitoring, Water Resources Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildfire Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Bill Peterson NOAA/ Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center

Bill's chief research interest is to study the effects of climate variability and change on zooplankton and pelagic fish populations (particularly juvenile salmonids) in the Northern California Current region. He also leads an active research program on euphausiid (krill) ecology and biology. He uses high-frequency acoustics to study distributions of zooplankton and fish and the spatial interactions of these taxa within the physical ocean environment.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Fisheries, Salmon, Krill, Zooplankton Northwest, Oregon, California, Pacific Ocean Link
Bill Simpson University of Alaska Fairbanks, Stanford University

We are an active research program involving application of spectroscopy to study environmental / atmospheric chemistry. Our group is a great place to learn about both technical aspects of experimental chemistry and scientific aspects of air and Arctic chemistry research.

Environmental Atmospheric Modeling, Air Quality Arctic, Alaska Link
Brad Griffith University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Habitat and nutritional ecology, stochastic population processes, endangered species management/planning, remote sensing, landscape processes, species translocation and reintroduction.

Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Arctic, Alaska Link
Brain Barnes University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Physiological ecology and endocrinology of hibernating mammals; biological rhythms and sleep; overwintering biology of animals including insects. We work in field and laboratory settings investigating behavioral and physiological mechanisms by which animals cope with high latitude winter and summer environments.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation Arctic, Alaska Link
Brenda Konar University of Alaska Fairbanks

Brenda's research interests include phycology, research scuba diving, biodiversity, monitoring programs, nearshore ecology, ecosystem change, benthic ecology.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries, Clams, Environmental Monitoring Alaska, Pacific Ocean Link
Brent Steel Oregon State University

Environmental Politics and Policy. Sustainability. Water and Marine Resource Management and Policy.

policy, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Water Resources Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, International Link
Bruce C. Larson University of British Columbia

My research focuses on several areas: basic studies in stand dynamics (especially development patterns of mixed species stands and density effects in single species stands); siviculture (especially economic and biodiversity issues); and forest management.

Terrestrial Ecoystem Impacts British Columbia, Northwest Link
Bruce Menge Oregon State University, Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO)

Structure and dynamics of marine meta-ecosystems, responses of coastal ecosystems to climate change, the relationship between scale and ecosystem dynamics, bottom-up and top-down control of community structure, recruitment dynamics, larval transport and connectivity, impact of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, controls of productivity, population, community, and geographical ecology, and models of community regulation.

Environmental Monitoring, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Ocean Acidification, Hypoxia Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Bruce Shindler Oregon State University

Social values of natural resources, public agency-community interactions, social aspects of wildland fire management, communication strategies. Social responses to ecosystem management practices in the Pacific Northwest, public acceptance of wildland fire management and fuel reduction practices, agency communication strategies and local partnerships.

Social science, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Cultural Resources Northwest, West, National Link
Bryan Black University of Texas at Austin, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Application of dendrochronology (tree-ring analysis) to growth increments of long-lived marine and freshwater organisms with objectives of:
1) age validation, 2) development of multidecadal growth chronologies, 3) determining the effects of climate on growth, and 4) climate reconstructions. Linkages between growth patterns of marine and terrestrial organisms, and the climatic variables affecting both systems. Dendrochronology as a tool for evaluating stand dynamics, stand development, and the effects of climate and disturbance. Effects of Native American populations on pre-European settlement forest composition.

Cultural Resources, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon, West, Texas Link
Cary Lynch Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Global Change Research Institute

Her research focuses on spatial statistics from climate models as they relate to socio-economic impacts.

Pacific, Northwest, Research Northwest Link
Catherine Mater Mater Engineering, Pinchot Institute for Conservation

Catherine is a prominent expert in sustainable forestry and conservation issues. She is president of Mater Engineering in Corvallis and a senior fellow of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, Agricultural Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest Link
Cathy Cahill University of Alaska Fairbanks

Professor Cahill's research focuses on atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on visibility, global climate, and human health. Her research includes laboratory experiments, modeling, and field studies of atmospheric aerosols and their properties.

Impacts to Human Systems, Climate Modeling, Air Quality Alaska, National, International Link
Cathy Connor University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Quaternary Geology and Paleoecology, Regional Alaskan Geology, Glaciology, Neotectonic Processes, Geoscience Education.

Snow, glaciers, Ice, Geology, Geomorphology Alaska, Northwest Link
Chas Jones Northwest Climate Science Center, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

Dr. Jones is an interdisciplinary expert in the dynamic interactions between climate, water, ecology, and society. He received a Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of Alaska, where he combined traditional knowledge and science to assess exposure of indigenous people to the impacts of climate change. As a postdoctoral researcher with the Environmental Protection Agency, he investigated hydrologic vulnerability to climate change across the continental U.S.

Northwest, Climate Science Center Northwest Link
Chris Daly Oregon State University, PRISM Group

Chris Daly is the founder and director of the PRISM Group, a unique group dedicated to producing the highest-quality spatial climate data sets and analyses worldwide. The PRISM group is developing an emerging sub-discipline of climatology called "geospatial climatology," which is a powerful combination of climatology and spatial analysis. Chris is the developer of the PRISM spatial climate modeling system, which produces state-of-the-science spatial climate products currently used in thousands of applications worldwide.

Climate Modeling, Downscaling National, International Link
Christina Hulbe Portland State University

Christina Hulbe is an Associate Professor of Geology at Portland State University. She is a geophysicist who specializes in glaciology, using computer simulations of glacial systems to study how and why they change over time. Her current projects emphasize both glaciological records of past events and the development of models used to interpret modern observations and, eventually, to inform studies aimed at projecting future change. These studies include analysis and simulation of marine ice sheet retreat processes, fracture mechanics in floating ice, and the response of glacier ice to climate warming on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Geology/Geomorphology, Climate Modeling, Sea Level Rise National, Antarctica, Pacific Ocean, California, Northwest Link
Christina P.H. Mulder University of Alaska Fairbanks, Greenhouse

Relationships between species diversity and ecosystem processes and plant-animal interactions.

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Plant-Animal Interactions Alaska Link
Christine Olsen Oregon State University

Social science, human dimensions of natural resources, planning and decision-making processes, citizen-agency communication and interactions, forest management before and after wildfires.

Social science, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, International, National Link
Christoph Thomas Oregon State University, Biomicrometeorology Group

Biomicrometeorology: Atmosphere-vegetation interaction, atmospheric turbulence, mixing in plant canopies, flow and transport in weak-wind boundary-layers, dynamics of the lower atmospheric boundary layer, scale transitions from milliseconds to hours and days, trace gas exchange
Climate change science: Forest ecosystem responses and feedback mechanisms, carbon-water coupling, hydro-ecology, regional climate trends in temperature and seasonality
Instrumentation: Acoustic remote sensing (SODAR-RASS), spatially distributed sensor networks (optical-fiber techniques), trace gas analyzers

Climate Modeling, Vegetation Modeling, Downscaling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, National Link
Christopher Donar University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Dr. Donar's research interests are in the ecology, taxonomy and systematics of diatoms (Bacillariophyta) and other freshwater algae. He is particularly interested in paleolimnology and the use of diatoms to infer short-term historical changes in aquatic ecosystems due to human modification and long-term changes in response to climatic factors.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Algae Alaska, Northwest, Florida 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
Clinton Epps Oregon State University

Connectivity and dispersal in fragmented landscapes
Effects of climate and climate change on distribution and demography; Conservation genetics

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, National, International Link
Corrie Knapp Western State Colorado University

My research interests are at the confluence of conservation, livelihoods and climate change. I am also interested in theories of resilience and transformation, and what they mean for the practice of science.

Conservation; Adaptation West, Alaska, National Link
Courtney Carothers University of Alaska Fairbanks

Environmental anthropologist with broad interests in human-environment relationships, particularly in marine and fisheries systems. Areas of research include: processes of marine enclosure and privatization; political ecology; local and traditional knowledge; science and technology studies; subsistence, mixed and alternative economies; and socio-ecological change.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Alaska, Pacific Ocean Link
Craig Shinn Portland State University

Dr. Shinn's research stems from his interests in how policy agreement is created and sustained in society including administrative aspects of adaptive management, social aspects of sustainability, civic capacity building and inter-jurisdictional administration of natural resources.

Social science, policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, National Link
Crystal Kolden University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources

Research focuses on wildfire management, climate impacts, invasive species and the use of GIS and remote sensing in further the above fields.

Ecology, Climate change, wildfire management, GIS Northwest, Idaho Link

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