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
Curtiss Davis Oregon State University, Hyperspectral Environmental Suite-Coastal Waters

Optical remote sensing of the coastal ocean; deriving bottom type, bathymetry and water column properties and coastal dynamics from multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing data.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Coastal Modeling Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Cynthia Rosenzweig National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN)

Cynthia Rosenzweig is a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she heads the Climate Impacts Group.

Agricultural Impacts; Infrastructure; Planning; Adaptation; Urban Impacts National, International, Northeast, Atlantic Link
Dan Mann University of Alaska Fairbanks

Forest ecology, ice-age climate change, interactions between prehistoric humans and changing climate. Current research includes glacial history in CO, human adaptions to global change in Nepal, studies of environmental change at end of last ice age on N. Slope, and more.

Climate Modeling, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Snow, Ice, glaciers Alaska, National, International Link
Daniel Cox Oregon State University, O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

Dr. Cox's research focuses on community resilience to coastal hazards, including tsunami and hurricane surge and waves inundation in the built and natural environments. He conducts research on tsunami and wave impacts on near-coast structures, tsunami evacuation and life safety, sediment transport and erosion, and nature-based solutions for coastal hazards mitigation.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Pacific Ocean, Northwest, Oregon Link
Daniel Isaak USDA Forest Service

Current research focuses include: Understanding effects of climate change on stream habitats and fish communities. Development and implementation of basin scale and regional monitoring programs for bull trout and other aquatic organisms. Development and implementation of basin scale and regional stream temperature models and monitoring protocols . Effects of fire and disturbance on streams. Development of bioclimatic models to predict distributions of trout species to climate scenarios at regional and basin scales.

Climate change, stream habitat, fish, trout Northwest 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
Dave Lytle Oregon State University, Zoology

Our lab uses evolutionary ecology to understand how organisms and communities are shaped by disturbances such as floods, droughts, and dams. Much of our focus is on aquatic insects, but lab members also work on projects involving fish, frogs, and riparian plants. Current projects examine the evolution of flood and drought escape behaviors, population dynamics and biodiversity estimation in desert streams, management of dammed rivers using prescribed flow regimes, and computer vision methods for insect identification.

Environmental Monitoring, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, Oregon Link
David Atkinson University of Alaska Fairbanks

My primary focus concerns the "environmental forcing" of coastal zones in arctic regions. This means how do storm winds and waves affect coastal zones, with special attention given to the unique complicating conditions introduced by the presence of sea-ice and frozen ground.

Hydrologic Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Arctic, Alaska Link
David Conklin Oregon State University

Using the static biogeography model MAPSS and the dynamic global vegetation model MC1, he has run simulations of potential vegetation and vegetation change for a number of areas, principally in the western U.S. His current interests include bringing vegetation models into the Envision modeling framework developed by the BEE department at OSU.

Vegetation Modeling, Climate Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, International 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
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
David Hibbs Oregon State University, Forest Ecosystems and Society

My interests focus in forest community ecology and extend into the application of ecology: silviculture. I have worked in both tropical and temperate forest systems. Current research is focused on ecological processes of riparian forests, ecology of post-fire forest dynamics, and management of red alder (Hardwood Silviculture Cooperative). I have had a finger into projects on scale-effects on plant diversity controls, food webs in riparian systems, and the autecology of Willamette Valley savanna tree species.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon Link
David McGuire University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Operation of ecological processes at large spatial scales; ecological modeling, global change biology.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring National, International, Alaska Link
David Pyke Oregon State University, Restoration and Ecology of Arid Lands (REAL) Laboratory

Population biology, fire and restoration ecology of arid and semiarid plants in the Intermountain West and development of protocols to assess ecosystem status.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Wildfire Northwest, Oregon Link
David Rupp Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Impact of climate variability and change on water resources and hazards; Anthropogenic influence on regional climate; Hydrology of swelling/shrinking soils; Streamflow recession analysis for catchment/aquifer characterization; Rainfall scaling and stochastic simulation

Water Resources Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, Oregon Link
David Sailor Portland State University, Board on the Urban Environment

The central mission of Dr. Sailor's research group is to develop an improved understanding of the urban climate system, its feedback mechanisms, and the potential for mitigating actions to affect change. Our specific short term goals are to:
(1) quantify the relative role of component parts of the urban infrastructure in affecting the magnitude of the urban heat island
(2) understand how the urban system will respond to the added stresses of long term climate change (including changes in population, demographics, technology, and adaptation)
(3) evaluate the likely impacts of planning and policy options to mitigate the negative aspects of urban environments

policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, National, International Link
David Shaw Oregon State University

All aspects of forest health, including biology and management of Swiss needle cast in Douglas-fir, invasive insect and disease pests, silviculture and integrated pest management, the interactions of fire and forest pests, biology and ecology of native insect and disease organisms considered pests, and biology and ecology of mistletoes.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Douglas-fire Northwest, Oregon Link
David Tallmon University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Dr. Tallmon's research focus is evolutionary and ecological dynamics of natural populations using demographic and genetic models, molecular genetic data, and field data. He uses models based on likelihood and approximate Bayesian computation to infer demographic vital rates or effective population size with the goal of providing useful results and tools for conservation and evolutionary biology.

Population Dynamics, Environmental Monitoring, Wildlife, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Marine Mammals Alaska, Northwest Link
David Turner Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Application of remote sensing and modeling to monitor land surface processes; Development of carbon budgets at landscape to regional scales; Biogeochemical modeling of the carbon, nitrogen and hydrologic cycles; Climate change assessment.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National, Oregon Link
David Valentine University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Valentine's broad research interest is in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and element cycling in northern ecosystems. Past research focused on the role of soils in forests, grasslands, and wetlands in generating or consuming trace gasses, especially methane, that control Earth's climate. His recent research has focused on the effects of wildfire on soil respiration and carbon balance.

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildfire National, International, Alaska Link
Dawn Wright Oregon State University

Geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis; marine geography; informatics and cyberinfrastructure; geographic information science in higher education. Benthic terrain characterization of coral reefs; processing, production, visualization, and interpretation of seafloor maps.

Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Dean Atkinson Portland State University

We are specifically interested in the climate impacts of diesel particulate matter, especially that produced from biodiesel combustion, which has been viewed lately as a promising replacement fuel. We are also beginning to investigate atmospheric sources of "brown carbon" particles that are produced by combustion and that absorb significantly more light in the UV than in the visible part of the spectrum.

Air Quality Northwest, National, International Link
Denise Lach Oregon State University, PNW Climate Decision Support Consortium, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Denise Lach's researches Environmental Natural Resource Sociology. Her research includes Applied Sociology including social impact assessment, program evaluation, and organizational development; organizational sociology; water conflict and dispute resolution; examination of changing roles and expectations for science and scientists in natural resource decision making; institutional resistance to changes in the water sector; transformation of water resources governance structures; examination of changing roles and expectations for science and scientists in natural resource decision making; institutional resistance to changes in the water sector; transformation of water resources governance structures.

Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Social science, Water Systems Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Dennis Lettenmaier University of Washington, Civil & Environmental Engineering

His areas of research interest are large scale hydrology, hydrologic aspects of remote sensing, and hydrology-climate interactions.

Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Washington Link
Derek Godwin Oregon State University

Extension watershed management specialist for Oregon, specializing in hydrology, low impact development practices, stream processes and water quality. Provides education to many audiences including elected officials, home owners, planning and public works department staff, consultants, landscapers, watershed councils and neighborhood associations. Provides education in a variety of formats including workshops, short courses, field tours, hands-on training, forums and presentations.

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Oregon Link
Desiree Tullos Oregon State University, College of Agricultural Sciences

Dr. Tullos research focuses generally on ecohydraulics, river engineering, system analysis in water resources management, and hydrodynamic modeling. In particular, her research addresses stream channel and watershed influences on aquatic systems, measuring and modelling the response and recovery of stream ecosystems to watershed disturbance and restorative manipulations.

Hydrologic Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Water Resources Impacts Northwest, Oregon, National, International Link
Diane O'Brien University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Nutritional physiology of insects; stable isotope ecology, and understanding patterns of stable isotope variation among biological compounds.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Insects, Indigenous Community Health, Epidemiology Alaska Link
Diane Wagner University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Herbivory, insect-plant-soil interactions, mutualism, and evolutionary ecology

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Insects Alaska, Arctic Link
Dominique Bachelet Oregon State University, Conservation Biology Institute, Data Basin Climate Center

Simulation modeling, Ecosystems Research, Dynamic Fire Modeling, Dynamic Vegetation Model MC1, Potential vegetation distribution, Biogeochemical cycling, Nutrient Cycling, Climate Change Impacts, Methane Emissions (agricultural and natural wetlands).

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National Link
Donald Walker University of Alaska Fairbanks, Toolkit Field Station: Institute of Arctic Biology

Environmental biology; disturbance and recovery of arctic ecosystems; global tundra ecosystems; hierarchical geographical information systems; landscape ecology; landscape response to climate change; quantitative ecology methods.

Climate Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean Link

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