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
Michael Campana Oregon State University

Transboundary ground water resources; water resources management; water resources in developing regions, especially Central America, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia ; regional hydrogeology; dynamic simulation modeling in water resources

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology, Impacts to the Human System Northwest, National, International Link
Leonard B. Coop Oregon State University

Conservation Biological Control in Cane berries, Climate change effects on Swiss needle cast in PNW Douglas-fir forests, Development and implementation of pest models and virtual weather for IPM and plant biosecurity, Modeling and decision support for IPM, plant biosecurity, and invasive species management.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Douglas Fire Northwest, National Link
Selina Heppell Oregon State University

I devote most of my research to some of the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea: sea turtles, sharks, sturgeon, and west coast rockfish. I primarily use computer models and simulations to help us understand how these animals respond to human impacts and to guide research and management policy towards their recovery. I am particularly interested in how these animals will respond to climate change and increasing human populations on our coastlines.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Sturgeon, West Coast Rockfish Northwest, West, International, Pacific Ocean Link
JunJie Wu Oregon State University

Professor Wu's research areas include the optimal design of agri-environmental policy, the spatial modeling of land use change and its impacts on economic and environmental systems, and the analysis of rural-urban interdependencies and causes of spatial variations in economic development.

Agricultural Impacts, policy, Economic Impacts, Social science Northwest, National 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 Northwest, National, International 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
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
Lorenzo Ciannelli Oregon State University

My primary research focus is on fisheries oceanography and marine ecosystem ecology. I am interested in studying the causes of temporal and spatial variations of marine populations. Most of my work revolves around early life stages of fish, as variability at the population level is closely linked to egg, larval and juvenile survival in marine organisms. Through these investigations I combine quantitative analyses (i.e., mathematical and statistical modeling) with more field and experimentally oriented approaches.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Fisheries Alaska, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Richard Adams Oregon State University

Dr. Adams' current research interests focus on the economic effects of air and water pollution, the implications of climate change for agriculture and water resources, and the tradeoffs between agricultural activity and environmental quality. (Emeritus Appointment)

Economic Impacts, Air Quality, Agricultural Impacts, Water Resources Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Aquacultural Impacts Northwest, Alaska Link
Karen Shell Oregon State University

My research interest is climate dynamics, large-scale physical mechanisms which alter the climate, as well as physical feedbacks which amplify or damp climate change. I use climate modeling to study these forcing mechanisms and feedbacks.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon, National, International 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
Lori Cramer Oregon State University

Professor Cramer's research interests are in natural resource sociology, environmental sociology, social impact assessment, and rural sociology.

Social science Northwest Link
Richard Waring Oregon State University

Research interests focus on using physiologically-base process models to address issues of environmental change on forest productivity and biodiversity across landscapes and regions.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental monitoring, Downscaling Northwest, National, International Link
Kate Lajtha Oregon State University

Nutrient cycling in natural and human-disturbed ecosystems, soil organic matter dynamics, forest biogeochemistry. My lab studies the changes in biogeochemical cycling, and the effects on the vegetative community, that has arisen from human activities.

Vegetation Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon 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
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
Hiram W. LI Oregon State University

Hierarchical organization of land and rivers capes ("From the macroscope to microscope"). The role of stream temperature on aquatic communities of high desert streams. Factors affecting restoration of fish habitats. Qualitative mathematical analyses of aquatic communities, especially exotic species.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, International Link
Rick Colwell Oregon State University

Microbial ecology, subsurface microbiology, geomicrobiology, coupling of microbial rates and processes to physical and chemical parameters in the environment, sensing and monitoring of microbes, methods for sampling the earth's subsurface for microorganisms, bioremediation.

Geology/Geomorphology, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems National, International Link
Mark Harmon Oregon State University

Ecosystem succession processes, decomposition, nutrient cycling, carbon dynamics, landscape dynamics. Long-term ecological research (LTER); long-term decomposition of woody detritus; long-term carbon and nitrogen dynamics of fine litter; above-ground production of PNW forests; modeling carbon stores of forests in the PNW and Russia. I also continue to study how forests grow and die, particularly in stands with minimal management. These two topics are linked in my studies of carbon dynamics of forests and I use a lot of modeling to achieve that blending.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, International Link
Katie Dugger Oregon State University

The effect of abiotic factors (climate, flooding, etc.)on avian survival and reproductive rates, and the changes in demographic parameters that may result from long-term climate changes or anthropogenic landscape influences. I am currently working on the population ecology of the Northern Spotted Owl in southern Oregon, Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, and tropical forest birds in Puerto Rico.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Northern Spotted Owl Northwest, Alaska, Oregon, International 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
Mike Kosro Oregon State University

Coastal oceanography; shelf/deep-sea exchange processes; eastern boundary currents; California and Peru/Chile Undercurrent; remote sensing; ocean acoustics; ocean circulation. Measurements of ocean currents and water properties on frontal and larger scales, using a coastal-circulation radio-mapping technique, drifters and moored current meters, and shipborne/towed profilers; properties of coastal eddies and their effect on cross-shelf exchange.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, International, Pacific Ocean Link
James Coakley Oregon State University

Radiative transfer; remote sensing of cloud and aerosol properties; earth's energy budget; radiative forcing and climate change. Indirect radiative forcing of aerosols using CALIPSO LIDAR and A-train data. Limits to indirect radiative forcing of aerosols as deduced from ship tracks. Application of partly cloudy pixel retrievals to MODIS imagery data. Surface radiation budget of the northeastern Pacific.

Climate Modeling, Air Quality Pacific Ocean, Northwest, International Link
Simon de Szoeke Oregon State University

I am interested in interactions between the atmosphere and ocean that affect the climate system. I study atmospheric boundary layer clouds, intertropical convergence zone variability, and cross-equatorial winds over the eastern tropical Pacific.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Climate Modeling Northwest, International Link
Robert Harris Oregon State University

I am interested in using thermal processes to understand the Earth. All geologic processes involve the transfer of energy. Heat (energy) and temperature are fundamental to many earth processes, and quantifying the flow of energy and thermal budgets leads to an appreciation and understanding of Earth dynamics.

Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National, International 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
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
Nicklaas Pisias Oregon State University

Study of Late Cenozoic history of the ocean-climate systems as recorded in deep-sea sediments so as to better understand the nature of global climate change, marine stratigraphy and sedimentation, numerical and statistical techniques as applied to geological problems. Detailed analysis of Late Pleistocene time series of oceanographic variability in the Pacific Ocean with emphasis on the eastern equatorial Pacific and northern California Current region.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Stella Melugin Coakley Oregon State University

Quantifying the relationship between climatic variation and the development of plant disease facilitates control of disease under field conditions. This research considers both past and possible future effects of long-term climatic variation on disease occurrence. Current research focuses on the biology of the Septoria diseases that are increasing in their importance as limiting factors to wheat production.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Agricultural Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, National, International Link
Robert J. Meinke Oregon State University

Our current research interests focus on developing conservation protocols for rare vascular plant species through (1) taxonomic investigations of poorly known populations or species proposed for legal protection under the Endangered Species Act; (2) developing methods for re-introducing and recovering populations of critically endangered species, by integrating life history studies in the field and greenhouse; and (3) evaluating the roles of pollination and floral predation in limiting rare plant species. (Courtesy)

Vegetation Modeling, policy, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest Link

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