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
Dudley Chelton Oregon State University

Mesoscale oceanic eddies; large-scale, low-frequency variability of ocean circulation; coupled ocean-atmosphere variability; satellite microwave radar remote sensing; development of techniques for improving and quantifying signal-to-noise ratio in oceanographic measurements.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Global, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Ed Brook Oregon State University, OSU Ice Core and Quaternary Geochemistry Lab

Paleoclimatology, geochemistry, Ice core trace gas records, cosmogenic isotopes, extraterrestrial dust

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Climate Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, Arctic, International Link
Eliza Ghitis Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC)

Eliza Ghitis is the Climate Change Scientist for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

Tribal, Climate change, Habitat, Fisheries Northwest, Washington 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
Enrique Thomann Oregon State University

Partial Differential Equations, Analysis, Applied Probability, Mathematical Modeling. Thomann's research is primarily in problems in partial differential equations arising from fluid mechanics. He also collaborates with colleagues in other departments, as well as in the Mathematics Department, in the development of mathematical models to problems in Ocean Engineering, Ecology, Oceanography, Hydrology and management of Natural Resources.

Hydrologic Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
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
Evelyn Pinkerton Simon Fraser University, Resource and Environmental Management

Dr. Pinkerton is a maritime anthropologist who has integrated common property theory and cultural/political ecology in considering the role communities play in the management of adjacent renewable natural resources. She has played a key role in developing the theory and practice of power-sharing and stewardship through co-management agreements.

Cultural Resources British Columbia, International, Northwest Link
Falk Huettman University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Wildlife Ecology, Seabirds, Predictive GIS Modeling, Web-based Wildlife Databases and Metadata, Spatial Aspects of Population Viability Analysis (PVA), Future Landscape Scenarios of Wildlife Habitat, Landscape Ecology, Russian Far East, Tropical Ecology, Conservation Steady State Economy.

Population Dynamics, Economic Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Seabirds Alaska, Arctic, Russia, International Link
Flaxen Conway Oregon State University, Marine Resource Management Program

Her research focuses on communities coping with change and transition, personal and group leadership education, and cooperative learning and research.

Social science Northwest, Oregon 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
Frank Lake USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station

Current research involves wildland fire effects, traditional ecological knowledge, Climate Change, and ethno-ecology with an emphasis on cultural management and fire ecology of forest, shrub, grassland and riparian environments in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.

Tribal, Climate change, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), cultural management and fire ecology, prescribed burns Northwest 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
Gerhard Kramm University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research activities are mainly focused on the theoretical aspects of atmospheric sciences, in particular physics of the planetary boundary layer, atmospheric turbulence and its impact upon atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric radiation, cloud physics, micro- and mesoscale numerical modeling, and climate change.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring Alaska, National, International Link
Gilberto Fochesatto University of Alaska Fairbanks

Optical Characterization and Chemical Speciation of Aerosols by Laser Remote Sensing and Laser Spectroscopy, Optical Remote Sensing, and Aerols Feedback Processes in the Lower Troposphere

Climate, Environmental Monitoring, Air Quality Alaska, National, International Link
Glenn Howe Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest Tree Improvement Research Cooperative

Glenn's research focuses on the breeding, ecological genetics, and genomics of forest trees, including understanding climate-associated patterns of genetic variation, physiological adaptations to climate, and assisted migration.

Genetics and Physiology of Trees, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Oregon Link
Glenn Juday University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tree-ring studies, Biodiversity under forest management systems, climate change assessment, climate change and forest growth, structure of old-growth forest ecosystems, wilderness and natural area management, long-term environmental monitoring.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Climate Modeling Alaska Link
Glenn Shaw University of Alaska Fairbanks, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Research interests are in atmospheric physics and atmospheric chemistry predominantly in areas of physical chemistry and optics of atmospheric aerosols, and in global climate and climate feedback

Atmospheric Monitoring, Climate Modeling Alaska, National, International Link
Gunnar Knapp University of Alaska Anchorage; NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

Dr. Knapp has conducted a wide variety of research on the Alaska economy and Alaska resources, including in particular markets for Alaska seafood and management of Alaska fisheries resources. He is well known for his expertise on world salmon markets among both academic and industry groups, and has traveled worldwide in connection with his research on salmon markets.

Economic Impacts; Salmon; Fisheries Alaska, Pacific Ocean, International Link
Hajo Eicken University of Alaska Fairbanks

My main research interests are in the field of sea-ice geophysics. In particular, I am interested in how small-scale properties and (micro)structure of sea ice impact processes on a larger scale as well as the role of sea ice in the climate system.

Ice; Snow; Sea Ice; Geophysics; Marine Hydrology Alaska 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
Hannah Gosnell Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Research focuses on the drivers and consequences of rural land use change; water resource policy, management and law; climate change adaptation; environmental governance; social-ecological resiliency; adaptive management; payment for ecosystem services; sustainability transitions; transformational adaptation.

Water Resources Impacts, Policy/Management, Adaptation, Environmental Governance, Social Resiliency, Sustainability Northwest, West Link
Harriet Morgan University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group

Harriet's areas of expertise are in vulnerability assessment, adaptation planning, terrestrial & aquatic ecology, and sea level rise. She currently evaluates the effects of climate change on natural resources throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Terrestrial Ecosystems Impacts, Vulnerability Assessment, Sea Level Rise, Adaptation Northwest, Washington Link
Heejun Chang Portland State University

Hydrology and water resources, with focus on human modification of the hydrologic system and interactions among climate change, land use change, and water management as they affect water quantity, quality, demand, and hydrologic ecosystem services.

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology National, International, Northwest, Oregon 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
Holly Barton Southwest Climate Science Center

Serves as the Tribal Climate Liaison at the Southwest Climate Science Center.

Southwest, Climate Science Center Southwest Link
Ian Miller University of Washington Sea Grant

Dr. Miller works with coastal communities on the Olympic Peninsula to increase their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards, including tsunami, chronic erosion, coastal flooding and hazards associated with climate change. To accomplish this, he uses a suite of tools including outreach, applied research, synthesis of existing science, and coordination to help coastal communities access funding and expertise to achieve their goals and implement their plans.

Coastal Hazards, Sea Level Rise, Flooding, Climate Change, Adaptation Planning Northwest, Washington Link
Igor Polyakov University of Alaska Fairbanks, Hymeteorological Institute

The primary focus of my recent research is climate change and variability in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. My high-latitude climate studies focus on polar amplification of global warming, long-term variability of the Arctic atmosphere, ice, and ocean, their interconnections, and linkages with the lower latitude processes.

Climate Modeling, Snow, glaciers, Ice, Atmospheric Modeling Alaska, Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean Link
Iris Stewart-Frey Santa Clara University

Freshwater aquatic and/or riparian, hydrology in the western US. My research interests encompass environmental issues that affect the water cycle and water supply. I have worked on both shallow groundwater pollution issues and surface water processes that are related to climate variability and climate change. I have developed a type transfer function model (TTF) to assess pesticide leaching to groundwater at the regional scale. More recently I have worked on assessing streamflow timing changes across western North America. My current work is focused on the physical processes and characteristics of watersheds which are particularly sensitive to climate change, and on expanding my runoff timing assessments to other arid places in the world.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts West, Northwest, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington Link
Isabelle Cote Simon Fraser University, Department of Biological Sciences

Areas of research are ecology and evolutionary biology. Isabelle is also a part of the Marine Ecology Lab, which focuses on helping the oceans through applied research.

Ecology Evolutionary Biology Northwest, British Columbia, Caribbean, International 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

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