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 descending Organization Description Category Geography Website
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
Jamie Donatuto Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, First Stewards

Dr. Donatuto is the Environmental Health Analyst for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. She and her colleague Larry Campbell focus their work on developing culturally-meaningful and appropriate community-based indicators of indigenous health with Coast Salish Tribes and Canadian First Nations. She also works on toxics trends monitoring, Superfund cleanup challenges, and climate change impacts and adaptation measures.

Toxics Monitoring, Superfund Cleanup, Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation Northwest, Washington Link
Jan Newton University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory

Jan is a biological oceanographer who has studied the physical, chemical, and biological dynamics of Puget Sound and coastal Washington, including understanding effects from climate and humans on water properties. Currently she has been working with colleagues at UW and NOAA to assess the status of ocean acidification in Pacific NW waters.

oceanography, Climate change, Ocean Acidification Northwest, Washington Link
Jan Straley University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau), Sitka Sound Science Center

Dr. Straley is a humpback and sperm whale specialist based in Sitka, Alaska. Her most recent focus is human impacts to sperm whale populations.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Whales Alaska, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Janean Creighton Oregon State University

Her research areas are in social science, policy, and natural resources. Her research interests are in extension and human dimensions.

Social science, Natural Resources, Human Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska Link
Janine Castro Portland State University, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service

Interests and specialisms in river science: stream restoration, technology transfer. Dr. Castro holds a joint position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service that covers all aspects of fluvial geomorphology, including stream restoration, sediment dynamics, channel design, energy management, and channel evolution.

stream restoration, fluvial geomorphology, sediment dynamics Northwest Link
Jason Dunham USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

His research interests include landscape ecology of aquatic ecosystems, conservation biology of focal species, ecology of natural disturbance, biological invasions, and monitoring.

aquatic ecosystems, conservation biology, biological invasions West, Northwest Link
Jason Kreitler USGS Western Geographic Science Center

Jason's research focuses on wildfire risk and vulnerability, ecosystem services, geography of climate change, climate gap analysis, connectivity, spatial analysis for conservation and resource issues, GIS - spatial decision support for conservation resource allocation, and spatial cost modeling for conservation planning.

Wildfire, Climate Modeling, Vegetation, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Puget Sound, Northwest, West, California Link
Jeff Reimer Oregon State University

I specialize in the economics of international trade and commodity markets. I also have interests in international development and industrial organization.

Agricultural Impacts, policy, Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems National, International Link
Jeffrey Bethel Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

My research focuses on building adaptive capacity to address the health impact of occupational, environmental and natural hazards, particularly among vulnerable populations. Specifically, I examine the health effects of climate change including heat-related illness among farm-workers and other vulnerable populations, household- and community-level preparedness to disasters, efforts to increase adaptive capacity for climate change among local health departments. I also study best practices to implement epidemiologic methods to examine the health impact of disasters.

Impacts to Human Systems, Epidemiology, Disaster Preparedness Northwest, Oregon Link
Jeffrey Hicke University of Idaho Department of Geography

interests are to understand the effects of global environmental change on ecosystems. Humans impact the world around them through modifications of the composition of the atmosphere, changing land cover and land use, pollution of air and water, and invasive species.

Climate change, environmental change, Modeling, forest ecology Northwest, Idaho Link
Jeffrey Shaman Columbia University

My background is in climate, atmospheric science and hydrology, as well as biology. I study the environmental determinants of infectious disease transmission. In particular, I investigate how hydrologic variability affects mosquito ecology and mosquito-borne disease transmission, and how atmospheric conditions impact the survival, transmission and seasonality of pathogens. I am now working to develop systems to forecast infectious disease outbreaks at a range of time scales.

Hydrologic Modeling, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Air Quality, Disease, Mosquitos National, Northeast Link
Jennie Stephens University of Vermont

Climate change mitigation, technologies and policies for carbon management, sustainability science, energy technology innovation, CO2 capture and storage, renewable energy, universities as change agents for sustainability, climate change education.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, policy, Social science, Geology/Geomorphology Northeast, National, International Link
Jeremy Jones University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

My research interests focus on two general themes: 1) carbon and nitrogen cycling in streams, rivers and soils (especially in the context of land-water interactions), and 2) watershed-scale carbon cycling and climate change. I am interested in carbon and nitrogen cycling at a range of scales ranging from the molecular composition and microbial use of dissolved organic molecules, to the biogeochemical cycling in streams and soil, to larger scale fluxes from watersheds and trace gas emissions to the atmosphere.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Impacts, Water Resource Impacts Alaska Link
Jeremy Littell US Geological Survey, Alaska Climate Science Center

Work focuses on understanding the role of climate change and variability on dynamics of forest and mountain ecosystems in western U.S.

Climate change, climate variability, forest and mountain ecosystems, wildfires, drought Northwest, West, Alaska Link
Jeremy Mathis NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

My current research focuses on constraining CO2 fluxes and ocean acidification in coastal regions, particularly at high latitudes. I do this by using a variety of platforms including the collection of discrete DIC, TA, pH and pCO2 measurements from ships as well as data collected from moorings, gliders and floats.

Marine Ecosystem Impacts; Ocean Acidification Arctic, Alaska, Bering Sea, Pacific Ocean Link
Jessi Kershner EcoAdapt

Jessi Kershner is an environmental specialist that works at the interface of scientific research on climate and resource management decision-making. She has a background in ecology, physiology, marine biology and oceanography, and natural resources policy and management. Her education and work experiences have been focused on natural resources management strategies for natural and human influences (including climate change) in terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal and marine ecosystems.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Washington, Puget Sound Link
Jessie Cherry University of Alaska Fairbanks

Jessie's research involves arctic hydrology and climate, including land-atmosphere interactions and large-scale snow physics.

Ice; Snow; Permafrost; Hydrology; Water Resources Impacts Alaska Link
Jim Lerczak Oregon State University

Coastal physical oceanography including the study of internal tides, high-frequency internal waves, and circulation in the vicinity of fronts; estuarine oceanography including the dynamics that drive the three-dimensional circulation, the mechanisms that transport and disperse materials within estuaries, and the time response of estuaries to changes in forcing; physical/biological interactions which influence larval dispersal.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Jiunn-Der Duh Portland State University

My research focuses on developing geocomputational theory and techniques to integrate GIS and remote sensing technologies in spatial decision-making. Specific projects focus on applying spatial modeling, simulation, and optimization techniques to support land-use planning, emergency planning, and resources management.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Downscaling Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Jo-Ann Mellish University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Interests focus on how animals physiologically deal with energetic requirements during high-demand periods, such as growth and lactation. Pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) are particularly interesting because they have additional challenges from the utilization of not one but two environments, both terrestrial and marine.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Sea Lions Alaska, Arctic Link
Joan Hagar USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Her research interests include forest and wildlife ecology, wildlife-habitat relationships, restoration of native habitats, and Great Basin pygmy rabbits.

restoration ecology, species conservation, forest ecology West, Northwest Link
John Abatzoglou University of Idaho, PNW Climate Decision Support Consortium, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Dr. John Abatzoglou studies the climate system across both spatial and temporal scales. Dr. Abatzoglou's research focus includes both weather and climate phenomena and their influence on wildfire, water resources, and ecosystems across the western United States. He is active in creating novel climate monitoring tools that are applicable to decision-makers and planners.

Northwest, Idaho
John Alexander Klamath Bird Observatory

John has been working to integrate bird conservation with natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest since 1992. He is focused on applying bird conservation science as a tool for advancing ecosystem conservation regionally, nationally, and internationally. His expertise includes participatory action research; ecological monitoring and research using standard bird and habitat sampling techniques; the use of scientific results for overcoming land stewardship challenges; and the development of applied science tools and teaching materials for natural resource management professionals, community members, and students of all ages.

Bird Conservation, Wildlife Northwest, Klamath Basin Link
John Antle Oregon State University

Economics of agricultural systems and other complex systems:
-sustainability of agricultural systems and tradeoff analysis
- climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation
- economic, environmental and social impacts of agricultural systems
-economic analysis of production risk
- economics of geologic carbon sequestration

Agricultural Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Economic Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National, International Link
John Bailey Oregon State University

My research focuses on a spectrum of objectives in a landscape, including commodity production, habitat creation, and ecosystem restoration. We have initiated research projects to evaluate the role of stand structure and dynamics on fire hazard, mature forest development, sustainable forest management, and post-fire recovery. Our silviculture research considers the broad economic, ecological, and sociopolitical implications on forest.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, policy, Environmental Monitoring Northwest Link
John Bolte Oregon State University, ENVISION, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

His areas of expertise are in mathematical modeling and simulation of agricultural, aqua-cultural and environmental systems, geographic Information Systems-based spatial modeling, and artificial intelligence applications in bio-resource management.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Downscaling, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Washington, Oregon, Puget Sound Link
John Chapman Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center

Climate consequences for species invasions and diversity changes in marine coastal systems, the historical origin and mechanisms of marine invertebrate dispersal, the criteria for introduced species and the geographical impacts of humans on ecosystems, the processes of biological invasions and the systematics of marine peracaridan crustaceans, invertebrate ecology and systematics. An illustrated key to the 345 shallow water marine and estuarine gammaridean amphipod crustaceans of the American Pacific from Point Conception to the Columbia River.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Estuaries Northwest, Washington, Pacific Ocean Link
John Kim USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station

John Kim is an ecological modeler with the Forest Science Lab and the Pacific Northwest Research Station. He studies climate change impacts on vegetation using dynamic global vegetation models. He has a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a B.A. in Computer Science from University of California San Diego.

Vegetation Modeling, Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems Northwest Link
John Reynolds Reynolds Research Group

We combine research and education aimed at enhancing aquatic biodiversity, including large-scale field studies of salmon and their ecosystems. Our projects range from impacts of nutrients from salmon on birds and plants to links between life history traits of fish and vulnerability to extinction.

Population Dynamics, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Salmon, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Pacific Ocean, International, British Columbia Link

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