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
John Stevenson Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Previously he was a research analyst and field researcher with Ecotrust and also worked with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. He holds an MS in Marine Resource Management from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, and a BA in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Oregon, Northwest Link
John Takekawa USGS Western Ecological Research Center

His research focuses on the wintering and migratory ecology of water birds through radio telemetry, and ecological processes in San Francisco Bay. His studies have focused on projects in the San Francisco Bay estuary, California wetlands, and Pacific Rim countries including Russia, Japan, and Mexico.

Climate change, water bird ecology, radio telemetry, contaminants, restoration ecology Northwest, Pacific Rim, International Link
John Walsh University of Alaska Fairbanks, International Arctic Research Center

Dr. Walsh's research interests include climate change and meteorology of polar regions, Arctic sea ice, and extreme weather events and impacts.

Climate Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Snow, glaciers, Ice Alaska, Arctic Link
John Yarie University of Alaska Fairbanks

Structure and function of boreal forests, successional processes following catastrophic disturbances, effects of changing environment conditions (including global warming) on forest ecosystem processes, modeling of forest ecosystem dynamics at the ecosystem and landscape perspectives.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Vegetation Modeling Alaska Link
Jon Martin Northland College, American Geophysical Union

My work is centered on the role of forests in carbon cycling, and includes research into the flow of carbon and the role of climate in driving these processes. Currently my research is focused on three themes: (1) the role of fire in forest recovery and carbon sequestration (2) the sensitivity of carbon fluxes to climatic drivers in different forest ages and types, and (3) the link between above ground carbon sequestration and soil carbon loss at various temporal scales. Specifically, I look at the feedbacks between climate change, terrestrial carbon sequestration, wildland fire, and ecosystem stability. Measuring and modeling above and belowground carbon fluxes and storage across space and time. Linking above and belowground carbon cycling processes to climate, landscape and land use patterns. Impacts of biofuel production on ecosystem processes in forest and grassland ecosystems.

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Impacts to Human Systems Midwest, National Link
Jonathan Moore Simon Fraser University, Department of Biological Sciences

I am interested in the dynamics of coastal ecosystems--how do systems function, and how human activities impact that function. I work primarily in stream and lake systems. Although my focus is generally on food webs, I draw from multiple perspectives, applying theories and approaches from evolutionary, ecosystem, food-web, and community ecology viewpoints.

Coastal/Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Water Resources Impacts Northwest, International, British Columbia Link
Josh Foster Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI); Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC); NW Climate Science Center (CSC)

He has over 25 years experience working on climate change science and policy issues in the federal, non-profit, and state sectors, including over 20 years working on climate adaptation. He works for OCCRI as the university program manager.

Adaptation Oregon, Northwest Link
Julia Burton Burton Forest Ecology & Silviculture Lab

Our research focuses on important conceptual questions that inform forest management and conservation. We integrate field studies of plant communities with statistical modeling to understand how local processes (e.g., disturbance and succession) interact with regional processes (e.g., climate change, migration and invasion) to influence forest structure and function. These studies are used to design silvicultural systems and prescriptions that balance multiple objectives (e.g., ecological restoration, biodiversity maintenance, climate change adaptation and mitigation).

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Modeling, Silviculture Northwest Link
Julia Jones Oregon State University, Ecosystems Informatics

Land use, climate change and disturbance effects on hydrology, geomorphology, water quality, watershed processes, ecohydrology, and aquatic chemistry. Julia's specialties include Spatio-temporal statistics, Forest hydrology, Landscape ecology, Surface processes, Biogeography.

Hydrologic Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Alaska Link
Julian Sachs Program on Climate Change

Late Quaternary climate. Cause and consequence of abrupt climate change in the geologic record. Evolution of the tropical Pacific climate & the El Nino-Southern Oscillation since the last glacial period. Relationship between ENSO and the mean climate state.

Climate Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, Washington, National, Pacific Ocean Link
Julie Vano National Center for Atmospheric Research, Research Applications Laboratory

Julie Vano is a project scientist in the Hydrometeorological Applications Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Julie's research interests include hydrology, water resource management, science policy, climate change impacts, and system dynamics. Her current work aims to better connect climate science and the applications community and use these connections to develop innovative ways to address climate impacts on local water resources.

Hydrology, Water Resource Management, Science Policy, Climate Change Impacts National 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
K. Zickfeld Simon Fraser University, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis

Climate Modeling; climate-carbon cycle feedbacks; emission implications of long-term climate targets, such as the 2 degrees Celsius target and climate tipping points.

Climate Modeling, Air Quality British Columbia, Northwest, National Link
Karen E. Kohfeld Simon Fraser University, Climate, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments (COPE) Laboratory

Dr. Kohfeld is interested in understanding natural variability and biogeochemical linkages within the ocean and climate system, in order to better assess earth system responses to anthropogenic perturbations. Her research focuses on natural and anthropogenic changes in the ocean carbon cycle, the influence of climate and land surface conditions on atmospheric dust, and assessing and adapting to extreme weather conditions in British Columbia.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Atmospheric Modeling British Columbia, International, Northwest, National 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
Karen Thorne USGS Western Ecological Research Center

Research interests are conservation issues surrounding climate-related research that assess changes to ecosystems and wildlife. Current interest is assessing how sea-level rise and storms impact salt marsh ecosystems and local wildlife populations.

Climate change, wildlife biology, wetland ecology, landscape ecology, sea-level rise modeling Northwest 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
Kathie Dello Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI); Oregon Climate Service (OCS)

Kathie Dello is the Associate Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Deputy Director of the Oregon Climate Service, which is the state climate office for Oregon. She is interested in working in the science/policy interface, and frequently visits and consults with local, state, and federal agencies around the region on a variety of climate and water issues.

Climate Impacts Analysis; Adaptation; Policy Northwest, Oregon 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
Katrin Iken University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research is mainly centered around trophic interactions between organisms. This involves dietary composition, feeding habits and consumption rates of invertebrates, macroalgal-herbivore interactions, stable isotope analysis of food web structures etc. It also involves chemical defenses of macroalgae and invertebrates against grazers and predators. I am generally interested in shallow water community diversity, dynamics and ecology, especially in both polar regions, and in deep-sea communities. Most of my shallow water work uses scientific diving as a research tool.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Climate Modeling Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Alaska, Arctic Link
Keith W. Cunningham University of Alaska Fairbanks, Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP)

Light detection and ranging, synthetic aperture radar, geospatial modeling, carbon/biomass estimation, carbon trading market audit and assurance.

Climate Modeling, Economic Impacts Alaska, National, International Link
Kellie Vache Oregon State University, ENVISION

Alternative futures for Skagit and Kitsap Counties, Washington State. Assessment of Hydrologic and Water Quality Response to Intensive Cellulosic Biofuel Silviculture. Watershed hydrology and modeling, implications of evolving land use patterns and climate change, alternative futures analyses for land use planning and sustainability, Geographic Information Systems and simulation of environmental processes.

Water Resources Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems, Downscaling Northwest, Washington Link
Ken Vance-Borland U.S. Forest Service, Aquatic Ecology and Management Team Directory

I've been concerned with nature conservation for a long time. Sustaining healthy ecosystems and human communities in the face of global change is a complex problem. I empower communities to meet this challenge with network mapping tools to discover who has (and has not) been working together, and with network weaving processes for building unexpected new collaborations. When people exchange ideas with new partners, innovative solutions emerge. I'm also a spatial analyst, using GIS and satellite imagery to help researchers map streams and fish habitat; predict locations that might provide good habitat for salmon; and study how things like forestry, fires, and climate change may influence that habitat quality and the salmon populations that depend on it. (Currently: Executive Director, Conservation Planning Institute)

Spatial Analyst, GIS, Salmon Ecosystems, Climate Change Impacts Northwest, Alaska, Oregon Link
Kevin McCraken University of Miami

Population genetics, wildlife biology, molecular systematics, and waterfowl.

Population Dynamics, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Birds Southeast, Miami, Andes, International, National
Kevin Winker University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Avian evolution, population genetics, and systematics; ecology, evolution and behavior.

Population Dynamics, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Birds Alaska, National Link
Kirk Krueger Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

Kirk Krueger has been a research scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Program, Habitat Assessment Section since 2003. His area of expertise is the intersection of statistical modeling and sampling methods with remotely sensed data and fish ecology. In that position he has been able to assist with research on the Intensively Monitored Watersheds Project that is assessing the effectiveness of stream restoration to increase salmon production. He has also helped conduct stream geomorphology and other research.

Fisheries, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Salmon, Hydrological Modeling, Eelgrass, Freshwater Mussels, Smelt Northwest, Washington, Puget Sound Link
Knut Kielland University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Biogeochemistry, physiological ecology, nutrient cycling, plant-animal interactions, wildlife ecology, global change biology

Climate Modeling, Vegetation Modeling, Wildlife, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Arctic Link
Kris Hundertmark University of Alaska Fairbanks

Genetics applications in wildlife research and management, population ecology of large mammals, conservation genetics of Arabian megafauna, phylogeography of Beringian megafauna, landscape genetics of wildlife.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Population Dynamics International, Alaska Link
Kristin O'Brien University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Mitochondrial biology, oxidative and nitrosative stress and adaption to cold temperature.

Climate Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation, Fisheries Antarctic, Alaska Link
Lara Horstmann-Dehn University of Alaska Fairbanks

Lara's research focuses on Arctic marine mammals because of their cultural and nutritional importance to subsistence users, the Arctic is undergoing noticeable change, and planned oil and gas development is happening in that habitat.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Economic Impacts, Climate Modeling, Cultural Resources, Salmon, Walrus, Impacts to Indigenous Peoples Alaska, Arctic Link

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