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
Larry Dill Simon Fraser University, Department of Biological Sciences

My major research interests are in the development and testing of cost-benefit models of behavior, and experimental studies of the decision rules used by animals to ensure adaptive behavior in various contexts. The emphasis is on understanding how behaviors maximize individual fitness; this is achieved by experimental analyses of the benefits and costs of the various behavioral alternatives available to the animal.

Planning/Adaptation, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, British Columbia, National, International Link
Larry Hinzman University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Climate Science Center

Professor Hinzman's primary research interests involve permafrost hydrology. He has conducted hydrological and meteorological field studies in the Alaskan Arctic continuously for over 30 years while frequently collaborating on complementary research in the Russian and Canadian Arctic. His research efforts have involved characterizing and quantifying hydrological processes and their inter-dependence with climate and ecosystem dynamics.

Water Resources Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystems Impacts, Snow/Glaciers/Ice Alaska, International, Canada, Arctic Link
Laura Brophy Institute for Applied Ecology, Estuary Technical Group, Green Point Consulting

Laura Brophy provides state and regional leadership in coastal wetland restoration and conservation for Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. She has over 25 years of field experience in habitats ranging from Pacific Northwest coastal forests and estuaries to tropical rainforests and high desert. Laura's project focus is dual-scale, including basin scale strategic planning and site-scale restoration design, monitoring and implementation. At Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, she conducts and directs research to advance restoration science and bridge the research-application divide.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Estuaries, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Laura Prugh University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Multi-species conservation and management, mesocarnivore ecology, population and community dynamics, predator-prey interactions, ecological restoration, conservation of fragmented populations, noninvasive genetics

Population Dynamics, Planning, Adaptation, Wildlife Alaska, Arctic, California, West Link
Lawson Brigham University of Alaska Fairbanks

Polar environmental change, marine policy & ocean security issues, satellite remote sensing of sea ice and permafrost, marine navigation systems, coastal oceanography, polar environmental management & sustainable use.

Climate Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Snow, glaciers, Ice, sea ice, policy Alaska, Arctic 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
Linda Kruger USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station

As a social scientist with the US Forest Service in Juneau, Alaska; Linda's research focuses on climate change and Alaska Natives and rural communities; the health benefits of spending time in nature; community adaptation, sustainability and resilience within a context of social, cultural, economic, and biophysical change; benefits of volunteer activities (especially for seniors), and collaboration and partnerships, including innovative approaches to working together. Linda is the Alaska Native and American Indian Special Emphasis Program Manager and Tribal Liaison for the Pacific Northwest Research Station. Her recent work includes working with Tribal elders and youth to document traditional harvest and use of forest products, exploring experiences and observations of climate change, and co-editing "Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives from the social sciences" (Williams, D., Stewart, W. and Kruger, L.) published in January 2013 by Springer Publishing.

Climate change, Tribal Partnership, Adaptation, Social science, Forestry Alaska, Northwest Link
Link Olson University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Systematics, phylogenetics, and evolutionary biology of mammals; biogeography and molecular evolution

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife Alaska Link
Linnia Hawkins Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Linnia is a graduate student in CEOAS working with Professor Mote on the Forest Mortality, Economics and Climate project. She is analyzing a super ensemble of regional climate simulations to assess the sensitivity of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change in Western North America. She earned a BS in Mathematics at Montana State University where she worked on developing multivariate statistical methods for assessing changes in distance matrices.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts; Forestry Oregon, Northwest Link
Lisa Hoferkamp University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

My research centers on the transport, deposition and attenuation of heavy metal and organic pollutants in high latitude environments.

Impacts to Human Systems, Heavy Metal Pollution, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Impacts Alaska, Northwest, 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
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
Malinda Chase Alaska Climate Science Center

Malinda Chase serves as the Tribal resilience Liaison at the Alaska Climate Science Center consortium at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Malinda is an enrolled tribal member of Anvik. Malinda holds a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Wellesley College and a master's degree in Cross-Cultural Studies from the UA-Fairbanks. Her experience is in community planning, non-profit management, Native language revitalization, post-secondary distance education and Alaska Native education. More recently, Malinda's focus is on tribal resilience education that aims to engage the AK Native community in her work with the Association of Interior Native Educators.

Community Planning, non-profit management, Language, education, Tribal Liaison, Climate Science Center Alaska Link
Marie Schlenker Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) Oregon, Northwest 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
Mark Hixon University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Biology

My research focuses on the ecology of coastal marine fishes on both temperate rocky reefs and tropical coral reefs, although I have studied a variety of other organisms, including seaweeds and hummingbirds. My major research interests include population dynamics -- particularly the mechanisms that naturally regulate population sizes -- and community ecology -- particularly the mechanisms that affect and maintain local species diversity -- especially in the context of sustaining fisheries and conserving biodiversity.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Aquacultural Impacts, Coral Reef, Fisheries, Seaweed, Hummingbirds Northwest, Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, International Link
Mark Johnson University of Alaska Fairbanks, U.S Dept. of Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement.

My research focus is the physical oceanography of the Arctic Ocean through analysis of historical and model data. My current work is assessing of the ice volume of the Arctic Ocean, developing climate indices related to the seasonality of sea-ice freeze-up and break-up, and establishing measurements of sea-ice thickness over the Arctic Ocean.

Climate Modeling, Snow, glaciers, Ice, Environmental Monitoring Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Alaska, Arctic Link
Mark Lindberg University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

I am a population ecologist with an interest in how a diverse set of factors affect dynamics of vertebrates. Most of my research has focused on avian populations with waterfowl as the primary study species. Waterfowl breeding in the boreal forest and upland birds in Alaska are study species and systems that I want to continue to investigate. However, I am interested in population dynamics of a variety of taxa.

Population Dynamics, Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Birds, Wildlife Alaska Link
Mark Wipfli University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Freshwater Food webs, Marine-Derived Nutrients in Riverine Ecosystems, Trophic Relationships, and Riparian-Stream Interactions

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Fisheries, Salmon Alaska, Arctic Link
Mary Santelmann Oregon State University

Wetlands ecology, biogeography. Ecosystem response to human land use and management practices; use of alternative future scenarios combined with diverse evaluative approaches. Environmental and anthropogenic influences on species composition and species richness in agricultural, urban and wetland ecosystems, including effects of landscape composition and pattern on native biodiversity. Ecology and biogeochemistry of wetlands and riparian systems

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, National Link
Matthew Betts Oregon State University

(1) Influences of landscape structure on demography of animal populations, (2) Animal movement (particularly dispersal), (3) Population viability modeling, (4) Ecological thresholds, (5) Trophic cascades in forest ecosystems, (6) Species distribution modeling, (7) Socio-political mechanisms to affect sustainable forestry (8) Measuring landscape change.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, International Link
Matthew Betts Oregon State University College of Forestry

Research interests include: (1) Influences of landscape structure on demography of animal populations, (2) Animal movement (particularly dispersal), (3) Population viability modeling, (4) Ecological thresholds, (5) Trophic cascades in forest ecosystems, (6) Species distribution modeling, (7) Socio-political mechanisms to affect sustainable forestry (8) Measuring landscape change.

landscape ecology, population viability and movement, ecologic thresholds, species distribution modeling Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Matthew J. Kauffman National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Many ungulate populations in the Rocky Mountains are predicted to respond to declining snow levels and increased drought, though in ways that remain uncertain. This project investigated how climate change may affect the abundance of Rocky Mountain ungulates, their migration patterns, the degree to which they transmit diseases to livestock, and their herbivory impact on aspen. To complete this work we brought together a team of USGS and University scientists with experience, data, and strong agency collaboration that enabled us to quantify climate impacts and deliver products useful for wildlife managers.

wildlife science, ungulate, precipitation, snow levels, drought, migration, aspen, livestock disease, quantify Rocky Mountains, West Link
Meade Korsby Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington

Works with land and wildlife managers and policy makers to incorporate climate change into conservation planning. Primary research and outreach interests include climate change impacts assessment and adaptation planning for species and ecosystems, spatial conservation planning, particularly connectivity conservation and conservation priorities under climate change, species ranges, species boundaries, and hybrid zones, and how they interact with climate.

Climate change, conservation planning, adaptation planning, spatial conservation planning, connectivity conservation Northwest, Washington Link
Meghan Dalton Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Meghan applies regional climate projections to local and regional entities, including municipal water utilities, public health departments, forest, rangeland, and water resource managers, farmers, and tribes, helping them to assess and adapt to future impacts of climate change. She also coordinated the Northwest climate assessment report supporting the 2013 National Climate Assessment.

Assessment; Policy Oregon, Northwest Link
Merrick C Haller Oregon State University

Remote sensing (microwave radar & optical) of nearshore breaking waves; wave modeling and shoreline response near complex bathymetric features; physical/numerical modeling of rip currents and rip current instabilities.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National, Pacific Ocean Link
Michael Behrenfeld Oregon State University, Ecophysiology Lab

Physiological-ecology of marine algae, biogeochemical cycles, remote sensing of the biosphere, novel optical approaches to understanding algal ecology/physiology, biochemistry and biophysics of photosynthesis, physiological responses of plants to environmental stresses, and regional and global ecological modeling, climate change and carbon cycling.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, International Link
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
Michael Hudson USFWS, Columbia River Fisheries Program Office

Michael is a fish biologist on the Native Trout Program under the Conservation, Population and Habitat Assessment Team at the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office. He has worked in this position at CRFPO since summer 2004.

Fisheries, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Cutthroat Trout Northwest, Columbia River Basin 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

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