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
Mike Sfraga University of Alaska Fairbanks

Polar geography, exploration, geography of AK, and history of field science.

Snow, glaciers, Ice, Geography, Geomorphology Alaska, Arctic Link
Naoki Takebayashi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

My primary interest is the population genetics of plant mating-system evolution. I approach this issue from several levels: from ecological genetics to macro-evolution to molecular evolution, using genetic simulations, population genetics theory and empirical works.

Population Dynamics, Vegetation Modeling National, International Link
Nathan Kettle NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP); USGS Alaska Climate Science Center (CSC)

Nathan Kettle is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) and the USGS Alaska Climate Science Center. His research focuses on the human dimensions of global environmental change, risk and uncertainty, trust, and the role of networks in climate change adaptation. He is also interested in risk-based management approaches for climate adaptation and scenario planning.

Marine Ecosystem Impacts; Coastal Ecosystem Impacts; Planning Alaska, National, International Link
Nick Dulvy Simon Fraser University, Earth2Ocean

Dr. Dulvy's research interests include climate change; fisheries; conservation; threatened species; coral reefs; and sharks and rays.

Population Dynamics, Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Fisheries Northwest, British Columbia, National, 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
Nicola Hillgruber University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Fisheries Society, Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Ecology of marine fishes, primarily in the ecology of their early life stages, the impact of biological and physical factors on condition, growth, and thus survival of larvae and juveniles of marine fishes.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries Alaska, Arctic, Baltic Sea, International Link
Nicole Molders University of Alaska Fairbanks

I want to contribute to improving numerical models in order to simulate the water, energy and trace gas cycles appropriately. Doing so will allow policy makers to use model outcomes to assess future water resources, water and air quality and to make reasonable decisions to meet the challenges of the future.

Hydrologic Modeling, Air Quality, policy, Impacts to Human Systems Alaska, National, International Link
Nicole Vaillant USDA Forest Service

Current research interests include characterizing fire behavior at multiple scales, burn severity patterns, fuel treatment effectiveness, and wildfire risk analysis.

Wildfire, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Northwest, Oregon Link
Pat Doak University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research is motivated by three main areas of interest: 1) population and evolutionary ecology of plant-insect interactions, 2) the impact of patchy or fragmented habitat structure on population level processes, and 3) how detailed examination of individual behavior can be used to scale up to explanations of population level processes. My own research centers on insect population ecology, however my interests extend beyond the world of insects.

Population Dynamics, Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Insects Alaska Link
Patricia Muir Oregon State University

My research interests focus on effects of human activities on plants. I study effects of alternative logging methods on forest productivity and diversity I also study effects of air pollutants on plants in the field and in controlled environments. My current research also focuses on the commercial moss harvest industry in Appalachian and PNW forests.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Air Quality Northwest Link
Patrick Kinney Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); Columbia University

Dr. Patrick Kinney's teaching and research address issues at the intersection of global environmental change, human health, and policy, with an emphasis on the public health impacts of climate change and air pollution.

Air Pollution; Adaptation; Public Health; Policy; Urban Impacts Northeast, Atlantic Link
Perry Barboza University of Alaska Fairbanks

The principal focus of my research program is the consequences of life history and environmental change on nutrition. I work with other scientists and students to study ungulates (e.g., reindeer, caribou and muskoxen) and waterfowl (e.g., ducks and geese) as well as non-game species (e.g. porcupines) in both wild and captive populations.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation, Population Dynamics, Wildlife, Caribou, Reindeer, Muskoxen, moose Alaska, Arctic Link
Peter Ruggiero Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Coastal Geomorphology, Coastal Hazards, Nearshore Processes. Coastal Geomorphology: nearshore morphology, modeling coastal change, large-scale coastal behavior. Coastal Hazards: impact of climate change and variability on coastal change and flood hazards. Nearshore Processes: swash processes, dynamics of high-energy dissipative beaches.

Geology/Geomorphology, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Alaska, Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Philip Loring NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP); University of Saskatchewan

Food systems and security; fisheries; local food movements; environmental justice; climatic and environmental change; indigenous cultures

Fisheries; Cultural Resource Impacts; Food Security Northwest, Alaska, British Columbia, Pacific Ocean Link
Philip Mote Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)

Climate variability and change in the Pacific Northwest. Mountain snowpack and its response to climate variability and change. Interpretation of global model and satellite data. Impacts of climate change on water resources forests and shore lands, sea level rise, adaptation to climate change.

Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Water Resources Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Sea Level Rise Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Randall Peterman Simon Fraser University, Fisheries Science and Management Research Group

His research focuses on: (1) fish population dynamics, (2) uncertainties affecting conservation risks and management decisions, and (3) reducing uncertainties. He uses large data sets, simulations models, Bayesian statistics, and formal decision analysis

Population Dynamics, Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Fisheries, Salmon National, Pacific Ocean, Northwest, British Columbia Link
Randall Rosenberger Oregon State University

Non-market valuation, meta-analysis, benefit transfer, recreation economics, environmental and resource economics.

Economic Impacts Northwest, National, International Link
Raymond Bradley Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); University of Massachusetts

My interests are in climate variability across a wide range of time scales. I'm particularly interested in how present day climate differs from climates in the past, and what may have caused climates to change.

Climate Modeling; Historical Climate Trends Northeast, Atlantic, National Link
Rebecca Kennedy Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory

Research interests are in understanding patterns of vegetation change across multiple scales in relation to disturbance and environment, and old-growth forest structure and dynamics. Current research projects include coastal Landscape Analysis and Modeling Study (CLAMS), Coordination of the CLAMS dead wood modeling effort, Study of the spatial pattern and dynamics of hardwood patches, land cover change, and the local, landscape, and regional patterns of dead wood in relation to topography and history in the forests of the Coastal Province of Oregon.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest Link
Regina Rochefort North Cascades National Park Service

Regina Rochefort is a Plant Ecologist and Science Advisor at Washington's North Cascades National Park Service Complex, where she has been employed for the past 16 years. As Science Advisor, Regina works with park managers to integrate current science into park management, identifies applied research needs, facilitates research within the park, and manages the Research Permit System for North Cascades National Park Service Complex and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. Regina is the lead on Climate Adaptation and is a co-lead on the North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership. She is interested in the management of high elevation ecosystems in the Cascades of Washington State and British Columbia.

Conservation, Science Outreach Northwest, British Columbia, Washington, International 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
Richard D. Boone University of Alaska Fairbanks

Biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems, soil organic matter dynamics, global change, land-use legacies on soils.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring, Climate Modeling Alaska, Arctic, National, International Link
Richard F. Miller Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center

Spatial and temporal dynamics of sagebrush and juniper woodlands in the Intermountain Region with an emphasis in fire. (Emeritus)

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Eastern Oregon 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
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
Robert Chen Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); Columbia University

During more than 20 years at CIESIN, Dr. Chen has helped initiate and manage a wide range of projects and data development efforts, including CIESIN's widely used Gridded Population of the World (GPW) data set, its Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators (ENTRI) service, its global poverty data collection, and the Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center. He is currently leading or co-leading research and data development projects on topics such as earthquake risk assessment, environment and security, climate adaptation, and sustainability education.

Climate Modeling; Northeast, Atlantic Link
Robert Duncan Oregon State University, VIPER Group

Geochronology and petrogenesis of ocean floor and oceanic island basalts applied to modeling crustal movements in the ocean basins; geochemistry of oceanic basalts to map upper mantle heterogeneities; hydrothermal alteration of midocean ridge basalts; the origin, composition, timing and environmental effects of large igneous processes. (Professor Emeritus)

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Pacific Ocean, Northwest, Oregon Link
Robert Dziak Oregon State University, Ocean Acoustics

Ocean Acoustics. GIS Modeling. Ocean floor activity.

Geology/Geomorphology, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Pacific Ocean, 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
Robert Holman Oregon State University, Coastal Imaging Lab

Beach processes; measurements of near-shore waves and currents; models of sandbar generation and morphology; application of remote sensing to near-shore processes, large-scale coastal behavior. (Emeritus)

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology International, National, Northwest Link

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