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
Robert J. Meinke Oregon State University

Our current research interests focus on developing conservation protocols for rare vascular plant species through (1) taxonomic investigations of poorly known populations or species proposed for legal protection under the Endangered Species Act; (2) developing methods for re-introducing and recovering populations of critically endangered species, by integrating life history studies in the field and greenhouse; and (3) evaluating the roles of pollination and floral predation in limiting rare plant species. (Courtesy)

Vegetation Modeling, policy, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest Link
Robert Kennedy Oregon State University, Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing in Ecology

My specialties are in geospatial analysis, remote sensing, modeling, landscape ecology, disturbance dynamics, computational methods. I currently lead projects focusing on landscape dynamics, land cover change, and carbon dynamics. Recent collaborators include the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, as well as other universities and NASA.

Geospatial analysis, Modeling, Landscape Dynamics Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Robert L. Higdon Oregon State University

Applied mathematics, numerical solution of partial differential equations. He is currently working on mathematical and computational problems related to large-scale, high-resolution numerical modeling of ocean circulation.

Climate Modeling Northwest, National, International Link
Robert Lessard Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)

Past projects have involved developing forest fire mitigation strategies, habitat restoration strategies for fish and wildlife recovery, direct manipulation of species abundances for endangered species recovery, examination of climate effects and land and water resource management.

Tribal, forest, fire, fish and wildlife, Climate change Northwest, Oregon, Washington, Columbia River Basin Link
Robert Suryan Oregon State University, Seabird Oceanography Lab

I have studied the effects of environmental forcing on the reproductive biology, foraging ecology, and population dynamics of marine birds and mammals. I use state of the art electronics to study foraging, migration, and dive patterns of seabirds and integrate these data with in-situ and remotely-sensed measures of prey resources or their proxies. I have applied results from many of these studies to address seabird-fishery interactions, identification of marine important bird areas, and other aspects of marine spatial planning.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Estuaries, Fisheries, Marine Birds Northwest, Alaska, Oregon, International, Pacific Ocean, Hawaii Link
Robert T Lackey Oregon State University (Courtesy Professor of Fisheries)

Ecological Policy; science, policy, and environmental protection; biological resource management, fisheries management. Specific research includes, alternative ecological futures, salmon restoration, ecosystem management, ecological risk assessment, interface between science and policy

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology, Water Resources Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Aquacultural Impacts Northwest, International Link
Roger Ely Oregon State University

Environmental biotechnology, sustainable systems engineering, bioprocess engineering, modeling of biological systems. Metabolic responses in nitrifying bacteria. Bio-based hydrogen energy systems.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, National, International Link
Roger Samelson Oregon State University

Fluid dynamics and thermodynamics of the ocean and atmosphere; coastal and arctic meteorology; coastal, mesoscale and large-scale ocean circulation; instabilities and nonlinear dynamics of geophysical fluids.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts National, International, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Roger W. Ruess University of Alaska Fairbanks, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

Ecosystem Ecology, Plant Ecophysiology, Biogeochemistry

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Alaska Link
Rolf Gradinger University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute for Polar Ecology Kiel, Germany

Dr. Gradinger specializes in research concerning sea ice ecology, microbial network, polar ecology, and marine protists.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, sea ice, Snow, glaciers, Ice, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Alaska, Arctic Link
Roman Motyka University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Tidewater glacier dynamics, thinning of Mendenhall Glacier and disintegration of it calving terminus in Mendenhall lake, up life, isostatic rebound, and plate tectonics in SE AK, contribution of AK glaciers to global sea level raise, Developing ice-load models for Glacier Bay and for the Yakutat Icefield.

Snow, glaciers, Ice, Sea Level Rise, Geology, Geomorphology, Estuaries, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Northwest Link
Ron Neilson Oregon State University, USDA Forest Service

Discerning and modeling the causal relations between the global climate and ecosystem processes and vegetation distribution. The model will accurately represent the energy, water and trace gas exchange between the vegetation and the atmosphere and will simultaneously determine the type of vegetation that can be supported, its location and ecosystem processes and the vegetation responses to climatic change, disturbances and alternative land-use practices. Current research explores the mechanisms of climate-biosphere interactions at scales ranging from landscape to continental with various modeling exercises at all levels. Recent research will apply these new tools for forecasting of national fire risks over the next 3-12 months.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, National Link
Ronald P. Neilson Oregon State University

The long-term goal is to build vegetation models that are applicable at scales from landscape to global. The model will accurately represent the energy, water and trace gas exchange between the vegetation and the atmosphere and will simultaneously determine the type of vegetation that can be supported, its location and ecosystem processes and the vegetation responses to climatic change, disturbances and alternative land-use practices. Current research explores the mechanisms of climate-biosphere interactions at scales ranging from landscape to continental with various modeling exercises at all levels.

Vegetation Modeling, Downscaling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, National, International Link
Ruby Leung Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Climate Impacts Group

Regional climate modeling. Land-atmosphere interactions. Regional hydrologic cycle. Orographic precipitation. Climate variability and change

Climate Modeling, Downscaling, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, Washington, National Link
Russel Andrews University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Dr. Andrews specializes in marine mammals, sea turtles, diving behavior, diving physiology, foraging ecology, energetics, remote monitoring equipment and instrumentation. He is also interested in the conservation biology of threatened and endangered marine organisms and their habitats.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles Alaska, Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean Link
Russell Hopcroft University of Alaska Fairbanks, Greenland Climate Research Center

My primary interests focus on the composition, production and energy flow of pelagic ecosystems. More simply, my research explores the questions "How do planktonic communities work?", "How much energy do they process?", "Who's really important?", "How do communities vary temporally and spatially", and increasingly "How do communities change in response to climate". I am also recognized as a taxonomic authority on several groups of zooplankton globally, and for Arctic zooplanktonic biodiversity in general.

Climate Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Zooplankton Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Alaska Link
Ruth Lieberman University of Alaska Fairbanks, Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite

Dr. Lieberman specializes in the analysis of satellite data, and in furthering our understanding of middle atmosphere dynamics.

Atmospheric Dynamics Alaska, National, International Link
Ryan R. Rykaczewski University of South Carolina Department of Biological Sciences

I am interested in exploring the responses of ecosystem and fisheries production to past and future climate variability and climate change. This research involves consideration of theory, observations, and models. Currently, I investigate the biogeochemical implications of changes in physical climate that are particularly robust in the projections of atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (e.g., meridional shifts in zonal winds, increases in ocean stratification, and changes in phenology). In the past, changes in primary production, carbon export, the structure of food webs, and fisheries have often correlated with simple physical climate measures such as SST. However, these relationships rarely reflect an understanding of the actual mechanisms relating the environment to the physics.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Aquacultural Impacts Southeast, National Link
Sally Duncan Oregon State University, Institute for Natural Resources

Sally's research interests include connections between humans and their natural resources, in particular the intertwined roles of science, communications, and social acceptance of resource management. In her work at INR, she is committed to improving the multi-faceted connections between scientific research with all its limitations and opportunities, and the complex worlds of decision makers and stakeholders.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems, Cultural Resources, Social science Northwest Link
Sam VanLaningham Oregon State University (Adjunct Professor)

Earth surface processes, paleoceanography and paleoclimate, quaternary sedimentology

Hydrologic Modeling, Geology, Geomorphology Northwest, Oregon Link
Samantha Chisholm Hatfield Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Dr. Hatfield is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, and is also Cherokee. Her culturally traditional upbringing led her to become interested in the juncture between Indigenous systems of knowledge and western science. Samantha holds a Bachelors in Ethnic Studies: Native American Studies and Cultural Anthropology, and a PhD in Environmental Science, specializing in Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) from Oregon State University. Her interests and expertise include TEK, Native systems in the Pacific Northwest, cultural systems, and communication. Her other interests include writing, speaking, dancing traditionally at pow wows, and cultural events.

Tribal, Climate change, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) Northwest, Oregon Link
Sanjay Pyare University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

GIS-supported landscape assessments, ground-truthing GIS and remotely sensed resources, landscape connectivity, habitat modeling, animal dispersal/movement, aquatic-terrestrial-marine interactions

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Landscape Connectivity, Wildlife Alaska, Northwest Link
Sara Smith Northeast Climate Science Center

Her experience is in research and development, natural resources, ecology, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), and working with indigenous communities in the Midwest. Sara's interests entail forest ecology and dynamics, bridging the gap between science and indigenous knowledge, climate resilience education, and community outreach.

Northeast, Climate Science Center, Midwest, Great Lakes Northeast, Midwest, Great Lakes Link
Sarah Eppley Portland State University

Current research is centered on investigating 1) the ecological consequences of combined versus separate sexes and sex ratio variation in plants and 2) the interactions between environmental stress and breeding systems in the survival and maintenance of plant populations. Understanding the role of stress, particularly extreme environmental stress, in the ecology and evolution of plant species is critical to our ability to protect rare and endangered plant species and to predict the impacts of climate change on plant communities. Researchers in the lab are using an array of ecological, physiological, and molecular tools to address questions in these areas.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, National, Antarctica, International Link
Sarah Mincks Hardy University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research touches on a broad range of topics in benthic ecology. I am particularly interested in the reproduction and life-history strategies of benthic marine invertebrates, patterns of biodiversity in the benthos, and coupling between pelagic and benthic processes. Various projects include reproduction and larval development under varying environmental conditions, effects of food quality and quantity on reproduction, and relationships between life-history and dispersal, biodiversity, and biogeographic patterns.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Marine Invertebrates Pacific Ocean, Alaska Link
Sarah Trainor Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, NOAA RISA, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Climate Science Center

Human dimensions of global change in arctic and northern latitudes, vulnerability and adaption of northern communities to climate change and environmental injustice and climate change in Arctic Indigenous peoples.

Impacts on Human Systems, Economic Impacts, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation, Social science, Cultural Resources, Impacts to Indigenous Communities Alaska, Arctic Link
Scott Heppell Oregon State University, International School of Conservation Biology

My research interests are the physiological ecology of fishes, in particular how physiology, behavior, and life history traits affect the interactions between fish populations and their respective fisheries.

Fisheries, Aquacultural Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Rockfish, Salmon Northwest, Oregon, International, Japan, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico Link
Scott Lowe Boise State University

Dr. Lowe's primary research interests relate to the influence of regulations on environmental and socioeconomic conditions. His research focal areas include air and water quality, urban economics, and on water use in the arid western United States. Dr. Lowe is currently the Director of the Environmental Studies Program and the coordinator for the Sustainability Minor at Boise State.

Agricultural Impacts, Social science, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Idaho Link
Scott Rupp University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Climate Science Center

Landscape ecology emphasizing secondary succession, regeneration, and disturbance dynamics in subarctic and boreal forest. Current research includes modeling boreal forest dynamics, fuel loading, developing custom fuel models, fire-climate interactions.

Vegetation Modeling, Impacts to Human Systems, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation Alaska Link
Se-Yeun Lee University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group

Water resources Planning and Management; integrated Hydrological and Water Resources Modeling; Climate Change Planning and Adaptation; Impacts of Climate Change on Wetland Ecosystems; Climate Impacts on Hydropower and Energy Systems; Optimization-Simulation Methods; Bioremediation of PCE in Groundwater; Transportation of Heavy-Metal in Groundwater

Water Resources Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Washington Link

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