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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Title Organization Description Categorysort descending 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 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
Marie Schlenker Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) Oregon, Northwest Link
Josh Foster The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)

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 is vice chair of the executive committee for ASAP.

Adaptation Oregon, Northwest Link
Amy Lovecraft University of Alaska Fairbanks

Currently, as the Principle Investigator on a three-year National Science Foundation grant, she leads a team working with resident experts in the Northwest Arctic and North Slope Boroughs on scenarios development asking "what is required for healthy sustainable communities in Arctic Alaska by 2040?"

Adaptation; Planning; Community Healthy Alaska, National, International Link
Alan Bloomberg Stevens Institute of Technology; Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN)

His research is directed towards understanding and predicting the flow processes operating in rivers, lakes, estuaries and the oceans. It has contributed to the creation of ocean observing and forecasting systems which are used for environmental studies, surface vessel operations and as a basis for maritime security. His latest work is to understand and predict the impacts of extreme climate-driven events on urban coasts and to create innovative adaptations to protect people and property - a new discipline called adaptative engineering.

Adaptive Engineering; Climate Modeling; Infrastructure Northeast, Atlantic 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
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
David Ervin Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University

Environmental Management and Economics, Ecosystem Service Values, Urbanizing Regions, Business Sustainability , Sustainability effects of Genetically Engineered Crops

Agricultural Impacts, policy, Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Sustainability Northwest, 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
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
Stuart Hardegree USDA ARS

Stuart's research focuses on conservation of rangelands, weather data and forecasting and climate impacts in Idaho and the interior Northwest.

Agricultural Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Idaho Link
Cynthia Rosenzweig National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN)

Cynthia Rosenzweig is a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she heads the Climate Impacts Group.

Agricultural Impacts; Infrastructure; Planning; Adaptation; Urban Impacts National, International, Northeast, Atlantic 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
Dean Atkinson Portland State University

We are specifically interested in the climate impacts of diesel particulate matter, especially that produced from biodiesel combustion, which has been viewed lately as a promising replacement fuel. We are also beginning to investigate atmospheric sources of "brown carbon" particles that are produced by combustion and that absorb significantly more light in the UV than in the visible part of the spectrum.

Air Quality Northwest, National, International Link
Dr. Frank Davis National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara

Dr. Frank Davis is the Executive Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. He is also a professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Barbara and the Lead Principal Inverstigator at the  His research interests are in landscape ecology, biogeography and conservation planning. 

alaska, scientist, landscape ecology, biogeography, conservation planning Alaska Link
Ann Shriver Oregon State University, International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade

My general research interests include all aspects of fisheries economics, international and domestic seafood markets, aquaculture economics, fisheries management and institutions. Specific past projects include the effects of Russian political changes on international seafood trade, and market channels for Pacific Northwest seafood.

Aqua cultural Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, Fisheries International, 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
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
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
Glenn Shaw University of Alaska Fairbanks, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Research interests are in atmospheric physics and atmospheric chemistry predominantly in areas of physical chemistry and optics of atmospheric aerosols, and in global climate and climate feedback

Atmospheric Monitoring, Climate Modeling Alaska, National, International Link
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
Amy Snover Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington

Work draws on the natural and social sciences to assess the vulnerability of natural and human systems to climate variability and change and to inform the development of climate adaptation strategies. Works with decision makers to develop science-based climate change planning and adaptation guidance and to assess their climate information needs in order to develop priorities for research, tool development, and outreach.

Climate change, Adaptation, Mitigation, science and policy Northwest, Washington Link
Jeremy Littell US Geological Survey, Alaska Climate Adaptation 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
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
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
Shad O'Neel USGS Alaska Science Center

Research focuses on glaciers and climate, with a focus on coastal glaciers and sea level rise.

Climate change, glaciers, small glaciers Alaska, Northwest Link
Alan Hamlet Skagit Climate Science Consortium

His research over the last 10 years has focused on the impacts of climate variability and change on rivers and water resources systems in the western U.S., with a particular emphasis on the Columbia River basin in the Pacific Northwest.

Climate change, hydrology, Columbia River Northwest, Washington Link
Daniel Isaak USDA Forest Service

Current research focuses include: Understanding effects of climate change on stream habitats and fish communities. Development and implementation of basin scale and regional monitoring programs for bull trout and other aquatic organisms. Development and implementation of basin scale and regional stream temperature models and monitoring protocols . Effects of fire and disturbance on streams. Development of bioclimatic models to predict distributions of trout species to climate scenarios at regional and basin scales.

Climate change, stream habitat, fish, trout Northwest 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