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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Title Organizationsort descending Description Category Geography Website
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
Catherine Mater Mater Engineering, Pinchot Institute for Conservation

Catherine is a prominent expert in sustainable forestry and conservation issues. She is president of Mater Engineering in Corvallis and a senior fellow of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, Agricultural Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest Link
Amanda Rosenberger, Ph.D. Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Amanda's research interests are in the ecology and conservation of freshwater fishes with an emphasis on the role of ecological processes in shaping fish distributions, population characteristics, and community structure.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Fisheries Missouri 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
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
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
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
Amy Holman NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

As NOAAs Regional Coordinator for Alaska, I work with colleagues from all of the NOAA line offices and with people from other federal and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and industry to tackle issues in the state that no single organization can solve on its own.

Policy; Coordination Alaska Link
Jeremy Mathis NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

My current research focuses on constraining CO2 fluxes and ocean acidification in coastal regions, particularly at high latitudes. I do this by using a variety of platforms including the collection of discrete DIC, TA, pH and pCO2 measurements from ships as well as data collected from moorings, gliders and floats.

Marine Ecosystem Impacts; Ocean Acidification Arctic, Alaska, Bering Sea, 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
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
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
Shannon McNeeley, North Central Climate Science Center/Colorado State University Research Scientist, Adaptation Lead Scientist, and Tribal Engagement North Central Climate Science Center/Colorado State University

Dr. Shannon McNeeley received her doctoral degree in Environmental Change and Sustainability Science (ecological anthropology, ecology, climatology) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in the interdisciplinary Resilience and Adaptation Program as an NSF IGERT Fellow then as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her doctoral research focused on climate variability and change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptive capacity of indigenous people (Athabascan Indians) in the remote, rural Interior region of Alaska. This was in close collaboration with tribes, state, and federal agency partners. She first began working for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 2000 as an associate scientist before starting her doctoral degree in the fall of 2004. Her work is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural incorporating the social and natural sciences in order to understand human-environment relationships and how people are impacted by and respond to environmental change. She has been involved in climate change education and research for over 16 years. Most recently, as a postdoctoral fellow at NCAR, her research focused on water scarcity and sustainability in the context of climate variability and change and the Yampa/White Basins region of northwest Colorado. Then as a research fellow at the School of Natural Resources and Environment the University of Michigan, Dr. McNeeley co-wrote the Adaptation chapter of the upcoming U.S. National Climate Assessment and led research on climate adaptation actions implemented across the globe through the Global Environmental Facility financing mechanisms for developing and Least Developed Countries. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the DOI-sponsored North Central Climate Science Center at Colorado State University. In addition to continuing research on vulnerability and adaptation in water resource management, this will also entail working to build the capacity of the NCCSC to conduct and support regional assessment on climate change adaptive capacity and decision making.

Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change, Vulnerability, Adaptation Science, Climate Science Center North Central U.S. 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
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
Chas Jones Northwest Climate Science Center, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

Dr. Jones is an interdisciplinary expert in the dynamic interactions between climate, water, ecology, and society. He received a Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of Alaska, where he combined traditional knowledge and science to assess exposure of indigenous people to the impacts of climate change. As a postdoctoral researcher with the Environmental Protection Agency, he investigated hydrologic vulnerability to climate change across the continental U.S.

Northwest, Climate Science Center Northwest Link
Tim Beechie Northwest Fisheries Science Center

His research focuses on geomorphology and riparian vegetation as key drivers of riverine ecosystems. His current research interests include influences of valley and river channel morphology on salmon habitats and populations, using land use and restoration scenarios to estimate salmon population responses and evaluate restoration alternatives, and adapting river restoration plans and project designs for climate change.

Fisheries, Geology/Geomorphology, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Salmon Northwest Link
Eliza Ghitis Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC)

Eliza Ghitis is the Climate Change Scientist for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

Tribal, Climate change, Habitat, Fisheries Northwest, Washington 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
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
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
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
Marie Schlenker Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) Oregon, Northwest 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
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
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
Andrew Plantinga Oregon State University

Dr. Plantinga 's research focuses on the economics of land use, climate change, and forests. Particular emphasis is given to the development of methods for econometrically modeling land-use decisions, the application of land-use models to environmental and resource policy problems, and the modeling of land development pressures. Current projects involve the use of a national-level (U.S.) econometric model of land use to evaluate wildlife conservation policies and factors determining historical land-use changes, the effects of forest fragmentation on wildlife species, land-use policies designed to lessen adverse effects of fragmentation, growth management restrictions in Oregon and its effect on property values, and the application of techniques from macroeconomics to model natural resource markets.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Policy: Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts Northwest, National, International 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
Anna Harding Oregon State University

Environmental health, including water quality, environmental contamination and public health interventions, and community involvement. NIEHS grant (affiliated with the Superfund Basic Research Program) funding to examine PAH exposures for tribal communities engaged in traditional cultural lifestyles

Cultural Resources, Social Sciences, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Oregon 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

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