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
Hiram W. LI Oregon State University

Hierarchical organization of land and rivers capes ("From the macroscope to microscope"). The role of stream temperature on aquatic communities of high desert streams. Factors affecting restoration of fish habitats. Qualitative mathematical analyses of aquatic communities, especially exotic species.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, International 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
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
Bruce Shindler Oregon State University

Social values of natural resources, public agency-community interactions, social aspects of wildland fire management, communication strategies. Social responses to ecosystem management practices in the Pacific Northwest, public acceptance of wildland fire management and fuel reduction practices, agency communication strategies and local partnerships.

Social science, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Cultural Resources Northwest, West, National Link
William Jaeger Oregon State University

Dr. Jaeger's research includes issues related to water and land use, energy, taxation, the relationship between economic growth and natural resource allocation (the environmental Kuznets curve), and sustainable development.

Economic Impacts, policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems National Link
Katie Dugger Oregon State University

The effect of abiotic factors (climate, flooding, etc.)on avian survival and reproductive rates, and the changes in demographic parameters that may result from long-term climate changes or anthropogenic landscape influences. I am currently working on the population ecology of the Northern Spotted Owl in southern Oregon, Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, and tropical forest birds in Puerto Rico.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Northern Spotted Owl Northwest, Alaska, Oregon, International Link
James Coakley Oregon State University

Radiative transfer; remote sensing of cloud and aerosol properties; earth's energy budget; radiative forcing and climate change. Indirect radiative forcing of aerosols using CALIPSO LIDAR and A-train data. Limits to indirect radiative forcing of aerosols as deduced from ship tracks. Application of partly cloudy pixel retrievals to MODIS imagery data. Surface radiation budget of the northeastern Pacific.

Climate Modeling, Air Quality Pacific Ocean, Northwest, 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
Janean Creighton Oregon State University

Her research areas are in social science, policy, and natural resources. Her research interests are in extension and human dimensions.

Social science, Natural Resources, Human Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska 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
Yvette Spitz Oregon State University

Investigation of the main pathways in marine ecosystems; development of coupled physical-biological models. Use of data-assimilative models in conjunction with observations from long-term time series and Ocean Color data to modify model pathways and estimate model parameters and errors for the North Pacific carbon cycle; modeling of ecosystem response to upwelling off the Oregon coast; data-assimilative modeling of eutrophication in the North Sea.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean, International Link
Derek Godwin Oregon State University

Extension watershed management specialist for Oregon, specializing in hydrology, low impact development practices, stream processes and water quality. Provides education to many audiences including elected officials, home owners, planning and public works department staff, consultants, landscapers, watershed councils and neighborhood associations. Provides education in a variety of formats including workshops, short courses, field tours, hands-on training, forums and presentations.

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Oregon 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
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
Steven S. Perakis Oregon State University

Research centers on the ecology and biogeochemistry of forest ecosystems, as well as grassland and riparian systems. We examine how factors such as natural and human disturbances, climate and climate change, succession, and soil fertility shape ecosystem biogeochemistry - and the reciprocal effect of biogeochemical cycles on these and other factors. We are particularly interested in how activities within ecosystems shape nutrient inputs, losses, and whole-system nutrient balances, and in linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Our studies occur primarily in Pacific Northwest forests, with a strong focus on cycles of carbon and major nutrients through soils, plants, water, and air.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest Link
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
Christine Olsen Oregon State University

Social science, human dimensions of natural resources, planning and decision-making processes, citizen-agency communication and interactions, forest management before and after wildfires.

Social science, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, International, 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
Jim Lerczak Oregon State University

Coastal physical oceanography including the study of internal tides, high-frequency internal waves, and circulation in the vicinity of fronts; estuarine oceanography including the dynamics that drive the three-dimensional circulation, the mechanisms that transport and disperse materials within estuaries, and the time response of estuaries to changes in forcing; physical/biological interactions which influence larval dispersal.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Clinton Epps Oregon State University

Connectivity and dispersal in fragmented landscapes
Effects of climate and climate change on distribution and demography; Conservation genetics

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, National, International 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
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
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
Temesgen Hailemariam Oregon State University

Forest measurements and biometrics, modeling, and LiDAR. My research focuses on three major areas and seeks to develop (or extend): 1) imputation methods that support dynamic forest inventory, silvicultural planning, and habitat analysis; 2) sampling and statistical methods to characterize and quantify status and change of selected attributes including biomass and carbon and 3) Applications of lidar to forest measurements and assessments.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Modeling Northwest, National 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
David Conklin Oregon State University

Using the static biogeography model MAPSS and the dynamic global vegetation model MC1, he has run simulations of potential vegetation and vegetation change for a number of areas, principally in the western U.S. His current interests include bringing vegetation models into the Envision modeling framework developed by the BEE department at OSU.

Vegetation Modeling, Climate Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, 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
John Bailey Oregon State University

My research focuses on a spectrum of objectives in a landscape, including commodity production, habitat creation, and ecosystem restoration. We have initiated research projects to evaluate the role of stand structure and dynamics on fire hazard, mature forest development, sustainable forest management, and post-fire recovery. Our silviculture research considers the broad economic, ecological, and sociopolitical implications on forest.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, policy, Environmental Monitoring Northwest 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
Dudley Chelton Oregon State University

Mesoscale oceanic eddies; large-scale, low-frequency variability of ocean circulation; coupled ocean-atmosphere variability; satellite microwave radar remote sensing; development of techniques for improving and quantifying signal-to-noise ratio in oceanographic measurements.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Global, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link

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