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
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 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
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
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
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
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
David Shaw Oregon State University

All aspects of forest health, including biology and management of Swiss needle cast in Douglas-fir, invasive insect and disease pests, silviculture and integrated pest management, the interactions of fire and forest pests, biology and ecology of native insect and disease organisms considered pests, and biology and ecology of mistletoes.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Douglas-fire Northwest, Oregon Link
Andreas Schmittner Oregon State University

Earth System Modeling, Climate Dynamics, Paleoclimate, Ocean Circulation, Marine Ecosystem and Biogeochemical Cycles. Global coupled ocean-atmosphere-biogeochemical models.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts National, International, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Enrique Thomann Oregon State University

Partial Differential Equations, Analysis, Applied Probability, Mathematical Modeling. Thomann's research is primarily in problems in partial differential equations arising from fluid mechanics. He also collaborates with colleagues in other departments, as well as in the Mathematics Department, in the development of mathematical models to problems in Ocean Engineering, Ecology, Oceanography, Hydrology and management of Natural Resources.

Hydrologic Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Pacific Ocean, Northwest 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
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
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
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
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
Dawn Wright Oregon State University

Geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis; marine geography; informatics and cyberinfrastructure; geographic information science in higher education. Benthic terrain characterization of coral reefs; processing, production, visualization, and interpretation of seafloor maps.

Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Lorenzo Ciannelli Oregon State University

My primary research focus is on fisheries oceanography and marine ecosystem ecology. I am interested in studying the causes of temporal and spatial variations of marine populations. Most of my work revolves around early life stages of fish, as variability at the population level is closely linked to egg, larval and juvenile survival in marine organisms. Through these investigations I combine quantitative analyses (i.e., mathematical and statistical modeling) with more field and experimentally oriented approaches.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Fisheries Alaska, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Merrick C Haller Oregon State University

Remote sensing (microwave radar & optical) of nearshore breaking waves; wave modeling and shoreline response near complex bathymetric features; physical/numerical modeling of rip currents and rip current instabilities.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National, Pacific Ocean Link
Karen Shell Oregon State University

My research interest is climate dynamics, large-scale physical mechanisms which alter the climate, as well as physical feedbacks which amplify or damp climate change. I use climate modeling to study these forcing mechanisms and feedbacks.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon, National, International Link
Michael Campana Oregon State University

Transboundary ground water resources; water resources management; water resources in developing regions, especially Central America, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia ; regional hydrogeology; dynamic simulation modeling in water resources

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology, Impacts to the Human System Northwest, National, International Link
Lori Cramer Oregon State University

Professor Cramer's research interests are in natural resource sociology, environmental sociology, social impact assessment, and rural sociology.

Social science Northwest Link
Selina Heppell Oregon State University

I devote most of my research to some of the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea: sea turtles, sharks, sturgeon, and west coast rockfish. I primarily use computer models and simulations to help us understand how these animals respond to human impacts and to guide research and management policy towards their recovery. I am particularly interested in how these animals will respond to climate change and increasing human populations on our coastlines.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Sturgeon, West Coast Rockfish Northwest, West, International, Pacific Ocean Link
Kate Lajtha Oregon State University

Nutrient cycling in natural and human-disturbed ecosystems, soil organic matter dynamics, forest biogeochemistry. My lab studies the changes in biogeochemical cycling, and the effects on the vegetative community, that has arisen from human activities.

Vegetation Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon Link
Brent Steel Oregon State University

Environmental Politics and Policy. Sustainability. Water and Marine Resource Management and Policy.

policy, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Water Resources Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, International Link
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
Mike Kosro Oregon State University

Coastal oceanography; shelf/deep-sea exchange processes; eastern boundary currents; California and Peru/Chile Undercurrent; remote sensing; ocean acoustics; ocean circulation. Measurements of ocean currents and water properties on frontal and larger scales, using a coastal-circulation radio-mapping technique, drifters and moored current meters, and shipborne/towed profilers; properties of coastal eddies and their effect on cross-shelf exchange.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, International, Pacific Ocean 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
Simon de Szoeke Oregon State University

I am interested in interactions between the atmosphere and ocean that affect the climate system. I study atmospheric boundary layer clouds, intertropical convergence zone variability, and cross-equatorial winds over the eastern tropical Pacific.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Climate Modeling Northwest, International 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