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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Philip Mote Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)

Climate variability and change in the Pacific Northwest. Mountain snowpack and its response to climate variability and change. Interpretation of global model and satellite data. Impacts of climate change on water resources forests and shore lands, sea level rise, adaptation to climate change.

Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Water Resources Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Sea Level Rise Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Viviane Simon-Brown Oregon State University (Professor Emeritus)

Human dimensions of natural resource sustainability. Sustainable living education to help individuals and families make intelligent, thoughtful quality of life and consumer choices about natural resources. Public engagement to better understand the public's natural resource values and beliefs systems. Collaborative public processes that move people from conflict and promote direct and meaningful natural resources decision-making.

Social science, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Oregon, National Link
William Pearcy Oregon State University (Professor Emeritus)

Dr. William Pearcy is a world-renowned authority on many aspects of biological oceanography, in particular his extensive work on fishes and squids in the North Pacific. He has made significant contributions to many areas of marine research, including fisheries oceanography, the ecology of deep-sea and open ocean fishes and squids, the trophic dynamics of marine fishes, and pollution and trace metals in the marine environment. He is perhaps best known recently for his contributions to understanding all aspects of Northeast Pacific salmon during their ocean phase.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Fisheries, Squid, Salmon Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Matthew Betts Oregon State University College of Forestry

Research interests include: (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.

landscape ecology, population viability and movement, ecologic thresholds, species distribution modeling Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Thomas Hurst Oregon State University, Alaska Fisheries Science Center

I am interested in the ecology of early life stages of marine species and the constraints imposed by the environment. I am particularly interested in the pervasive influence on temperature variation on all aspects of physiology and ecology of ectotherms. A current area of research is the role of temperature variation on growth dynamics and survival patterns of juvenile fishes, including the phenomenon of winter mortality among temperate and boreal fishes.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Fisheries Alaska, Northwest Link
Christoph Thomas Oregon State University, Biomicrometeorology Group

Biomicrometeorology: Atmosphere-vegetation interaction, atmospheric turbulence, mixing in plant canopies, flow and transport in weak-wind boundary-layers, dynamics of the lower atmospheric boundary layer, scale transitions from milliseconds to hours and days, trace gas exchange
Climate change science: Forest ecosystem responses and feedback mechanisms, carbon-water coupling, hydro-ecology, regional climate trends in temperature and seasonality
Instrumentation: Acoustic remote sensing (SODAR-RASS), spatially distributed sensor networks (optical-fiber techniques), trace gas analyzers

Climate Modeling, Vegetation Modeling, Downscaling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, National Link
Jeffrey Bethel Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

My research focuses on building adaptive capacity to address the health impact of occupational, environmental and natural hazards, particularly among vulnerable populations. Specifically, I examine the health effects of climate change including heat-related illness among farm-workers and other vulnerable populations, household- and community-level preparedness to disasters, efforts to increase adaptive capacity for climate change among local health departments. I also study best practices to implement epidemiologic methods to examine the health impact of disasters.

Impacts to Human Systems, Epidemiology, Disaster Preparedness Northwest, Oregon Link
Peter Ruggiero Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Coastal Geomorphology, Coastal Hazards, Nearshore Processes. Coastal Geomorphology: nearshore morphology, modeling coastal change, large-scale coastal behavior. Coastal Hazards: impact of climate change and variability on coastal change and flood hazards. Nearshore Processes: swash processes, dynamics of high-energy dissipative beaches.

Geology/Geomorphology, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Alaska, Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Susan Capalbo Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Environmental-Economic Tradeoff Analysis, Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration, Natural Resources; Environmental Quality, Productivity Analysis and Production Theory, and Rural Health Care and Cost-Benefit Analysis.

Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Oregon, National Link
David Turner Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Application of remote sensing and modeling to monitor land surface processes; Development of carbon budgets at landscape to regional scales; Biogeochemical modeling of the carbon, nitrogen and hydrologic cycles; Climate change assessment.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National, Oregon Link
Barbara Bond Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Physiological processes, especially water and carbon relations, at whole tree and forest ecosystem scales. Development of new tools and techniques for measuring and monitoring physiological processes in forests.

Environmental Monitoring Northwest, Oregon Link
David Rupp Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Impact of climate variability and change on water resources and hazards; Anthropogenic influence on regional climate; Hydrology of swelling/shrinking soils; Streamflow recession analysis for catchment/aquifer characterization; Rainfall scaling and stochastic simulation

Water Resources Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, Oregon Link

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