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 Holman Oregon State University, Coastal Imaging Lab

Beach processes; measurements of near-shore waves and currents; models of sandbar generation and morphology; application of remote sensing to near-shore processes, large-scale coastal behavior. (Emeritus)

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology International, National, Northwest Link
Desiree Tullos Oregon State University, College of Agricultural Sciences

Dr. Tullos research focuses generally on ecohydraulics, river engineering, system analysis in water resources management, and hydrodynamic modeling. In particular, her research addresses stream channel and watershed influences on aquatic systems, measuring and modelling the response and recovery of stream ecosystems to watershed disturbance and restorative manipulations.

Hydrologic Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Water Resources Impacts Northwest, Oregon, National, International Link
Hannah Gosnell Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Research focuses on the drivers and consequences of rural land use change; water resource policy, management and law; climate change adaptation; environmental governance; social-ecological resiliency; adaptive management; payment for ecosystem services; sustainability transitions; transformational adaptation.

Water Resources Impacts, Policy/Management, Adaptation, Environmental Governance, Social Resiliency, Sustainability Northwest, West Link
Dominique Bachelet Oregon State University, Conservation Biology Institute, Data Basin Climate Center

Simulation modeling, Ecosystems Research, Dynamic Fire Modeling, Dynamic Vegetation Model MC1, Potential vegetation distribution, Biogeochemical cycling, Nutrient Cycling, Climate Change Impacts, Methane Emissions (agricultural and natural wetlands).

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National Link
David Lytle Oregon State University, Department of Integrative Biology

Our lab uses evolutionary ecology to understand how organisms and communities are shaped by disturbances such as floods, droughts, and dams. Much of our focus is on aquatic insects, but lab members also work on projects involving fish, frogs, and riparian plants. Current projects examine the evolution of flood and drought escape behaviors, population dynamics and biodiversity estimation in desert streams, management of dammed rivers using prescribed flow regimes, and computer vision methods for insect identification.

Environmental Monitoring, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, Oregon Link
Michael Behrenfeld Oregon State University, Ecophysiology Lab

Physiological-ecology of marine algae, biogeochemical cycles, remote sensing of the biosphere, novel optical approaches to understanding algal ecology/physiology, biochemistry and biophysics of photosynthesis, physiological responses of plants to environmental stresses, and regional and global ecological modeling, climate change and carbon cycling.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, International Link
Julia Jones Oregon State University, Ecosystems Informatics

Land use, climate change and disturbance effects on hydrology, geomorphology, water quality, watershed processes, ecohydrology, and aquatic chemistry. Julia's specialties include Spatio-temporal statistics, Forest hydrology, Landscape ecology, Surface processes, Biogeography.

Hydrologic Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Alaska Link
Kellie Vache Oregon State University, ENVISION

Alternative futures for Skagit and Kitsap Counties, Washington State. Assessment of Hydrologic and Water Quality Response to Intensive Cellulosic Biofuel Silviculture. Watershed hydrology and modeling, implications of evolving land use patterns and climate change, alternative futures analyses for land use planning and sustainability, Geographic Information Systems and simulation of environmental processes.

Water Resources Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems, Downscaling Northwest, Washington Link
John Bolte Oregon State University, ENVISION, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

His areas of expertise are in mathematical modeling and simulation of agricultural, aqua-cultural and environmental systems, geographic Information Systems-based spatial modeling, and artificial intelligence applications in bio-resource management.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Downscaling, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Washington, Oregon, Puget Sound Link
David Hibbs Oregon State University, Forest Ecosystems and Society

My interests focus in forest community ecology and extend into the application of ecology: silviculture. I have worked in both tropical and temperate forest systems. Current research is focused on ecological processes of riparian forests, ecology of post-fire forest dynamics, and management of red alder (Hardwood Silviculture Cooperative). I have had a finger into projects on scale-effects on plant diversity controls, food webs in riparian systems, and the autecology of Willamette Valley savanna tree species.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon Link
John Chapman Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center

Climate consequences for species invasions and diversity changes in marine coastal systems, the historical origin and mechanisms of marine invertebrate dispersal, the criteria for introduced species and the geographical impacts of humans on ecosystems, the processes of biological invasions and the systematics of marine peracaridan crustaceans, invertebrate ecology and systematics. An illustrated key to the 345 shallow water marine and estuarine gammaridean amphipod crustaceans of the American Pacific from Point Conception to the Columbia River.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Estuaries Northwest, Washington, Pacific Ocean Link
Curtiss Davis Oregon State University, Hyperspectral Environmental Suite-Coastal Waters

Optical remote sensing of the coastal ocean; deriving bottom type, bathymetry and water column properties and coastal dynamics from multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing data.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Coastal Modeling Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Thomas Kaye Oregon State University, Institute for Applied Ecology

My major areas of research are population dynamics of endangered plants and invasive species. Matrix models can be used to pose "what if" questions to develop hypotheses for a population's response to various changes in its environment, such as decreased seed predation, grazing, reproductive failure, global warming, or even wild harvest.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, Oregon, Coast, Willamette Valley, Eastern Oregon Link
Sally Duncan Oregon State University, Institute for Natural Resources

Sally's research interests include connections between humans and their natural resources, in particular the intertwined roles of science, communications, and social acceptance of resource management. In her work at INR, she is committed to improving the multi-faceted connections between scientific research with all its limitations and opportunities, and the complex worlds of decision makers and stakeholders.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems, Cultural Resources, Social science Northwest 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
Scott Heppell Oregon State University, International School of Conservation Biology

My research interests are the physiological ecology of fishes, in particular how physiology, behavior, and life history traits affect the interactions between fish populations and their respective fisheries.

Fisheries, Aquacultural Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Rockfish, Salmon Northwest, Oregon, International, Japan, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico Link
Robert Kennedy Oregon State University, Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing in Ecology

My specialties are in geospatial analysis, remote sensing, modeling, landscape ecology, disturbance dynamics, computational methods. I currently lead projects focusing on landscape dynamics, land cover change, and carbon dynamics. Recent collaborators include the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, as well as other universities and NASA.

Geospatial analysis, Modeling, Landscape Dynamics Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Flaxen Conway Oregon State University, Marine Resource Management Program

Her research focuses on communities coping with change and transition, personal and group leadership education, and cooperative learning and research.

Social science Northwest, Oregon Link
Anne Nolin Oregon State University, Mountain Hydroclimatology Research Group

Snow processes in mountain environments, hydroclimatology, cryosphere-climate interactions, remote sensing of snow and ice, surface energy balance modeling, radiative transfer modeling, digital image processing

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Hydrologic Modeling West, Northwest, Oregon, Washington, International Link
Daniel Cox Oregon State University, O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

Dr. Cox's research focuses on community resilience to coastal hazards, including tsunami and hurricane surge and waves inundation in the built and natural environments. He conducts research on tsunami and wave impacts on near-coast structures, tsunami evacuation and life safety, sediment transport and erosion, and nature-based solutions for coastal hazards mitigation.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Pacific Ocean, Northwest, Oregon Link
Robert Dziak Oregon State University, Ocean Acoustics

Ocean Acoustics. GIS Modeling. Ocean floor activity.

Geology/Geomorphology, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Pacific Ocean, Northwest, International Link
Ed Brook Oregon State University, OSU Ice Core and Quaternary Geochemistry Lab

Paleoclimatology, geochemistry, Ice core trace gas records, cosmogenic isotopes, extraterrestrial dust

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Climate Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, Arctic, International Link
Glenn Howe Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest Tree Improvement Research Cooperative

Glenn's research focuses on the breeding, ecological genetics, and genomics of forest trees, including understanding climate-associated patterns of genetic variation, physiological adaptations to climate, and assisted migration.

Genetics and Physiology of Trees, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Oregon Link
Bruce Menge Oregon State University, Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO)

Structure and dynamics of marine meta-ecosystems, responses of coastal ecosystems to climate change, the relationship between scale and ecosystem dynamics, bottom-up and top-down control of community structure, recruitment dynamics, larval transport and connectivity, impact of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, controls of productivity, population, community, and geographical ecology, and models of community regulation.

Environmental Monitoring, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Ocean Acidification, Hypoxia Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Allen J. Milligan Oregon State University, Phytoplankton Ecophysiology Lab, University of British Columbia

Application of cellular-scale molecular and biochemical studies of microalgae, bacteria and corals to environmental questions about ecosystem function and global change. This work is directed towards understanding the physiological mechanisms by which the cycling of elements are influenced by environmental variables. My overall research goal is to apply cellular-scale molecular and biochemical studies of phytoplankton to oceanographic questions about production and function of the oceanic ecosystem in the past, present and future.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Estuaries, Phytoplankton Northwest, Pacific Ocean, International, British Columbia Link
Denise Lach Oregon State University, PNW Climate Decision Support Consortium, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Denise Lach's researches Environmental Natural Resource Sociology. Her research includes Applied Sociology including social impact assessment, program evaluation, and organizational development; organizational sociology; water conflict and dispute resolution; examination of changing roles and expectations for science and scientists in natural resource decision making; institutional resistance to changes in the water sector; transformation of water resources governance structures; examination of changing roles and expectations for science and scientists in natural resource decision making; institutional resistance to changes in the water sector; transformation of water resources governance structures.

Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Social science, Water Systems Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Chris Daly Oregon State University, PRISM Group

Chris Daly is the founder and director of the PRISM Group, a unique group dedicated to producing the highest-quality spatial climate data sets and analyses worldwide. The PRISM group is developing an emerging sub-discipline of climatology called "geospatial climatology," which is a powerful combination of climatology and spatial analysis. Chris is the developer of the PRISM spatial climate modeling system, which produces state-of-the-science spatial climate products currently used in thousands of applications worldwide.

Climate Modeling, Downscaling National, International Link
Aaron Wolf Oregon State University, Program in water conflict management and transformation

Transboundary Water Conflicts and Conflict Resolution, Water Basin Technical and Policy Analysis, Environmental Policy Analysis

Water Resources Impacts, policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, International, National Link
David Pyke Oregon State University, Restoration and Ecology of Arid Lands (REAL) Laboratory

Population biology, fire and restoration ecology of arid and semiarid plants in the Intermountain West and development of protocols to assess ecosystem status.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Wildfire Northwest, Oregon Link
Robert Suryan Oregon State University, Seabird Oceanography Lab

I have studied the effects of environmental forcing on the reproductive biology, foraging ecology, and population dynamics of marine birds and mammals. I use state of the art electronics to study foraging, migration, and dive patterns of seabirds and integrate these data with in-situ and remotely-sensed measures of prey resources or their proxies. I have applied results from many of these studies to address seabird-fishery interactions, identification of marine important bird areas, and other aspects of marine spatial planning.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Estuaries, Fisheries, Marine Birds Northwest, Alaska, Oregon, International, Pacific Ocean, Hawaii Link

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