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
Alba Argerich Oregon State University, Stream Chemistry Synthesis Project

Effects of global change on stream ecosystems. Functional processes in stream ecosystems with major focus on nutrient cycling and ecosystem metabolism. Ecology of the hyporheic zone.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Monitoring, Stream Ecology, Biogeochemistry Northwest, Oregon, International Link
Beverly E Law Oregon State University, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research and Regional Analysis

Dr. Beverly Law's research focuses on the role of forests, woodlands and shrublands in the global carbon cycle. Her approach is interdisciplinary, involving in situ and remote sensing observations, and models to study the effects of climate and climate related disturbances (wildfire), land-use change and management that influence carbon and water cycling across a region over seasons to decades.

Vegetation Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Environmental Monitoring, Water Resources Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildfire Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Ron Neilson Oregon State University, USDA Forest Service

Discerning and modeling the causal relations between the global climate and ecosystem processes and vegetation distribution. The model will accurately represent the energy, water and trace gas exchange between the vegetation and the atmosphere and will simultaneously determine the type of vegetation that can be supported, its location and ecosystem processes and the vegetation responses to climatic change, disturbances and alternative land-use practices. Current research explores the mechanisms of climate-biosphere interactions at scales ranging from landscape to continental with various modeling exercises at all levels. Recent research will apply these new tools for forecasting of national fire risks over the next 3-12 months.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, National Link
Robert Duncan Oregon State University, VIPER Group

Geochronology and petrogenesis of ocean floor and oceanic island basalts applied to modeling crustal movements in the ocean basins; geochemistry of oceanic basalts to map upper mantle heterogeneities; hydrothermal alteration of midocean ridge basalts; the origin, composition, timing and environmental effects of large igneous processes. (Professor Emeritus)

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Pacific Ocean, Northwest, Oregon Link
Sihan (Meredith) Li Oxford E-Research Centre

Dr Sihan Li (Meredith) is working on the The Nature Conservancy (TNC) project, using weather@home simulations to investigate the impacts of recent extreme weather events on the Amazonian biosphere. She is investigating what role climate change played in the likelihood of those extreme weather events, as well as how the change in biosphere would affect the local climate. She is jointly appointed between the Oxford e-Research Centre and the University's Environmental Change Institute.

Climate Modeling, Greenhouse Gas, Hydro Climate Change UK Link
Ruby Leung Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Climate Impacts Group

Regional climate modeling. Land-atmosphere interactions. Regional hydrologic cycle. Orographic precipitation. Climate variability and change

Climate Modeling, Downscaling, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, Washington, National Link
Cary Lynch Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Global Change Research Institute

Her research focuses on spatial statistics from climate models as they relate to socio-economic impacts.

Pacific, Northwest, Research Northwest Link
Rebecca Kennedy Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory

Research interests are in understanding patterns of vegetation change across multiple scales in relation to disturbance and environment, and old-growth forest structure and dynamics. Current research projects include coastal Landscape Analysis and Modeling Study (CLAMS), Coordination of the CLAMS dead wood modeling effort, Study of the spatial pattern and dynamics of hardwood patches, land cover change, and the local, landscape, and regional patterns of dead wood in relation to topography and history in the forests of the Coastal Province of Oregon.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest Link
Andrew Fountain Portland State University

I am interested in understanding the basic physical laws that control processes on the Earth's surface. My focus is primarily on ice, particularly glacier ice. My research is devoted to the problem of water and glaciers, and the variation of glaciers with climate.

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Climate Modeling Northwest Link
Andrew Rice Portland State University

Future forecasting of climate relies heavily on our ability to predict concentrations of atmospheric trace gases. My research focuses on better understanding sources and sinks of important atmospheric trace gases using small variations in naturally occurring stable isotopes.

Climate Modeling Northwest, National Link
Heejun Chang Portland State University

Hydrology and water resources, with focus on human modification of the hydrologic system and interactions among climate change, land use change, and water management as they affect water quantity, quality, demand, and hydrologic ecosystem services.

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology National, International, Northwest, Oregon Link
Aslam Khalil Portland State University

Professor Khalil is well known for his pioneering research and influence in the area of trace gas chemistry and physics. Currently Professor Khalil's interests center on how the earth's global systems are determined by physics and chemistry.

Climate Modeling Northwest, National Link
Christina Hulbe Portland State University

Christina Hulbe is an Associate Professor of Geology at Portland State University. She is a geophysicist who specializes in glaciology, using computer simulations of glacial systems to study how and why they change over time. Her current projects emphasize both glaciological records of past events and the development of models used to interpret modern observations and, eventually, to inform studies aimed at projecting future change. These studies include analysis and simulation of marine ice sheet retreat processes, fracture mechanics in floating ice, and the response of glacier ice to climate warming on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Geology/Geomorphology, Climate Modeling, Sea Level Rise National, Antarctica, Pacific Ocean, California, Northwest Link
Jiunn-Der Duh Portland State University

My research focuses on developing geocomputational theory and techniques to integrate GIS and remote sensing technologies in spatial decision-making. Specific projects focus on applying spatial modeling, simulation, and optimization techniques to support land-use planning, emergency planning, and resources management.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Downscaling Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Craig Shinn Portland State University

Dr. Shinn's research stems from his interests in how policy agreement is created and sustained in society including administrative aspects of adaptive management, social aspects of sustainability, civic capacity building and inter-jurisdictional administration of natural resources.

Social science, policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, National Link
Sarah Eppley Portland State University

Current research is centered on investigating 1) the ecological consequences of combined versus separate sexes and sex ratio variation in plants and 2) the interactions between environmental stress and breeding systems in the survival and maintenance of plant populations. Understanding the role of stress, particularly extreme environmental stress, in the ecology and evolution of plant species is critical to our ability to protect rare and endangered plant species and to predict the impacts of climate change on plant communities. Researchers in the lab are using an array of ecological, physiological, and molecular tools to address questions in these areas.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, National, Antarctica, International Link
Teresa Bulman Portland State University

Resource management, water resources, environmental law, teacher education

Water Resources Impacts, policy National, California, Northwest Link
Vivek Shandas Portland State University

Examining feedbacks between environmental change and human behavior. Developing community-based indicators for measuring the social and environmental conditions. Characterizing the relationship between urban development patterns and environmental quality.

Social science, Impacts to Human Systems, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, International Link
Dean Atkinson Portland State University

We are specifically interested in the climate impacts of diesel particulate matter, especially that produced from biodiesel combustion, which has been viewed lately as a promising replacement fuel. We are also beginning to investigate atmospheric sources of "brown carbon" particles that are produced by combustion and that absorb significantly more light in the UV than in the visible part of the spectrum.

Air Quality Northwest, National, International Link
David Sailor Portland State University, Board on the Urban Environment

The central mission of Dr. Sailor's research group is to develop an improved understanding of the urban climate system, its feedback mechanisms, and the potential for mitigating actions to affect change. Our specific short term goals are to:
(1) quantify the relative role of component parts of the urban infrastructure in affecting the magnitude of the urban heat island
(2) understand how the urban system will respond to the added stresses of long term climate change (including changes in population, demographics, technology, and adaptation)
(3) evaluate the likely impacts of planning and policy options to mitigate the negative aspects of urban environments

policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, National, International Link
Janine Castro Portland State University, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service

Interests and specialisms in river science: stream restoration, technology transfer. Dr. Castro holds a joint position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service that covers all aspects of fluvial geomorphology, including stream restoration, sediment dynamics, channel design, energy management, and channel evolution.

stream restoration, fluvial geomorphology, sediment dynamics Northwest Link
Julian Sachs Program on Climate Change

Late Quaternary climate. Cause and consequence of abrupt climate change in the geologic record. Evolution of the tropical Pacific climate & the El Nino-Southern Oscillation since the last glacial period. Relationship between ENSO and the mean climate state.

Climate Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, Washington, National, Pacific Ocean Link
John Reynolds Reynolds Research Group

We combine research and education aimed at enhancing aquatic biodiversity, including large-scale field studies of salmon and their ecosystems. Our projects range from impacts of nutrients from salmon on birds and plants to links between life history traits of fish and vulnerability to extinction.

Population Dynamics, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Salmon, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Pacific Ocean, International, British Columbia Link
John Takekawa Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

His research focuses on the wintering and migratory ecology of water birds through radio telemetry, and ecological processes in San Francisco Bay. His studies have focused on projects in the San Francisco Bay estuary, California wetlands, and Pacific Rim countries including Russia, Japan, and Mexico. He is currently working as the San Francisco Bay Program Director.

Climate change, water bird ecology, radio telemetry, contaminants, restoration ecology Northwest, Pacific Rim, International Link
Iris Stewart-Frey Santa Clara University

Freshwater aquatic and/or riparian, hydrology in the western US. My research interests encompass environmental issues that affect the water cycle and water supply. I have worked on both shallow groundwater pollution issues and surface water processes that are related to climate variability and climate change. I have developed a type transfer function model (TTF) to assess pesticide leaching to groundwater at the regional scale. More recently I have worked on assessing streamflow timing changes across western North America. My current work is focused on the physical processes and characteristics of watersheds which are particularly sensitive to climate change, and on expanding my runoff timing assessments to other arid places in the world.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts West, Northwest, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington Link
K. Zickfeld Simon Fraser University, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis

Climate Modeling; climate-carbon cycle feedbacks; emission implications of long-term climate targets, such as the 2 degrees Celsius target and climate tipping points.

Climate Modeling, Air Quality British Columbia, Northwest, National Link
Karen E. Kohfeld Simon Fraser University, Climate, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments (COPE) Laboratory

Dr. Kohfeld is interested in understanding natural variability and biogeochemical linkages within the ocean and climate system, in order to better assess earth system responses to anthropogenic perturbations. Her research focuses on natural and anthropogenic changes in the ocean carbon cycle, the influence of climate and land surface conditions on atmospheric dust, and assessing and adapting to extreme weather conditions in British Columbia.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Atmospheric Modeling British Columbia, International, Northwest, National Link
Jonathan Moore Simon Fraser University, Department of Biological Sciences

I am interested in the dynamics of coastal ecosystems--how do systems function, and how human activities impact that function. I work primarily in stream and lake systems. Although my focus is generally on food webs, I draw from multiple perspectives, applying theories and approaches from evolutionary, ecosystem, food-web, and community ecology viewpoints.

Coastal/Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Water Resources Impacts Northwest, International, British Columbia Link
Larry Dill Simon Fraser University, Department of Biological Sciences

My major research interests are in the development and testing of cost-benefit models of behavior, and experimental studies of the decision rules used by animals to ensure adaptive behavior in various contexts. The emphasis is on understanding how behaviors maximize individual fitness; this is achieved by experimental analyses of the benefits and costs of the various behavioral alternatives available to the animal.

Planning/Adaptation, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, British Columbia, National, International Link
Isabelle Cote Simon Fraser University, Department of Biological Sciences

Areas of research are ecology and evolutionary biology. Isabelle is also a part of the Marine Ecology Lab, which focuses on helping the oceans through applied research.

Ecology Evolutionary Biology Northwest, British Columbia, Caribbean, International Link

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