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
Perry Barboza University of Alaska Fairbanks

The principal focus of my research program is the consequences of life history and environmental change on nutrition. I work with other scientists and students to study ungulates (e.g., reindeer, caribou and muskoxen) and waterfowl (e.g., ducks and geese) as well as non-game species (e.g. porcupines) in both wild and captive populations.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation, Population Dynamics, Wildlife, Caribou, Reindeer, Muskoxen, moose Alaska, Arctic Link
Kris Hundertmark University of Alaska Fairbanks

Genetics applications in wildlife research and management, population ecology of large mammals, conservation genetics of Arabian megafauna, phylogeography of Beringian megafauna, landscape genetics of wildlife.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Population Dynamics International, Alaska Link
Terry Whitledge University of Alaska Fairbanks

Marine chemistry/chemical oceanography, nutrient chemistry, nitrogen cycle, biogeochemical processes, dynamics of coastal ocean and estuaries, eutrophication and oxygen depletion, nutrient uptake and regeneration, and harmful algal bloom.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Apoxia, Hypoxia, Harmful Algal Blooms Pacific Ocean, Alaska Link
David Atkinson University of Alaska Fairbanks

My primary focus concerns the "environmental forcing" of coastal zones in arctic regions. This means how do storm winds and waves affect coastal zones, with special attention given to the unique complicating conditions introduced by the presence of sea-ice and frozen ground.

Hydrologic Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Arctic, Alaska Link
Richard D. Boone University of Alaska Fairbanks

Biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems, soil organic matter dynamics, global change, land-use legacies on soils.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring, Climate Modeling Alaska, Arctic, National, International Link
Amy Lovecraft University of Alaska Fairbanks

Currently, as the Principle Investigator on a three-year National Science Foundation grant, she leads a team working with resident experts in the Northwest Arctic and North Slope Boroughs on scenarios development asking "what is required for healthy sustainable communities in Arctic Alaska by 2040?"

Adaptation; Planning; Community Healthy Alaska, National, International Link
Lara Horstmann-Dehn University of Alaska Fairbanks

Lara's research focuses on Arctic marine mammals because of their cultural and nutritional importance to subsistence users, the Arctic is undergoing noticeable change, and planned oil and gas development is happening in that habitat.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Economic Impacts, Climate Modeling, Cultural Resources, Salmon, Walrus, Impacts to Indigenous Peoples Alaska, Arctic Link
David Valentine University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Valentine's broad research interest is in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and element cycling in northern ecosystems. Past research focused on the role of soils in forests, grasslands, and wetlands in generating or consuming trace gasses, especially methane, that control Earth's climate. His recent research has focused on the effects of wildfire on soil respiration and carbon balance.

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildfire National, International, Alaska Link
Lawson Brigham University of Alaska Fairbanks

Polar environmental change, marine policy & ocean security issues, satellite remote sensing of sea ice and permafrost, marine navigation systems, coastal oceanography, polar environmental management & sustainable use.

Climate Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Snow, glaciers, Ice, sea ice, policy Alaska, Arctic Link
Gerhard Kramm University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research activities are mainly focused on the theoretical aspects of atmospheric sciences, in particular physics of the planetary boundary layer, atmospheric turbulence and its impact upon atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric radiation, cloud physics, micro- and mesoscale numerical modeling, and climate change.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring Alaska, National, International Link
William Schnabel University of Alaska Fairbanks

Varied projects are centered around cold regions applications involving surface/subsurface water quality, contaminant fate and transport, water resources and waste management.

Engineering; Hydrologic Impacts Alaska, Arctic Link
Brenda Konar University of Alaska Fairbanks

Brenda's research interests include phycology, research scuba diving, biodiversity, monitoring programs, nearshore ecology, ecosystem change, benthic ecology.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries, Clams, Environmental Monitoring Alaska, Pacific Ocean Link
Glenn Juday University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tree-ring studies, Biodiversity under forest management systems, climate change assessment, climate change and forest growth, structure of old-growth forest ecosystems, wilderness and natural area management, long-term environmental monitoring.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Climate Modeling Alaska Link
Scott Rupp University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Climate Science Center

Landscape ecology emphasizing secondary succession, regeneration, and disturbance dynamics in subarctic and boreal forest. Current research includes modeling boreal forest dynamics, fuel loading, developing custom fuel models, fire-climate interactions.

Vegetation Modeling, Impacts to Human Systems, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation Alaska Link
Larry Hinzman University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Climate Science Center

Professor Hinzman's primary research interests involve permafrost hydrology. He has conducted hydrological and meteorological field studies in the Alaskan Arctic continuously for over 30 years while frequently collaborating on complementary research in the Russian and Canadian Arctic. His research efforts have involved characterizing and quantifying hydrological processes and their inter-dependence with climate and ecosystem dynamics.

Water Resources Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystems Impacts, Snow/Glaciers/Ice Alaska, International, Canada, Arctic Link
Abby Powell University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Conservation biology, shorebird ecology and avian management.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Birds Alaska Link
David McGuire University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Operation of ecological processes at large spatial scales; ecological modeling, global change biology.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring National, International, Alaska Link
Mark Wipfli University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Freshwater Food webs, Marine-Derived Nutrients in Riverine Ecosystems, Trophic Relationships, and Riparian-Stream Interactions

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Fisheries, Salmon Alaska, Arctic Link
Jo-Ann Mellish University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Interests focus on how animals physiologically deal with energetic requirements during high-demand periods, such as growth and lactation. Pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) are particularly interesting because they have additional challenges from the utilization of not one but two environments, both terrestrial and marine.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Sea Lions Alaska, Arctic Link
Russel Andrews University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Dr. Andrews specializes in marine mammals, sea turtles, diving behavior, diving physiology, foraging ecology, energetics, remote monitoring equipment and instrumentation. He is also interested in the conservation biology of threatened and endangered marine organisms and their habitats.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles Alaska, Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean Link
Tuula Hollmen University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Dr. Hollmen's research focuses on the physiology and health of wild avian species, especially waterfowl and marine birds, development of methods and biomarkers to evaluate body condition, immune function and disease/contaminant effects in birds, and application of such techniques for monitoring of population health and fitness of wild birds.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Air Quality, Water Resource Impacts, Birds, Wildlife Alaska, Arctic Link
Knut Kielland University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Biogeochemistry, physiological ecology, nutrient cycling, plant-animal interactions, wildlife ecology, global change biology

Climate Modeling, Vegetation Modeling, Wildlife, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Arctic Link
Nicola Hillgruber University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Fisheries Society, Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Ecology of marine fishes, primarily in the ecology of their early life stages, the impact of biological and physical factors on condition, growth, and thus survival of larvae and juveniles of marine fishes.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries Alaska, Arctic, Baltic Sea, International Link
Trent Sutton University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Fisheries Society, International Association of Great Lakes Research

Current research interests focus on the ecology and population dynamics of freshwater and marine fishes, particularly whitefishes, salmon, lampreys, rockfishes, burbot, and northern pike.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Salmon, Rockfish, Whitefish, Lamprey Alaska, Great Lakes, Midwest, Northeast Link
Arny Blanchard University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Statistical Association

I have been involved with taxonomic identification of Alaska marine invertebrates and monitoring marine environments for anthropogenic disturbances. I focus on sediment-dwelling organisms (the infauna) and how resource use alters communities. I manage a long-term environmental monitoring project in Port Valdez, Alaska (1971 to present) and am a member of the team working on a environmental assessment of the Chukchi Sea for ConocoPhillips, Shell Exploration and Production, and Statoil.

Environmental Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts Alaska Link
Roger W. Ruess University of Alaska Fairbanks, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

Ecosystem Ecology, Plant Ecophysiology, Biogeochemistry

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Alaska Link
Christina P.H. Mulder University of Alaska Fairbanks, Greenhouse

Relationships between species diversity and ecosystem processes and plant-animal interactions.

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Plant-Animal Interactions Alaska Link
Russell Hopcroft University of Alaska Fairbanks, Greenland Climate Research Center

My primary interests focus on the composition, production and energy flow of pelagic ecosystems. More simply, my research explores the questions "How do planktonic communities work?", "How much energy do they process?", "Who's really important?", "How do communities vary temporally and spatially", and increasingly "How do communities change in response to climate". I am also recognized as a taxonomic authority on several groups of zooplankton globally, and for Arctic zooplanktonic biodiversity in general.

Climate Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Zooplankton Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Alaska Link
Igor Polyakov University of Alaska Fairbanks, Hymeteorological Institute

The primary focus of my recent research is climate change and variability in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. My high-latitude climate studies focus on polar amplification of global warming, long-term variability of the Arctic atmosphere, ice, and ocean, their interconnections, and linkages with the lower latitude processes.

Climate Modeling, Snow, glaciers, Ice, Atmospheric Modeling Alaska, Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean Link
Rolf Gradinger University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute for Polar Ecology Kiel, Germany

Dr. Gradinger specializes in research concerning sea ice ecology, microbial network, polar ecology, and marine protists.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, sea ice, Snow, glaciers, Ice, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Alaska, Arctic Link

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