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
Mark Lindberg University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

I am a population ecologist with an interest in how a diverse set of factors affect dynamics of vertebrates. Most of my research has focused on avian populations with waterfowl as the primary study species. Waterfowl breeding in the boreal forest and upland birds in Alaska are study species and systems that I want to continue to investigate. However, I am interested in population dynamics of a variety of taxa.

Population Dynamics, Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Birds, Wildlife Alaska Link
Steffi Ickert-Bond University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Molecular systematics, phylogeny, biogeography and morphological evolution in vascular plants; revisionary and floristic work.

Vegetation Modeling Alaska Link
Todd O'Hara University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Wildlife conservation and medicine with a focus on environmental and wildlife toxicology of marine and terrestrial mammals and fish, and marine mammals outside of Alaska.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries, Wildlife Alaska, Arctic, International Link
Diane O'Brien University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Nutritional physiology of insects; stable isotope ecology, and understanding patterns of stable isotope variation among biological compounds.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Insects, Indigenous Community Health, Epidemiology Alaska Link
Brad Griffith University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Habitat and nutritional ecology, stochastic population processes, endangered species management/planning, remote sensing, landscape processes, species translocation and reintroduction.

Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Arctic, Alaska Link
Diane Wagner University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Herbivory, insect-plant-soil interactions, mutualism, and evolutionary ecology

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Insects Alaska, Arctic Link
Brain Barnes University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Physiological ecology and endocrinology of hibernating mammals; biological rhythms and sleep; overwintering biology of animals including insects. We work in field and laboratory settings investigating behavioral and physiological mechanisms by which animals cope with high latitude winter and summer environments.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation Arctic, Alaska Link
Falk Huettman University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Wildlife Ecology, Seabirds, Predictive GIS Modeling, Web-based Wildlife Databases and Metadata, Spatial Aspects of Population Viability Analysis (PVA), Future Landscape Scenarios of Wildlife Habitat, Landscape Ecology, Russian Far East, Tropical Ecology, Conservation Steady State Economy.

Population Dynamics, Economic Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Seabirds Alaska, Arctic, Russia, International Link
Jeremy Jones University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

My research interests focus on two general themes: 1) carbon and nitrogen cycling in streams, rivers and soils (especially in the context of land-water interactions), and 2) watershed-scale carbon cycling and climate change. I am interested in carbon and nitrogen cycling at a range of scales ranging from the molecular composition and microbial use of dissolved organic molecules, to the biogeochemical cycling in streams and soil, to larger scale fluxes from watersheds and trace gas emissions to the atmosphere.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Impacts, Water Resource Impacts Alaska Link
Kevin Winker University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Avian evolution, population genetics, and systematics; ecology, evolution and behavior.

Population Dynamics, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Birds Alaska, National Link
Kristin O'Brien University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Mitochondrial biology, oxidative and nitrosative stress and adaption to cold temperature.

Climate Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation, Fisheries Antarctic, Alaska Link
Laura Prugh University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Multi-species conservation and management, mesocarnivore ecology, population and community dynamics, predator-prey interactions, ecological restoration, conservation of fragmented populations, noninvasive genetics

Population Dynamics, Planning, Adaptation, Wildlife Alaska, Arctic, California, West Link
Link Olson University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Systematics, phylogenetics, and evolutionary biology of mammals; biogeography and molecular evolution

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife Alaska Link
John Walsh University of Alaska Fairbanks, International Arctic Research Center

Dr. Walsh's research interests include climate change and meteorology of polar regions, Arctic sea ice, and extreme weather events and impacts.

Climate Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Snow, glaciers, Ice Alaska, Arctic Link
Keith W. Cunningham University of Alaska Fairbanks, Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP)

Light detection and ranging, synthetic aperture radar, geospatial modeling, carbon/biomass estimation, carbon trading market audit and assurance.

Climate Modeling, Economic Impacts Alaska, National, International Link
Bill Simpson University of Alaska Fairbanks, Stanford University

We are an active research program involving application of spectroscopy to study environmental / atmospheric chemistry. Our group is a great place to learn about both technical aspects of experimental chemistry and scientific aspects of air and Arctic chemistry research.

Environmental Atmospheric Modeling, Air Quality Arctic, Alaska Link
Donald Walker University of Alaska Fairbanks, Toolkit Field Station: Institute of Arctic Biology

Environmental biology; disturbance and recovery of arctic ecosystems; global tundra ecosystems; hierarchical geographical information systems; landscape ecology; landscape response to climate change; quantitative ecology methods.

Climate Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean Link
Mark Johnson University of Alaska Fairbanks, U.S Dept. of Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement.

My research focus is the physical oceanography of the Arctic Ocean through analysis of historical and model data. My current work is assessing of the ice volume of the Arctic Ocean, developing climate indices related to the seasonality of sea-ice freeze-up and break-up, and establishing measurements of sea-ice thickness over the Arctic Ocean.

Climate Modeling, Snow, glaciers, Ice, Environmental Monitoring Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Alaska, Arctic Link
Glenn Shaw University of Alaska Fairbanks, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Research interests are in atmospheric physics and atmospheric chemistry predominantly in areas of physical chemistry and optics of atmospheric aerosols, and in global climate and climate feedback

Atmospheric Monitoring, Climate Modeling Alaska, National, International Link
Andres Lopez University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage

Fish diversity and evolution. The study of systematics (taxonomy and classification) of fishes using a combo of morphology-and gene-based lines of evidence. His goal is to produce accurate and precise information on the nature and geographic distribution of fish biological diversity.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries, Lamprey, Cultural Resources Impacts Alaska Link
Ruth Lieberman University of Alaska Fairbanks, Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite

Dr. Lieberman specializes in the analysis of satellite data, and in furthering our understanding of middle atmosphere dynamics.

Atmospheric Dynamics Alaska, National, International Link
Cathy Connor University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Quaternary Geology and Paleoecology, Regional Alaskan Geology, Glaciology, Neotectonic Processes, Geoscience Education.

Snow, glaciers, Ice, Geology, Geomorphology Alaska, Northwest Link
Christopher Donar University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Dr. Donar's research interests are in the ecology, taxonomy and systematics of diatoms (Bacillariophyta) and other freshwater algae. He is particularly interested in paleolimnology and the use of diatoms to infer short-term historical changes in aquatic ecosystems due to human modification and long-term changes in response to climatic factors.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Algae Alaska, Northwest, Florida
David Tallmon University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Dr. Tallmon's research focus is evolutionary and ecological dynamics of natural populations using demographic and genetic models, molecular genetic data, and field data. He uses models based on likelihood and approximate Bayesian computation to infer demographic vital rates or effective population size with the goal of providing useful results and tools for conservation and evolutionary biology.

Population Dynamics, Environmental Monitoring, Wildlife, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Marine Mammals Alaska, Northwest Link
Lisa Hoferkamp University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

My research centers on the transport, deposition and attenuation of heavy metal and organic pollutants in high latitude environments.

Impacts to Human Systems, Heavy Metal Pollution, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Impacts Alaska, Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Roman Motyka University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Tidewater glacier dynamics, thinning of Mendenhall Glacier and disintegration of it calving terminus in Mendenhall lake, up life, isostatic rebound, and plate tectonics in SE AK, contribution of AK glaciers to global sea level raise, Developing ice-load models for Glacier Bay and for the Yakutat Icefield.

Snow, glaciers, Ice, Sea Level Rise, Geology, Geomorphology, Estuaries, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Northwest Link
Sanjay Pyare University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

GIS-supported landscape assessments, ground-truthing GIS and remotely sensed resources, landscape connectivity, habitat modeling, animal dispersal/movement, aquatic-terrestrial-marine interactions

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Landscape Connectivity, Wildlife Alaska, Northwest Link
Sonia Nagorski University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Dr. Nagorski's research includes trace metal dynamics in hydrological systems, trace metal records in ancient ice cores, streambed sediment geochemistry, and surface and ground water interactions and modeling.

Trace Metals, Snow, glaciers, Ice, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Water Resources Impacts Alaska, Northwest Link
Jan Straley University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau), Sitka Sound Science Center

Dr. Straley is a humpback and sperm whale specialist based in Sitka, Alaska. Her most recent focus is human impacts to sperm whale populations.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Whales Alaska, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Adam Wei University of British Columbia

Dr.Wei's key research interests are eco-hydrological processes; in-stream wood ecology and its relations with channel morphology, aquatic habitat and carbon budget; forest disturbance and watershed processes; application of GIS and remote sensing on watershed hydrology and management; surface water and groundwater integration; and long-term soil productivity and forest ecosystem modeling.

Hydrological Modeling, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, British Columbia, Canada Link

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