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
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
Bart J. Van der Kamp University of British Columbia, Professor Emeritus

My main research interest revolves around the expression of Armillaria root disease in the moist, mid-elevation forests of the southern interior of British Columbia. In these forest, Armillaria ostoyae is very widely distributed, but it is expressed in very different ways. In some places, the pathogen is quiescent, meaning it is present on roots, but almost exclusively restricted to callused lesions. In such stands there are virtually no above-ground symptoms and presumably little damage. On the other hand it can also be active, advancing along roots, killing trees, and spreading from tree to tree. My research is focused on the factors that lead to quiescence or active expression. The ultimate aim is to devise silvicultural approaches that will keep stands in a quiescent state.

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts British Columbia, Northwest Link
Anita Morzillo University of Connecticut

Research in my lab focuses on affects of human activities on natural resources. Broad research areas include landscape ecology, systems ecology, and interdisciplinary integration of ecology and social science. Specific foci embrace many disciplines, including wildlife ecology and management, human dimensions of wildlife, recreation management, and urban ecology.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Social science, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts National, Northeast Link
Mark Hixon University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Biology

My research focuses on the ecology of coastal marine fishes on both temperate rocky reefs and tropical coral reefs, although I have studied a variety of other organisms, including seaweeds and hummingbirds. My major research interests include population dynamics -- particularly the mechanisms that naturally regulate population sizes -- and community ecology -- particularly the mechanisms that affect and maintain local species diversity -- especially in the context of sustaining fisheries and conserving biodiversity.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Aquacultural Impacts, Coral Reef, Fisheries, Seaweed, Hummingbirds Northwest, Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, International Link
Timothy Link University of Idaho

My research focuses broadly on how climate, vegetation, and human activities influence hydrological processes from the point to the small watershed scale. Specific research topics focus on how vegetation affects snowpack and related ecological processes, how climate changes will be manifested in the rain-snow transition zone in complex terrain, and how forest management activities affect water flow, quality, and riparian systems

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Hydrological Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Idaho, Yukon, International Link
Jeffrey Hicke University of Idaho Department of Geography

interests are to understand the effects of global environmental change on ecosystems. Humans impact the world around them through modifications of the composition of the atmosphere, changing land cover and land use, pollution of air and water, and invasive species.

Climate change, environmental change, Modeling, forest ecology Northwest, Idaho Link
Crystal Kolden University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources

Research focuses on wildfire management, climate impacts, invasive species and the use of GIS and remote sensing in further the above fields.

Ecology, Climate change, wildfire management, GIS Northwest, Idaho Link
John Abatzoglou University of Idaho, PNW Climate Decision Support Consortium, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Dr. John Abatzoglou studies the climate system across both spatial and temporal scales. Dr. Abatzoglou's research focus includes both weather and climate phenomena and their influence on wildfire, water resources, and ecosystems across the western United States. He is active in creating novel climate monitoring tools that are applicable to decision-makers and planners.

Northwest, Idaho
Kevin McCraken University of Miami

Population genetics, wildlife biology, molecular systematics, and waterfowl.

Population Dynamics, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Birds Southeast, Miami, Andes, International, National
Ryan R. Rykaczewski University of South Carolina Department of Biological Sciences

I am interested in exploring the responses of ecosystem and fisheries production to past and future climate variability and climate change. This research involves consideration of theory, observations, and models. Currently, I investigate the biogeochemical implications of changes in physical climate that are particularly robust in the projections of atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (e.g., meridional shifts in zonal winds, increases in ocean stratification, and changes in phenology). In the past, changes in primary production, carbon export, the structure of food webs, and fisheries have often correlated with simple physical climate measures such as SST. However, these relationships rarely reflect an understanding of the actual mechanisms relating the environment to the physics.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Aquacultural Impacts Southeast, National Link
Bryan Black University of Texas at Austin, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Application of dendrochronology (tree-ring analysis) to growth increments of long-lived marine and freshwater organisms with objectives of:
1) age validation, 2) development of multidecadal growth chronologies, 3) determining the effects of climate on growth, and 4) climate reconstructions. Linkages between growth patterns of marine and terrestrial organisms, and the climatic variables affecting both systems. Dendrochronology as a tool for evaluating stand dynamics, stand development, and the effects of climate and disturbance. Effects of Native American populations on pre-European settlement forest composition.

Cultural Resources, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon, West, Texas Link
Jennie Stephens University of Vermont

Climate change mitigation, technologies and policies for carbon management, sustainability science, energy technology innovation, CO2 capture and storage, renewable energy, universities as change agents for sustainability, climate change education.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, policy, Social science, Geology/Geomorphology Northeast, National, International Link
Ian Miller University of Washington Sea Grant

Dr. Miller works with coastal communities on the Olympic Peninsula to increase their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards, including tsunami, chronic erosion, coastal flooding and hazards associated with climate change. To accomplish this, he uses a suite of tools including outreach, applied research, synthesis of existing science, and coordination to help coastal communities access funding and expertise to achieve their goals and implement their plans.

Coastal Hazards, Sea Level Rise, Flooding, Climate Change, Adaptation Planning Northwest, Washington Link
Jan Newton University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory

Jan is a biological oceanographer who has studied the physical, chemical, and biological dynamics of Puget Sound and coastal Washington, including understanding effects from climate and humans on water properties. Currently she has been working with colleagues at UW and NOAA to assess the status of ocean acidification in Pacific NW waters.

oceanography, Climate change, Ocean Acidification Northwest, Washington Link
Dennis Lettenmaier University of Washington, Civil & Environmental Engineering

His areas of research interest are large scale hydrology, hydrologic aspects of remote sensing, and hydrology-climate interactions.

Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Washington Link
Se-Yeun Lee University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group

Water resources Planning and Management; integrated Hydrological and Water Resources Modeling; Climate Change Planning and Adaptation; Impacts of Climate Change on Wetland Ecosystems; Climate Impacts on Hydropower and Energy Systems; Optimization-Simulation Methods; Bioremediation of PCE in Groundwater; Transportation of Heavy-Metal in Groundwater

Water Resources Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Washington Link
Harriet Morgan University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group

Harriet’s professional mission is to help communities increase their resilience to climate change by conducting in-depth, quantitative assessments that identify which species and ecosystems are most likely to be vulnerable to the effects of climate change and what adaptation strategies can be implemented to help ameliorate these risks. Her areas of expertise are in vulnerability assessment, adaptation planning, terrestrial & aquatic ecology, and sea level rise.

Terrestrial Ecosystems Impacts, Vulnerability Assessment, Sea Level Rise, Adaptation Northwest, Washington Link
Andrew Shirk University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group

Andrew Shirk is a research ecologist with the UW Climate Impacts Group. In collaboration with state and federal agencies and regional conservation groups, he studies the interacting effects of climate change, development, and natural processes on species and their habitats, with special focus on the demographic and genetic viability of populations, connectivity conservation and habitat modeling. He received a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University. His areas of expertise are in conservation biology, landscape ecology, population and landscape genetics, ecological modeling, and spatial analysis.

Environmental Monitoring, conservation, landscape ecology, spatial analysis Northwest, Washington Link
Bart Nijssen University of Washington, Land Surface Hydrology Research Group

Modeling of hydrological processes; Nowcasting and forecasting; Renewable energy; Remote sensing applications in hydrology; Climate change

Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Washington Link
Jeremy Littell US Geological Survey, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center

Work focuses on understanding the role of climate change and variability on dynamics of forest and mountain ecosystems in western U.S.

Climate change, climate variability, forest and mountain ecosystems, wildfires, drought Northwest, West, Alaska Link
Stuart Hardegree USDA ARS

Stuart's research focuses on conservation of rangelands, weather data and forecasting and climate impacts in Idaho and the interior Northwest.

Agricultural Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Idaho Link
Beatrice Van Horne USDA Forest Service

My current research focuses on monitoring systems and exploring climate change policy and research management. My research focuses on processes linking population change in animals to food habits and habitat features. Understanding these processes allows for better predictions of the effects of management or other habitat change on population dynamics. My past studies have explored the effects of clear-cut logging on small mammals in southeast Alaska; mating systems, habitat, and song patterning in winter wrens; population dynamics and habitat relationships of Townsend's ground squirrels; and prairie dog metapopulations and management.

Wildlife, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation, Environmental Monitoring Alaska, Northwest Link
Daniel Isaak USDA Forest Service

Current research focuses include: Understanding effects of climate change on stream habitats and fish communities. Development and implementation of basin scale and regional monitoring programs for bull trout and other aquatic organisms. Development and implementation of basin scale and regional stream temperature models and monitoring protocols . Effects of fire and disturbance on streams. Development of bioclimatic models to predict distributions of trout species to climate scenarios at regional and basin scales.

Climate change, stream habitat, fish, trout Northwest Link
Nicole Vaillant USDA Forest Service

Current research interests include characterizing fire behavior at multiple scales, burn severity patterns, fuel treatment effectiveness, and wildfire risk analysis.

Wildfire, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Northwest, Oregon Link
Linda Kruger USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station

As a social scientist with the US Forest Service in Juneau, Alaska; Linda's research focuses on climate change and Alaska Natives and rural communities; the health benefits of spending time in nature; community adaptation, sustainability and resilience within a context of social, cultural, economic, and biophysical change; benefits of volunteer activities (especially for seniors), and collaboration and partnerships, including innovative approaches to working together. Linda is the Alaska Native and American Indian Special Emphasis Program Manager and Tribal Liaison for the Pacific Northwest Research Station. Her recent work includes working with Tribal elders and youth to document traditional harvest and use of forest products, exploring experiences and observations of climate change, and co-editing "Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives from the social sciences" (Williams, D., Stewart, W. and Kruger, L.) published in January 2013 by Springer Publishing.

Climate change, Tribal Partnership, Adaptation, Social science, Forestry Alaska, Northwest Link
Susan Hummel USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Research aims to evaluate different methods for collecting data about forested landscapes, specifically on how a combination of traditional, local, and scientific ecological knowledge can inform silvicultural decisions.

silvaculture, Traditional Knowledge Northwest Link
John Kim USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station

John Kim is an ecological modeler with the Forest Science Lab and the Pacific Northwest Research Station. He studies climate change impacts on vegetation using dynamic global vegetation models. He has a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a B.A. in Computer Science from University of California San Diego.

Vegetation Modeling, Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems Northwest Link
Frank Lake USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station

Current research involves wildland fire effects, traditional ecological knowledge, Climate Change, and ethno-ecology with an emphasis on cultural management and fire ecology of forest, shrub, grassland and riparian environments in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.

Tribal, Climate change, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), cultural management and fire ecology, prescribed burns Northwest Link
Tom Miewald USFWS

Tom Miewald is a Geographer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and specializes in mapping and modeling spatial aspects of wildlife for applied conservation planning problems. Currently, Mr. Miewalds' focus is on providing decision support for the wildlife refuge system across multiple spatial scales. Prior to working for the USFWS, Tom was the Conservation Planner for the Wild Salmon Center, helping to prioritize salmon conservation actions internationally. Tom has also been a Project Manager and Lead Analyst for several large federal vegetation and land cover mapping projects, including the USGS GAP program, NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program, and the USGS National Land Cover Dataset.

Vegetation Modeling, Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems, Wildlife, Salmon Northwest, International Link
Michael Hudson USFWS, Columbia River Fisheries Program Office

Michael is a fish biologist on the Native Trout Program under the Conservation, Population and Habitat Assessment Team at the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office. He has worked in this position at CRFPO since summer 2004.

Fisheries, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Cutthroat Trout Northwest, Columbia River Basin Link