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 ascending Description Category Geography Website
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Allan L Carroll University of British Columbia

Role of climate change in the population dynamics and impacts of eruptive forest insects; coevolution of insect-plant interactions; integrated management of forest insect populations; and advanced techniques for detection and monitoring of forest insect populations.

Climate Modeling, Population Dynamics, Vegetation Modeling, Insects Northwest, British Columbia, Canada Link
Bruce C. Larson University of British Columbia

My research focuses on several areas: basic studies in stand dynamics (especially development patterns of mixed species stands and density effects in single species stands); siviculture (especially economic and biodiversity issues); and forest management.

Terrestrial Ecoystem Impacts British Columbia, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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