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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Vladimir Romanovsky University of Alaska Fairbanks

I am interested in the scientific and practical aspects of environmental and engineering problems involving ice and permafrost. These include problems in the areas of soil physics, thermodynamics, heat and mass flow, and growth and decay processes that are associated with permafrost, subsea permafrost, seasonally frozen ground, and seasonal snow cover. I am also interested in the improvement of mathematical methods (analytical and numerical modeling) in geology and geophysics.

Ice; Permafrost; Snow; Climate Modeling; Geology Alaska, Russia, International Link
Jessie Cherry University of Alaska Fairbanks

Jessie's research involves arctic hydrology and climate, including land-atmosphere interactions and large-scale snow physics.

Ice; Snow; Permafrost; Hydrology; Water Resources Impacts Alaska Link
Xiangdong Zhang University of Alaska Fairbanks

Weather extremes in the present and projected future climate, Arctic freshwater and sea ice and their roles in global climate, development of climate model and improvement of physical treatments.

Climate Modeling, Hydrologic Modeling Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Alaska Link

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