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
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
Hajo Eicken University of Alaska Fairbanks

My main research interests are in the field of sea-ice geophysics. In particular, I am interested in how small-scale properties and (micro)structure of sea ice impact processes on a larger scale as well as the role of sea ice in the climate system.

Ice; Snow; Sea Ice; Geophysics; Marine Hydrology Alaska Link
Vladimir A. Alexeev University of Alaska Fairbanks

My area of expertise is climate dynamics with emphasis on feedbacks affecting polar amplification (PA) of global warming. These feedbacks are unrelated to the so-called "local" polar amplification mechanisms associated with surface albedo and clouds. They are linked to remote signal propagating to the Arctic atmosphere from the lower latitudes as the climate warms.

Climate Modeling, Atmospheric Dynamics Alaska, Arctic, Russia, International 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
Alan Springer University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research focuses on food web structure and on the causes and consequences of variability in production at various trophic levels, with an emphasis on marine birds and mammals.

Marine, Coastal, Marine Birds, Marine Mammals Pacific Ocean, Alaska Link
Ana Aguilar-Islas University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research encompasses the marine biogeochemistry of trace metals with particular emphasis on high latitude regions. A combination of field and laboratory studies are used to understand how different physical, chemical and biological processes regulate trace metal speciation and distribution in the open ocean and coastal regions, and how these in turn affect the ecosystem. I am also interested in the cycling of trace metals in sea ice.

Environmental Monitoring, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, sea ice Alaska, Pacific Ocean 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
Courtney Carothers University of Alaska Fairbanks

Environmental anthropologist with broad interests in human-environment relationships, particularly in marine and fisheries systems. Areas of research include: processes of marine enclosure and privatization; political ecology; local and traditional knowledge; science and technology studies; subsistence, mixed and alternative economies; and socio-ecological change.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Alaska, Pacific Ocean Link
Pat Doak University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research is motivated by three main areas of interest: 1) population and evolutionary ecology of plant-insect interactions, 2) the impact of patchy or fragmented habitat structure on population level processes, and 3) how detailed examination of individual behavior can be used to scale up to explanations of population level processes. My own research centers on insect population ecology, however my interests extend beyond the world of insects.

Population Dynamics, Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Insects 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
Dan Mann University of Alaska Fairbanks

Forest ecology, ice-age climate change, interactions between prehistoric humans and changing climate. Current research includes glacial history in CO, human adaptions to global change in Nepal, studies of environmental change at end of last ice age on N. Slope, and more.

Climate Modeling, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Snow, Ice, glaciers Alaska, National, International Link
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
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
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
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
Cathy Cahill University of Alaska Fairbanks

Professor Cahill's research focuses on atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on visibility, global climate, and human health. Her research includes laboratory experiments, modeling, and field studies of atmospheric aerosols and their properties.

Impacts to Human Systems, Climate Modeling, Air Quality Alaska, National, International Link
Nicole Molders University of Alaska Fairbanks

I want to contribute to improving numerical models in order to simulate the water, energy and trace gas cycles appropriately. Doing so will allow policy makers to use model outcomes to assess future water resources, water and air quality and to make reasonable decisions to meet the challenges of the future.

Hydrologic Modeling, Air Quality, policy, Impacts to Human Systems Alaska, National, International 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
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
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
Gilberto Fochesatto University of Alaska Fairbanks

Optical Characterization and Chemical Speciation of Aerosols by Laser Remote Sensing and Laser Spectroscopy, Optical Remote Sensing, and Aerols Feedback Processes in the Lower Troposphere

Climate, Environmental Monitoring, Air Quality Alaska, National, International Link
Tom Weingartner University of Alaska Fairbanks

Physical oceanography of Alaskan continental shelves and slopes, interdisciplinary marine research, and wind and buoyancy-forced shelf circulation systems.

Hydrologic Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Pacific Ocean Link
John Yarie University of Alaska Fairbanks

Structure and function of boreal forests, successional processes following catastrophic disturbances, effects of changing environment conditions (including global warming) on forest ecosystem processes, modeling of forest ecosystem dynamics at the ecosystem and landscape perspectives.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Vegetation Modeling Alaska Link
Uma Bhatt University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research specialty is "Climate Variability". This research aims to understand how one component of the climate system impacts another (e.g. ocean and atmosphere) and attempts to explain why something happens.

Climate, Ecosystem Modeling Alaska, National, International Link
Gunnar Knapp University of Alaska Anchorage; NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

Dr. Knapp has conducted a wide variety of research on the Alaska economy and Alaska resources, including in particular markets for Alaska seafood and management of Alaska fisheries resources. He is well known for his expertise on world salmon markets among both academic and industry groups, and has traveled worldwide in connection with his research on salmon markets.

Economic Impacts; Salmon; Fisheries Alaska, Pacific Ocean, International Link
Ken Vance-Borland U.S. Forest Service, Aquatic Ecology and Management Team Directory

I've been concerned with nature conservation for a long time. Sustaining healthy ecosystems and human communities in the face of global change is a complex problem. I empower communities to meet this challenge with network mapping tools to discover who has (and has not) been working together, and with network weaving processes for building unexpected new collaborations. When people exchange ideas with new partners, innovative solutions emerge. I'm also a spatial analyst, using GIS and satellite imagery to help researchers map streams and fish habitat; predict locations that might provide good habitat for salmon; and study how things like forestry, fires, and climate change may influence that habitat quality and the salmon populations that depend on it. (Currently: Executive Director, Conservation Planning Institute)

Spatial Analyst, GIS, Salmon Ecosystems, Climate Change Impacts Northwest, Alaska, Oregon Link
Andrea S. Thorpe The Washington Natural Heritage Program

My research interests include rare species biology, conservation, and restoration; invasive species biology and control; and the interactions between plants and soil ecosystems. The central theme uniting most of my projects is using ecological theory to inform and improve conservation and restoration of native species and habitats.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Washington Link

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