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
Josh Foster The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)

He has over 25 years experience working on climate change science and policy issues in the federal, non-profit, and state sectors, including over 20 years working on climate adaptation. He is vice chair of the executive committee for ASAP.

Adaptation Oregon, Northwest Link
Jamie Donatuto Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, First Stewards

Dr. Donatuto is the Environmental Health Analyst for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. She and her colleague Larry Campbell focus their work on developing culturally-meaningful and appropriate community-based indicators of indigenous health with Coast Salish Tribes and Canadian First Nations. She also works on toxics trends monitoring, Superfund cleanup challenges, and climate change impacts and adaptation measures.

Toxics Monitoring, Superfund Cleanup, Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation Northwest, Washington Link
Alan Bloomberg Stevens Institute of Technology; Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN)

His research is directed towards understanding and predicting the flow processes operating in rivers, lakes, estuaries and the oceans. It has contributed to the creation of ocean observing and forecasting systems which are used for environmental studies, surface vessel operations and as a basis for maritime security. His latest work is to understand and predict the impacts of extreme climate-driven events on urban coasts and to create innovative adaptations to protect people and property - a new discipline called adaptative engineering.

Adaptive Engineering; Climate Modeling; Infrastructure Northeast, Atlantic Link
Alan Hamlet Skagit Climate Science Consortium

His research over the last 10 years has focused on the impacts of climate variability and change on rivers and water resources systems in the western U.S., with a particular emphasis on the Columbia River basin in the Pacific Northwest.

Climate change, hydrology, Columbia River Northwest, Washington Link
Evelyn Pinkerton Simon Fraser University, Resource and Environmental Management

Dr. Pinkerton is a maritime anthropologist who has integrated common property theory and cultural/political ecology in considering the role communities play in the management of adjacent renewable natural resources. She has played a key role in developing the theory and practice of power-sharing and stewardship through co-management agreements.

Cultural Resources British Columbia, International, Northwest Link
Andrew Cooper Simon Fraser University, Resource and Environmental Management

Andrew is an Adjunct Professor in the Resource and Environmental Management program. Research interests: Applied statistics and simulation models in natural resources management

Statistics, Natural Resources, Management National, International, Pacific Ocean, Northwest, British Columbia Link
Randall Peterman Simon Fraser University, Fisheries Science and Management Research Group

His research focuses on: (1) fish population dynamics, (2) uncertainties affecting conservation risks and management decisions, and (3) reducing uncertainties. He uses large data sets, simulations models, Bayesian statistics, and formal decision analysis

Population Dynamics, Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Fisheries, Salmon National, Pacific Ocean, Northwest, British Columbia Link
Nick Dulvy Simon Fraser University, Earth2Ocean

Dr. Dulvy's research interests include climate change; fisheries; conservation; threatened species; coral reefs; and sharks and rays.

Population Dynamics, Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Fisheries Northwest, British Columbia, National, International Link
Wendy Palen Simon Fraser University, Earth2Ocean

The research program of my group is broadly defined by the ecology of aquatic communities, currently ranging from amphibian populations of California, the Pacific Northwest, and the far north, to the river and lake food webs that support salmon populations from California to Alaska. We rely heavily on field-based experimental manipulations to tease apart the mechanistic underpinnings of ecological patterns, from species physiology to food web interactions.

Population Dynamics, Freshwater Ecosystems Impacts, Environmental Monitoring National, Northwest, British Columbia, Washington Link
Jonathan Moore Simon Fraser University, Department of Biological Sciences

I am interested in the dynamics of coastal ecosystems--how do systems function, and how human activities impact that function. I work primarily in stream and lake systems. Although my focus is generally on food webs, I draw from multiple perspectives, applying theories and approaches from evolutionary, ecosystem, food-web, and community ecology viewpoints.

Coastal/Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Water Resources Impacts Northwest, International, British Columbia Link
Larry Dill Simon Fraser University, Department of Biological Sciences

My major research interests are in the development and testing of cost-benefit models of behavior, and experimental studies of the decision rules used by animals to ensure adaptive behavior in various contexts. The emphasis is on understanding how behaviors maximize individual fitness; this is achieved by experimental analyses of the benefits and costs of the various behavioral alternatives available to the animal.

Planning/Adaptation, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, British Columbia, National, International Link
Isabelle Cote Simon Fraser University, Department of Biological Sciences

Areas of research are ecology and evolutionary biology. Isabelle is also a part of the Marine Ecology Lab, which focuses on helping the oceans through applied research.

Ecology Evolutionary Biology Northwest, British Columbia, Caribbean, International Link
Karen E. Kohfeld Simon Fraser University, Climate, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments (COPE) Laboratory

Dr. Kohfeld is interested in understanding natural variability and biogeochemical linkages within the ocean and climate system, in order to better assess earth system responses to anthropogenic perturbations. Her research focuses on natural and anthropogenic changes in the ocean carbon cycle, the influence of climate and land surface conditions on atmospheric dust, and assessing and adapting to extreme weather conditions in British Columbia.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Atmospheric Modeling British Columbia, International, Northwest, National Link
K. Zickfeld Simon Fraser University, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis

Climate Modeling; climate-carbon cycle feedbacks; emission implications of long-term climate targets, such as the 2 degrees Celsius target and climate tipping points.

Climate Modeling, Air Quality British Columbia, Northwest, National Link
Iris Stewart-Frey Santa Clara University

Freshwater aquatic and/or riparian, hydrology in the western US. My research interests encompass environmental issues that affect the water cycle and water supply. I have worked on both shallow groundwater pollution issues and surface water processes that are related to climate variability and climate change. I have developed a type transfer function model (TTF) to assess pesticide leaching to groundwater at the regional scale. More recently I have worked on assessing streamflow timing changes across western North America. My current work is focused on the physical processes and characteristics of watersheds which are particularly sensitive to climate change, and on expanding my runoff timing assessments to other arid places in the world.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts West, Northwest, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington Link
John Takekawa Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

His research focuses on the wintering and migratory ecology of water birds through radio telemetry, and ecological processes in San Francisco Bay. His studies have focused on projects in the San Francisco Bay estuary, California wetlands, and Pacific Rim countries including Russia, Japan, and Mexico. He is currently working as the San Francisco Bay Program Director.

Climate change, water bird ecology, radio telemetry, contaminants, restoration ecology Northwest, Pacific Rim, International Link
John Reynolds Reynolds Research Group

We combine research and education aimed at enhancing aquatic biodiversity, including large-scale field studies of salmon and their ecosystems. Our projects range from impacts of nutrients from salmon on birds and plants to links between life history traits of fish and vulnerability to extinction.

Population Dynamics, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Salmon, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Pacific Ocean, International, British Columbia Link
Julian Sachs Program on Climate Change

Late Quaternary climate. Cause and consequence of abrupt climate change in the geologic record. Evolution of the tropical Pacific climate & the El Nino-Southern Oscillation since the last glacial period. Relationship between ENSO and the mean climate state.

Climate Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, Washington, National, Pacific Ocean Link
Janine Castro Portland State University, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service

Interests and specialisms in river science: stream restoration, technology transfer. Dr. Castro holds a joint position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service that covers all aspects of fluvial geomorphology, including stream restoration, sediment dynamics, channel design, energy management, and channel evolution.

stream restoration, fluvial geomorphology, sediment dynamics Northwest Link
David Sailor Portland State University, Board on the Urban Environment

The central mission of Dr. Sailor's research group is to develop an improved understanding of the urban climate system, its feedback mechanisms, and the potential for mitigating actions to affect change. Our specific short term goals are to:
(1) quantify the relative role of component parts of the urban infrastructure in affecting the magnitude of the urban heat island
(2) understand how the urban system will respond to the added stresses of long term climate change (including changes in population, demographics, technology, and adaptation)
(3) evaluate the likely impacts of planning and policy options to mitigate the negative aspects of urban environments

policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, National, International Link
Andrew Fountain Portland State University

I am interested in understanding the basic physical laws that control processes on the Earth's surface. My focus is primarily on ice, particularly glacier ice. My research is devoted to the problem of water and glaciers, and the variation of glaciers with climate.

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Climate Modeling Northwest Link
Dean Atkinson Portland State University

We are specifically interested in the climate impacts of diesel particulate matter, especially that produced from biodiesel combustion, which has been viewed lately as a promising replacement fuel. We are also beginning to investigate atmospheric sources of "brown carbon" particles that are produced by combustion and that absorb significantly more light in the UV than in the visible part of the spectrum.

Air Quality Northwest, National, International Link
Heejun Chang Portland State University

Hydrology and water resources, with focus on human modification of the hydrologic system and interactions among climate change, land use change, and water management as they affect water quantity, quality, demand, and hydrologic ecosystem services.

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology National, International, Northwest, Oregon Link
Andrew Rice Portland State University

Future forecasting of climate relies heavily on our ability to predict concentrations of atmospheric trace gases. My research focuses on better understanding sources and sinks of important atmospheric trace gases using small variations in naturally occurring stable isotopes.

Climate Modeling Northwest, National Link
Aslam Khalil Portland State University

Professor Khalil is well known for his pioneering research and influence in the area of trace gas chemistry and physics. Currently Professor Khalil's interests center on how the earth's global systems are determined by physics and chemistry.

Climate Modeling Northwest, National Link
Jiunn-Der Duh Portland State University

My research focuses on developing geocomputational theory and techniques to integrate GIS and remote sensing technologies in spatial decision-making. Specific projects focus on applying spatial modeling, simulation, and optimization techniques to support land-use planning, emergency planning, and resources management.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Downscaling Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Christina Hulbe Portland State University

Christina Hulbe is an Associate Professor of Geology at Portland State University. She is a geophysicist who specializes in glaciology, using computer simulations of glacial systems to study how and why they change over time. Her current projects emphasize both glaciological records of past events and the development of models used to interpret modern observations and, eventually, to inform studies aimed at projecting future change. These studies include analysis and simulation of marine ice sheet retreat processes, fracture mechanics in floating ice, and the response of glacier ice to climate warming on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Geology/Geomorphology, Climate Modeling, Sea Level Rise National, Antarctica, Pacific Ocean, California, Northwest Link
Sarah Eppley Portland State University

Current research is centered on investigating 1) the ecological consequences of combined versus separate sexes and sex ratio variation in plants and 2) the interactions between environmental stress and breeding systems in the survival and maintenance of plant populations. Understanding the role of stress, particularly extreme environmental stress, in the ecology and evolution of plant species is critical to our ability to protect rare and endangered plant species and to predict the impacts of climate change on plant communities. Researchers in the lab are using an array of ecological, physiological, and molecular tools to address questions in these areas.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, National, Antarctica, International Link
Craig Shinn Portland State University

Dr. Shinn's research stems from his interests in how policy agreement is created and sustained in society including administrative aspects of adaptive management, social aspects of sustainability, civic capacity building and inter-jurisdictional administration of natural resources.

Social science, policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, National Link
Teresa Bulman Portland State University

Resource management, water resources, environmental law, teacher education

Water Resources Impacts, policy National, California, Northwest Link

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