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
Teresa Bulman Portland State University

Resource management, water resources, environmental law, teacher education

Water Resources Impacts, policy National, California, Northwest Link
Rebecca Kennedy Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory

Research interests are in understanding patterns of vegetation change across multiple scales in relation to disturbance and environment, and old-growth forest structure and dynamics. Current research projects include coastal Landscape Analysis and Modeling Study (CLAMS), Coordination of the CLAMS dead wood modeling effort, Study of the spatial pattern and dynamics of hardwood patches, land cover change, and the local, landscape, and regional patterns of dead wood in relation to topography and history in the forests of the Coastal Province of Oregon.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest Link
Cary Lynch Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Global Change Research Institute

Her research focuses on spatial statistics from climate models as they relate to socio-economic impacts.

Pacific, Northwest, Research Northwest Link
Ruby Leung Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Climate Impacts Group

Regional climate modeling. Land-atmosphere interactions. Regional hydrologic cycle. Orographic precipitation. Climate variability and change

Climate Modeling, Downscaling, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, Washington, National Link
Sihan (Meredith) Li Oxford E-Research Centre

Dr Sihan Li (Meredith) is working on the The Nature Conservancy (TNC) project, using weather@home simulations to investigate the impacts of recent extreme weather events on the Amazonian biosphere. She is investigating what role climate change played in the likelihood of those extreme weather events, as well as how the change in biosphere would affect the local climate. She is jointly appointed between the Oxford e-Research Centre and the University's Environmental Change Institute.

Climate Modeling, Greenhouse Gas, Hydro Climate Change UK Link
Robert Duncan Oregon State University, VIPER Group

Geochronology and petrogenesis of ocean floor and oceanic island basalts applied to modeling crustal movements in the ocean basins; geochemistry of oceanic basalts to map upper mantle heterogeneities; hydrothermal alteration of midocean ridge basalts; the origin, composition, timing and environmental effects of large igneous processes. (Professor Emeritus)

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Pacific Ocean, Northwest, Oregon Link
Ron Neilson Oregon State University, USDA Forest Service

Discerning and modeling the causal relations between the global climate and ecosystem processes and vegetation distribution. The model will accurately represent the energy, water and trace gas exchange between the vegetation and the atmosphere and will simultaneously determine the type of vegetation that can be supported, its location and ecosystem processes and the vegetation responses to climatic change, disturbances and alternative land-use practices. Current research explores the mechanisms of climate-biosphere interactions at scales ranging from landscape to continental with various modeling exercises at all levels. Recent research will apply these new tools for forecasting of national fire risks over the next 3-12 months.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, National Link
Beverly E Law Oregon State University, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research and Regional Analysis

Dr. Beverly Law's research focuses on the role of forests, woodlands and shrublands in the global carbon cycle. Her approach is interdisciplinary, involving in situ and remote sensing observations, and models to study the effects of climate and climate related disturbances (wildfire), land-use change and management that influence carbon and water cycling across a region over seasons to decades.

Vegetation Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Environmental Monitoring, Water Resources Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildfire Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Alba Argerich Oregon State University, Stream Chemistry Synthesis Project

Effects of global change on stream ecosystems. Functional processes in stream ecosystems with major focus on nutrient cycling and ecosystem metabolism. Ecology of the hyporheic zone.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Monitoring, Stream Ecology, Biogeochemistry Northwest, Oregon, International Link
Robert Suryan Oregon State University, Seabird Oceanography Lab

I have studied the effects of environmental forcing on the reproductive biology, foraging ecology, and population dynamics of marine birds and mammals. I use state of the art electronics to study foraging, migration, and dive patterns of seabirds and integrate these data with in-situ and remotely-sensed measures of prey resources or their proxies. I have applied results from many of these studies to address seabird-fishery interactions, identification of marine important bird areas, and other aspects of marine spatial planning.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Estuaries, Fisheries, Marine Birds Northwest, Alaska, Oregon, International, Pacific Ocean, Hawaii Link
David Pyke Oregon State University, Restoration and Ecology of Arid Lands (REAL) Laboratory

Population biology, fire and restoration ecology of arid and semiarid plants in the Intermountain West and development of protocols to assess ecosystem status.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Wildfire Northwest, Oregon Link
Aaron Wolf Oregon State University, Program in water conflict management and transformation

Transboundary Water Conflicts and Conflict Resolution, Water Basin Technical and Policy Analysis, Environmental Policy Analysis

Water Resources Impacts, policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, International, National Link
Chris Daly Oregon State University, PRISM Group

Chris Daly is the founder and director of the PRISM Group, a unique group dedicated to producing the highest-quality spatial climate data sets and analyses worldwide. The PRISM group is developing an emerging sub-discipline of climatology called "geospatial climatology," which is a powerful combination of climatology and spatial analysis. Chris is the developer of the PRISM spatial climate modeling system, which produces state-of-the-science spatial climate products currently used in thousands of applications worldwide.

Climate Modeling, Downscaling National, International Link
Denise Lach Oregon State University, PNW Climate Decision Support Consortium, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Denise Lach's researches Environmental Natural Resource Sociology. Her research includes Applied Sociology including social impact assessment, program evaluation, and organizational development; organizational sociology; water conflict and dispute resolution; examination of changing roles and expectations for science and scientists in natural resource decision making; institutional resistance to changes in the water sector; transformation of water resources governance structures; examination of changing roles and expectations for science and scientists in natural resource decision making; institutional resistance to changes in the water sector; transformation of water resources governance structures.

Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Social science, Water Systems Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Allen J. Milligan Oregon State University, Phytoplankton Ecophysiology Lab, University of British Columbia

Application of cellular-scale molecular and biochemical studies of microalgae, bacteria and corals to environmental questions about ecosystem function and global change. This work is directed towards understanding the physiological mechanisms by which the cycling of elements are influenced by environmental variables. My overall research goal is to apply cellular-scale molecular and biochemical studies of phytoplankton to oceanographic questions about production and function of the oceanic ecosystem in the past, present and future.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Estuaries, Phytoplankton Northwest, Pacific Ocean, International, British Columbia Link
Bruce Menge Oregon State University, Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO)

Structure and dynamics of marine meta-ecosystems, responses of coastal ecosystems to climate change, the relationship between scale and ecosystem dynamics, bottom-up and top-down control of community structure, recruitment dynamics, larval transport and connectivity, impact of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, controls of productivity, population, community, and geographical ecology, and models of community regulation.

Environmental Monitoring, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Ocean Acidification, Hypoxia Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Glenn Howe Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest Tree Improvement Research Cooperative

Glenn's research focuses on the breeding, ecological genetics, and genomics of forest trees, including understanding climate-associated patterns of genetic variation, physiological adaptations to climate, and assisted migration.

Genetics and Physiology of Trees, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Oregon Link
Ed Brook Oregon State University, OSU Ice Core and Quaternary Geochemistry Lab

Paleoclimatology, geochemistry, Ice core trace gas records, cosmogenic isotopes, extraterrestrial dust

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Climate Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, Arctic, International Link
Robert Dziak Oregon State University, Ocean Acoustics

Ocean Acoustics. GIS Modeling. Ocean floor activity.

Geology/Geomorphology, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Pacific Ocean, Northwest, International Link
Daniel Cox Oregon State University, O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

Dr. Cox's research focuses on community resilience to coastal hazards, including tsunami and hurricane surge and waves inundation in the built and natural environments. He conducts research on tsunami and wave impacts on near-coast structures, tsunami evacuation and life safety, sediment transport and erosion, and nature-based solutions for coastal hazards mitigation.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Pacific Ocean, Northwest, Oregon Link
Anne Nolin Oregon State University, Mountain Hydroclimatology Research Group

Snow processes in mountain environments, hydroclimatology, cryosphere-climate interactions, remote sensing of snow and ice, surface energy balance modeling, radiative transfer modeling, digital image processing

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Hydrologic Modeling West, Northwest, Oregon, Washington, International Link
Flaxen Conway Oregon State University, Marine Resource Management Program

Her research focuses on communities coping with change and transition, personal and group leadership education, and cooperative learning and research.

Social science Northwest, Oregon Link
Robert Kennedy Oregon State University, Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing in Ecology

My specialties are in geospatial analysis, remote sensing, modeling, landscape ecology, disturbance dynamics, computational methods. I currently lead projects focusing on landscape dynamics, land cover change, and carbon dynamics. Recent collaborators include the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, as well as other universities and NASA.

Geospatial analysis, Modeling, Landscape Dynamics Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Scott Heppell Oregon State University, International School of Conservation Biology

My research interests are the physiological ecology of fishes, in particular how physiology, behavior, and life history traits affect the interactions between fish populations and their respective fisheries.

Fisheries, Aquacultural Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Rockfish, Salmon Northwest, Oregon, International, Japan, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico Link
Ann Shriver Oregon State University, International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade

My general research interests include all aspects of fisheries economics, international and domestic seafood markets, aquaculture economics, fisheries management and institutions. Specific past projects include the effects of Russian political changes on international seafood trade, and market channels for Pacific Northwest seafood.

Aqua cultural Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, Fisheries International, Northwest Link
Sally Duncan Oregon State University, Institute for Natural Resources

Sally's research interests include connections between humans and their natural resources, in particular the intertwined roles of science, communications, and social acceptance of resource management. In her work at INR, she is committed to improving the multi-faceted connections between scientific research with all its limitations and opportunities, and the complex worlds of decision makers and stakeholders.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems, Cultural Resources, Social science Northwest Link
Thomas Kaye Oregon State University, Institute for Applied Ecology

My major areas of research are population dynamics of endangered plants and invasive species. Matrix models can be used to pose "what if" questions to develop hypotheses for a population's response to various changes in its environment, such as decreased seed predation, grazing, reproductive failure, global warming, or even wild harvest.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, Oregon, Coast, Willamette Valley, Eastern Oregon Link
Curtiss Davis Oregon State University, Hyperspectral Environmental Suite-Coastal Waters

Optical remote sensing of the coastal ocean; deriving bottom type, bathymetry and water column properties and coastal dynamics from multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing data.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Coastal Modeling Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
John Chapman Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center

Climate consequences for species invasions and diversity changes in marine coastal systems, the historical origin and mechanisms of marine invertebrate dispersal, the criteria for introduced species and the geographical impacts of humans on ecosystems, the processes of biological invasions and the systematics of marine peracaridan crustaceans, invertebrate ecology and systematics. An illustrated key to the 345 shallow water marine and estuarine gammaridean amphipod crustaceans of the American Pacific from Point Conception to the Columbia River.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Estuaries Northwest, Washington, Pacific Ocean Link
David Hibbs Oregon State University, Forest Ecosystems and Society

My interests focus in forest community ecology and extend into the application of ecology: silviculture. I have worked in both tropical and temperate forest systems. Current research is focused on ecological processes of riparian forests, ecology of post-fire forest dynamics, and management of red alder (Hardwood Silviculture Cooperative). I have had a finger into projects on scale-effects on plant diversity controls, food webs in riparian systems, and the autecology of Willamette Valley savanna tree species.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon Link

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