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 Bolte Oregon State University, ENVISION, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

His areas of expertise are in mathematical modeling and simulation of agricultural, aqua-cultural and environmental systems, geographic Information Systems-based spatial modeling, and artificial intelligence applications in bio-resource management.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Downscaling, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Washington, Oregon, Puget Sound Link
Kellie Vache Oregon State University, ENVISION

Alternative futures for Skagit and Kitsap Counties, Washington State. Assessment of Hydrologic and Water Quality Response to Intensive Cellulosic Biofuel Silviculture. Watershed hydrology and modeling, implications of evolving land use patterns and climate change, alternative futures analyses for land use planning and sustainability, Geographic Information Systems and simulation of environmental processes.

Water Resources Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems, Downscaling Northwest, Washington Link
Julia Jones Oregon State University, Ecosystems Informatics

Land use, climate change and disturbance effects on hydrology, geomorphology, water quality, watershed processes, ecohydrology, and aquatic chemistry. Julia's specialties include Spatio-temporal statistics, Forest hydrology, Landscape ecology, Surface processes, Biogeography.

Hydrologic Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Alaska Link
Michael Behrenfeld Oregon State University, Ecophysiology Lab

Physiological-ecology of marine algae, biogeochemical cycles, remote sensing of the biosphere, novel optical approaches to understanding algal ecology/physiology, biochemistry and biophysics of photosynthesis, physiological responses of plants to environmental stresses, and regional and global ecological modeling, climate change and carbon cycling.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, International Link
David Lytle Oregon State University, Department of Integrative Biology

Our lab uses evolutionary ecology to understand how organisms and communities are shaped by disturbances such as floods, droughts, and dams. Much of our focus is on aquatic insects, but lab members also work on projects involving fish, frogs, and riparian plants. Current projects examine the evolution of flood and drought escape behaviors, population dynamics and biodiversity estimation in desert streams, management of dammed rivers using prescribed flow regimes, and computer vision methods for insect identification.

Environmental Monitoring, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, Oregon Link
Dominique Bachelet Oregon State University, Conservation Biology Institute, Data Basin Climate Center

Simulation modeling, Ecosystems Research, Dynamic Fire Modeling, Dynamic Vegetation Model MC1, Potential vegetation distribution, Biogeochemical cycling, Nutrient Cycling, Climate Change Impacts, Methane Emissions (agricultural and natural wetlands).

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National Link
Hannah Gosnell Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Research focuses on the drivers and consequences of rural land use change; water resource policy, management and law; climate change adaptation; environmental governance; social-ecological resiliency; adaptive management; payment for ecosystem services; sustainability transitions; transformational adaptation.

Water Resources Impacts, Policy/Management, Adaptation, Environmental Governance, Social Resiliency, Sustainability Northwest, West Link
Desiree Tullos Oregon State University, College of Agricultural Sciences

Dr. Tullos research focuses generally on ecohydraulics, river engineering, system analysis in water resources management, and hydrodynamic modeling. In particular, her research addresses stream channel and watershed influences on aquatic systems, measuring and modelling the response and recovery of stream ecosystems to watershed disturbance and restorative manipulations.

Hydrologic Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Water Resources Impacts Northwest, Oregon, National, International Link
Robert Holman Oregon State University, Coastal Imaging Lab

Beach processes; measurements of near-shore waves and currents; models of sandbar generation and morphology; application of remote sensing to near-shore processes, large-scale coastal behavior. (Emeritus)

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology International, National, Northwest Link
Jeffrey Bethel Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

My research focuses on building adaptive capacity to address the health impact of occupational, environmental and natural hazards, particularly among vulnerable populations. Specifically, I examine the health effects of climate change including heat-related illness among farm-workers and other vulnerable populations, household- and community-level preparedness to disasters, efforts to increase adaptive capacity for climate change among local health departments. I also study best practices to implement epidemiologic methods to examine the health impact of disasters.

Impacts to Human Systems, Epidemiology, Disaster Preparedness Northwest, Oregon Link
Peter Ruggiero Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Coastal Geomorphology, Coastal Hazards, Nearshore Processes. Coastal Geomorphology: nearshore morphology, modeling coastal change, large-scale coastal behavior. Coastal Hazards: impact of climate change and variability on coastal change and flood hazards. Nearshore Processes: swash processes, dynamics of high-energy dissipative beaches.

Geology/Geomorphology, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Alaska, Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Susan Capalbo Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Environmental-Economic Tradeoff Analysis, Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration, Natural Resources; Environmental Quality, Productivity Analysis and Production Theory, and Rural Health Care and Cost-Benefit Analysis.

Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Barbara Bond Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Physiological processes, especially water and carbon relations, at whole tree and forest ecosystem scales. Development of new tools and techniques for measuring and monitoring physiological processes in forests.

Environmental Monitoring Northwest, Oregon Link
David Turner Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Application of remote sensing and modeling to monitor land surface processes; Development of carbon budgets at landscape to regional scales; Biogeochemical modeling of the carbon, nitrogen and hydrologic cycles; Climate change assessment.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National, Oregon Link
David Rupp Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Impact of climate variability and change on water resources and hazards; Anthropogenic influence on regional climate; Hydrology of swelling/shrinking soils; Streamflow recession analysis for catchment/aquifer characterization; Rainfall scaling and stochastic simulation

Water Resources Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, Oregon Link
Christoph Thomas Oregon State University, Biomicrometeorology Group

Biomicrometeorology: Atmosphere-vegetation interaction, atmospheric turbulence, mixing in plant canopies, flow and transport in weak-wind boundary-layers, dynamics of the lower atmospheric boundary layer, scale transitions from milliseconds to hours and days, trace gas exchange
Climate change science: Forest ecosystem responses and feedback mechanisms, carbon-water coupling, hydro-ecology, regional climate trends in temperature and seasonality
Instrumentation: Acoustic remote sensing (SODAR-RASS), spatially distributed sensor networks (optical-fiber techniques), trace gas analyzers

Climate Modeling, Vegetation Modeling, Downscaling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, National Link
Thomas Hurst Oregon State University, Alaska Fisheries Science Center

I am interested in the ecology of early life stages of marine species and the constraints imposed by the environment. I am particularly interested in the pervasive influence on temperature variation on all aspects of physiology and ecology of ectotherms. A current area of research is the role of temperature variation on growth dynamics and survival patterns of juvenile fishes, including the phenomenon of winter mortality among temperate and boreal fishes.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Fisheries Alaska, Northwest Link
Matthew Betts Oregon State University College of Forestry

Research interests include: (1) Influences of landscape structure on demography of animal populations, (2) Animal movement (particularly dispersal), (3) Population viability modeling, (4) Ecological thresholds, (5) Trophic cascades in forest ecosystems, (6) Species distribution modeling, (7) Socio-political mechanisms to affect sustainable forestry (8) Measuring landscape change.

landscape ecology, population viability and movement, ecologic thresholds, species distribution modeling Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Viviane Simon-Brown Oregon State University (Professor Emeritus)

Human dimensions of natural resource sustainability. Sustainable living education to help individuals and families make intelligent, thoughtful quality of life and consumer choices about natural resources. Public engagement to better understand the public's natural resource values and beliefs systems. Collaborative public processes that move people from conflict and promote direct and meaningful natural resources decision-making.

Social science, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Oregon, National Link
William Pearcy Oregon State University (Professor Emeritus)

Dr. William Pearcy is a world-renowned authority on many aspects of biological oceanography, in particular his extensive work on fishes and squids in the North Pacific. He has made significant contributions to many areas of marine research, including fisheries oceanography, the ecology of deep-sea and open ocean fishes and squids, the trophic dynamics of marine fishes, and pollution and trace metals in the marine environment. He is perhaps best known recently for his contributions to understanding all aspects of Northeast Pacific salmon during their ocean phase.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Fisheries, Squid, Salmon Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Philip Mote Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)

Climate variability and change in the Pacific Northwest. Mountain snowpack and its response to climate variability and change. Interpretation of global model and satellite data. Impacts of climate change on water resources forests and shore lands, sea level rise, adaptation to climate change.

Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Water Resources Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Sea Level Rise Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Robert T Lackey Oregon State University (Courtesy Professor of Fisheries)

Ecological Policy; science, policy, and environmental protection; biological resource management, fisheries management. Specific research includes, alternative ecological futures, salmon restoration, ecosystem management, ecological risk assessment, interface between science and policy

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology, Water Resources Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Aquacultural Impacts Northwest, International Link
Lori Cramer Oregon State University

Professor Cramer's research interests are in natural resource sociology, environmental sociology, social impact assessment, and rural sociology.

Social science Northwest Link
Merrick C Haller Oregon State University

Remote sensing (microwave radar & optical) of nearshore breaking waves; wave modeling and shoreline response near complex bathymetric features; physical/numerical modeling of rip currents and rip current instabilities.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National, Pacific Ocean Link
Kate Lajtha Oregon State University

Nutrient cycling in natural and human-disturbed ecosystems, soil organic matter dynamics, forest biogeochemistry. My lab studies the changes in biogeochemical cycling, and the effects on the vegetative community, that has arisen from human activities.

Vegetation Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon Link
Brent Steel Oregon State University

Environmental Politics and Policy. Sustainability. Water and Marine Resource Management and Policy.

policy, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Water Resources Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, International Link
Hiram W. LI Oregon State University

Hierarchical organization of land and rivers capes ("From the macroscope to microscope"). The role of stream temperature on aquatic communities of high desert streams. Factors affecting restoration of fish habitats. Qualitative mathematical analyses of aquatic communities, especially exotic species.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, International Link
Michael Campana Oregon State University

Transboundary ground water resources; water resources management; water resources in developing regions, especially Central America, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia ; regional hydrogeology; dynamic simulation modeling in water resources

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology, Impacts to the Human System Northwest, National, International Link
Mark Harmon Oregon State University

Ecosystem succession processes, decomposition, nutrient cycling, carbon dynamics, landscape dynamics. Long-term ecological research (LTER); long-term decomposition of woody detritus; long-term carbon and nitrogen dynamics of fine litter; above-ground production of PNW forests; modeling carbon stores of forests in the PNW and Russia. I also continue to study how forests grow and die, particularly in stands with minimal management. These two topics are linked in my studies of carbon dynamics of forests and I use a lot of modeling to achieve that blending.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, International Link
Selina Heppell Oregon State University

I devote most of my research to some of the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea: sea turtles, sharks, sturgeon, and west coast rockfish. I primarily use computer models and simulations to help us understand how these animals respond to human impacts and to guide research and management policy towards their recovery. I am particularly interested in how these animals will respond to climate change and increasing human populations on our coastlines.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Sturgeon, West Coast Rockfish Northwest, West, International, Pacific Ocean Link

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