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
Richard Adams Oregon State University

Dr. Adams' current research interests focus on the economic effects of air and water pollution, the implications of climate change for agriculture and water resources, and the tradeoffs between agricultural activity and environmental quality. (Emeritus Appointment)

Economic Impacts, Air Quality, Agricultural Impacts, Water Resources Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Aquacultural Impacts Northwest, Alaska Link
Janean Creighton Oregon State University

Her research areas are in social science, policy, and natural resources. Her research interests are in extension and human dimensions.

Social science, Natural Resources, Human Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska Link
Tiffany Garcia Oregon State University

My research encompasses a wide variety of biological disciplines, including aquatic, behavioral and community ecology, invasion biology, conservation biology, and herpetology. I typically work in freshwater habitats and address ecologically based questions using amphibian and invertebrate systems. I have projects quantifying predator/prey dynamics, competition regimes, stressor defense strategies, and microhabitat preference using observational, theoretical and empirical methods.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Agricultural Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National Link
Patricia Muir Oregon State University

My research interests focus on effects of human activities on plants. I study effects of alternative logging methods on forest productivity and diversity I also study effects of air pollutants on plants in the field and in controlled environments. My current research also focuses on the commercial moss harvest industry in Appalachian and PNW forests.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Air Quality Northwest Link
Richard Waring Oregon State University

Research interests focus on using physiologically-base process models to address issues of environmental change on forest productivity and biodiversity across landscapes and regions.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental monitoring, Downscaling Northwest, National, International Link
Jeff Reimer Oregon State University

I specialize in the economics of international trade and commodity markets. I also have interests in international development and industrial organization.

Agricultural Impacts, policy, Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems National, International Link
Steven S. Perakis Oregon State University

Research centers on the ecology and biogeochemistry of forest ecosystems, as well as grassland and riparian systems. We examine how factors such as natural and human disturbances, climate and climate change, succession, and soil fertility shape ecosystem biogeochemistry - and the reciprocal effect of biogeochemical cycles on these and other factors. We are particularly interested in how activities within ecosystems shape nutrient inputs, losses, and whole-system nutrient balances, and in linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Our studies occur primarily in Pacific Northwest forests, with a strong focus on cycles of carbon and major nutrients through soils, plants, water, and air.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest Link
William Jaeger Oregon State University

Dr. Jaeger's research includes issues related to water and land use, energy, taxation, the relationship between economic growth and natural resource allocation (the environmental Kuznets curve), and sustainable development.

Economic Impacts, policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems National Link
Christine Olsen Oregon State University

Social science, human dimensions of natural resources, planning and decision-making processes, citizen-agency communication and interactions, forest management before and after wildfires.

Social science, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, International, National Link
Rick Colwell Oregon State University

Microbial ecology, subsurface microbiology, geomicrobiology, coupling of microbial rates and processes to physical and chemical parameters in the environment, sensing and monitoring of microbes, methods for sampling the earth's subsurface for microorganisms, bioremediation.

Geology/Geomorphology, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems National, International Link
Jim Lerczak Oregon State University

Coastal physical oceanography including the study of internal tides, high-frequency internal waves, and circulation in the vicinity of fronts; estuarine oceanography including the dynamics that drive the three-dimensional circulation, the mechanisms that transport and disperse materials within estuaries, and the time response of estuaries to changes in forcing; physical/biological interactions which influence larval dispersal.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Clinton Epps Oregon State University

Connectivity and dispersal in fragmented landscapes
Effects of climate and climate change on distribution and demography; Conservation genetics

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, National, International Link
Randall Rosenberger Oregon State University

Non-market valuation, meta-analysis, benefit transfer, recreation economics, environmental and resource economics.

Economic Impacts Northwest, National, International Link
Robert Harris Oregon State University

I am interested in using thermal processes to understand the Earth. All geologic processes involve the transfer of energy. Heat (energy) and temperature are fundamental to many earth processes, and quantifying the flow of energy and thermal budgets leads to an appreciation and understanding of Earth dynamics.

Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National, International Link
Derek Godwin Oregon State University

Extension watershed management specialist for Oregon, specializing in hydrology, low impact development practices, stream processes and water quality. Provides education to many audiences including elected officials, home owners, planning and public works department staff, consultants, landscapers, watershed councils and neighborhood associations. Provides education in a variety of formats including workshops, short courses, field tours, hands-on training, forums and presentations.

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Oregon Link
John Antle Oregon State University

Economics of agricultural systems and other complex systems:
-sustainability of agricultural systems and tradeoff analysis
- climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation
- economic, environmental and social impacts of agricultural systems
-economic analysis of production risk
- economics of geologic carbon sequestration

Agricultural Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Economic Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National, International Link
Temesgen Hailemariam Oregon State University

Forest measurements and biometrics, modeling, and LiDAR. My research focuses on three major areas and seeks to develop (or extend): 1) imputation methods that support dynamic forest inventory, silvicultural planning, and habitat analysis; 2) sampling and statistical methods to characterize and quantify status and change of selected attributes including biomass and carbon and 3) Applications of lidar to forest measurements and assessments.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Modeling Northwest, National Link
Yvette Spitz Oregon State University

Investigation of the main pathways in marine ecosystems; development of coupled physical-biological models. Use of data-assimilative models in conjunction with observations from long-term time series and Ocean Color data to modify model pathways and estimate model parameters and errors for the North Pacific carbon cycle; modeling of ecosystem response to upwelling off the Oregon coast; data-assimilative modeling of eutrophication in the North Sea.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean, International Link
David Conklin Oregon State University

Using the static biogeography model MAPSS and the dynamic global vegetation model MC1, he has run simulations of potential vegetation and vegetation change for a number of areas, principally in the western U.S. His current interests include bringing vegetation models into the Envision modeling framework developed by the BEE department at OSU.

Vegetation Modeling, Climate Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, International Link
Robert J. Meinke Oregon State University

Our current research interests focus on developing conservation protocols for rare vascular plant species through (1) taxonomic investigations of poorly known populations or species proposed for legal protection under the Endangered Species Act; (2) developing methods for re-introducing and recovering populations of critically endangered species, by integrating life history studies in the field and greenhouse; and (3) evaluating the roles of pollination and floral predation in limiting rare plant species. (Courtesy)

Vegetation Modeling, policy, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest Link
John Bailey Oregon State University

My research focuses on a spectrum of objectives in a landscape, including commodity production, habitat creation, and ecosystem restoration. We have initiated research projects to evaluate the role of stand structure and dynamics on fire hazard, mature forest development, sustainable forest management, and post-fire recovery. Our silviculture research considers the broad economic, ecological, and sociopolitical implications on forest.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, policy, Environmental Monitoring Northwest Link
Robert L. Higdon Oregon State University

Applied mathematics, numerical solution of partial differential equations. He is currently working on mathematical and computational problems related to large-scale, high-resolution numerical modeling of ocean circulation.

Climate Modeling Northwest, National, International Link
Dudley Chelton Oregon State University

Mesoscale oceanic eddies; large-scale, low-frequency variability of ocean circulation; coupled ocean-atmosphere variability; satellite microwave radar remote sensing; development of techniques for improving and quantifying signal-to-noise ratio in oceanographic measurements.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Global, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
David Shaw Oregon State University

All aspects of forest health, including biology and management of Swiss needle cast in Douglas-fir, invasive insect and disease pests, silviculture and integrated pest management, the interactions of fire and forest pests, biology and ecology of native insect and disease organisms considered pests, and biology and ecology of mistletoes.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Douglas-fire Northwest, Oregon Link
Andreas Schmittner Oregon State University

Earth System Modeling, Climate Dynamics, Paleoclimate, Ocean Circulation, Marine Ecosystem and Biogeochemical Cycles. Global coupled ocean-atmosphere-biogeochemical models.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts National, International, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Mary Santelmann Oregon State University

Wetlands ecology, biogeography. Ecosystem response to human land use and management practices; use of alternative future scenarios combined with diverse evaluative approaches. Environmental and anthropogenic influences on species composition and species richness in agricultural, urban and wetland ecosystems, including effects of landscape composition and pattern on native biodiversity. Ecology and biogeochemistry of wetlands and riparian systems

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, National Link
Enrique Thomann Oregon State University

Partial Differential Equations, Analysis, Applied Probability, Mathematical Modeling. Thomann's research is primarily in problems in partial differential equations arising from fluid mechanics. He also collaborates with colleagues in other departments, as well as in the Mathematics Department, in the development of mathematical models to problems in Ocean Engineering, Ecology, Oceanography, Hydrology and management of Natural Resources.

Hydrologic Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Leonard B. Coop Oregon State University

Conservation Biological Control in Cane berries, Climate change effects on Swiss needle cast in PNW Douglas-fir forests, Development and implementation of pest models and virtual weather for IPM and plant biosecurity, Modeling and decision support for IPM, plant biosecurity, and invasive species management.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Douglas Fire Northwest, National Link
JunJie Wu Oregon State University

Professor Wu's research areas include the optimal design of agri-environmental policy, the spatial modeling of land use change and its impacts on economic and environmental systems, and the analysis of rural-urban interdependencies and causes of spatial variations in economic development.

Agricultural Impacts, policy, Economic Impacts, Social science Northwest, National Link
Andrew Plantinga Oregon State University

Dr. Plantinga 's research focuses on the economics of land use, climate change, and forests. Particular emphasis is given to the development of methods for econometrically modeling land-use decisions, the application of land-use models to environmental and resource policy problems, and the modeling of land development pressures. Current projects involve the use of a national-level (U.S.) econometric model of land use to evaluate wildlife conservation policies and factors determining historical land-use changes, the effects of forest fragmentation on wildlife species, land-use policies designed to lessen adverse effects of fragmentation, growth management restrictions in Oregon and its effect on property values, and the application of techniques from macroeconomics to model natural resource markets.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Policy: Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts Northwest, National, International Link

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