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
James Coakley Oregon State University

Radiative transfer; remote sensing of cloud and aerosol properties; earth's energy budget; radiative forcing and climate change. Indirect radiative forcing of aerosols using CALIPSO LIDAR and A-train data. Limits to indirect radiative forcing of aerosols as deduced from ship tracks. Application of partly cloudy pixel retrievals to MODIS imagery data. Surface radiation budget of the northeastern Pacific.

Climate Modeling, Air Quality Pacific Ocean, Northwest, International 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
Matthew Betts Oregon State University

(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.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, International Link
Anna Harding Oregon State University

Environmental health, including water quality, environmental contamination and public health interventions, and community involvement. NIEHS grant (affiliated with the Superfund Basic Research Program) funding to examine PAH exposures for tribal communities engaged in traditional cultural lifestyles

Cultural Resources, Social Sciences, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Oregon 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
Roger Ely Oregon State University

Environmental biotechnology, sustainable systems engineering, bioprocess engineering, modeling of biological systems. Metabolic responses in nitrifying bacteria. Bio-based hydrogen energy systems.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, National, International Link
Roger Samelson Oregon State University

Fluid dynamics and thermodynamics of the ocean and atmosphere; coastal and arctic meteorology; coastal, mesoscale and large-scale ocean circulation; instabilities and nonlinear dynamics of geophysical fluids.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts National, International, Pacific Ocean, Northwest 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kathie Dello Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI); Oregon Climate Service (OCS)

Kathie Dello is the Associate Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Deputy Director of the Oregon Climate Service, which is the state climate office for Oregon. She is interested in working in the science/policy interface, and frequently visits and consults with local, state, and federal agencies around the region on a variety of climate and water issues.

Climate Impacts Analysis; Adaptation; Policy Northwest, Oregon Link
Marie Schlenker Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) Oregon, Northwest Link
Samantha Chisholm Hatfield Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Dr. Hatfield is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, and is also Cherokee. Her culturally traditional upbringing led her to become interested in the juncture between Indigenous systems of knowledge and western science. Samantha holds a Bachelors in Ethnic Studies: Native American Studies and Cultural Anthropology, and a PhD in Environmental Science, specializing in Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) from Oregon State University. Her interests and expertise include TEK, Native systems in the Pacific Northwest, cultural systems, and communication. Her other interests include writing, speaking, dancing traditionally at pow wows, and cultural events.

Tribal, Climate change, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) Northwest, Oregon Link
Meghan Dalton Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Meghan applies regional climate projections to local and regional entities, including municipal water utilities, public health departments, forest, rangeland, and water resource managers, farmers, and tribes, helping them to assess and adapt to future impacts of climate change. She also coordinated the Northwest climate assessment report supporting the 2013 National Climate Assessment.

Assessment; Policy Oregon, Northwest Link
John Stevenson Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Previously he was a research analyst and field researcher with Ecotrust and also worked with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. He holds an MS in Marine Resource Management from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, and a BA in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Oregon, Northwest Link
Linnia Hawkins Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Linnia is a graduate student in CEOAS working with Professor Mote on the Forest Mortality, Economics and Climate project. She is analyzing a super ensemble of regional climate simulations to assess the sensitivity of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change in Western North America. She earned a BS in Mathematics at Montana State University where she worked on developing multivariate statistical methods for assessing changes in distance matrices.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts; Forestry Oregon, Northwest Link
Eliza Ghitis Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC)

Eliza Ghitis is the Climate Change Scientist for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

Tribal, Climate change, Habitat, Fisheries Northwest, Washington Link
Tim Beechie Northwest Fisheries Science Center

His research focuses on geomorphology and riparian vegetation as key drivers of riverine ecosystems. His current research interests include influences of valley and river channel morphology on salmon habitats and populations, using land use and restoration scenarios to estimate salmon population responses and evaluate restoration alternatives, and adapting river restoration plans and project designs for climate change.

Fisheries, Geology/Geomorphology, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Salmon Northwest Link
Chas Jones Northwest Climate Science Center, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

Dr. Jones is an interdisciplinary expert in the dynamic interactions between climate, water, ecology, and society. He received a Ph.D. in hydrology from the University of Alaska, where he combined traditional knowledge and science to assess exposure of indigenous people to the impacts of climate change. As a postdoctoral researcher with the Environmental Protection Agency, he investigated hydrologic vulnerability to climate change across the continental U.S.

Northwest, Climate Science Center Northwest Link
Jon Martin Northland College, American Geophysical Union

My work is centered on the role of forests in carbon cycling, and includes research into the flow of carbon and the role of climate in driving these processes. Currently my research is focused on three themes: (1) the role of fire in forest recovery and carbon sequestration (2) the sensitivity of carbon fluxes to climatic drivers in different forest ages and types, and (3) the link between above ground carbon sequestration and soil carbon loss at various temporal scales. Specifically, I look at the feedbacks between climate change, terrestrial carbon sequestration, wildland fire, and ecosystem stability. Measuring and modeling above and belowground carbon fluxes and storage across space and time. Linking above and belowground carbon cycling processes to climate, landscape and land use patterns. Impacts of biofuel production on ecosystem processes in forest and grassland ecosystems.

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Impacts to Human Systems Midwest, National Link
Sara Smith Northeast Climate Science Center

Her experience is in research and development, natural resources, ecology, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), and working with indigenous communities in the Midwest. Sara's interests entail forest ecology and dynamics, bridging the gap between science and indigenous knowledge, climate resilience education, and community outreach.

Northeast, Climate Science Center, Midwest, Great Lakes Northeast, Midwest, Great Lakes Link
Shannon McNeeley, North Central Climate Science Center/Colorado State University Research Scientist, Adaptation Lead Scientist, and Tribal Engagement North Central Climate Science Center/Colorado State University

Dr. Shannon McNeeley received her doctoral degree in Environmental Change and Sustainability Science (ecological anthropology, ecology, climatology) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in the interdisciplinary Resilience and Adaptation Program as an NSF IGERT Fellow then as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her doctoral research focused on climate variability and change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptive capacity of indigenous people (Athabascan Indians) in the remote, rural Interior region of Alaska. This was in close collaboration with tribes, state, and federal agency partners. She first began working for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 2000 as an associate scientist before starting her doctoral degree in the fall of 2004. Her work is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural incorporating the social and natural sciences in order to understand human-environment relationships and how people are impacted by and respond to environmental change. She has been involved in climate change education and research for over 16 years. Most recently, as a postdoctoral fellow at NCAR, her research focused on water scarcity and sustainability in the context of climate variability and change and the Yampa/White Basins region of northwest Colorado. Then as a research fellow at the School of Natural Resources and Environment the University of Michigan, Dr. McNeeley co-wrote the Adaptation chapter of the upcoming U.S. National Climate Assessment and led research on climate adaptation actions implemented across the globe through the Global Environmental Facility financing mechanisms for developing and Least Developed Countries. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the DOI-sponsored North Central Climate Science Center at Colorado State University. In addition to continuing research on vulnerability and adaptation in water resource management, this will also entail working to build the capacity of the NCCSC to conduct and support regional assessment on climate change adaptive capacity and decision making.

Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change, Vulnerability, Adaptation Science, Climate Science Center North Central U.S. Link
Regina Rochefort North Cascades National Park Service

Regina Rochefort is a Plant Ecologist and Science Advisor at Washington's North Cascades National Park Service Complex, where she has been employed for the past 16 years. As Science Advisor, Regina works with park managers to integrate current science into park management, identifies applied research needs, facilitates research within the park, and manages the Research Permit System for North Cascades National Park Service Complex and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. Regina is the lead on Climate Adaptation and is a co-lead on the North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership. She is interested in the management of high elevation ecosystems in the Cascades of Washington State and British Columbia.

Conservation, Science Outreach Northwest, British Columbia, Washington, International Link
Nathan Kettle NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP); USGS Alaska Climate Science Center (CSC)

Nathan Kettle is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) and the USGS Alaska Climate Science Center. His research focuses on the human dimensions of global environmental change, risk and uncertainty, trust, and the role of networks in climate change adaptation. He is also interested in risk-based management approaches for climate adaptation and scenario planning.

Marine Ecosystem Impacts; Coastal Ecosystem Impacts; Planning Alaska, National, International Link
Philip Loring NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP); University of Saskatchewan

Food systems and security; fisheries; local food movements; environmental justice; climatic and environmental change; indigenous cultures

Fisheries; Cultural Resource Impacts; Food Security Northwest, Alaska, British Columbia, Pacific Ocean Link

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