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 Organization Description Categorysort descending Geography Website
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
Claudine Hauri International Pacific Research Center; University of Alaska Fairbanks

Ocean acidification and carbon dynamics in high latitude, upwelling, and coral reef systems; Oceanographic and climate drivers of carbon system variability; Linking knowledge of field and model oceanographic studies with experimental biological studies for a better understanding of the impact of ocean acidification on organisms

Marine Ecosystem Impacts; Coastal Ecosystem Impacts; Ocean Acidification Pacific Ocean, Alaska, Hawaii
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
Jeremy Mathis NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

My current research focuses on constraining CO2 fluxes and ocean acidification in coastal regions, particularly at high latitudes. I do this by using a variety of platforms including the collection of discrete DIC, TA, pH and pCO2 measurements from ships as well as data collected from moorings, gliders and floats.

Marine Ecosystem Impacts; Ocean Acidification Arctic, Alaska, Bering Sea, Pacific Ocean Link
Katrin Iken University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research is mainly centered around trophic interactions between organisms. This involves dietary composition, feeding habits and consumption rates of invertebrates, macroalgal-herbivore interactions, stable isotope analysis of food web structures etc. It also involves chemical defenses of macroalgae and invertebrates against grazers and predators. I am generally interested in shallow water community diversity, dynamics and ecology, especially in both polar regions, and in deep-sea communities. Most of my shallow water work uses scientific diving as a research tool.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Climate Modeling Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Alaska, Arctic Link
Courtney Carothers University of Alaska Fairbanks

Environmental anthropologist with broad interests in human-environment relationships, particularly in marine and fisheries systems. Areas of research include: processes of marine enclosure and privatization; political ecology; local and traditional knowledge; science and technology studies; subsistence, mixed and alternative economies; and socio-ecological change.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Alaska, Pacific Ocean Link
Terry Whitledge University of Alaska Fairbanks

Marine chemistry/chemical oceanography, nutrient chemistry, nitrogen cycle, biogeochemical processes, dynamics of coastal ocean and estuaries, eutrophication and oxygen depletion, nutrient uptake and regeneration, and harmful algal bloom.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Apoxia, Hypoxia, Harmful Algal Blooms Pacific Ocean, Alaska Link
Nicola Hillgruber University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Fisheries Society, Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Ecology of marine fishes, primarily in the ecology of their early life stages, the impact of biological and physical factors on condition, growth, and thus survival of larvae and juveniles of marine fishes.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries Alaska, Arctic, Baltic Sea, International Link
Brenda Konar University of Alaska Fairbanks

Brenda's research interests include phycology, research scuba diving, biodiversity, monitoring programs, nearshore ecology, ecosystem change, benthic ecology.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries, Clams, Environmental Monitoring Alaska, Pacific Ocean Link
Andres Lopez University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage

Fish diversity and evolution. The study of systematics (taxonomy and classification) of fishes using a combo of morphology-and gene-based lines of evidence. His goal is to produce accurate and precise information on the nature and geographic distribution of fish biological diversity.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries, Lamprey, Cultural Resources Impacts Alaska Link
Lara Horstmann-Dehn University of Alaska Fairbanks

Lara's research focuses on Arctic marine mammals because of their cultural and nutritional importance to subsistence users, the Arctic is undergoing noticeable change, and planned oil and gas development is happening in that habitat.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Economic Impacts, Climate Modeling, Cultural Resources, Salmon, Walrus, Impacts to Indigenous Peoples Alaska, Arctic Link
Sarah Hardy College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Specialties: Benthic-pelagic coupling, Polar marine ecology, Reproduction and life-history strategies of marine invertebrates, Trophic interactions, Lipid and stable isotope analysis, Ecology of soft-sediment habitats

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Marine Invertebrates Pacific Ocean, Alaska Link
Tuula Hollmen University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Dr. Hollmen's research focuses on the physiology and health of wild avian species, especially waterfowl and marine birds, development of methods and biomarkers to evaluate body condition, immune function and disease/contaminant effects in birds, and application of such techniques for monitoring of population health and fitness of wild birds.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Air Quality, Water Resource Impacts, Birds, Wildlife Alaska, Arctic Link
Russel Andrews University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Dr. Andrews specializes in marine mammals, sea turtles, diving behavior, diving physiology, foraging ecology, energetics, remote monitoring equipment and instrumentation. He is also interested in the conservation biology of threatened and endangered marine organisms and their habitats.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles Alaska, Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean Link
Link Olson University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Systematics, phylogenetics, and evolutionary biology of mammals; biogeography and molecular evolution

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife Alaska Link
Jo-Ann Mellish University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Interests focus on how animals physiologically deal with energetic requirements during high-demand periods, such as growth and lactation. Pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) are particularly interesting because they have additional challenges from the utilization of not one but two environments, both terrestrial and marine.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Sea Lions Alaska, Arctic Link
Jan Straley University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau), Sitka Sound Science Center

Dr. Straley is a humpback and sperm whale specialist based in Sitka, Alaska. Her most recent focus is human impacts to sperm whale populations.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Whales Alaska, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Abby Powell University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Conservation biology, shorebird ecology and avian management.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Birds Alaska Link
Alan Springer University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research focuses on food web structure and on the causes and consequences of variability in production at various trophic levels, with an emphasis on marine birds and mammals.

Marine, Coastal, Marine Birds, Marine Mammals Pacific Ocean, Alaska Link
Mike Kosro Oregon State University

Coastal oceanography; shelf/deep-sea exchange processes; eastern boundary currents; California and Peru/Chile Undercurrent; remote sensing; ocean acoustics; ocean circulation. Measurements of ocean currents and water properties on frontal and larger scales, using a coastal-circulation radio-mapping technique, drifters and moored current meters, and shipborne/towed profilers; properties of coastal eddies and their effect on cross-shelf exchange.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, International, Pacific Ocean Link
Simon de Szoeke Oregon State University

I am interested in interactions between the atmosphere and ocean that affect the climate system. I study atmospheric boundary layer clouds, intertropical convergence zone variability, and cross-equatorial winds over the eastern tropical Pacific.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Climate Modeling Northwest, International 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
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
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
Ryan R. Rykaczewski University of South Carolina Department of Biological Sciences

I am interested in exploring the responses of ecosystem and fisheries production to past and future climate variability and climate change. This research involves consideration of theory, observations, and models. Currently, I investigate the biogeochemical implications of changes in physical climate that are particularly robust in the projections of atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (e.g., meridional shifts in zonal winds, increases in ocean stratification, and changes in phenology). In the past, changes in primary production, carbon export, the structure of food webs, and fisheries have often correlated with simple physical climate measures such as SST. However, these relationships rarely reflect an understanding of the actual mechanisms relating the environment to the physics.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Aquacultural Impacts Southeast, National Link
Mark Hixon University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Biology

My research focuses on the ecology of coastal marine fishes on both temperate rocky reefs and tropical coral reefs, although I have studied a variety of other organisms, including seaweeds and hummingbirds. My major research interests include population dynamics -- particularly the mechanisms that naturally regulate population sizes -- and community ecology -- particularly the mechanisms that affect and maintain local species diversity -- especially in the context of sustaining fisheries and conserving biodiversity.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Aquacultural Impacts, Coral Reef, Fisheries, Seaweed, Hummingbirds Northwest, Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, International 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
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
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
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

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