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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Titlesort ascending Organization Description Category Geography Website
Julian Sachs Program on Climate Change

Late Quaternary climate. Cause and consequence of abrupt climate change in the geologic record. Evolution of the tropical Pacific climate & the El Nino-Southern Oscillation since the last glacial period. Relationship between ENSO and the mean climate state.

Climate Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, Washington, National, Pacific Ocean 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
Julia Burton Burton Forest Ecology & Silviculture Lab

Our research focuses on important conceptual questions that inform forest management and conservation. We integrate field studies of plant communities with statistical modeling to understand how local processes (e.g., disturbance and succession) interact with regional processes (e.g., climate change, migration and invasion) to influence forest structure and function. These studies are used to design silvicultural systems and prescriptions that balance multiple objectives (e.g., ecological restoration, biodiversity maintenance, climate change adaptation and mitigation).

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Modeling, Silviculture Northwest Link
Josh Foster The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)

He has over 25 years experience working on climate change science and policy issues in the federal, non-profit, and state sectors, including over 20 years working on climate adaptation. He is vice chair of the executive committee for ASAP.

Adaptation Oregon, Northwest Link
Jonathan Moore Simon Fraser University, Department of Biological Sciences

I am interested in the dynamics of coastal ecosystems--how do systems function, and how human activities impact that function. I work primarily in stream and lake systems. Although my focus is generally on food webs, I draw from multiple perspectives, applying theories and approaches from evolutionary, ecosystem, food-web, and community ecology viewpoints.

Coastal/Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Water Resources Impacts Northwest, International, British Columbia 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
John Yarie University of Alaska Fairbanks

Structure and function of boreal forests, successional processes following catastrophic disturbances, effects of changing environment conditions (including global warming) on forest ecosystem processes, modeling of forest ecosystem dynamics at the ecosystem and landscape perspectives.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Vegetation Modeling Alaska Link
John Walsh University of Alaska Fairbanks, International Arctic Research Center

Dr. Walsh's research interests include climate change and meteorology of polar regions, Arctic sea ice, and extreme weather events and impacts.

Climate Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Snow, glaciers, Ice Alaska, Arctic Link
John Takekawa Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

His research focuses on the wintering and migratory ecology of water birds through radio telemetry, and ecological processes in San Francisco Bay. His studies have focused on projects in the San Francisco Bay estuary, California wetlands, and Pacific Rim countries including Russia, Japan, and Mexico. He is currently working as the San Francisco Bay Program Director.

Climate change, water bird ecology, radio telemetry, contaminants, restoration ecology Northwest, Pacific Rim, International 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
John Reynolds Reynolds Research Group

We combine research and education aimed at enhancing aquatic biodiversity, including large-scale field studies of salmon and their ecosystems. Our projects range from impacts of nutrients from salmon on birds and plants to links between life history traits of fish and vulnerability to extinction.

Population Dynamics, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Salmon, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Pacific Ocean, International, British Columbia Link
John Kim USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station

John Kim is an ecological modeler with the Forest Science Lab and the Pacific Northwest Research Station. He studies climate change impacts on vegetation using dynamic global vegetation models. He has a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a B.A. in Computer Science from University of California San Diego.

Vegetation Modeling, Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems 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
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
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
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
John Alexander Klamath Bird Observatory

John has been working to integrate bird conservation with natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest since 1992. He is focused on applying bird conservation science as a tool for advancing ecosystem conservation regionally, nationally, and internationally. His expertise includes participatory action research; ecological monitoring and research using standard bird and habitat sampling techniques; the use of scientific results for overcoming land stewardship challenges; and the development of applied science tools and teaching materials for natural resource management professionals, community members, and students of all ages.

Bird Conservation, Wildlife Northwest, Klamath Basin Link
John Abatzoglou University of Idaho, PNW Climate Decision Support Consortium, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Dr. John Abatzoglou studies the climate system across both spatial and temporal scales. Dr. Abatzoglou's research focus includes both weather and climate phenomena and their influence on wildfire, water resources, and ecosystems across the western United States. He is active in creating novel climate monitoring tools that are applicable to decision-makers and planners.

Northwest, Idaho
Joan C Hagar USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Her research interests include forest and wildlife ecology, wildlife-habitat relationships, restoration of native habitats, and Great Basin pygmy rabbits.

restoration ecology, species conservation, forest ecology West, Northwest 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
Jiunn-Der Duh Portland State University

My research focuses on developing geocomputational theory and techniques to integrate GIS and remote sensing technologies in spatial decision-making. Specific projects focus on applying spatial modeling, simulation, and optimization techniques to support land-use planning, emergency planning, and resources management.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Downscaling Northwest, Oregon, National 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
Jessie Cherry University of Alaska Fairbanks

Jessie's research involves arctic hydrology and climate, including land-atmosphere interactions and large-scale snow physics.

Ice; Snow; Permafrost; Hydrology; Water Resources Impacts Alaska Link
Jessi Kershner EcoAdapt

Jessi Kershner is an environmental specialist that works at the interface of scientific research on climate and resource management decision-making. She has a background in ecology, physiology, marine biology and oceanography, and natural resources policy and management. Her education and work experiences have been focused on natural resources management strategies for natural and human influences (including climate change) in terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal and marine ecosystems.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Washington, Puget Sound 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
Jeremy Littell US Geological Survey, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center

Work focuses on understanding the role of climate change and variability on dynamics of forest and mountain ecosystems in western U.S.

Climate change, climate variability, forest and mountain ecosystems, wildfires, drought Northwest, West, Alaska Link
Jeremy Jones University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

My research interests focus on two general themes: 1) carbon and nitrogen cycling in streams, rivers and soils (especially in the context of land-water interactions), and 2) watershed-scale carbon cycling and climate change. I am interested in carbon and nitrogen cycling at a range of scales ranging from the molecular composition and microbial use of dissolved organic molecules, to the biogeochemical cycling in streams and soil, to larger scale fluxes from watersheds and trace gas emissions to the atmosphere.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Impacts, Water Resource Impacts Alaska Link
Jennie Stephens University of Vermont

Climate change mitigation, technologies and policies for carbon management, sustainability science, energy technology innovation, CO2 capture and storage, renewable energy, universities as change agents for sustainability, climate change education.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, policy, Social science, Geology/Geomorphology Northeast, National, International Link
Jeffrey Shaman Columbia University

My background is in climate, atmospheric science and hydrology, as well as biology. I study the environmental determinants of infectious disease transmission. In particular, I investigate how hydrologic variability affects mosquito ecology and mosquito-borne disease transmission, and how atmospheric conditions impact the survival, transmission and seasonality of pathogens. I am now working to develop systems to forecast infectious disease outbreaks at a range of time scales.

Hydrologic Modeling, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Air Quality, Disease, Mosquitos National, Northeast Link
Jeffrey Hicke University of Idaho Department of Geography

interests are to understand the effects of global environmental change on ecosystems. Humans impact the world around them through modifications of the composition of the atmosphere, changing land cover and land use, pollution of air and water, and invasive species.

Climate change, environmental change, Modeling, forest ecology Northwest, Idaho Link

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