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
Lorenzo Ciannelli Oregon State University

My primary research focus is on fisheries oceanography and marine ecosystem ecology. I am interested in studying the causes of temporal and spatial variations of marine populations. Most of my work revolves around early life stages of fish, as variability at the population level is closely linked to egg, larval and juvenile survival in marine organisms. Through these investigations I combine quantitative analyses (i.e., mathematical and statistical modeling) with more field and experimentally oriented approaches.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Fisheries Alaska, Pacific Ocean, Northwest 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
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
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
Robert Duncan Oregon State University, VIPER Group

Geochronology and petrogenesis of ocean floor and oceanic island basalts applied to modeling crustal movements in the ocean basins; geochemistry of oceanic basalts to map upper mantle heterogeneities; hydrothermal alteration of midocean ridge basalts; the origin, composition, timing and environmental effects of large igneous processes. (Professor Emeritus)

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Pacific Ocean, Northwest, Oregon 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
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
Daniel Cox Oregon State University, O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

Dr. Cox's research focuses on community resilience to coastal hazards, including tsunami and hurricane surge and waves inundation in the built and natural environments. He conducts research on tsunami and wave impacts on near-coast structures, tsunami evacuation and life safety, sediment transport and erosion, and nature-based solutions for coastal hazards mitigation.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Pacific Ocean, Northwest, Oregon 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
Laura Brophy Institute for Applied Ecology, Estuary Technical Group, Green Point Consulting

Laura Brophy provides state and regional leadership in coastal wetland restoration and conservation for Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. She has over 25 years of field experience in habitats ranging from Pacific Northwest coastal forests and estuaries to tropical rainforests and high desert. Laura's project focus is dual-scale, including basin scale strategic planning and site-scale restoration design, monitoring and implementation. At Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, she conducts and directs research to advance restoration science and bridge the research-application divide.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Estuaries, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Susan Schlosser Humboldt State University, Sea Grant Extension Program Humboldt Bay Initiative

Schlosser is interested in eelgrass distribution and growth. Annual collaborative eelgrass surveys provide useful information to resource managers for developing management plans, reviewing development proposals, levee design, restoration projects, and bridge repair. She also manages an invasive eelgrass monitoring and eradication program in Humboldt Bay and the Eel River Estuary. She is starting research on best practices for community programs using an ecosystem-based management approach.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Estuaries, Impacts to Human Systems, Eelgrass Northwest, California 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
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
Jan Newton University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory

Jan is a biological oceanographer who has studied the physical, chemical, and biological dynamics of Puget Sound and coastal Washington, including understanding effects from climate and humans on water properties. Currently she has been working with colleagues at UW and NOAA to assess the status of ocean acidification in Pacific NW waters.

oceanography, Climate change, Ocean Acidification Northwest, Washington Link
Cary Lynch Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Global Change Research Institute

Her research focuses on spatial statistics from climate models as they relate to socio-economic impacts.

Pacific, Northwest, Research Northwest Link
Brad Griffith University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Habitat and nutritional ecology, stochastic population processes, endangered species management/planning, remote sensing, landscape processes, species translocation and reintroduction.

Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Arctic, Alaska Link
Larry Dill Simon Fraser University, Department of Biological Sciences

My major research interests are in the development and testing of cost-benefit models of behavior, and experimental studies of the decision rules used by animals to ensure adaptive behavior in various contexts. The emphasis is on understanding how behaviors maximize individual fitness; this is achieved by experimental analyses of the benefits and costs of the various behavioral alternatives available to the animal.

Planning/Adaptation, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, British Columbia, National, International 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
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
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
Sally Duncan Oregon State University, Institute for Natural Resources

Sally's research interests include connections between humans and their natural resources, in particular the intertwined roles of science, communications, and social acceptance of resource management. In her work at INR, she is committed to improving the multi-faceted connections between scientific research with all its limitations and opportunities, and the complex worlds of decision makers and stakeholders.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems, Cultural Resources, Social science Northwest 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
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
Thomas Maness Oregon State University

Climate change mitigation, bioenergy production, strategic planning and logistics, tactical decision support systems. My research interest is in developing innovative forest policies and practices to balance the production of traditional forest products with society's expanding need for ecosystem services, energy, and climate mitigation. My research falls in three broad categories: Strategic Land-use Planning and Forest Tenure Policy, Value Chain Optimization, and Energy and Climate Policy.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, policy, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Economic Impacts, Agricultural Impacts, Cultural Resources British Columbia, International, Northwest 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
Anita Morzillo University of Connecticut

Research in my lab focuses on affects of human activities on natural resources. Broad research areas include landscape ecology, systems ecology, and interdisciplinary integration of ecology and social science. Specific foci embrace many disciplines, including wildlife ecology and management, human dimensions of wildlife, recreation management, and urban ecology.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Social science, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts National, Northeast Link
Stephen Sillett Humboldt State University

My scientific interests began with a focus on arboreal organisms living in the crowns of tall trees, but has recently shifted to the trees themselves, particularly the five species with living individuals over 300 feet tall. How fast do they grow, what limits their maximum size, and how will they respond to a changing climate? My team is also considering how second-growth forests might be managed to accelerate the development of old-growth forest complexity and biodiversity.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Terrestrial Ecosystems Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, California 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
David Sailor Portland State University, Board on the Urban Environment

The central mission of Dr. Sailor's research group is to develop an improved understanding of the urban climate system, its feedback mechanisms, and the potential for mitigating actions to affect change. Our specific short term goals are to:
(1) quantify the relative role of component parts of the urban infrastructure in affecting the magnitude of the urban heat island
(2) understand how the urban system will respond to the added stresses of long term climate change (including changes in population, demographics, technology, and adaptation)
(3) evaluate the likely impacts of planning and policy options to mitigate the negative aspects of urban environments

policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, National, International Link
Amy Holman NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

As NOAAs Regional Coordinator for Alaska, I work with colleagues from all of the NOAA line offices and with people from other federal and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and industry to tackle issues in the state that no single organization can solve on its own.

Policy; Coordination Alaska Link