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
Jeffrey Bethel Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

My research focuses on building adaptive capacity to address the health impact of occupational, environmental and natural hazards, particularly among vulnerable populations. Specifically, I examine the health effects of climate change including heat-related illness among farm-workers and other vulnerable populations, household- and community-level preparedness to disasters, efforts to increase adaptive capacity for climate change among local health departments. I also study best practices to implement epidemiologic methods to examine the health impact of disasters.

Impacts to Human Systems, Epidemiology, Disaster Preparedness Northwest, Oregon 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
Jason Kreitler USGS Western Geographic Science Center

Jason's research focuses on wildfire risk and vulnerability, ecosystem services, geography of climate change, climate gap analysis, connectivity, spatial analysis for conservation and resource issues, GIS - spatial decision support for conservation resource allocation, and spatial cost modeling for conservation planning.

Wildfire, Climate Modeling, Vegetation, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Puget Sound, Northwest, West, California Link
Jason Dunham USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

His research interests include landscape ecology of aquatic ecosystems, conservation biology of focal species, ecology of natural disturbance, biological invasions, and monitoring.

aquatic ecosystems, conservation biology, biological invasions West, Northwest Link
Janine Castro Portland State University, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service

Interests and specialisms in river science: stream restoration, technology transfer. Dr. Castro holds a joint position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service that covers all aspects of fluvial geomorphology, including stream restoration, sediment dynamics, channel design, energy management, and channel evolution.

stream restoration, fluvial geomorphology, sediment dynamics Northwest 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
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
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
Jamie Donatuto Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, First Stewards

Dr. Donatuto is the Environmental Health Analyst for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. She and her colleague Larry Campbell focus their work on developing culturally-meaningful and appropriate community-based indicators of indigenous health with Coast Salish Tribes and Canadian First Nations. She also works on toxics trends monitoring, Superfund cleanup challenges, and climate change impacts and adaptation measures.

Toxics Monitoring, Superfund Cleanup, Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation Northwest, Washington Link
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
James Booth Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); Climate and Weather Research Group

Midlatitude Dynamics, Air-sea interactions, Moist Processes in Extratropical Cyclones

Climate Modeling; Marine Ecosystem Impacts Northeast, National Link
Iris Stewart-Frey Santa Clara University

Freshwater aquatic and/or riparian, hydrology in the western US. My research interests encompass environmental issues that affect the water cycle and water supply. I have worked on both shallow groundwater pollution issues and surface water processes that are related to climate variability and climate change. I have developed a type transfer function model (TTF) to assess pesticide leaching to groundwater at the regional scale. More recently I have worked on assessing streamflow timing changes across western North America. My current work is focused on the physical processes and characteristics of watersheds which are particularly sensitive to climate change, and on expanding my runoff timing assessments to other arid places in the world.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts West, Northwest, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington Link
Igor Polyakov University of Alaska Fairbanks, Hymeteorological Institute

The primary focus of my recent research is climate change and variability in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. My high-latitude climate studies focus on polar amplification of global warming, long-term variability of the Arctic atmosphere, ice, and ocean, their interconnections, and linkages with the lower latitude processes.

Climate Modeling, Snow, glaciers, Ice, Atmospheric Modeling Alaska, Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean Link
Ian Miller University of Washington Sea Grant

Dr. Miller works with coastal communities on the Olympic Peninsula to increase their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards, including tsunami, chronic erosion, coastal flooding and hazards associated with climate change. To accomplish this, he uses a suite of tools including outreach, applied research, synthesis of existing science, and coordination to help coastal communities access funding and expertise to achieve their goals and implement their plans.

Coastal Hazards, Sea Level Rise, Flooding, Climate Change, Adaptation Planning Northwest, Washington Link
Hiram W. LI Oregon State University

Hierarchical organization of land and rivers capes ("From the macroscope to microscope"). The role of stream temperature on aquatic communities of high desert streams. Factors affecting restoration of fish habitats. Qualitative mathematical analyses of aquatic communities, especially exotic species.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, International Link
Heejun Chang Portland State University

Hydrology and water resources, with focus on human modification of the hydrologic system and interactions among climate change, land use change, and water management as they affect water quantity, quality, demand, and hydrologic ecosystem services.

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology National, International, Northwest, Oregon Link
Harriet Morgan University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group

Harriet’s professional mission is to help communities increase their resilience to climate change by conducting in-depth, quantitative assessments that identify which species and ecosystems are most likely to be vulnerable to the effects of climate change and what adaptation strategies can be implemented to help ameliorate these risks. Her areas of expertise are in vulnerability assessment, adaptation planning, terrestrial & aquatic ecology, and sea level rise.

Terrestrial Ecosystems Impacts, Vulnerability Assessment, Sea Level Rise, Adaptation Northwest, Washington Link
Hannah Gosnell Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Research focuses on the drivers and consequences of rural land use change; water resource policy, management and law; climate change adaptation; environmental governance; social-ecological resiliency; adaptive management; payment for ecosystem services; sustainability transitions; transformational adaptation.

Water Resources Impacts, Policy/Management, Adaptation, Environmental Governance, Social Resiliency, Sustainability Northwest, West Link
Hamid Moradkhani

Watershed Hydrology and Hydrometeorology, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, Uncertainty and Risk Analysis, Data Assimilation and Ensemble Inference, Multi-objective Optimization, Sustainable Water Resources Management under Climate Change, Prediction of Hydrologic Extremes Including Flood and Drought, and Ecohydrology.

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, National Link
Hajo Eicken University of Alaska Fairbanks

My main research interests are in the field of sea-ice geophysics. In particular, I am interested in how small-scale properties and (micro)structure of sea ice impact processes on a larger scale as well as the role of sea ice in the climate system.

Ice; Snow; Sea Ice; Geophysics; Marine Hydrology Alaska Link
Gunnar Knapp University of Alaska Anchorage; NOAA RISA, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

Dr. Knapp has conducted a wide variety of research on the Alaska economy and Alaska resources, including in particular markets for Alaska seafood and management of Alaska fisheries resources. He is well known for his expertise on world salmon markets among both academic and industry groups, and has traveled worldwide in connection with his research on salmon markets.

Economic Impacts; Salmon; Fisheries Alaska, Pacific Ocean, International Link
Glenn Shaw University of Alaska Fairbanks, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Research interests are in atmospheric physics and atmospheric chemistry predominantly in areas of physical chemistry and optics of atmospheric aerosols, and in global climate and climate feedback

Atmospheric Monitoring, Climate Modeling Alaska, National, International Link
Glenn Juday University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tree-ring studies, Biodiversity under forest management systems, climate change assessment, climate change and forest growth, structure of old-growth forest ecosystems, wilderness and natural area management, long-term environmental monitoring.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Climate Modeling Alaska Link
Glenn Howe Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest Tree Improvement Research Cooperative

Glenn's research focuses on the breeding, ecological genetics, and genomics of forest trees, including understanding climate-associated patterns of genetic variation, physiological adaptations to climate, and assisted migration.

Genetics and Physiology of Trees, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Oregon Link
Gilberto Fochesatto University of Alaska Fairbanks

Optical Characterization and Chemical Speciation of Aerosols by Laser Remote Sensing and Laser Spectroscopy, Optical Remote Sensing, and Aerols Feedback Processes in the Lower Troposphere

Climate, Environmental Monitoring, Air Quality Alaska, National, International Link
Gerhard Kramm University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research activities are mainly focused on the theoretical aspects of atmospheric sciences, in particular physics of the planetary boundary layer, atmospheric turbulence and its impact upon atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric radiation, cloud physics, micro- and mesoscale numerical modeling, and climate change.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring Alaska, National, International Link
Frank Shaughnessy Humboldt State University

I am interested in the population and community ecology of marine algae and seagrasses. Active projects include the updating of the seaweed flora for northern California, examining the eelgrass and invertebrate response to the grazing of eelgrass by black brant geese, the examination of bottom up limiting factors to eelgrass, and the description of the phytoplankton community in the Humboldt Bay. I am also involved in CSU collaborative effort to set up an integrated ocean observation platform to monitor near shore marine water quality.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Modeling, Estuaries, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Eelgrass Northwest, California Link
Frank Lake USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station

Current research involves wildland fire effects, traditional ecological knowledge, Climate Change, and ethno-ecology with an emphasis on cultural management and fire ecology of forest, shrub, grassland and riparian environments in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.

Tribal, Climate change, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), cultural management and fire ecology, prescribed burns Northwest Link
Franco Montalto Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); Drexel University

Effects of built infrastructure on societal water needs, ecohydrologic patterns and processes, ecological restoration, green design, water interventions

Water Resources Impacts; Ecological Restoration; Urban Infrastructure Northeast, Atlantic Link
Flaxen Conway Oregon State University, Marine Resource Management Program

Her research focuses on communities coping with change and transition, personal and group leadership education, and cooperative learning and research.

Social science Northwest, Oregon Link

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