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
Dawn Wright Oregon State University

Geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis; marine geography; informatics and cyberinfrastructure; geographic information science in higher education. Benthic terrain characterization of coral reefs; processing, production, visualization, and interpretation of seafloor maps.

Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Rick Colwell Oregon State University

Microbial ecology, subsurface microbiology, geomicrobiology, coupling of microbial rates and processes to physical and chemical parameters in the environment, sensing and monitoring of microbes, methods for sampling the earth's subsurface for microorganisms, bioremediation.

Geology/Geomorphology, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems National, International Link
Robert Dziak Oregon State University, Ocean Acoustics

Ocean Acoustics. GIS Modeling. Ocean floor activity.

Geology/Geomorphology, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Pacific Ocean, Northwest, International Link
Peter Ruggiero Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Coastal Geomorphology, Coastal Hazards, Nearshore Processes. Coastal Geomorphology: nearshore morphology, modeling coastal change, large-scale coastal behavior. Coastal Hazards: impact of climate change and variability on coastal change and flood hazards. Nearshore Processes: swash processes, dynamics of high-energy dissipative beaches.

Geology/Geomorphology, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Alaska, Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Robert Kennedy Oregon State University, Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing in Ecology

My specialties are in geospatial analysis, remote sensing, modeling, landscape ecology, disturbance dynamics, computational methods. I currently lead projects focusing on landscape dynamics, land cover change, and carbon dynamics. Recent collaborators include the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, as well as other universities and NASA.

Geospatial analysis, Modeling, Landscape Dynamics Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Nicole Molders University of Alaska Fairbanks

I want to contribute to improving numerical models in order to simulate the water, energy and trace gas cycles appropriately. Doing so will allow policy makers to use model outcomes to assess future water resources, water and air quality and to make reasonable decisions to meet the challenges of the future.

Hydrologic Modeling, Air Quality, policy, Impacts to Human Systems Alaska, 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
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
Desiree Tullos Oregon State University, College of Agricultural Sciences

Dr. Tullos research focuses generally on ecohydraulics, river engineering, system analysis in water resources management, and hydrodynamic modeling. In particular, her research addresses stream channel and watershed influences on aquatic systems, measuring and modelling the response and recovery of stream ecosystems to watershed disturbance and restorative manipulations.

Hydrologic Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Water Resources Impacts Northwest, Oregon, National, International Link
David Atkinson University of Alaska Fairbanks

My primary focus concerns the "environmental forcing" of coastal zones in arctic regions. This means how do storm winds and waves affect coastal zones, with special attention given to the unique complicating conditions introduced by the presence of sea-ice and frozen ground.

Hydrologic Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Arctic, Alaska Link
Tom Weingartner University of Alaska Fairbanks

Physical oceanography of Alaskan continental shelves and slopes, interdisciplinary marine research, and wind and buoyancy-forced shelf circulation systems.

Hydrologic Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Pacific Ocean Link
Enrique Thomann Oregon State University

Partial Differential Equations, Analysis, Applied Probability, Mathematical Modeling. Thomann's research is primarily in problems in partial differential equations arising from fluid mechanics. He also collaborates with colleagues in other departments, as well as in the Mathematics Department, in the development of mathematical models to problems in Ocean Engineering, Ecology, Oceanography, Hydrology and management of Natural Resources.

Hydrologic Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Pacific Ocean, Northwest 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
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
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
Derek Godwin Oregon State University

Extension watershed management specialist for Oregon, specializing in hydrology, low impact development practices, stream processes and water quality. Provides education to many audiences including elected officials, home owners, planning and public works department staff, consultants, landscapers, watershed councils and neighborhood associations. Provides education in a variety of formats including workshops, short courses, field tours, hands-on training, forums and presentations.

Hydrologic Modeling, Water Resources Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, Oregon Link
Adam Wei University of British Columbia

Dr.Wei's key research interests are eco-hydrological processes; in-stream wood ecology and its relations with channel morphology, aquatic habitat and carbon budget; forest disturbance and watershed processes; application of GIS and remote sensing on watershed hydrology and management; surface water and groundwater integration; and long-term soil productivity and forest ecosystem modeling.

Hydrological Modeling, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, British Columbia, Canada Link
Julie Vano National Center for Atmospheric Research, Research Applications Laboratory

Julie Vano is a project scientist in the Hydrometeorological Applications Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Julie's research interests include hydrology, water resource management, science policy, climate change impacts, and system dynamics. Her current work aims to better connect climate science and the applications community and use these connections to develop innovative ways to address climate impacts on local water resources.

Hydrology, Water Resource Management, Science Policy, Climate Change Impacts National Link
Upmanu Lall Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN); Columbia University

He has broad interests in hydrology, climate dynamics, water resource systems analysis, risk management and sustainability.

Hydrology; Policy; Planning; Public Health; Climate Modeling; Urban Impacts Northeast, Atlantic Link
Vladimir Romanovsky University of Alaska Fairbanks

I am interested in the scientific and practical aspects of environmental and engineering problems involving ice and permafrost. These include problems in the areas of soil physics, thermodynamics, heat and mass flow, and growth and decay processes that are associated with permafrost, subsea permafrost, seasonally frozen ground, and seasonal snow cover. I am also interested in the improvement of mathematical methods (analytical and numerical modeling) in geology and geophysics.

Ice; Permafrost; Snow; Climate Modeling; Geology Alaska, Russia, International 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
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
Sarah Trainor Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, NOAA RISA, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Climate Science Center

Human dimensions of global change in arctic and northern latitudes, vulnerability and adaption of northern communities to climate change and environmental injustice and climate change in Arctic Indigenous peoples.

Impacts on Human Systems, Economic Impacts, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation, Social science, Cultural Resources, Impacts to Indigenous Communities Alaska, Arctic Link
Bart Nijssen University of Washington, Land Surface Hydrology Research Group

Modeling of hydrological processes; Nowcasting and forecasting; Renewable energy; Remote sensing applications in hydrology; Climate change

Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Washington Link
Dennis Lettenmaier University of Washington, Civil & Environmental Engineering

His areas of research interest are large scale hydrology, hydrologic aspects of remote sensing, and hydrology-climate interactions.

Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Washington Link
Cathy Cahill University of Alaska Fairbanks

Professor Cahill's research focuses on atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on visibility, global climate, and human health. Her research includes laboratory experiments, modeling, and field studies of atmospheric aerosols and their properties.

Impacts to Human Systems, Climate Modeling, Air Quality Alaska, National, International Link
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
Lisa Hoferkamp University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

My research centers on the transport, deposition and attenuation of heavy metal and organic pollutants in high latitude environments.

Impacts to Human Systems, Heavy Metal Pollution, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Impacts Alaska, Northwest, Pacific Ocean Link
Philip Mote Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)

Climate variability and change in the Pacific Northwest. Mountain snowpack and its response to climate variability and change. Interpretation of global model and satellite data. Impacts of climate change on water resources forests and shore lands, sea level rise, adaptation to climate change.

Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Water Resources Impacts, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Sea Level Rise Northwest, Oregon, Pacific Ocean Link
Denise Lach Oregon State University, PNW Climate Decision Support Consortium, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Denise Lach's researches Environmental Natural Resource Sociology. Her research includes Applied Sociology including social impact assessment, program evaluation, and organizational development; organizational sociology; water conflict and dispute resolution; examination of changing roles and expectations for science and scientists in natural resource decision making; institutional resistance to changes in the water sector; transformation of water resources governance structures; examination of changing roles and expectations for science and scientists in natural resource decision making; institutional resistance to changes in the water sector; transformation of water resources governance structures.

Impacts to Human Systems, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Social science, Water Systems Northwest, Oregon, National Link

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