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
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
Linnia Hawkins Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

Linnia is a graduate student in CEOAS working with Professor Mote on the Forest Mortality, Economics and Climate project. She is analyzing a super ensemble of regional climate simulations to assess the sensitivity of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change in Western North America. She earned a BS in Mathematics at Montana State University where she worked on developing multivariate statistical methods for assessing changes in distance matrices.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts; Forestry Oregon, Northwest 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
Linda Kruger USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station

As a social scientist with the US Forest Service in Juneau, Alaska; Linda's research focuses on climate change and Alaska Natives and rural communities; the health benefits of spending time in nature; community adaptation, sustainability and resilience within a context of social, cultural, economic, and biophysical change; benefits of volunteer activities (especially for seniors), and collaboration and partnerships, including innovative approaches to working together. Linda is the Alaska Native and American Indian Special Emphasis Program Manager and Tribal Liaison for the Pacific Northwest Research Station. Her recent work includes working with Tribal elders and youth to document traditional harvest and use of forest products, exploring experiences and observations of climate change, and co-editing "Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives from the social sciences" (Williams, D., Stewart, W. and Kruger, L.) published in January 2013 by Springer Publishing.

Climate change, Tribal Partnership, Adaptation, Social science, Forestry Alaska, Northwest Link
Leonard B. Coop Oregon State University

Conservation Biological Control in Cane berries, Climate change effects on Swiss needle cast in PNW Douglas-fir forests, Development and implementation of pest models and virtual weather for IPM and plant biosecurity, Modeling and decision support for IPM, plant biosecurity, and invasive species management.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Douglas Fire Northwest, National Link
Lawson Brigham University of Alaska Fairbanks

Polar environmental change, marine policy & ocean security issues, satellite remote sensing of sea ice and permafrost, marine navigation systems, coastal oceanography, polar environmental management & sustainable use.

Climate Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Snow, glaciers, Ice, sea ice, policy Alaska, Arctic Link
Laura Prugh University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Multi-species conservation and management, mesocarnivore ecology, population and community dynamics, predator-prey interactions, ecological restoration, conservation of fragmented populations, noninvasive genetics

Population Dynamics, Planning, Adaptation, Wildlife Alaska, Arctic, California, West 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
Larry Hinzman University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Climate Science Center

Professor Hinzman's primary research interests involve permafrost hydrology. He has conducted hydrological and meteorological field studies in the Alaskan Arctic continuously for over 30 years while frequently collaborating on complementary research in the Russian and Canadian Arctic. His research efforts have involved characterizing and quantifying hydrological processes and their inter-dependence with climate and ecosystem dynamics.

Water Resources Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystems Impacts, Snow/Glaciers/Ice Alaska, International, Canada, Arctic 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
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
Kristin O'Brien University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Mitochondrial biology, oxidative and nitrosative stress and adaption to cold temperature.

Climate Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation, Fisheries Antarctic, Alaska Link
Kris Hundertmark University of Alaska Fairbanks

Genetics applications in wildlife research and management, population ecology of large mammals, conservation genetics of Arabian megafauna, phylogeography of Beringian megafauna, landscape genetics of wildlife.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Population Dynamics International, Alaska Link
Knut Kielland University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Biogeochemistry, physiological ecology, nutrient cycling, plant-animal interactions, wildlife ecology, global change biology

Climate Modeling, Vegetation Modeling, Wildlife, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Arctic Link
Kirk Krueger Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

Kirk Krueger has been a research scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Program, Habitat Assessment Section since 2003. His area of expertise is the intersection of statistical modeling and sampling methods with remotely sensed data and fish ecology. In that position he has been able to assist with research on the Intensively Monitored Watersheds Project that is assessing the effectiveness of stream restoration to increase salmon production. He has also helped conduct stream geomorphology and other research.

Fisheries, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Salmon, Hydrological Modeling, Eelgrass, Freshwater Mussels, Smelt Northwest, Washington, Puget Sound Link
Kevin Winker University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Avian evolution, population genetics, and systematics; ecology, evolution and behavior.

Population Dynamics, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Birds Alaska, National Link
Kevin McCraken University of Miami

Population genetics, wildlife biology, molecular systematics, and waterfowl.

Population Dynamics, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Birds Southeast, Miami, Andes, International, National
Ken Vance-Borland U.S. Forest Service, Aquatic Ecology and Management Team Directory

I've been concerned with nature conservation for a long time. Sustaining healthy ecosystems and human communities in the face of global change is a complex problem. I empower communities to meet this challenge with network mapping tools to discover who has (and has not) been working together, and with network weaving processes for building unexpected new collaborations. When people exchange ideas with new partners, innovative solutions emerge. I'm also a spatial analyst, using GIS and satellite imagery to help researchers map streams and fish habitat; predict locations that might provide good habitat for salmon; and study how things like forestry, fires, and climate change may influence that habitat quality and the salmon populations that depend on it. (Currently: Executive Director, Conservation Planning Institute)

Spatial Analyst, GIS, Salmon Ecosystems, Climate Change Impacts Northwest, Alaska, Oregon Link
Kellie Vache Oregon State University, ENVISION

Alternative futures for Skagit and Kitsap Counties, Washington State. Assessment of Hydrologic and Water Quality Response to Intensive Cellulosic Biofuel Silviculture. Watershed hydrology and modeling, implications of evolving land use patterns and climate change, alternative futures analyses for land use planning and sustainability, Geographic Information Systems and simulation of environmental processes.

Water Resources Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems, Downscaling Northwest, Washington Link
Keith W. Cunningham University of Alaska Fairbanks, Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP)

Light detection and ranging, synthetic aperture radar, geospatial modeling, carbon/biomass estimation, carbon trading market audit and assurance.

Climate Modeling, Economic Impacts Alaska, National, International 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
Katie Dugger Oregon State University

The effect of abiotic factors (climate, flooding, etc.)on avian survival and reproductive rates, and the changes in demographic parameters that may result from long-term climate changes or anthropogenic landscape influences. I am currently working on the population ecology of the Northern Spotted Owl in southern Oregon, Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, and tropical forest birds in Puerto Rico.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Northern Spotted Owl Northwest, Alaska, Oregon, International Link
Kathie Dello Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI); Oregon Climate Service (OCS)

Kathie Dello is the Associate Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Deputy Director of the Oregon Climate Service, which is the state climate office for Oregon. She is interested in working in the science/policy interface, and frequently visits and consults with local, state, and federal agencies around the region on a variety of climate and water issues.

Climate Impacts Analysis; Adaptation; Policy Northwest, Oregon Link
Kate Lajtha Oregon State University

Nutrient cycling in natural and human-disturbed ecosystems, soil organic matter dynamics, forest biogeochemistry. My lab studies the changes in biogeochemical cycling, and the effects on the vegetative community, that has arisen from human activities.

Vegetation Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon Link
Karen Thorne USGS Western Ecological Research Center

Research interests are conservation issues surrounding climate-related research that assess changes to ecosystems and wildlife. Current interest is assessing how sea-level rise and storms impact salt marsh ecosystems and local wildlife populations.

Climate change, wildlife biology, wetland ecology, landscape ecology, sea-level rise modeling Northwest Link
Karen Shell Oregon State University

My research interest is climate dynamics, large-scale physical mechanisms which alter the climate, as well as physical feedbacks which amplify or damp climate change. I use climate modeling to study these forcing mechanisms and feedbacks.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon, National, International Link
Karen E. Kohfeld Simon Fraser University, Climate, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments (COPE) Laboratory

Dr. Kohfeld is interested in understanding natural variability and biogeochemical linkages within the ocean and climate system, in order to better assess earth system responses to anthropogenic perturbations. Her research focuses on natural and anthropogenic changes in the ocean carbon cycle, the influence of climate and land surface conditions on atmospheric dust, and assessing and adapting to extreme weather conditions in British Columbia.

Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Atmospheric Modeling British Columbia, International, Northwest, National Link
K. Zickfeld Simon Fraser University, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis

Climate Modeling; climate-carbon cycle feedbacks; emission implications of long-term climate targets, such as the 2 degrees Celsius target and climate tipping points.

Climate Modeling, Air Quality British Columbia, Northwest, National Link
JunJie Wu Oregon State University

Professor Wu's research areas include the optimal design of agri-environmental policy, the spatial modeling of land use change and its impacts on economic and environmental systems, and the analysis of rural-urban interdependencies and causes of spatial variations in economic development.

Agricultural Impacts, policy, Economic Impacts, Social science Northwest, National 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

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