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
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
Nick Dulvy Simon Fraser University, Earth2Ocean

Dr. Dulvy's research interests include climate change; fisheries; conservation; threatened species; coral reefs; and sharks and rays.

Population Dynamics, Climate Modeling, Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Fisheries Northwest, British Columbia, National, International Link
Randall Peterman Simon Fraser University, Fisheries Science and Management Research Group

His research focuses on: (1) fish population dynamics, (2) uncertainties affecting conservation risks and management decisions, and (3) reducing uncertainties. He uses large data sets, simulations models, Bayesian statistics, and formal decision analysis

Population Dynamics, Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Fisheries, Salmon National, Pacific Ocean, Northwest, British Columbia Link
Falk Huettman University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Wildlife Ecology, Seabirds, Predictive GIS Modeling, Web-based Wildlife Databases and Metadata, Spatial Aspects of Population Viability Analysis (PVA), Future Landscape Scenarios of Wildlife Habitat, Landscape Ecology, Russian Far East, Tropical Ecology, Conservation Steady State Economy.

Population Dynamics, Economic Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Seabirds Alaska, Arctic, Russia, International Link
David Tallmon University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Dr. Tallmon's research focus is evolutionary and ecological dynamics of natural populations using demographic and genetic models, molecular genetic data, and field data. He uses models based on likelihood and approximate Bayesian computation to infer demographic vital rates or effective population size with the goal of providing useful results and tools for conservation and evolutionary biology.

Population Dynamics, Environmental Monitoring, Wildlife, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Marine Mammals Alaska, Northwest Link
Wendy Palen Simon Fraser University, Earth2Ocean

The research program of my group is broadly defined by the ecology of aquatic communities, currently ranging from amphibian populations of California, the Pacific Northwest, and the far north, to the river and lake food webs that support salmon populations from California to Alaska. We rely heavily on field-based experimental manipulations to tease apart the mechanistic underpinnings of ecological patterns, from species physiology to food web interactions.

Population Dynamics, Freshwater Ecosystems Impacts, Environmental Monitoring National, Northwest, British Columbia, Washington 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
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
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
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
Naoki Takebayashi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

My primary interest is the population genetics of plant mating-system evolution. I approach this issue from several levels: from ecological genetics to macro-evolution to molecular evolution, using genetic simulations, population genetics theory and empirical works.

Population Dynamics, Vegetation Modeling National, International Link
Pat Doak University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research is motivated by three main areas of interest: 1) population and evolutionary ecology of plant-insect interactions, 2) the impact of patchy or fragmented habitat structure on population level processes, and 3) how detailed examination of individual behavior can be used to scale up to explanations of population level processes. My own research centers on insect population ecology, however my interests extend beyond the world of insects.

Population Dynamics, Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Insects Alaska Link
Mark Lindberg University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

I am a population ecologist with an interest in how a diverse set of factors affect dynamics of vertebrates. Most of my research has focused on avian populations with waterfowl as the primary study species. Waterfowl breeding in the boreal forest and upland birds in Alaska are study species and systems that I want to continue to investigate. However, I am interested in population dynamics of a variety of taxa.

Population Dynamics, Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Birds, Wildlife Alaska Link
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
Susan Hummel USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Research aims to evaluate different methods for collecting data about forested landscapes, specifically on how a combination of traditional, local, and scientific ecological knowledge can inform silvicultural decisions.

silvaculture, Traditional Knowledge Northwest Link
Mike Sfraga Wilson Center

Polar geography, exploration, geography of AK, and history of field science.

Snow, glaciers, Ice, Geography, Geomorphology Alaska, Arctic Link
Cathy Connor University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Quaternary Geology and Paleoecology, Regional Alaskan Geology, Glaciology, Neotectonic Processes, Geoscience Education.

Snow, glaciers, Ice, Geology, Geomorphology Alaska, Northwest Link
Roman Motyka University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Tidewater glacier dynamics, thinning of Mendenhall Glacier and disintegration of it calving terminus in Mendenhall lake, up life, isostatic rebound, and plate tectonics in SE AK, contribution of AK glaciers to global sea level raise, Developing ice-load models for Glacier Bay and for the Yakutat Icefield.

Snow, glaciers, Ice, Sea Level Rise, Geology, Geomorphology, Estuaries, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Northwest Link
Andrew Fountain Portland State University

I am interested in understanding the basic physical laws that control processes on the Earth's surface. My focus is primarily on ice, particularly glacier ice. My research is devoted to the problem of water and glaciers, and the variation of glaciers with climate.

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Climate Modeling Northwest Link
Ed Brook Oregon State University, OSU Ice Core and Quaternary Geochemistry Lab

Paleoclimatology, geochemistry, Ice core trace gas records, cosmogenic isotopes, extraterrestrial dust

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Climate Modeling, Geology/Geomorphology, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, Arctic, International Link
Christina Hulbe Portland State University

Christina Hulbe is an Associate Professor of Geology at Portland State University. She is a geophysicist who specializes in glaciology, using computer simulations of glacial systems to study how and why they change over time. Her current projects emphasize both glaciological records of past events and the development of models used to interpret modern observations and, eventually, to inform studies aimed at projecting future change. These studies include analysis and simulation of marine ice sheet retreat processes, fracture mechanics in floating ice, and the response of glacier ice to climate warming on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Geology/Geomorphology, Climate Modeling, Sea Level Rise National, Antarctica, Pacific Ocean, California, Northwest Link
Anne Nolin Oregon State University, Mountain Hydroclimatology Research Group

Snow processes in mountain environments, hydroclimatology, cryosphere-climate interactions, remote sensing of snow and ice, surface energy balance modeling, radiative transfer modeling, digital image processing

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Hydrologic Modeling West, Northwest, Oregon, Washington, International Link
Timothy Link University of Idaho

My research focuses broadly on how climate, vegetation, and human activities influence hydrological processes from the point to the small watershed scale. Specific research topics focus on how vegetation affects snowpack and related ecological processes, how climate changes will be manifested in the rain-snow transition zone in complex terrain, and how forest management activities affect water flow, quality, and riparian systems

Snow/Glaciers/Ice, Hydrological Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Idaho, Yukon, International Link
Lori Cramer Oregon State University

Professor Cramer's research interests are in natural resource sociology, environmental sociology, social impact assessment, and rural sociology.

Social science Northwest 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
Vivek Shandas Portland State University

Examining feedbacks between environmental change and human behavior. Developing community-based indicators for measuring the social and environmental conditions. Characterizing the relationship between urban development patterns and environmental quality.

Social science, Impacts to Human Systems, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National, International 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
Bruce Shindler Oregon State University

Social values of natural resources, public agency-community interactions, social aspects of wildland fire management, communication strategies. Social responses to ecosystem management practices in the Pacific Northwest, public acceptance of wildland fire management and fuel reduction practices, agency communication strategies and local partnerships.

Social science, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Cultural Resources Northwest, West, National Link
Viviane Simon-Brown Oregon State University (Professor Emeritus)

Human dimensions of natural resource sustainability. Sustainable living education to help individuals and families make intelligent, thoughtful quality of life and consumer choices about natural resources. Public engagement to better understand the public's natural resource values and beliefs systems. Collaborative public processes that move people from conflict and promote direct and meaningful natural resources decision-making.

Social science, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Oregon, National Link
Craig Shinn Portland State University

Dr. Shinn's research stems from his interests in how policy agreement is created and sustained in society including administrative aspects of adaptive management, social aspects of sustainability, civic capacity building and inter-jurisdictional administration of natural resources.

Social science, policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation Northwest, National Link

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