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 Organizationsort descending Description Category Geography Website
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
John Yarie University of Alaska Fairbanks

Structure and function of boreal forests, successional processes following catastrophic disturbances, effects of changing environment conditions (including global warming) on forest ecosystem processes, modeling of forest ecosystem dynamics at the ecosystem and landscape perspectives.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Vegetation Modeling Alaska Link
Uma Bhatt University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research specialty is "Climate Variability". This research aims to understand how one component of the climate system impacts another (e.g. ocean and atmosphere) and attempts to explain why something happens.

Climate, Ecosystem Modeling 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
Valerie Barber University of Alaska Fairbanks

Climate change, boreal forest, forest products, dendrochronology, dedroisotopes, paleoclimatology.

Vegetation Modeling, Economic Impacts, Climate Modeling Alaska Link
Vladimir A. Alexeev University of Alaska Fairbanks

My area of expertise is climate dynamics with emphasis on feedbacks affecting polar amplification (PA) of global warming. These feedbacks are unrelated to the so-called "local" polar amplification mechanisms associated with surface albedo and clouds. They are linked to remote signal propagating to the Arctic atmosphere from the lower latitudes as the climate warms.

Climate Modeling, Atmospheric Dynamics Alaska, Arctic, Russia, International Link
Alan Springer University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research focuses on food web structure and on the causes and consequences of variability in production at various trophic levels, with an emphasis on marine birds and mammals.

Marine, Coastal, Marine Birds, Marine Mammals Pacific Ocean, Alaska Link
Ana Aguilar-Islas University of Alaska Fairbanks

My research encompasses the marine biogeochemistry of trace metals with particular emphasis on high latitude regions. A combination of field and laboratory studies are used to understand how different physical, chemical and biological processes regulate trace metal speciation and distribution in the open ocean and coastal regions, and how these in turn affect the ecosystem. I am also interested in the cycling of trace metals in sea ice.

Environmental Monitoring, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, sea ice Alaska, Pacific Ocean Link
Courtney Carothers University of Alaska Fairbanks

Environmental anthropologist with broad interests in human-environment relationships, particularly in marine and fisheries systems. Areas of research include: processes of marine enclosure and privatization; political ecology; local and traditional knowledge; science and technology studies; subsistence, mixed and alternative economies; and socio-ecological change.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Alaska, Pacific Ocean 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
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
Dan Mann University of Alaska Fairbanks

Forest ecology, ice-age climate change, interactions between prehistoric humans and changing climate. Current research includes glacial history in CO, human adaptions to global change in Nepal, studies of environmental change at end of last ice age on N. Slope, and more.

Climate Modeling, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Snow, Ice, glaciers Alaska, National, International 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
Scott Rupp University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Climate Science Center

Landscape ecology emphasizing secondary succession, regeneration, and disturbance dynamics in subarctic and boreal forest. Current research includes modeling boreal forest dynamics, fuel loading, developing custom fuel models, fire-climate interactions.

Vegetation Modeling, Impacts to Human Systems, Planning, Adaptation, Mitigation Alaska Link
Abby Powell University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Conservation biology, shorebird ecology and avian management.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Birds Alaska Link
David McGuire University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Operation of ecological processes at large spatial scales; ecological modeling, global change biology.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring National, International, Alaska Link
Mark Wipfli University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Freshwater Food webs, Marine-Derived Nutrients in Riverine Ecosystems, Trophic Relationships, and Riparian-Stream Interactions

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Fisheries, Salmon Alaska, Arctic Link
Tuula Hollmen University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Dr. Hollmen's research focuses on the physiology and health of wild avian species, especially waterfowl and marine birds, development of methods and biomarkers to evaluate body condition, immune function and disease/contaminant effects in birds, and application of such techniques for monitoring of population health and fitness of wild birds.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Air Quality, Water Resource Impacts, Birds, Wildlife Alaska, Arctic Link
Jo-Ann Mellish University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Interests focus on how animals physiologically deal with energetic requirements during high-demand periods, such as growth and lactation. Pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) are particularly interesting because they have additional challenges from the utilization of not one but two environments, both terrestrial and marine.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildlife, Sea Lions Alaska, Arctic Link
Russel Andrews University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center

Dr. Andrews specializes in marine mammals, sea turtles, diving behavior, diving physiology, foraging ecology, energetics, remote monitoring equipment and instrumentation. He is also interested in the conservation biology of threatened and endangered marine organisms and their habitats.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles Alaska, Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean 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
Nicola Hillgruber University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Fisheries Society, Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Ecology of marine fishes, primarily in the ecology of their early life stages, the impact of biological and physical factors on condition, growth, and thus survival of larvae and juveniles of marine fishes.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries Alaska, Arctic, Baltic Sea, International Link
Trent Sutton University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Fisheries Society, International Association of Great Lakes Research

Current research interests focus on the ecology and population dynamics of freshwater and marine fishes, particularly whitefishes, salmon, lampreys, rockfishes, burbot, and northern pike.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Salmon, Rockfish, Whitefish, Lamprey Alaska, Great Lakes, Midwest, Northeast Link
Arny Blanchard University of Alaska Fairbanks, American Statistical Association

I have been involved with taxonomic identification of Alaska marine invertebrates and monitoring marine environments for anthropogenic disturbances. I focus on sediment-dwelling organisms (the infauna) and how resource use alters communities. I manage a long-term environmental monitoring project in Port Valdez, Alaska (1971 to present) and am a member of the team working on a environmental assessment of the Chukchi Sea for ConocoPhillips, Shell Exploration and Production, and Statoil.

Environmental Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Economic Impacts Alaska Link
Roger W. Ruess University of Alaska Fairbanks, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

Ecosystem Ecology, Plant Ecophysiology, Biogeochemistry

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Alaska Link
Christina P.H. Mulder University of Alaska Fairbanks, Greenhouse

Relationships between species diversity and ecosystem processes and plant-animal interactions.

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Plant-Animal Interactions Alaska Link
Russell Hopcroft University of Alaska Fairbanks, Greenland Climate Research Center

My primary interests focus on the composition, production and energy flow of pelagic ecosystems. More simply, my research explores the questions "How do planktonic communities work?", "How much energy do they process?", "Who's really important?", "How do communities vary temporally and spatially", and increasingly "How do communities change in response to climate". I am also recognized as a taxonomic authority on several groups of zooplankton globally, and for Arctic zooplanktonic biodiversity in general.

Climate Modeling, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Zooplankton Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Alaska 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
Rolf Gradinger University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute for Polar Ecology Kiel, Germany

Dr. Gradinger specializes in research concerning sea ice ecology, microbial network, polar ecology, and marine protists.

Climate Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, sea ice, Snow, glaciers, Ice, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Alaska, Arctic Link

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