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.

If you have suggested additions for this list, please fill out this form.

Titlesort ascending Organization Description Category Geography Website
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
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
Evelyn Pinkerton Simon Fraser University, Resource and Environmental Management

Dr. Pinkerton is a maritime anthropologist who has integrated common property theory and cultural/political ecology in considering the role communities play in the management of adjacent renewable natural resources. She has played a key role in developing the theory and practice of power-sharing and stewardship through co-management agreements.

Cultural Resources British Columbia, International, Northwest Link
Eran Hood

Dr. Hood's work focuses on watershed-scale biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling in aquatic systems, alpine hydrology, snow hydrology and snow chemistry

Ecology, watersheds, Climate change Alaska, Northwest 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
Emily V. Fischer Harvard University, Colorado State University

What processes impact the atmosphere's self cleansing capacity? How will climate change impact these processes? How do we differentiate local versus non-local sources of air pollutants? What tools and measurements are most helpful? How do atmospheric particulates change as they drift away from their sources? What does this mean for their impact on climate?

Climate Modeling, Air Quality West, Northeast, National, International Link
Eliza Ghitis Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC)

Eliza Ghitis is the Climate Change Scientist for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

Tribal, Climate change, Habitat, Fisheries Northwest, Washington 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
Dudley Chelton Oregon State University

Mesoscale oceanic eddies; large-scale, low-frequency variability of ocean circulation; coupled ocean-atmosphere variability; satellite microwave radar remote sensing; development of techniques for improving and quantifying signal-to-noise ratio in oceanographic measurements.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Global, Pacific Ocean, Northwest Link
Dr. Frank Davis National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara

Dr. Frank Davis is the Executive Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. He is also a professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Barbara and the Lead Principal Inverstigator at the  His research interests are in landscape ecology, biogeography and conservation planning. 

alaska, scientist, landscape ecology, biogeography, conservation planning Alaska Link
Donald Walker University of Alaska Fairbanks, Toolkit Field Station: Institute of Arctic Biology

Environmental biology; disturbance and recovery of arctic ecosystems; global tundra ecosystems; hierarchical geographical information systems; landscape ecology; landscape response to climate change; quantitative ecology methods.

Climate Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts Alaska, Arctic, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean Link
Dominique Bachelet Oregon State University, Conservation Biology Institute, Data Basin Climate Center

Simulation modeling, Ecosystems Research, Dynamic Fire Modeling, Dynamic Vegetation Model MC1, Potential vegetation distribution, Biogeochemical cycling, Nutrient Cycling, Climate Change Impacts, Methane Emissions (agricultural and natural wetlands).

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National Link
Diane Wagner University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Herbivory, insect-plant-soil interactions, mutualism, and evolutionary ecology

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Insects Alaska, Arctic Link
Diane O'Brien University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Nutritional physiology of insects; stable isotope ecology, and understanding patterns of stable isotope variation among biological compounds.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Insects, Indigenous Community Health, Epidemiology 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
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
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
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
Dean Atkinson Portland State University

We are specifically interested in the climate impacts of diesel particulate matter, especially that produced from biodiesel combustion, which has been viewed lately as a promising replacement fuel. We are also beginning to investigate atmospheric sources of "brown carbon" particles that are produced by combustion and that absorb significantly more light in the UV than in the visible part of the spectrum.

Air Quality Northwest, National, International Link
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
David Valentine University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Valentine's broad research interest is in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and element cycling in northern ecosystems. Past research focused on the role of soils in forests, grasslands, and wetlands in generating or consuming trace gasses, especially methane, that control Earth's climate. His recent research has focused on the effects of wildfire on soil respiration and carbon balance.

Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Wildfire National, International, Alaska Link
David Turner Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Application of remote sensing and modeling to monitor land surface processes; Development of carbon budgets at landscape to regional scales; Biogeochemical modeling of the carbon, nitrogen and hydrologic cycles; Climate change assessment.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Geology/Geomorphology Northwest, National, Oregon 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
David Shaw Oregon State University

All aspects of forest health, including biology and management of Swiss needle cast in Douglas-fir, invasive insect and disease pests, silviculture and integrated pest management, the interactions of fire and forest pests, biology and ecology of native insect and disease organisms considered pests, and biology and ecology of mistletoes.

Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Douglas-fire Northwest, Oregon Link
David Sailor Portland State University, Board on the Urban Environment

The central mission of Dr. Sailor's research group is to develop an improved understanding of the urban climate system, its feedback mechanisms, and the potential for mitigating actions to affect change. Our specific short term goals are to:
(1) quantify the relative role of component parts of the urban infrastructure in affecting the magnitude of the urban heat island
(2) understand how the urban system will respond to the added stresses of long term climate change (including changes in population, demographics, technology, and adaptation)
(3) evaluate the likely impacts of planning and policy options to mitigate the negative aspects of urban environments

policy, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, National, International Link
David Rupp Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Impact of climate variability and change on water resources and hazards; Anthropogenic influence on regional climate; Hydrology of swelling/shrinking soils; Streamflow recession analysis for catchment/aquifer characterization; Rainfall scaling and stochastic simulation

Water Resources Impacts, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, Oregon Link
David Pyke Oregon State University, Restoration and Ecology of Arid Lands (REAL) Laboratory

Population biology, fire and restoration ecology of arid and semiarid plants in the Intermountain West and development of protocols to assess ecosystem status.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Wildfire Northwest, Oregon 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
David Lytle Oregon State University, Department of Integrative Biology

Our lab uses evolutionary ecology to understand how organisms and communities are shaped by disturbances such as floods, droughts, and dams. Much of our focus is on aquatic insects, but lab members also work on projects involving fish, frogs, and riparian plants. Current projects examine the evolution of flood and drought escape behaviors, population dynamics and biodiversity estimation in desert streams, management of dammed rivers using prescribed flow regimes, and computer vision methods for insect identification.

Environmental Monitoring, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Hydrologic Modeling Northwest, Oregon Link
David Hibbs Oregon State University, Forest Ecosystems and Society

My interests focus in forest community ecology and extend into the application of ecology: silviculture. I have worked in both tropical and temperate forest systems. Current research is focused on ecological processes of riparian forests, ecology of post-fire forest dynamics, and management of red alder (Hardwood Silviculture Cooperative). I have had a finger into projects on scale-effects on plant diversity controls, food webs in riparian systems, and the autecology of Willamette Valley savanna tree species.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Oregon Link

Pages