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 descending Organization Description Category Geography Website
Simon de Szoeke Oregon State University

I am interested in interactions between the atmosphere and ocean that affect the climate system. I study atmospheric boundary layer clouds, intertropical convergence zone variability, and cross-equatorial winds over the eastern tropical Pacific.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Climate Modeling Northwest, International Link
Sonia Nagorski University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Dr. Nagorski's research includes trace metal dynamics in hydrological systems, trace metal records in ancient ice cores, streambed sediment geochemistry, and surface and ground water interactions and modeling.

Trace Metals, Snow, glaciers, Ice, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Water Resources Impacts Alaska, Northwest Link
Steffi Ickert-Bond University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Molecular systematics, phylogeny, biogeography and morphological evolution in vascular plants; revisionary and floristic work.

Vegetation Modeling Alaska Link
Stella Melugin Coakley Oregon State University

Quantifying the relationship between climatic variation and the development of plant disease facilitates control of disease under field conditions. This research considers both past and possible future effects of long-term climatic variation on disease occurrence. Current research focuses on the biology of the Septoria diseases that are increasing in their importance as limiting factors to wheat production.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Agricultural Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, National, International Link
Stephen Sillett Humboldt State University

My scientific interests began with a focus on arboreal organisms living in the crowns of tall trees, but has recently shifted to the trees themselves, particularly the five species with living individuals over 300 feet tall. How fast do they grow, what limits their maximum size, and how will they respond to a changing climate? My team is also considering how second-growth forests might be managed to accelerate the development of old-growth forest complexity and biodiversity.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Terrestrial Ecosystems Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, California Link
Steven S. Perakis Oregon State University

Research centers on the ecology and biogeochemistry of forest ecosystems, as well as grassland and riparian systems. We examine how factors such as natural and human disturbances, climate and climate change, succession, and soil fertility shape ecosystem biogeochemistry - and the reciprocal effect of biogeochemical cycles on these and other factors. We are particularly interested in how activities within ecosystems shape nutrient inputs, losses, and whole-system nutrient balances, and in linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Our studies occur primarily in Pacific Northwest forests, with a strong focus on cycles of carbon and major nutrients through soils, plants, water, and air.

Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts Northwest Link
Stuart Hardegree USDA ARS

Stuart's research focuses on conservation of rangelands, weather data and forecasting and climate impacts in Idaho and the interior Northwest.

Agricultural Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts Northwest, Idaho Link
Susan Capalbo Oregon State University, Climate Impacts Research Consortium

Environmental-Economic Tradeoff Analysis, Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration, Natural Resources; Environmental Quality, Productivity Analysis and Production Theory, and Rural Health Care and Cost-Benefit Analysis.

Economic Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems Northwest, Oregon, National 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
Susan Schlosser Humboldt State University, Sea Grant Extension Program Humboldt Bay Initiative

Schlosser is interested in eelgrass distribution and growth. Annual collaborative eelgrass surveys provide useful information to resource managers for developing management plans, reviewing development proposals, levee design, restoration projects, and bridge repair. She also manages an invasive eelgrass monitoring and eradication program in Humboldt Bay and the Eel River Estuary. She is starting research on best practices for community programs using an ecosystem-based management approach.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Estuaries, Impacts to Human Systems, Eelgrass Northwest, California Link
Temesgen Hailemariam Oregon State University

Forest measurements and biometrics, modeling, and LiDAR. My research focuses on three major areas and seeks to develop (or extend): 1) imputation methods that support dynamic forest inventory, silvicultural planning, and habitat analysis; 2) sampling and statistical methods to characterize and quantify status and change of selected attributes including biomass and carbon and 3) Applications of lidar to forest measurements and assessments.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Environmental Modeling Northwest, National Link
Teresa Bulman Portland State University

Resource management, water resources, environmental law, teacher education

Water Resources Impacts, policy National, California, Northwest Link
Terry Whitledge University of Alaska Fairbanks

Marine chemistry/chemical oceanography, nutrient chemistry, nitrogen cycle, biogeochemical processes, dynamics of coastal ocean and estuaries, eutrophication and oxygen depletion, nutrient uptake and regeneration, and harmful algal bloom.

Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Estuaries, Apoxia, Hypoxia, Harmful Algal Blooms Pacific Ocean, Alaska Link
Thomas Hurst Oregon State University, Alaska Fisheries Science Center

I am interested in the ecology of early life stages of marine species and the constraints imposed by the environment. I am particularly interested in the pervasive influence on temperature variation on all aspects of physiology and ecology of ectotherms. A current area of research is the role of temperature variation on growth dynamics and survival patterns of juvenile fishes, including the phenomenon of winter mortality among temperate and boreal fishes.

Marine/Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Environmental Monitoring, Fisheries Alaska, Northwest Link
Thomas Kaye Oregon State University, Institute for Applied Ecology

My major areas of research are population dynamics of endangered plants and invasive species. Matrix models can be used to pose "what if" questions to develop hypotheses for a population's response to various changes in its environment, such as decreased seed predation, grazing, reproductive failure, global warming, or even wild harvest.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Vegetation Modeling Northwest, Oregon, Coast, Willamette Valley, Eastern Oregon Link
Thomas Maness Oregon State University

Climate change mitigation, bioenergy production, strategic planning and logistics, tactical decision support systems. My research interest is in developing innovative forest policies and practices to balance the production of traditional forest products with society's expanding need for ecosystem services, energy, and climate mitigation. My research falls in three broad categories: Strategic Land-use Planning and Forest Tenure Policy, Value Chain Optimization, and Energy and Climate Policy.

Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, policy, Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Impacts to Human Systems, Economic Impacts, Agricultural Impacts, Cultural Resources British Columbia, International, Northwest Link
Tiffany Garcia Oregon State University

My research encompasses a wide variety of biological disciplines, including aquatic, behavioral and community ecology, invasion biology, conservation biology, and herpetology. I typically work in freshwater habitats and address ecologically based questions using amphibian and invertebrate systems. I have projects quantifying predator/prey dynamics, competition regimes, stressor defense strategies, and microhabitat preference using observational, theoretical and empirical methods.

Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Agricultural Impacts, Environmental Monitoring Northwest, National Link
Tim Beechie Northwest Fisheries Science Center

His research focuses on geomorphology and riparian vegetation as key drivers of riverine ecosystems. His current research interests include influences of valley and river channel morphology on salmon habitats and populations, using land use and restoration scenarios to estimate salmon population responses and evaluate restoration alternatives, and adapting river restoration plans and project designs for climate change.

Fisheries, Geology/Geomorphology, Freshwater Ecosystem Impacts, Vegetation Modeling, Salmon Northwest 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
Todd O'Hara University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology

Wildlife conservation and medicine with a focus on environmental and wildlife toxicology of marine and terrestrial mammals and fish, and marine mammals outside of Alaska.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Impacts, Marine, Coastal Ecosystem Impacts, Fisheries, Wildlife Alaska, Arctic, International Link
Tom Miewald USFWS

Tom Miewald is a Geographer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and specializes in mapping and modeling spatial aspects of wildlife for applied conservation planning problems. Currently, Mr. Miewalds' focus is on providing decision support for the wildlife refuge system across multiple spatial scales. Prior to working for the USFWS, Tom was the Conservation Planner for the Wild Salmon Center, helping to prioritize salmon conservation actions internationally. Tom has also been a Project Manager and Lead Analyst for several large federal vegetation and land cover mapping projects, including the USGS GAP program, NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program, and the USGS National Land Cover Dataset.

Vegetation Modeling, Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems, Wildlife, Salmon Northwest, International Link
Tom P. Evans Indiana University Bloomington, Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change

My research interests fall broadly within the area of human-environment relations and human dimensions of global change. Much of my past research has focused on household level analysis of land management decisions to explore the spatial dimensions of deforestation and reforestation, while more recent work addresses the intersection between agriculture, water and food security.

Environmental Monitoring, Social Sciences, Planning/Adaptation/Mitigation, Agricultural Impacts Midwest, National, International 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
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
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
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
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
Valerie Barber University of Alaska Fairbanks

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

Vegetation Modeling, Economic Impacts, Climate Modeling Alaska 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
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

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