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Meet U of I’s Climate Change Experts

Media: For assistance in scheduling U of I experts for interviews, please contact Communications Coordinator Brad Gary at 208-885-7725 or bwgary@uidaho.edu

John Abatzoglou

Associate Professor: Department of Geography

208-885-6239

jabatzoglou@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Regional climate and weather; climate variability and change; climate impacts on wildfire, hydrology and agriculture Full Profile

Richard Allen

Professor: Department of Soil and Water Systems

208-320-2837

rallen@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Impacts of climate change on irrigation water requirements and evapotranspiration, crop phenology; crop models used in climate change studies Full Profile

Timothy Bartholomaus

Assistant Professor: Department of Geological Sciences

208-885-6217

tbartholomaus@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Glacier change; glacier flow; ice sheets; ice/ocean interactions; glacier hydrology; geophysics; Greenland; Alaska Full Profile

Randall Brooks, Ph.D.

Professor and Extension Forestry Specialist: Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences

208-885-6356

Email Randall Brooks

Expertise: Wildland firefighter health and safety, specifically fatigue as related to sleep and body composition Full Profile

Christopher C. Caudill

Assistant Professor: Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences

208-885-7614

caudill@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Thermal ecology of fishes; climate impacts on fish and wildlife populations; bioenergetics; prespawn mortality and disease in salmon in relation to temperature; work with regional agencies on fish migration issues including effects of water temperature and thermal refuges on salmon migration Full Profile

Teresa Cavazos Cohn

Assistant Professor: Department of Natural Resources and Society, McCall Field Campus

406-223-3862

tcohn@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Climate change communication Full Profile

Stephen Cook

Professor: Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology

208-885-2722

stephenc@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Climate change impacts on high elevation forests and forest insects Full Profile

Barbara Cosens

University Distinguished Professor: College of Law

208-885-6298

bcosens@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Adaptive water governance; co-lead on National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center on Social-Ecological System Resilience project: climate change and adaptive water governance across the United States Full Profile

Steven B. Daley-Laursen

Professor: Department of Natural Resources and Society

208-885-5804 / 208-301-4451

stevendl@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Forest and natural resources policy and leadership; climate-related teaching and outreach Full Profile

Sanford Eigenbrode

Professor: Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology

208-885-2972

sanforde@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Climate change and agriculture; interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary applied climate change research; climate change and insect pests Full Profile

Jodi Johnson-Maynard

Professor and Department Head: Department of Soil and Water Systems

208-885-9245

jmaynard@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Climate change and sustainable agriculture Full Profile

Grant Harley

Assistant Professor: Department of Geography

gharley@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Dendrochronology (tree-ring science); climate impacts on drought, tropical cyclones, wildfire, hydrology and vegetation Full Profile

Jeffrey A. Hicke

Associate Professor: Department of Geography

208-885-6240

jhicke@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Climate change impacts on plants, animals, carbon cycle, forests, forest disturbances, insect outbreaks; climate change vulnerability assessments for Idaho National Laboratory and Naval Reactors Facility. Full Profile

Brian Kennedy

Professor: Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences

208-885-5172

kennedy@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Bioenergetics of fish and implications of thermal stress and adaptation Full Profile

Crystal Kolden

Associate Professor: Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences

208-885-6018

ckolden@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Wildfire Full Profile

Katherine Lee

Assistant Professor: Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

208-885-5527

katherinelee@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Natural resource management; environmental policy; social-ecological systems; bioeconomic modeling; health impacts of land use and climate change; member of working group on climate change in Idaho Full Profile

Edwin Lewis

Professor and Department Head: Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology

208-885-1697

eelewis@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Impact of climate change on agriculture and public health, especially concerning pest populations Full Profile

Timothy E. Link

Professor of Hydrology: Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences

208-885-9465

tlink@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Snow hydrology; watershed hydrology; ecohydrology; climate change indicators in Idaho; works with regional agencies and stakeholders on the potential effects of climate change on hydrological systems Full Profile

Timothy Prather

Professor: Department of Plant Sciences

208-885-9246

tprather@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Plant community susceptibility to invasion models that include climate related variables Full Profile

Tom Ptak

Assistant Professor: Department of Geography

208-885-6238

tptak@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Energy security; energy transitions and climate mitigation; small-scale hydropower development and carbon emission mitigation; development and climate change in China Full Profile

Russell Qualls

Associate Professor and Idaho State Climatologist: Department of Biological Engineering

208-885-6184

rqualls@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Climate variability and change; climate impacts on mountain snowpack and evapotranspiration; satellite remote sensing of snow; consults with state and federal agencies on climatic impacts on hydrology Full Profile

Lee Vierling

Professor and Department Head: Department of Natural Resources and Society

208-885-7911

leev@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Vegetation response to climate change; land use and climate change; satellite imagery and vegetation productivity related to climate; fossil evidence of past climate histories Full Profile

Elowyn Yager

Associate Professor: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Center for Ecohydraulics Research

208-364-4935

eyager@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Effects of climate change on river morphology and stability, sediment transport and aquatic habitat Full Profile

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