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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

John Abatzoglou

Associate Professor: Department of Geography


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

Timothy Bartholomaus

Assistant Professor: Department of Geological Sciences


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

Christopher C. Caudill

Assistant Professor: Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences


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


Expertise: Climate change communication Full Profile

Steven B. Daley-Laursen

Professor: Department of Natural Resources and Society

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

Grant Harley

Assistant Professor; Department of Geography

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


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


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

Crystal Kolden

Associate Professor; Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences


Expertise: Wildfire Full Profile

Timothy E. Link

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


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

Tom Ptak

Assistant Professor: Department of Geography


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

Lee Vierling

Professor and Department Head: Department of Natural Resources and Society


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


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