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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

Romauld Afatchao

Clinical Professor and Associate Director; Martin Institute and Program in International Studies

208-885-5735

afatchao@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Climate change policy; national adaption plans; impact of climate change on smallholder agriculture

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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

Gary Austin

Professor; Department of Landscape Architecture

208-885-7448

gaustin@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Sustainable development for climate change mitigation including transportation modal mix; compact mixed use development; flooding risk; light rail; pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure; building energy performance; stormwater management; open space systems and biological diversity

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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

David Griffith

Research Assistant Professor; Center for Resilient Communities

208-310-0180

griffith@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Community-cased observing; citizen science; environmental monitoring; food, energy, water systems; land-use change; invasive species; effects of climate change on farming, ranching, mountain landscapes, environmental security and public safety

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Bruce Haglund

Professor; Department of Architecture

208-885-5740

bhaglund@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Effect of climate change on buildings and cities; modeling building performance under different climate scenarios; design and planning to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

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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

Kristin Haltinner

Assistant Professor; Department of Sociology and Anthropology

208-885-4489

khaltinner@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Climate change skepticism and denial; climate change and human populations; role of economics, politics and culture on human behaviors that drive climate change

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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

Dylan Hedden-Nicely

Associate Professor, Director of Native American Law Program; Department of Law

208-885-0860

dhedden@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Climate change and water rights and indigenous rights; interrelationship of law and science

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Xiao Hu

Associate Professor; Department of Architecture

208-885-6850

xiaoh@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Urban design and planning under climate change; sustainable design strategies and urban communities; urban policies and governance on climate change; worked globally including in east Asia and Middle-east on urban development for climate adaption

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Erin James

Associate Professor; Department of English

208-885-6156

ejames@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Cultural aspects of climate change; climate change in fiction and film; the role stories and story-telling play in mitigating climate change; co-PI of the Confluence Lab, which studies climate change in Idaho

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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

Jennifer Ladino

Associate Professor; Department of English

208-892-9641

jladino@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Emotions about climate change, including fear, anxiety, nostalgia, solastalgia, resilience and ecological grief; apocalyptic and climate change fiction and film; public memory and tourism in the U.S. West; co-PI of the Confluence Lab, which studies climate change in Idaho

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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

Dilshani Sarathchandra

Assistant Professor; Department of Sociology and Anthropology

208-885-6664

dilshanis@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Climate change beliefs and attitudes; trust in science; science communication

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Scott Slovic

Professor; Department of English

slovic@uidaho.edu

Expertise: Climate change communication; climate literature; climate change pedagogy in the humanities; perception of hyperobjects and slow violence

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Anastasia Telesetsky

Professor; Department of Law

208-885-7510

atelesetsky@uidaho.edu

Expertise: International climate policy; United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Kyoto Protocol; Paris Agreement; climate change insurance; climate change and ocean policy/fisheries policy, ecological restoration, green financing, disaster law

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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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