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U of I Experts Available to Discuss Climate Change, Upcoming Fire Season

June 21, 2018

In Idaho, earlier drying and snow melt over the past half-century have extended the state’s fire season. University of Idaho experts believe the length of time vegetation is dry enough to sustain a burn has lengthened by roughly a month since the 1980s.

These changes, as well as shifts in drought conditions, snowpack and myriad other effects of climate change, have prompted frequent questions to university scientists and researchers in recent years. U of I researchers have a diversity of expertise in the varied global, regional and local effects of climate change and the way society can adapt to this evolving climate.

U of I experts in climate change, fire science, water resources and other fields are available to speak to media about their ongoing research, trends across the Northwest and the world, as well as answer specialized questions relating to their work.

University Communications and Marketing has collected information on U of I’s climate change experts, articles about their climate-related research projects, climate-centric feature stories, the inaugural episode of the science-themed “The Vandal Theory” podcast highlighting the changing climate, as well as photos available for download for reporters interested in pursuing Northwest-based climate change articles. Access to the content is available at uidaho.edu/news/climate-change.

To arrange an interview with one of U of I’s experts, please contact Brad Gary at bwgary@uidaho.edu or 208-885-7725.

Experts available to speak to the media include:

  • John Abatzoglou, Geography: Abatzoglou is an expert in regional climate and weather, climate variability and change, climate impacts on wildfire, hydrology and agriculture
  • Timothy Bartholomaus, Geological Sciences: Bartholomaus researches glacier change, glacier flow, ice sheets, ice/ocean interactions, glacier hydrology, geophysics, Greenland and Alaska
  • Teresa Cavazos Cohn, Natural Resources and Society: Cavazos Cohn is an expert in climate change communication
  • Christopher C. Caudill, Fish and Wildlife Sciences: Caudill can speak about thermal ecology of fish, climate impacts on fish and wildlife populations, pre-spawn mortality and disease in salmon and the effect of water temperature on fish migration
  • Steven B. Daley-Laursen, Natural Resources and Society: A former dean of the College of Natural Resource and former interim president of the university, Daley-Laursen has expertise in forest and natural resources policy and leadership, climate-related teaching and outreach
  • Jeffrey A. Hicke, Geography: Hicke is an expert on climate change’s impacts on plants, animals and the natural world, insect outbreaks and climate change vulnerability for nuclear sites
  • Brian Kennedy, Fish and Wildlife Sciences: Kennedy is an expert in the bioenergetics of fish and implications of thermal stress and adaptation
  • Timothy E. Link, Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences: Link can speak about hydrology, climate change indicators in Idaho and the potential effects of climate change on hydrological systems
  • Tom Ptak, Geography: Ptak is an expert in energy security, energy transitions and climate mitigation, small-scale hydropower development and carbon emission mitigation, as well as development and climate change in China
  • Lee Vierling, Natural Resources and Society: Head of the Department of Natural Resources and Society and the McCall Outdoor Science School, Vierling can speak to vegetation, land use and climate change, satellite imagery and vegetation productivity, fossil evidence and past climate histories

Additional experts will be added to the page, uidaho.edu/news/climate-change, as they become available when fall classes resume Aug. 20.

Media Contacts:

Brad Gary
Communications Coordinator
University of Idaho Communications and Marketing
208-885-7725
bwgary@uidaho.edu

Leigh Cooper
Science and Content Writer
University of Idaho Communications and Marketing
208-885-1048
leighc@uidaho.edu

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