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Reed Maxwell

Colorado School of Mines Director
Reed Maxwell

Dr. Reed Maxwell is the Director of the Integrated Ground Water Modeling Center (IGWMC) and an Associate Professor in the Geology and Geologic Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines.  His research interests are focused on hydrology, particularly scientific questions relating to understanding connections within the hydrologic cycle and how they relate to water quantity and quality.  He teaches classes on integrated hydrology, fluid mechanics and modeling terrestrial water flow.  He leads a research group of twelve graduate students and two postdoctoral researchers housed in the IGWMC at CSM.  Before joining the faculty at Mines, Dr. Maxwell was staff in the Hydrologic Sciences group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and link he holds a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Water Resources from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

Charles Rice

Kansas State University Director
Charles Rice

Charles Rice, Kansas State University, is a distinguished professor of soil microbiology, and has conducted long-term research on soil organic matter dynamics, nitrogen transformations and microbial ecology. Recently, his research has focused on soil and global climate change, including C and N emissions in agricultural and grassland ecosystems, and soil carbon sequestration and its potential benefits to the ecosystem. Rice earned his bachelor's from Northern Illinois University and his doctorate from the University of Kentucky. He joined the Kansas State University faculty in 1988 and was promoted to associate professor in 1993 and to professor in 1998. He was named a university distinguished professor in 2009.

Brian Wilsey

Iowa State University Director
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Brian Wilsey is a professor at Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. He joined the faculty at Iowa State University in 2001, and obtained his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and his M.S. from Louisiana State University.   He has studied grassland ecology for the past 25 years, on topics ranging from global change effects on plant-grazer interactions, relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, species diversity maintenance, carbon, water and nutrient cycling, responses to climate variability, and community assembly.  He has published more than 80 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals on these and other topics.  

Cathy Whitlock

Montana State University Director
Cathy Whitlock

Dr. Cathy Whitlock is a Professor of Earth Sciences at Montana State University and has built a successful research and teaching program as well as involvement in the MSU Paleoecology Lab. She is also the Director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) and Lead Investigator on the NSF Wildfire Partnership in Research and Education (Wildfire PIRE) project.  Her research interests include Quaternary climate change, environmental history of the Northern Rockies and Yellowstone, the role of people and climate change in shaping fire regimes in the western US, Patagonia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, as well as the use of science to inform management and decision making. Cathy also currently sits on national and an international advisory committee concerned with climate change and has published over 150 reviewed journal articles. Cathy received her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington.

Clint Rowe

University of Nebraska Director
Clint Rowe

Clinton "Clint" Rowe is a Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and in the School of Natural Resources in the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Clint's research interests include the physical meteorology and climatology, specifically the fluxes of energy and mass between the surface and the atmospheric boundary layer. "Much of my research has focused on radiative fluxes between vegetated surfaces and the atmosphere, but I have also conducted modeling and field studies investigating energy exchanges over the Greenland ice sheet and their impact on the amount and extent of surface melting." He is currently involved in several research projects concerning land surface-atmosphere interactions in the Nebraska Sand Hills. Rowe and his colleagues are also working to model the climate of Pangea during the Jurassic using the National Center for Atmospheric Research Community Climate Simulation Model to simulate the climate of 200 million years ago as part of our research into the environment that led to development of vast eolian formations in what is now the southwestern United States. Additionally, Rowe teaches courses on physical meteorology, as well as graduate seminars in boundary-layer meteorology, climatic change and other topics in meteorology and climatology. He holds a doctorate in climatology from the University of Delaware.


J.J. Shinker

University of Wyoming Director

Dr. Jacqueline “J.J.” Shinker is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Wyoming. Her research focuses on modern and paleo synoptic and dynamic climatology associated with precipitation variability and drought in headwater regions of the intermountain west. In particular, she is interested in the processes within the climate system that govern precipitation variability and influence water resources. An important component of her work is the application of data-visualization techniques such as animated map sequences that simultaneously incorporate the spatio-temporal components of the climate system. J.J. teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on weather and climate, environmental change, natural hazards and advanced climatology. J.J. received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon.

William Travis

University of Colorado Boulder Consortium Leader

William Travis is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder. Travis received his Ph.D. from Clark University and serves as the Earth Lab Deputy Director Project Risk Investigator at CU Boulder. Prof. Travis studies socio-ecological systems, including the human dimensions of natural hazards, climate change, and land use and land cover. His book, New Geographies of the American West, on land use change and regional development, was published in 2007 from Island Press as part of the Orton Foundation’s “Innovation in Place” series. His current projects focus on risk and decision-analysis applied to climate adaptation in agricultural and infrastructural systems, and behavioral responses to extreme events. Prof. Travis teaches classes in environmental geography, natural hazards and risk analysis, and research design. 

Caspar Ammann

NCAR Consortium Leader

Dr. Ammann is a Project Scientist III working in the Climate Science and Applications Program (CSAP) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Ammann has a doctorate in geosciences from the University of Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in geography, geology and mineralogy from the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is studying global and regional climate, how and why it varies naturally, and how recent changes in human activity (emissions, landuse changes) already have and might further alter the climate across time and space. His efforts support science applications that advance the use of predictions and projections for the provision of useful and usable information through standardize methods and tools. Dr. Ammann has also been involved in the IGBP-PAGES project focusing on regional climate dynamics of the past 2,000 years and the PAGES-CLIVAR Paleoclimate Reconstruction Challenge. He was a member of numerous scientific organizing committees for national and international conferences and meetings in the field of climate and statistical climatology. Most recently, he was elected to Chair the Scientific Steering of SEARCH (Study of Environmental Arctic Change), an interdiscplinary Arctic program with the mission to provide a foundation to Arctic change science through collaboration with the research community, funding agecies, and other stakeholders.

Dennis Ojima

University Director
Dennis Ojima

Dr. Dennis Ojima is a Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and a Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University as well as co-leads the Department Of Interior North Central Climate Science Center.  His research areas include global change effects on ecosystems around the world. His research addresses climate and land use changes on ecosystems, carbon accounting methods for forest carbon sequestration, and adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change. He has been recognized for his international contributions in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment receiving which received the 2005 Zayed International Prize for the Environment and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Ojima received his PhD from the Rangeland Ecosystem Science Department at Colorado State University in 1987.

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Steven Running

University of Montana
Steven Running

Steven Running received a Ph.D. (1979) in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University. He has been with the University of Montana, Missoula since 1979, where he is a University Regents Professor of Ecology. His primary research interest is the development of global and regional ecosystem biogeochemical models integrating remote sensing with bioclimatology and terrestrial ecology. He is a Team Member for the NASA Earth Observing System, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, and he is responsible for the EOS global terrestrial net primary production and evapotranspiration datasets. He has published over 240 scientific articles and two books. Running has recently served on the standing Committee for Earth Studies of the National Research Council and on the federal Interagency Carbon Cycle Science Committee. He recently has served as a Co-Chair of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Community Climate System Model Land Working Group, a Member of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program Executive Committee, and the World Climate Research Program, Global Terrestrial Observing System. He currently serves on the advisory NASA Earth Science Subcommittee, and the NOAA Science Advisory Board Climate Working Group.