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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
Brian Wilsey photo

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.

Bob Oglesby

University of Nebraska Director
Bob Oglesby

Robert "Bob" Oglesby is a Professor of Climate Modeling at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with joint appointments in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Natural Resources. Bob’s research interests include the causes of drought, the impact of deforestation on climate, and key mechanisms of climate change, both past and future. He has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed journal papers and book chapters on these subjects. Bob is also currently involved with in-country training in the development and use of high-resolution climate change models for vulnerability and impacts studies in Central America and Asia. He received his PH. D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Yale University.

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.

Kristen Averyt

University of Colorado Boulder Consortium Leader
Kristen Averyt

Kristen Averyt is the Associate Director for Science at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Averyt holds a Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University. She was a lead author on the third and on the coming fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to New Zealand (1998) and a NOAA Congressional Fellowship (2005), during which she worked in the US Senate for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). As the staff scientist for Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2005­–08), she was one of the many scientists who contributed to the work which received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Her current research involves climate variability and change, with a particular focus on the interplay between climate mitigation and adaptation, including the energy-water nexus. 

Lawrence Buja

NCAR Consortium Leader
Lawrence Buja

Dr. Lawrence Buja is the Director of NCAR’s Climate Science and Applications Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, which carries out interdisciplinary research on social, economic, and political activities related to climate at local, regional and global scales.  CSAP addresses impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change by generating scenarios of projected climate change, developing tools and methods for analyzing current and future vulnerability, and conducting integrated analyses of climate change impacts and adaptation. Lawrence also works closely with the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank and other international agencies applying NCAR’s climate and regional model expertise to help inform sustainable development investment strategies throughout the developing world.

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.