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Laura Backus

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Technical Advisor, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
  • Ecologist, Engineers Without Borders

Specialty:

Ecological restoration in wetlands and post-flood riparian areas; monitoring long-term results of volunteer restoration projects; erosion control with native species in Ecuadorian cloud forest.

James Balog

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Director, Extreme Ice Survey

Specialty:

James Balog has been a leader in photographing, understanding and interpreting the natural environment for three decades. To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. National Geographic showcased this work in June 2007 and June 2010 issues. The project is also featured in the 2009 NOVA documentary Extreme Ice and in the 2012 feature-length documentary Chasing Ice.

Larry Benson

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Hydrologist, Water Resources, USGS

Specialty:

Creation of lake-based records of climate change in the western United States; response of prehistoric Native American cultures to climate change; application of cosmogenic isotopes to the dating of glacial features in the Rocky Mountains.

Atreyee Bhattacharya

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Instructor, Environmental Studies, CU Boulder

Specialty:

Geochemistry, recent paleoclimate, Cenozoic oceanography, climate variability of arid regions, desert dust, earth history.

Patrick Bourgeron

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Affiliate, Center for the American West, CU-Boulder

Specialty:

Integrated ecological assessments; conservation, ecosystem, landscape, and plant ecology; conservation and land use planning; ecosystem management; biogeography; statistical and numerical modeling; biological diversity; ecological classification and mapping; technology transfer; strategic planning for science and conservation programs; communication outreach; managing system and organizational change.

Paul Brooks

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Professor, The University of Arizona
  • Institute of the Environment, The University of Arizona

Specialty:

Interactions between the biosphere and the cycling of water, energy, and biogeochemicals, primarily carbon and nutrients.

Diane Burko

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Artist

Specialty:

Burko locates her practice at the intersection of art and science. In 2006, her concern for the future of our environment and issues of climate change led her to develop series of ongoing projects. She develops visual strategies in paintings and photography using historical comparisons of global glacial change through repeat photography, Landsat maps, and other visual data to help explain earth science to the public. Her work confronts issues of geological and chronological time—past, present, and future.

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Parker E. Calkin

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Emeritus Professor of Geology, State University of New York at Buffalo

Specialty:

Glacial geology; geomorphology; Quaternary geology.

Cory Cleveland

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Assistant Professor in Terrestrial Biogeochemistry, Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, University of Montana

Specialty:

Terrestrial ecosystem ecology and soil biogeochemistry. In general, his research focuses on understanding the biotic and abiotic controls over terrestrial biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem processes.

Gary Clow

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey

Specialty:

Heat transfer, surface-atmosphere interactions, permafrost, ice sheets, climate monitoring and modeling.

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P. Thompson Davis

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, Bentley University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire

E. James Dixon

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Professor of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Specialty:

Arctic archeology; Paleoindian archeology; Quaternary paleoecology; high altitude-high latitude adaptations; museum studies.

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Brian Ebel

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Research Hydrologist, USGS

Specialty:

Unsaturated flow and soil physics, surface water/groundwater interaction, hillslope hydrology and runoff generation, near-surface hydrologic response simulation, landslide and debris flow initiation, preferential flow, quantitative model performance evaluation, and post-wildfire hydrology.

Dennis Eberl

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Hydrologist, Project Chief, USGS
  • Emeritus Scientist, USGS

Specialty:

Geochemistry, clay mineralogy, X-ray diffraction, crystal growth.

Scott Elias

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Professor of Quaternary Science, University of London Royal Holloway

Specialty:

Quaternary insect fossils, paleoecology, paleoclimatology.

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Áslaug Geirsdóttir

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Professor of Geology, Department of Earth Sciences and Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland

Specialty:

Quaternary stratigraphy, glacial geology, paleoclimatology.

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Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Coordinator, Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration Program, Denver Botanic Gardens

Specialty:

Palynology, pollen transport and deposition, pollination biology, long-distance transport of biological material, airborne fungal spores.

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Jason Janke

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Metropolitan State College of Denver

Specialty:

Mountain geomorphology and climate change; applied GIS modeling.

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Vladimir G. Konovalov

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Leading Scientific Researcher, Department of Glaciology, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences

Specialty:

Glaciology, hydrology and climate in high mountain areas of the world.

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Daniel Liptzin

  • Senior Instructor, UC Denver

Specialty:

Terrestrial ecosystem ecology, nutrient cycling and linkages between elements, ecosystem responses to environmental change.

Henry Loescher

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Director of Strategic Projects, CEO Office, NEON

Specialty:

Determining the biotic and abiotic controls on ecosystem-level carbon and energy balance across spatial and temporal scales.

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Owen Mason

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Research Associate, GeoArch Alaska

Specialty:

Coastal geomorphology, geoarchaeology, northwest Alaska prehistory.

James R. McGoodwin

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder

Specialty:

The development of fisheries policies for high-latitude regions, where the impacts of global warming and climatic change are forecast to be especially severe; fishing communities and fisheries management.

Amy Miller

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Ecologist, Southwest Alaska Network, National Park Service

Specialty:

Plant community ecology and watershed biogeochemistry, particularly in alpine environments.

Natalie Mladenov

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, Kansas State University

Specialty:

Surface and ground water quality; aquatic biogeochemistry; atmospheric deposition and organic aerosols; water and sustainability in southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Daniel R. Muhs

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Research Geologist, USGS

Specialty:

Geomorphology, soils, and stratigraphy to reconstruct paleoclimates over the past two and a half million years of geologic time.

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Shad O’Neel

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Research Geophysicist, USGS

Specialty:

Glacier-climate interactions and sea level rise; small glaciers; glacier-generated seismicity; photogrammetry.

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Aviva Rahmani

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Ecological Artist

Specialty:

Aviva Rahmani is an ecological artist who works with scientists to design solutions for degraded environments.

Richard Reynolds

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Research Geologist, USGS

Specialty:

Development of dry landscapes and ecosystems through understanding interactions among geologic, ecologic, and climatic processes; geologic, biologic, and human controls on dust generation; Quaternary climate and evolution of landscapes in response to climatic change; environmental magnetism; chemical and magnetic records of pollution in sediments and mineral dust.

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Mike SanClements

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Staff Scientist, NEON

Specialty:

Soil science, ecology, and biogeochemistry, particularly the cycling of elements within natural systems and the response of these cycles to changing climate and atmospheric deposition.

Guy Schumann

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Scientist, Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc.

Specialty:

Currently working on R&D projects concerned with flood inundation modeling, floodplain mapping, and current and potential satellite missions for hydrology.

Owen Sherwood

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University

Specialty:

Paleoceanography; biogeochemistry; petroleum geology; coral reefs

Sam Simkin

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Staff Scientist, NEON

Specialty:

Ecosystem ecology, plant community ecology, biogeochemistry, landscape ecology

Dena Smith

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, CU Museum of Natural History
  • Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
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Howard E. Taylor

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Research Chemist and Project Chief, Environmental Analytical Chemistry and Water Quality Project, Water Resources, USGS

Specialty:

Water chemistry and trace element analysis.

Ernesto Trujillo-Gomez

  • INSTAAR Affiliate

Specialty:

Study of the topographic, meteorologic and canopy controls on the spatial scaling properties of snow depth fields; hydrology and climatology of high-elevation watersheds.

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Jeffrey Writer

  • INSTAAR Affiliate
  • Hydrologist, USGS
  • Research Associate, CEAE, CU-Boulder

Specialty:

Wildfire impacts on water quality and aquatic ecosystems, coupling of ecological and engineered infrastructure, fate and transport of emerging contaminants.