The staff of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute includes:
Dr. Philip Mote
Dr. Heather Lintz
Dr. David Rupp
Dr. Julie Vano
Sihan (Meredith) Li
Dr. Philip Mote – Director
Philip W. Mote is a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University; director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) for the Oregon University System; and director of Oregon Climate Services, the official state climate office for Oregon. Dr. Mote’s current research interests include scenario development, regional climate change, regional climate modeling with a superensemble generated by volunteers’ personal computers, and adaptation to climate change. He is the co-leader of the NOAA-funded Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) for the Northwest, and also of the Northwest Climate Science Center for the US Department of the Interior. Since 2005 he has been involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also a coordinating lead author and advisory council member for the US National Climate Assessment, and has served on numerous author teams for the National Research Council (NRC). He earned a BA in Physics from Harvard University and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, and arrived at OSU to establish OCCRI in 2009. A printable PDF of Dr. Mote’s bio is here.
Kathie Dello – Associate Director
Kathie is the Associate Director of OCCRI, and Deputy Director of the Oregon Climate Service (OCS). OCS serves as the State Climate Office for Oregon. She works on climate impacts analysis, climate adaptation, and public outreach for OCCRI and the Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC). She coordinated Oregon’s first climate assessment report, which is required under the legislation that created OCCRI. She has a BS in Atmospheric Science and an MA in Geography (Physical) from the University at Albany (State University of New York).
Dr. Heather Lintz – Assistant Professor Senior Research
Dr. Lintz holds an MS in Botany and a PhD in Statistical Ecology from Oregon State University. Her research interests include methodological, basic, and applied questions addressing climate change and tree species distributions across the western United States. Her current research investigates ecological thresholds, climate extremes, climate variability, and landscape genomics as related to tree species’ distributions.
Dr. David Rupp – Research Associate, Post Doctoral
Dr. Rupp holds a BS in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Arizona, an MS in Forestry from Northern Arizona University, and a PhD in Water Resources Engineering from Oregon State University. His research interests include the impact of climate change on water resources, modeling of hydrological processes, and stochastic rainfall downscaling. At OCCRI, Dr. Rupp coordinates climate modeling activities in the region for the Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) and facilitates data dissemination to researchers and managers. See Dr. Rupp’s webpage here.
Dr. Julie Vano – Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Vano’s research interests include hydrology, water resource management, science policy, climate change impacts, and system dynamics. Her current work aims to develop innovative approaches to better understand climate impacts on local water resources in the Pacific Northwest. She holds an MS in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington.
Meghan Dalton – Faculty Research Assistant
Meghan is working on the Pacific Northwest report for the US National Climate Assessment, as an activity of the NOAA-funded Climate Impacts Research Consortium. She earned a BA in Mathematics from Linfield College and an MS in Atmospheric Science from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Her research interests include global and regional climate change, climate feedbacks, impacts of climate change on natural resources, and climate change adaptation.
Josh Foster – Faculty Research Assistant
Josh has a BA in International Relations and Environmental Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and two Master’s degrees from Yale University, one in International Relations and one in Environmental Management. He has over 20 years experience working on climate change science and policy issues in the federal and non-profit sectors, including over 16 years working on climate adaptation. He joins OCCRI as program manager for both the NOAA-funded Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) and the Department of Interior-funded regional Climate Science Center.
Darrin Sharp – Faculty Research Assistant
Darrin has a BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, and an MS in Ecology from Colorado State University. He has experience working in both the high-tech and environmental consulting industries. His interests include the development of information technologies used for ecological and environmental research, and the downscaling of global climate model results to the regional level.
John Stevenson – Faculty Research Assistant
John joined OCCRI as a Regional Climate Extension Specialist with the Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC), the NOAA-funded Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (RISA) project for the Pacific Northwest. Previously he was a research analyst and field researcher with Ecotrust and also worked with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. He holds an MS in Marine Resource Management from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, and a BA in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dean Vickers – Senior Faculty Research Assistant
Dean has been a full time Faculty Research Assistant at OSU since 1983. He has worked in a wide variety of research areas in the atmospheric sciences, ranging from turbulence and boundary layers, to mesoscale convective systems, to global climate change. He is working on the OCCRI regional climate modeling project. Dean holds a BA in Physics from SUNY Potsdam and an MS in Atmospheric Science from OSU. See Dean’s web page with vitae and publications.
Kim Carson – Program Assistant
Kim comes to OCCRI from The Freshwater Trust, where she was an education coordinator for their office in the MidWillamette Valley. Focusing on environmental education, she has also worked as the Outdoor School Coordinator for the Corvallis, Oregon School District. Kim has an MA in art education and originally hails from Wisconsin. She lives on 50 acres of land south of Corvallis where she’s a restoration partner with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, working to contribute to rare and declining habitat of the Willamette Valley; her hobby is combating invasive species on her land.
Sihan (Meredith) Li – PhD Candidate
Sihan (Meredith) is a graduate student in CEOAS working with Professor Mote on the regional climate modeling project, supported by a Climate Science Center fellowship and also the REACCH-PNA project. She earned a BS in Atmospheric Science from Yunnan University in Kunming, China, where she did research projects on heat flux in the Indo-Pacific warm pool and wavelet analysis of interdecadal variability.
Jose Montero – PhD Candidate
Jose is a PhD student working under the mentorship of Dr. Lintz in developing methods to quantify thresholds and characterize uncertainty for an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional project addressing forest mortality, economics, and climate change (FMEC). Jose has BS in Biology with a second emphasis in biological conservation and biodiversity from University of Concepcion, Chile. Jose also holds an MS in Marine Resource Management from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science (CEOAS) at Oregon State University.
Zolton Bair – Graduate Student
Zolton is a graduate student in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) working with Professor Lintz as a co-advisor and with Professor Stone in BPP as a co-advisor. Zolton is working to develop methods to breed trees for pathogen resistance using genomics and other next generation technologies. His project will identify candidate genes for blister rust resistance in whitebark pine, a tree species slated for listing as endangered due to blister rust, bark beetles, and climate change. Zolton’s broader interests include backpacking, mushroom hunting, and permaculture.
Jake Kleinknecht – Graduate Student
Jake is a graduate student in CEOAS working with Professor Lintz on testing a sensor that detects bud burst in plants. Before coming to OCCRI, he earned a BS in Earth & Environmental Sciences at Lehigh Univeristy and worked on tree seedling research projects for the US Forest Service and the University of Idaho.
Becky Miller – Undergraduate Student in the Bioresource Research Department
Becky is an undergraduate student of the Bioresource Research Department earning a BS in Sustainable Ecosystems. Under the direction of her mentor, Dr. Heather Lintz, she is studying the links between bud break and foliage temperature using infrared photography and time-lapse photography. Becky appreciates the beauty and bounty of the Pacific Northwest by adventuring in the woods.
Conner Olsen – Undergraduate Student in the Honors College
Conner is an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering working with Dr. Heather Lintz and Dr. Allen Milligan to test a mathematical model of population extinction thresholds forced by episodic disturbances. He is performing experiments on a culture of diatoms to test the this model for his thesis project.