Climate Change

The University of Oregon's experts in climate change know a lot about air pollution, rising sea levels, earthquakes, volcanoes, drought, tsunamis and the changing world around us.

Adell Amos, School of Law Environmental & Natural Resources Program

Adell Amos is an expert in water law and policy, natural resource law and resource management. She is especially well-versed in policy and law related to public lands, conservation, wilderness, and hydrology. At the University of Oregon, she holds the James O. and Alfred T. Goodwin Senior Faculty Fellowship, serves as the associate dean for academic affairs at the UO School of Law, and teaches in the nationally-ranked Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. Selected by the Obama Administration in 2008 to serve a two-year appointment with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Adell developed strategies and oversaw policy issues around the nation’s public lands.

Troy Campbell, Department of Marketing

Troy Campbell is an expert in consumer behavior, marketing social psychology, political psychology, and scientific communication. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of marketing in the Lundquist College of Business. Troy’s research focuses on what makes people happy, how social movements can be effective, the power of advertising, what makes a good experience (like a music festival) and consumerism. 

Mark Carey, History, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Mark Carey studies the societal dimensions of climate change, natural disasters, glacier retreat, mountaineering, and water management, especially in the Peruvian Andes but also in many other parts of the world’s mountain ranges.

Daniel Gavin, Department of Geography

Dan Gavin is an expert in climate change and the impacts of climate change and fires on ecosystems over time (paleoecology). When talking about drought, Dan can weigh-in on the historical precedents for large or severe fires.   

Samantha Hopkins, Department of Earth Sciences, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Samantha Hopkins is an expert in paleontology, climate change and evolution. She studies the evolution of ecology in mammals, primarily fossil mammals, and is interested in the role climate change and geologic activity play in mammal evolution.

Bart Johnson, Department of Landscape Architecture

Bart Johnson is an expert in landscape architecture, conservation planning, landscape design, urbanization and ecology, with a particular emphasis on wildfire risk management and biodiversity conservation. 

Craig Kauffman, Department of Political Science

Craig Kauffman is an expert in environmental politics (with a focus on climate change policy, sustainable development, and natural resource management); environmental law (particularly the development of Earth Law and rights of nature), indigenous environmental law and practices, collaborative governance of forest and watershed ecosystems, and financing forest and watershed conservation. Craig uses this expertise to examine new, alternative global governance regimes, transnational networks, and the reasons global norms change. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of political science and participating faculty in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies. 

Katie Meehan, Department of Geography

Katie Meehan is an expert in water policy and governance, infrastructure and cities and climate change adaptation. Katie examines alternative forms of urban development and water issues. In collaboration with scholars from her Fulbright NEXUS cohort, her current research explores social and behavioral adaptation to climate change.

Greg Retallack, Department of Earth Sciences

Greg Retallack is an expert in global climate change, mass extinctions, major evolutionary transitions, ancient Mars environments, and the origin of life. He studies the evolution of life on land, and in particular, the evidence of fossil soils. 

Dave Sutherland, Department of Earth Sciences

David Sutherland is an expert in climate change and how melting glaciers and polar ice caps affect ocean temperatures, sea levels, and life in the water and along the coasts.

Doug Toomey, expert in earthquakes and volcanoes, professor of geophysics

Doug Toomey, Department of Earth Sciences

Doug Toomey is an expert in natural disasters, including earthquake, tsunami, and volcano-related events. His work develops risk assessments and early warning systems for each, especially in the Pacific Northwest. 

Ray Weldon, Professor of Geological Science, expert in earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami and predicting each

Ray Weldon, Department of Earth Sciences

Ray Weldon is an expert on active earthquake fault zones and on earthquake probabilities, including earthquake early warning systems for the Cascadia and San Andreas faults on the west coast. His work in national hazard mapping is used by the insurance industry and for tsunami monitoring.

Mary Wood, School of Law Environmental & Natural Resources Program

Mary Wood is an expert in environmental law and originated Atmospheric Trust Litigation. She studies law related to natural resources, public trust, federal Indian law, public lands, wildlife, and hazardous waste. Her research related to Atmospheric Trust Litigation holds governments accountable for reducing carbon pollution, and is actively argued in courts worldwide.