Heather Lintz Studies Movement of Plants

Heather Lintz is fascinated by intersections: the intersections of cultures, the intersections of scientific disciplines. So it’s fitting that it was an exchange trip that kick-started her career in science. The location was Ecuador, the time, the early 1990s. Lintz was then a Spanish major at the University of Oregon. Her plan was to study…

Waldbusser and Hales Join Up to Study Ocean Acidification

Editor’s Note: This issue of The Climate CIRCulator spotlights not one, but two researchers in the same profile. To see why, read on. You could think of Oregon State University scientists George Waldbusser and Burke Hales as the Lennon and McCartney of climate science. Like the two Beatles icons, their collaboration works precisely because of their…

David Rupp’s first foray into climate modeling began with Pacific Northwest fisheries research. In 2008, Rupp, whose background at the time was hydrology, was working for the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. He and his fellow researchers were studying how climate was affecting fish survival and salmon spawning in Oregon’s rivers. That’s when he…

Susan Capalbo: The Economics of Climate Change

Professor Susan Capalbo, who heads OSU’s Department of Applied Economics, researches a very important but often neglected subject: the economics of climate change. The applied econ bug first bit Capalbo in the early 1980s at the University of California, Davis, where she received her Ph.D. in agricultural economics. But it wasn’t until the early 2000s,…

Julie Vano: Balancing Science and Practice

As a post-doctoral researcher at OCCRI, Julie Vano wants to put the best science on water and climate change in the hands of managers and policy makers, working closely with them to be sure it is usable. The Minnesota native’s career illustrates this mixture of science and outreach. Vano started her professional life with a…

CIRC Featured Researcher Denise Lach

CIRC is co-led by OSU Professor Denise Lach, director of the School of Public Policy. Lach has worked on the sociology of environmental and natural resources management, effectiveness of data visualization, and sociological dimensions of climate change impacts and adaptation.  She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology from University of Oregon, and also served…