Climate Change Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Tish Yager ( or visiting the Climate & Society website.

Biological systems across the globe are impacted by the physical and chemical changes resulting from climate variability and long term environmental change. Faculty in this group use interdisciplinary approaches in the field, state-of-the art methods, and modeling to examine and elucidate the regulation and dynamic feedbacks between the biosphere and climate. We work at multiple scales, ranging from individual organisms to marine and terrestrial ecosystems, to document the observed acute and chronic responses to climate change and develop predictive models to better understand our future world.

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Jill Anderson
Assistant Professor Genetics

Evolutionary genetics and population ecology of plants; global change biology; field ecology; seed dispersal ecology; frugivorous fish

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Brian Binder
Associate Professor Marine Sciences

Ecology and physiology of marine pico-phytoplankton; regulation of growth in cyanobacteria; application of flow cytometry to problems in marine microbial ecology.

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Alexander Bucksch
Assistant Professor Plant Biology; Bioinformatics

Computational Plant Science, Phenotyping, Plant Imaging and Simulation

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Julia Diaz
Assistant Professor Marine Sciences

The role of reactive oxygen species in coral bleaching. Identifying the enzymes involved in the utilization of alternative phosphorus sources by marine phytoplankton. Characterizing enzymatic modes of extracellular superoxide production by diatoms.

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Marc Frischer
Professor Marine Sciences

Role of microbial diversity in marine environments and the utilization of molecular methods to investigate microbial diversity, interactions between micro- and macroscopic organisms and the functioning of marine ecosystems.

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Samantha Joye
Professor Marine Sciences

Biogeochemical cycling of nutrients in aquatic systems (saline lakes, coastal environments, deep ocean sediments). Biogeochemical and molecular ecological dynamics of microbial community composition and microbial activity.

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Rodney Mauricio
Professor Genetics

Ecological genetics of plants; invasive plants; genetics of adaptation.

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Christof Meile
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator Marine Sciences

Biogeochemical nutrient cycling in porous media and aquatic systems, reactive transport modeling of microbially mediated processes.

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Mary Ann Moran
Professor Marine Sciences

Ecology of marine bacteria in the carbon and sulfur cycles; application of ecological functional genomics techniques to marine microbes.

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Andrew Paterson
Regents Professor and Head, Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory Plant Biology; Genetics; Institute of Bioinformatics

My unit’s work addresses dimensions of plant genome biology relevant toward a more bio-based economy, linking increased fundamental knowledge to improved human lives.

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Joy Peterson
Associate Professor Microbiology

Conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into value-added products, including liquid fuels.

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Dorset W. Trapnell
Assistant Professor Plant Biology

Evolutionary biology and population genetics of natural plant populations, specifically evolutionary factors that shape patterns of genetic variation and mechanisms for partitioning and maintaining species-wide diversity.

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John Wares
Associate Professor Genetics

Ecological genetics of natural populations.

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William Whitman
Professor Bioinformatics; Microbiology

Evolution, ecology, physiology of methane-producing archaeon Methanococcus, the marine alpha proteobacteria, and soil bacteria.

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Patricia L. Yager
Associate Professor Marine Sciences

Marine microbial ecology and biogeochemistry; climate change.

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