The staff of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute includes:

Dr. Philip Mote
Kathie Dello
Dr. Heather Lintz
Dr. David Rupp
Dr. Samantha Chisolm Hatfield
Meghan Dalton
Josh Foster
Darrin Sharp
John Stevenson
Susan Osredker
Linnia Hawkins
Sihan (Meredith) Li
Marie Schlenker
Zolton Bair

Dr. Philip Mote – Director
Philip W. Mote is the director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) and a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. His current research interests include regional climate modeling with a superensemble generated by volunteers’ personal computers. 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. He earned a BA in Physics from Harvard University and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. 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, state agency engagement, 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 from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. She has completed most of her coursework toward a PhD in Environmental Sciences at Oregon State University.

Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield – Tribal Liason/Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Hatfield is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, and is also Cherokee. Her culturally traditional upbringing led her to become interested in the juncture between Indigenous systems of knowledge and western science. Samantha holds a Bachelors in Ethnic Studies: Native American Studies and Cultural Anthropology, and a PhD in Environmental Science, specializing in Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) from Oregon State University. Her interests and expertise include TEK, Native systems in the Pacific Northwest, cultural systems, and communication. Her other interests include writing, speaking, dancing traditionally at pow wows, and cultural events.

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. She also leads the innovation and commercialization of several sensors to measure tree attributes cost-effectively at a landscape scale.

Dr. David Rupp – Research Associate

Dr. David Rupp is interested in climate variability and change, and in particular how these two factors impact the hydrological cycle and water resources. David explores the human influence on regional climate, both present and future, using global and regional climate models as his tools. David 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. See David’s webpage here.

Meghan Dalton – Faculty Research Assistant

Meghan has 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. She applies regional climate projections to local and regional entities, including municipal water utilities, public health departments, forest, rangeland, and water resource managers, farmers, and tribes, helping them to assess and adapt to future impacts of climate change. She also coordinated the Northwest climate assessment report supporting the 2013 National Climate Assessment.

Josh Foster – Faculty Research Assistant

Josh has a BA in International Relations and Environmental Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and two MA’s from Yale University in International Relations and Environmental Management. He has over 25 years experience working on climate change science and policy issues in the federal, non-profit, and state sectors, including over 20 years working on climate adaptation. He works for OCCRI as the university program manager for the NOAA-funded Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) and the Department of the Interior funded NW 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 worked in the high-tech industry as a software engineer, and also in the environmental consulting and research industries. His interests and expertise include scientific programming, the development of information technologies used for ecological and environmental research, the application of downscaled global climate models to regional impacts assessments, and science communication.

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.

Susan Osredker – Office Specialist

After working at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, for 23 years Susan moved back to Oregon. Returning to Oregon and working with OCCRI is a dream come true. She has a BA in English, and experience in administration and academia. Susan handles travel logistics, keeps the calendars for the office, edits the CIRC newsletter and the OCCRI website, works with the funding processes, and also helps coordinate meetings and receptions. Susan loves gardening, hiking, reading books, writing short stories and baking bread.

Linnia Hawkins – PhD Candidate

Linnia is a graduate student in CEOAS working with Professor Mote on the Forest Mortality, Economics and Climate project. She is analyzing a superensemble of regional climate simulations to assess the sensitivity of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change in Western North America. She earned a BS in Mathematics at Montana State University where she worked on developing multivariate statistical methods for assessing changes in distance matrices.

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.

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.

Marie Schlenker – Graduate Student
Coming soon.