Who is a climate scientist? The Why Files profiles Nelson Institute researchers
February 10, 2015
As the ramifications of climate change broaden, The Why Files set out to learn more about the scientists who study the causes and effects of climate change.
To sample the range of scientific approaches, the website profiled a number of UW-Madison faculty and researchers studying climate change, many of them affiliates of the Nelson Institute. They include:
- Steve Vavrus, a senior scientist at the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, who focuses on the Arctic climate and climate models.
- Ankur Desai, an associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences who specializes in carbon cycle science.
- Michael Notaro, associate director of the Center for Climatic Research, who is using regional climate models to study impacts on the Midwest.
- Jack Williams, a professor of geography who directs the Center for Climatic Research and studies ecological responses to past and future climate change.
- Sara Hotchkiss, an assistant professor of botany, who draws climate history from the remnants of vanished plants.
- Chris Kucharik, an assistant professor of agronomy, who is exploring the link between climate and food and how changes in climate and weather variability could impact agriculture.
Visit the Why Files website to read the full article. The online publication, based at UW-Madison, aims to share the science behind the news.