Who We Are
The Skagit Climate Science Consortium (SC2) is a multidisciplinary group of research scientists from universities and federal, municipal, and tribal governments and agencies working in the Skagit basin. SC2 members seek to understand how the landscape, plants, animals and people may be affected by changes in the patterns of rain, snow, temperature, storms and tides. Dr. Jon Riedel with the National Park Service is the chair of the group, and Mr. Larry Wasserman with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community vice-chair. Administrative support is provided by the Swinomish Tribe and Carol MacIlroy who is an independent natural resources contractor.
SC2 is comprised of ten Skagit climate research scientists and two scientists by training. Short descriptions are listed below for each SC2 member with links to full biographies. A description of the current Skagit Climate research and links to Skagit specific climate reports are also available.
Skagit Climate Research Scientists
Dr. Alan Hamlet is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. He was formerly at the University of Washington and part of the Climate Impacts Group an internationally recognized interdisciplinary research group studying the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change (“global warming”). He has been working in the Skagit on climate issues since 2001 with a main focus on climate variability, climate change scenarios, hydrology, water resources, and human and natural systems. His main area of expertise is hydrology. detailed biography here >
Dr. Correigh Greene is a population ecologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. His work focuses on the population dynamics of estuary-dependent species and Pacific salmon, including the influence of climate on juvenile outmigrations and adult returns. His climate research started in 2003 as he examined the relative influence of winter floods compared to other environmental factors on adult return rates. detailed biography here >
Dr. Ed Connor is an aquatic ecologist at Seattle City Light. He currently serves as the City of Seattle’s endangered fish recovery and research coordinator for the Skagit River basin. Dr. Connor’s expertise includes aquatic ecology, salmonid life history and behavior, population modeling, hydrological and water quality modeling, and fluvial geomorphology. He began work on the impacts of climate change in the Skagit River watershed in 2001. detailed biography here >
Dr. Eric Grossman is a coastal and marine geologist with the United States Geological Survey. He has been working on climate and ecosystem science in the Skagit since 2006. His research has focused on estuarine mixing, sediment transport and nearshore habitat change. detailed biography here >
Dr. Greg Hood is a senior research scientist with the Skagit River Systems Cooperative. His specialties include estuarine ecology and geomorphology. He has worked on the Skagit Delta since 2000 and has been studying Pacific Northwest wetlands from the Columbia River to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta since 1989. detailed biography here >
Dr. Dave Peterson is a Research Biologist with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Seattle, where he directs the Fire and Environmental Research Applications team. He is also Affiliate Professor in the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, where he co-directs the Fire and Mountain Ecology Laboratory. detailed biography here >
Dr. Jon Riedel, SC2 Chair, is a National Park Service geologist at North Cascades National Park. His areas of expertise include geomorphology, glacial history, and glacial mass balance. He has been engaged in research on climate science in the Skagit region since the1980s. Dr. Riedel’s primary focus of research is the glacial history of climate change, including the response of glaciers to modern climate change and the implications of that response for water resources. detailed biography here >
Dr. John Rybczyk is an associate professor and graduate program chairman for the Department of Environmental Science at Huxley College within Western Washington University. Dr. Rybczyk has been working on Skagit climate science since 1999 with a main focus on the estuarine systems within Padilla and Skagit bays. detailed biography here >
Mr. Roger Fuller is a spatial ecologist with Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment. He has expertise in estuarine ecology, restoration ecology, climate change impacts, climate change adaptation, and decision-support tools. He has been working on climate science issues specific to the Skagit since 2010 and on other issues in the Skagit since 2002. detailed biography here >
Dr. Tarang Khangaonkar is an applied marine physics and ocean engineer and technical group manager for the Integrated Coastal Ocean Modeling Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has been working in the Skagit on climate science since 2001. His main focus in the Skagit has been on hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and water quality modeling in the Skagit River Estuary from the floodplain to the coastal waters of Skagit Bay. detailed biography here >
Other SC2 Members
Mr. Larry Wasserman, Vice-Chair of SC2, is a fisheries biologist and the environmental services director for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Research topics have included investigations of salmon survival following the eruption of Mount St. Helens; spring Chinook life history strategies and consequences for hatchery practices; and riparian vegetation studies related to salmon habitat. For the past thirty years he has served as an environmental policy manager, first for the Yakama Indian Nation from 1982 to 1991, and then for the Skagit System Cooperative and Swinomish Indian Tribal Community from 1991 to present. detailed biography here >
Mr. Ron Tressler is a strategic advisor for the Environmental Affairs Division of Seattle City Light. For the past 23 years, he has conducted studies on effects of hydroelectric and flood control water management on wetland and riparian ecosystems and wildlife species throughout the western United States. detailed biography here >
Ms. Carol MacIlroy is an independent natural resources management contractor who works part-time in support of SC2 efforts. She is the owner of Carol MacIlroy Consulting Corporation. She is a strategic and analytical thinker who has worked across the Puget Sound region helping communities and organizations address environmental and societal issues. detailed biography here >
If you are a research scientist conducting climate related work specific to the Skagit or someone interested in climate change in the Skagit watershed we would like to hear from you. Please contact us to tell us about your research, ask a question, or provide your input.
The Skagit Climate Science Consortium is currently supported through funding provided by the Swinomish Tribe as part of an Environmental Protection Agency grant as well as through funding provided by the City of Anacortes and Seattle City Light.
This project has been funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement 00J30901-0 to the Swinomish Tribe. The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.