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The Northwest Regional Climate Hub is headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon. The Hub will provide technical support for land managers to respond to drought, heat stress, floods, pests, and changes in growing season; education for land managers on ways to mitigate risks and thrive despite climatic change; and regional assessments and forecasts for hazard and adaptation planning.
Beatrice (Bea) Van Horne is Director of the USDA Northwest Regional Climate Hub and special assistant to the Director of the Pacific Northwest Research Station, which spans Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and includes Bonanza Creek, Wind River, Starkey, and H.J. Andrews Experimental Forests. Her background includes work as the Wildlife Program Lead for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, DC, as a program coordinator for ecosystems for the U.S. Geological Survey, and as a professor of biology at Colorado State University. She has published research on songbirds, mating systems, ground squirrels, and prairie dogs and has authored 42 refereed publications and 3 book chapters, mostly concerning vertebrate habitat relationships. Dr. Van Horne holds an M.S. in zoology from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in ecology.
Dave Huggins is a Co-director of the Northwest Regional Climate Hub and Soil Scientist with the Agricultural Research Service, Northwest Sustainable Agroecosystems Research in Pullman, Washington. Dave received both his Masters and Ph.D. from the State University of New York (SUNY). His research activities include soil C dynamics, N use efficiency, precision agriculture, soil health and conservation farming systems. Dave has authored/co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 18 book chapters with over 100 different scientists representing 15 disciplines. Dave is past Chair of the Soil Science Society of America, Soil and Water Management and Conservation Division, and currently the Principle Investigator of the R.J. Cook Long-Term Agroecological Research (LTAR) site, as well as Chairman of the Latah Soil and Water Conservation District, Moscow, Idaho.
Michael Strobel is the Co-director of the USDA Northwest Regional Climate Hub. He is the Director of the NRCS National Water and Climate Center located in Portland, Oregon. He serves the Program Manager for the Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program, which operates 885 SNOTEL stations and over 1,000 manual snow courses in the 13 Western States, including Alaska, and provides seasonal water supply forecasts for snow-dominated basins throughout the west. He also directs the Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN), which measures soil moisture, soil temperature and climatic parameters at 221 stations across the US. He serves as the lead for the development of the National Soil moisture Network, a multi-agency effort to develop soil moisture products utilizing in situ, remote sensing and model data. He has his BS and MS degrees from the Ohio State University and a PhD from the University of North Dakota, all in geology with an emphasis on hydrology and glacial geology. He worked for 19 years with the US Geological Survey and 9 years with NRCS.
Holly Prendeville is the Coordinator of the Northwest Regional Climate Hub. As Coordinator she is responsible for developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships, communicating use and availability of climate change tools, coordinating grants and agreements, as well as developing and implementing strategies for producing priority outcomes for the Hub. As a Forest Service Research Geneticist, Holly collaborated with other Forest Service scientists to investigate the efficacy of seed zones developed for bluebunch wheatgrass in the Intermountain West. This work will provide guidelines to facilitate restoration using locally adapted material that will be resilient in the face of climate change. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Virginia, Holly investigated how plant reproductive phenology varies among populations across a latitudinal gradient in the eastern US. Holly obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. For her Ph.D., she studied the ecological risks of virus-resistant transgenic squash by examining the effects of virus and the virus-resistant transgene in wild squash.
Gabrielle Roesch-McNally is the Climate Hub Fellow for the Northwest Regional Climate Hub. As a Fellow, Gabrielle will be assisting the Climate Hub with the goal of supporting land managers efforts to address climate change impacts and reduce vulnerability in their operations. Gabrielle will be communicating science, building on current research efforts and strengthening partnerships and capacity across the region. Gabrielle received her PhD at Iowa State University where she was a research assistant as part of a landmark $20 million USDA-NIFA Regional Approaches to Climate Change & Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project. On this project, she was one of the lead sociologists responsible for the socio-economic research effort, which sought to characterize farmer beliefs and concerns about climate change, their attitudes toward adaptive/mitigative strategies, and the types of decision support farmers will need to contend with increasingly variable weather patterns. Gabrielle received here M.S. from the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forestry Science, with a focus on environmental economics. Additionally, Gabrielle has five years of experience working with Washington State University Extension on agriculture and forestry activities.
Dr. Glenn Fowler is a risk analyst with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine, Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory (PERAL) and has experience generating risk assessments that inform regulatory policy regarding invasive plant pests. His areas of interest include predictive mapping, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and quantitative risk analysis. Glenn has worked on domestic and international regulatory issues, participated in bilateral technical discussions, provided GIS support during USDA-APHIS emergency operations and given training in GIS, predictive mapping and probabilistic modeling. He is currently serving as the APHIS liaison to the USDA Northwest Regional Climate Hub.