Meet the AdaptWest Research Team

Carlos Carroll is an ecologist with the Klamath Center for Conservation Research, in Orleans, California. His research focuses on habitat, viability, and connectivity modeling for a diverse group of threatened and endangered species. His past research has included assessing vulnerability to climate change of old-growth associated species in the Pacific Northwest and mesocarnivores in the northeastern US. He is the developer of the freely-available Connectivity Analysis Toolkit software that assists planners in identifying and conserving wildlife linkages. Dr. Carroll serves on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology. More information about his research can be found at

Josh Lawler is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington whose research focuses on understanding the diverse and complex ways in which plant and animal species and populations respond to human actions. His current and recent projects include an assessment of the vulnerability to climate change of the Pacific Northwestern US (, projecting climate impacts on the fauna of the western hemisphere, and forecasting the effects of climate change and development on multiple endangered species. He and his lab group have developed a number of tools for the conservation community including an online tool for visualizing, analyzing, and downloading climate change projections ( and an on-line database and index for assessing clime sensitivities of species and ecological systems ( His work has led him to testify before the US Congress on the impacts of climate change and to provide guidance for a Department of Interior Working Group on the National Climate Adaptation Strategy. In addition, he has served as an author on both the 2009 and the 2013 U.S. Climate Assessments, is a contributing author to the IPCC’s fifth assessment report, and has been awarded a Conservation Partners award by the Secretary of the Interior for his work on a climate change vulnerability guide.

Scott Nielsen is an Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. His research focus is on habitat and population ecology of rare or threatened species, landscape ecology and biodiversity of fire-prone northern ecosystems, and conservation planning. A common theme throughout his work is the development and use of species distribution and habitat models to test questions related to niche theory, to assess vulnerability of sensitive biota to rapid environmental change, and to prioritize the conservation of biodiversity. More 
information about his research can be found at