David Conklin, Ph.D.
Dave joined the climate change research group at CBI as a staff member in 2010 modeling the effects of climate change on natural vegetation, and is now continuing his as a CBI associate. David left CBI in 2012 to join Common Futures, LCC. He had turned to that challenge in 2001 following a long career in industry. After 5 years in the trenches as the computer guy in the U.S. Forest Service MAPSS modeling team on the Oregon State University campus, he returned to graduate school, completing a Ph.D. in Biological and Ecological Engineering in 2009 Using the static biogeography model MAPSS and the dynamic global vegetation model MC1, he has run simulations of potential vegetation and vegetation change for a number of areas, principally in the western U.S. He participated in the California Scenarios 2008 project for the California Energy Commission, in a study of Yosemite National Park for the National Park Service, and in several studies of areas in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and New Mexico for the U.S. Forest Service. His current interests include bringing vegetation models into the Envision modeling framework developed by the BEE department at OSU.