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Lead Scientist
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Jeremy Littell is a Research Ecologist (Climate Impacts) with the Department of Interior Alaska Climate Science Center. He conducts research on the role of climate and ecological drought in Alaskan and other forested ecosystems. He also facilitates the use of climate information in planning, adaptation, and vulnerability assessment.

Littell's background is the ecoclimatology of western North America's forests. His doctoral work at the University of Washington focused on ecological and climatic controls on wildfire in the western U.S. and the role of climate in Douglas-fir tree growth across its climatic range. He also worked as a research scientist at the UW Climate Impacts Group, collaborating with resource managers in Federal and state agencies to better understand and use climate information in planning and adaptation. At the Alaska Climate Science Center, his current work adresses tow main themes:

He also serves as an author on the Alaska chapter of the National Climate Assessment (NCA).


Littell, J., Mckenzie, D., Wan, H., Cushman, S. 2018. Climate Change and Future Wildfire in the Western United States: An Ecological Approach to Nonstationarity. Earth's Future. 6.
Littell, J. 2018. Drought and Fire in the Western USA: Is Climate Attribution Enough? . Current Climate Change Reports. 1-11.
Enquist, C. A., Jackson, S. T., Garfin, G. M., Davis, F. W., Gerber, L. R., Littell, J. A., et al. 2017. Foundations of translational ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 15(10). 541-550. 10.1002/fee.1733.
Littell, J. S., Terando, A. J., & Morelli, T. L. 2017. Balancing research and service to decision makers. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 15(10). 598-598. 10.1002/fee.1739.
Mckenzie, D. and Littell, J. S. 2017. Climate change and the eco-hydrology of fire: Will area burned increase in a warming western USA?. Ecological Applications. 27(1). 26-36. doi:10.1002/eap.1420.
Fischer, A.P., Spies, T.A., Steelman, T.A., Moseley, C., Johnson, B.R., Bailey, J.D., Ager, A.A., Bourgeron, P., Charnley, S., Collins, B.M., Kline, J.D., Leahy, J.E., Littell, J.S., Milligan, J.D.A., Nielsen-Pincus, M., Olsen, C.S., Paveglio, T.B., Roos, C.I., Steen-Adams, M.M., Stevens, F.R., Vukomanovic, J., White, E.M., and Bowman, D.M.J.S 2016. Wildfire risk as a socio-ecological pathology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 14(5). 276-284. doi: 10.1002/fee.1283.
Littell, J.S., G.T. Pederson, S.T. Gray, M. Tjoelker, A.F. Hamlet, and C. Woodhouse 2016. Reconstructions of Columbia River streamflow from tree ring chronologies in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 52(5). 1121-1141. doi: 10.1111/1752-1688.12442.
Littell, J.S., D.L. Peterson, K.L. Riley, Y.-Q Liu, C. Luce 2016. A review of the relationships between drought and forest fire in the United States. Global Change Biology . 22(7). 2353-2369. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13275.
McKenzie, D., and J.S. Littell 2016. Climate change and the eco-hydrology of fire: will area burned increase in a warming West? . Ecological Applications. doi: 10.1002/eap.1420.
Restaino, C.M., Peterson, D.L., and J.S. Littell 2016. Higher temperature decrease tree growth in Douglas-fir forests of the western United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA . 113(34). 9557-9562. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1602384113.
Heath, L.S., S.M. Anderson, M.R. Emery, J. Hicke, J.S., Littell, A. Lucier, J.G. Masek, D.L. Peterson, R. Pouyat, K.M. Potter, G. Robertson, J. Sperry, A. Bytnerowicz, H. Ken Cordell, L. Geiser, S. Jovan, M.H. Mockrin, R. Musselman, B.K. Schulz, R.J. Smith, and S.I. Stewart 2015. Indicators of climate impacts for forests: Recommendations for the U.S. National Climate Assessment Indicators system. USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, General Technical Report Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-155. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 143.
Peterson, D. L., J. M. Wolken, T. N. Hollingsworth, C. P. Giardina, J. S. Littell, L. A. Joyce, C. W. Swanston, S. D. Handler, L. E. Rustad, S. G. McNulty 2014. Regional Highlights of Climate Change. Climate Change and United States Forest. 113-148. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-7515-2_6#sthash.xOYwxU5L.dpuf.
Littell, J.S., J. A. Hicke, S.L. Shafer, S. M. Capalbo, L. L. Houston, and P. Glick 2013. Forest Ecosystems: Vegetation, Disturbance, and Economics. Chapter 5 in Dalton, M.M., P.W. Mote, and A.K. Snover. (Editors). 2013. Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities. Washington, D.C.: Island Press. 271 pp..
Littell, J.S. 2013. Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems. p 215-218 in Vose, James M.; Peterson, David L.; Patel-Weynand, Toral, eds. 2012. Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems: a comprehensive science synthesis for the U.S. forest sector. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-870 . Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 265 p.
Snover, A.K., N.J. Mantua, J.S. Littell, M.A. Alexander, M.M. McClure, and J. Nye 2013. Choosing and Using Climate-Change Scenarios for Ecological-Impact Assessments and Conservation Decisions . Conservation Biology. 27(6). 1147-1157. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12163.