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University Director
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UAF Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center
UAF International Arctic Research Center
UAF Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning

Dr. Scott Rupp is the Deputy Director of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Dr. Rupp is also the Director of the Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning, and serves as the University Director for the Department of Interior's Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Dr. Rupp is a senior scientist for the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest, part of the National Science Foundation's Long Term Ecological Research program, and is a well-established forest ecologist with specialized experience in ecosystem modeling. Recent work has focused on modeling the response of subarctic and arctic ecosystems to changes in global climate and disturbance regimes. He has served as a member (2016-2017) of the Federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science.

Dr. Rupp has authored more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He received a BS (1993) in Forest Management from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD (1998) in Forest Ecology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is Professor of Forestry and has been a faculty member at UAF since 2001.

Areas of Expertise: 
forest ecology


Lyu, Z., Genet, H., He, Y., Zhuang, Q., McGuire, A.D., Bennett, A., Breen, A., Clein, J., Euskirchen, E.S., Johnson, K., Kurkowski, T., Pastick, N.J., Rupp, T.S., Wylie, B.K., and Zhu, Z. 2018. The role of environmental driving factors in historical and projected carbon dynamics of wetland ecosystems in Alaska. Ecological Applications. 10.1002/eap.1755.
Walsh, J.E., Bhatt, U.S., Littell, J., Leonawicz, M., Lindgren, M., Bieniek, P.A. 2018. Downscaling of climate model output for Alaskan stakeholders. Environmental Modelling and Software. 10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.03.021.
Bieniek, P.A., Bhatt, U.S., Walsh, J.E., Rupp, T.S., Zhang, J., Krieger, J.R., and Lader, R.T. 2016. Dynamical downscaling of ERA-Interim temperature and precipitation for Alaska. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 7. 245-259. doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0153.1.
Drake, J.L., Kontar, Y.Y., Eichelberger, J.C., Rupp, T.S., and Taylor, K.M. 2016. Communicating Climate-Change and Natural Hazard Risk and Cultivating Resilience: Case Studies for a Multi-disciplinary Approach. Springer. Series: Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research. 45.
Hansen, W.D., F.S. Chapin III, H.T. Naughton, T.S. Rupp, and D. Verbyla 2016. Forest-landscape structure mediates effects of a spruce bark beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) outbreak on subsequent likelihood of burning in Alaskan boreal forest. Forest Ecology and Management. 369. 38-46.
Lader, R., U.S. Bhatt, J.E. Walsh, T. S. Rupp, P.A. Bieniek 2016. Two-Meter Temperature and Precipitation from Atmospheric Reanalysis Evaluated for Alaska. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 55(4). 901-922. doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0162.1.
McGuire, A.D., B.K. Wylie, D.V. D’Amore, X. Zhou, T.S. Rupp, H. Genet, Y. He, S. Stackpoole, and Z. Zhu 2016. Executive Summary-Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in Ecosystems of Alaska. Pages 1-3 in Z. Zhu and A.D. McGuire, eds., Baseline and projected future carbon storage and greenhouse-gas fluxes in ecosystems of Alaska. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper. 1826. 196.
McGuire, A.D., H. Genet, Y. He, S. Stackpoole, D.V. D’Amore, T.S. Rupp, B.K. Wylie, X. Zhou, and Z. Zhu 2016. Alaska Carbon Balance. Chapter 9 (pages 189-196) in Z. Zhu and A.D. McGuire, eds., Baseline and projected future carbon storage and greenhouse-gas fluxes in ecosystems of Alaska. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper. 1826. 196.
Wolken, J.M., Mann, D.H., Grant, T.A., III., Lloyd, A.H., Rupp, T.S., and Hollingsworth, T.N. 2016. Climate-growth relationships along a black spruce toposequence in interior Alaska. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 48(4). 637-652. doi:
Hewitt, R. E., A. P. Bennett, A. L. Breen, T. N. Hollingsworth, D. L. Taylor, F. S. Chapin III, and T. S. Rupp 2015In Press. Getting to the root of the matter: Landscape implications of plant-fungal interactions for tree migration in Alaska. Landscape Ecology . 1-17. doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0306-1.
Gray, S.T., A. Bennett, W.R. Bolton, A.L. Breen, T. Carman, E. Euskirchen, H. Genet, E. Jafarov, J. Jenkins, T. Kurkowski, M. Lindgren, P. Martin, S. McAfee, A.D. McGuire, S. Marchenko, R. Muskett, S. Panda, J. Reynolds, A. Robertson, V. Romanovsky, T.S. Rupp, K. Timm, and Y. Zhang. 2014In Press. Using integrated ecosystem modeling to improve our understanding of climate change impacts in the Alaska region . Alaska Park Science. 12(2).
Gustine D.D., T.J. Brinkman, M.A. Lindgren, J.I. Schmidt, T.S. Rupp, and L.G. Adams 2014. Climate-Driven Effects of Fire on Winter Habitat for Caribou in the Alaskan- Yukon Arctic. PloS ONE.
McAfee, SA, Walsh, J, and Rupp, TS. 2014. Statistically downscaled projections of snow/rain partitioning for Alaska . Hydrological Processes. 28(12). 3930-3946. doi: 10.1002/hyp.9934 .
Genet H., A. D. McGuire, K. Barrett, A. L. Breen, E. S. Euskirchen, J. F. Johnstone, E. S. Kasischke, A. M. Melvin, A. Bennet, M. C. Mack, T. S. Rupp, A. E. G. Schuur, M. R. Turetsky & F. Yuan. 2013. Modeling the effects of fire severity and climate warming on active layer depth and soil carbon dynamics of black spruce forests across the landscape in Interior Alaska . Environmental Research Letters. 8(4). 1-13. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/045016#sthash.oKj4WKIL.dpuf.
Rogers, T.S., J.E. Walsh, T.S. Rupp, L.W. Brigham, and M. Sfraga 2013. Future Arctic marine access: analysis and evaluation of observations, models, and projections of sea ice . The Cryosphere. 7(1). 321-332. doi:10.5194/tc-7-321-2013 #sthash.gSz5VNtH.dpuf.
Mann, D.H., T.S. Rupp, M. Olson, and P. Duffy 2012. Is Alaska's Boreal Forest Now Crossing a Major Ecological Threshold. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research .
Wolken, J.M., T.N. Hollingsworth, T.S. Rupp, F.S. Chapin III, S.F. Trainor, T.M. Barrett, P.F. Sullivan, A.D. McGuire, E.S. Euskirchen, P.E. Hennon, E.A. Beever, J.S. Conn, L.K. Crone, D.V. D'Amore, N. Fresco, T.A. Hanley, K. Kielland, J.J. Kruse, T. Patterson, E.A.G. Schuur, D.L. Verbyla, and J. Yarie 2012. Evidence and implications of recent and projected climate change in Alaska's forest ecosystems. Ecosphere.
Euskirchen, E., Timm, K., Breen, A.L., Gray, S., Rupp, T.S., Martin, P., Reynolds, J., Sesser, A., Murphy, K., Littell, J.S., Bennett, A., Bolton, W.R., Carman, T., Genet, H., Griffith, B., Kurkowski, T., Lara, M.J., Marchenko, S., Nicolsky, D., Panda, S., Romanovsky, V., Rutter, R., Tucker, C.L., and McGuire, A.D. In Press. Co-production of knowledge: Developing the Integrated Ecosystem Model to inform resource management decisions in Arctic Alaska. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.