Dr. Timothy Kittel is a research ecologist and climate scientist. After receiving his PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University. Dr. Kittel has since held research positions at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (Colorado State University), the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), before joining INSTAAR in 2004.
Dr. Kittel has worked for more than 30 years in the field of global change science, with contributions to our understanding of climate-biosphere interactions and historical climatic change and to the modeling of regional ecosystem and climate dynamics. Dr. Kittel's work on climate change impacts has been included in IPCC and US National Assessments. His current research is on approaches for handling climate change uncertainty in biodiversity conservation and on the nature of recent climate change in high mountain regions. Dr. Kittel has published more than 85 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in ecology and climate dynamics, along with 39 climatic and ecological public-access datasets.
Dr. Kittel's teaching emphasizes field instruction in ecology and conservation biology. He has taught field courses for the University of Colorado-Boulder, Columbia University of New York, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and Semester-at-Sea (University of Pittsburgh/University of Virginia-Charlottesville). He currently teaches Winter Field Ecology and Field Methods in Vegetation Ecology in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and study abroad courses on conservation in practice in Brazil.
- PhD Ecology: University of California, Davis, 1986
- Global environmental change—conservation planning in the context of climate change
- Earth system science—terrestrial biosphere-climate interactions
- Climate analysis—climate change in high mountain systems
- Ecosystem geography
Biodiversity conservation planning and climate change.
- Assessment of the complexity of species and system vulnerability to climate change (key publications: in Regional Environmental Change; in Vulnerability of Ecosystems to Climate, Elsevier).
Development and implementation of a framework to address highly uncertain futures - through integration of scenario planning, vulnerability assessment, and no-regrets approaches (key publications: in BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management; in Vulnerability of Ecosystems to Climate, Elsevier).
Climate change in Colorado's Front Range (Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research Program, NWT-LTER).
- Analysis of elevational, seasonal, and decadal dependence in surface temperature and precipitation trends in subalpine vs. alpine sites (key publication in Plant Ecology and Diversity).
Development of climate data quality and analysis protocols for agency monitoring programs.
Dr. Kittel is the Faculty Director for the CU Boulder Education Abroad Program global seminar Conservation Biology and Practice in Brazil's Atlantic Forest.