Brendan M. Rogers Ph.D.

  • Associate Scientist
Brendan Rogers

Dr. Brendan Rogers studies the vast expanses of Arctic and boreal forests across Alaska, Canada, and Siberia. His work focuses on understanding how these systems impact—and are impacted by—global climate change. Dr. Rogers is particularly interested in the effects of changing disturbance regimes, including wildfires, land use, drought, and pests. He combines field measurements, satellite remote sensing, and a range of modeling platforms to gain insight into rapidly changing carbon and energy cycles, vegetation dynamics, and ecosystem resilience. Dr. Rogers uses his science to inform natural resource management and policies for improved climate mitigation, adaptation, and ecosystem protection.

Above: Dr. Rogers conducting Arctic field work.

Dr. Rogers is widely recognized for his expertise, acting as a member and leader of various working groups, steering committees, science teams, and editorial groups focused on Earth’s rapidly changing high-latitude ecosystems. He recently contributed to the primary forest policy released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Dr. Rogers engages a range of stakeholders, from local fire managers to the Department of Defense, in exploring the policy ramifications of his work.

Dr. Rogers’ research blends his love of pure mathematics and his enjoyment of the natural world. When he’s not at work, he is likely to be found backpacking or kayaking. 

We need realistic carbon targets, and every indication is that Arctic carbon could put those at risk of failure. Arctic ecosystems are changing faster than any others on Earth, and the feedbacks can be enormous.