Conservation Biology Institute
Bridging conservation science and practice

Dominique Bachelet, Ph.D.

Senior Climate Change Scientist

Dominique was born and raised in northern France. She received her Master’s degree in 1978 in Lille (France) and her Ph.D. in 1983 at Colorado State University working on biogeochemical cycles in the shortgrass prairie. In 1984, after a brief 3 months in Thailand teaching a simulation modeling class, she went to U.C. Riverside as a postdoc simulating nitrogen fixing shrubs in the Sonoran desert then went two years later to New Mexico State University to simulate Chihuahuan desert ecosystem processes. She was hired in 1988 as a contractor for the US EPA in Corvallis (OR) to work on climate change impacts on paddy rice ecosystems in Asia. In 1994 she spent a year working in Toulouse (France) simulating Mediterranean ecosystems. In the Fall of 1995, she started working with a USFS team simulating climate change impacts on global terrestrial systems first out of the University of New Hampshire and then out of Corvallis where she also taught at Oregon State University (OSU) as faculty in the Biological and Ecological Engineering Department. In 2000, she moved to Olympia (WA), telecommuting for her work at OSU. In the fall of 2006, she spent 2 months as invited professor in Paris. She worked as director of the Climate Change Science Team for The Nature Conservancy from January 2007 until August 2008. She went back to OSU as associate professor, continuing her simulation work on climate change impacts. In June 2009, she joined the Conservation Biology Institute. In her free time, she bikes and kayaks, hikes, skis and paints watercolors.


Colorado Plateau - REA
Rapid Ecological Assessment in the Colorado Plateau, for the BLM
BLM Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA), Sonoran Desert
Working as a subcontractor to Dynamac Corporation, the Conservation Biology Institute provided the scientific leadership and technical support for two BLM Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REAs).  The Sonoran Desert ecoregion was completed in the spring ...
Fuels Management at Landscape Level
Ecological restoration: developing a knowledge base for application to historic oak-pine savanna

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How much carbon do you cost?
I just came back from 2 weeks in France where everything is now labeled with a carbon index ("Indice Carbone"). I took the metro to go to a meeting and the transportation carbon dioxide costs were posted on the walls: 4.3g CO2. Comparatively, I took a bus to see the sights on my way back: over 100g CO2. The meeting organizers had little water bottles "Eau de Source et de Montagne" - Spring and mountain water - each bottle cost 55 g of ...

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