The debate over climate change is heating up again. Newly appointed EPA chief Scott Pruitt said he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming and the administration’s proposed budget calls for significant cuts to climate programs at the EPA. As you cover the continuing debate about climate change, global warming and government policy, look to Clemson University experts who have been studying various aspects of climate science.

You can contact them directly or contact Media Relations at 864-656-2061 or cunewsroom@clemson.edu for assistance.

Robert Lund is a mathematical statistician who examines arguments about global warming as he looks for statistical proof that the weather is changing in data records. “I like to think of myself as a rigorous referee between truth and fiction,” Lund said. “There is so much mudslinging and misinformation in the climate sciences — I’m trying to identify what can be reliably concluded about climate change.” Contact him at lund@clemson.edu or 864-247-7342.

Michael Sears is an associate professor in the department of biological sciences whose research examines how animals respond to environmental change and how these responses might affect future species ranges in light of ongoing climate change. Contact Sears at sears3@clemson.edu or 864-506-5174.

Rob Baldwin is an associate professor and Margaret H. Lloyd-Smart State Endowed Chair in the forestry and environmental conservation department whose research includes conservation biology. He uses maps and models to examine how sea level rise and climate refugia impact species. Contact him at baldwi6@clemson.edu or 864-656-1776.

Kyle Barrett is an ecologist whose research focuses on the response of species to large-scale stressors, such as climate change. He primarily works with vertebrates in aquatic habitats. He is interested in linking research to conservation and management decisions, so he frequently works with federal and state agencies. Contact him at rbarre2@clemson.edu or 864-656-1847.

Nishanth Tharayil is an associate professor of plant ecophysiology who has conducted research on how plants alter their physiology to adapt to environmental stressors such as drought and warming. Contact him at ntharay@clemson.edu or 864-656-4453.

Ksenija Gasic is a fruit breeder and associate professor of horticulture whose research focuses on the development of disease-resistant crops adapted to the environmental conditions of the Southeastern United States. Contact her at kgasic@clemson.edu or 864-656-3664.

Juan Carlos Melgar is a pomologist and assistant professor of horticulture who is studying the effects of climate variability and change on fruit tree physiology (specifically changes in patterns of nutrient and carbon allocation in trees) and the impact these changes may have on horticultural management practices such as fertilization or pruning. Contact him at jmelgar@clemson.edu or 864-656-4562.

Saara DeWalt is an associate professor in the department of biological sciences whose research includes how tropical forests affect carbon levels in the atmosphere. Contact DeWalt at saarad@clemson.edu or 864-502-8403.

Patrick McMillan is the Glenn and Heather Hilliard Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University, where he is also a faculty member in the department of forestry and environmental conservation, the director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum and the Clemson Experimental Forest. An accomplished naturalist and biologist, he is host of the ETV program “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.” Contact him at pmcmill@clemson.edu or 864-506-5549.

Skip Van Bloem is a professor of forestry and environmental conservation and director of the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, which conducts research, in part, to help public policy decision-makers understand environmental concerns as they manage issues related to growth. Contact him at skipvb@clemson.edu or 843-546-1013.

Thomas Rainwater is a research scientist and wildlife research coordinator at the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science with an interest in the impacts to wildlife of environmental pollution and changing habitats. Contact him at trrainw@clemson.edu or 806-239-5472.

Geoff Wang is a professor of forestry and environmental conservation and the editor of Forestry: An International Journal of Forestry Research. He is frequently consulted by scientific journals, granting agencies, government agencies and industries. His current research focuses on how natural events and human activity affect forest ecosystems. Contact him at gwang@clemson.edu or 864-656-3304.