Harriet Morgan , M.S.

Research Consultant Climate Impacts Group

Harriet’s professional mission is to help communities increase their resilience to climate change by conducting in-depth, quantitative assessments that identify which species and ecosystems are most likely to be vulnerable to the effects of climate change and what adaptation strategies can be implemented to help ameliorate these risks.

Areas of Expertise

Vulnerability Assessment Adaptation Planning Terrestrial & Aquatic Ecology Sea level rise


Harriet Morgan is a research consultant with the UW Climate Impacts Group. In close collaboration with state and local agencies, communities, and tribes, Harriet evaluates the effects of climate change on natural resources throughout the Pacific Northwest, with a special focus on species and ecosystem vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans. Harriet received a B.S. in Conservation Biology from McGill University and a M.S. in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan.

Research Interests

  • Climate change impacts and adaptation planning for species and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Investigating methodologies that can be used to help quantify the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change
  • Exploring the upper limits of sea level rise and the implications for coastal Washington

Select Current Projects

Recent Publications

Whitely Binder, L., H. Morgan, and D. Siemann. 2017. Preparing Washington State Parks for Climate Impacts: A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Washington State Parks. A collaboration of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. Seattle, WA. https://doi.org/10.7915/CIG6B27QV

Whitely Binder, L., H. Morgan, M. Krosby, J. Sevigny, A. Summers, and T. Neuffer, 2017. Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians Natural Resources Climate Change Adaptation Plan. A collaboration of the Stillaguamish Natural Resources Department and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Seattle, WA.

Krosby, M., H. Morgan, M. Case, and L. Whitely Binder, 2016. Stillaguamish Tribe Natural Resources Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. Report prepared for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians by the Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Krosby, M., J. Michalak, T.O. Robbins, H. Morgan, R. Norheim, G. Mauger, and T. Murdock, 2016. The Washington – British Columbia Transboundary Climate – Connectivity Project: Identifying climate impacts and adaptation actions for wildlife habitat connectivity in the transboundary region of Washington and British Columbia. Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Mauger, G.S., J.H. Casola, H. Morgan, R.L. Strauch, B. Jones, B. Curry, T.M. Busch Isaksen, L. Whitely Binder, M.B. Krosby, and A.K. Snover, 2015. State of Knowledge: Climate Change in Puget Sound. Report prepared for the Puget Sound Partnership and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. doi:10.7915/CIG93777D