Heidi A. Roop , Ph.D.

Research Scientist & Strategic Communications Climate Impacts Group
Interim Communications Manager Northwest Climate Science Center
Adjunct Research Fellow Victoria University of Wellington

Scientists can change the world. Heidi's professional mission is to improve the reach and impact of climate science in order to engage, motivate and catalyze action around climate change. Heidi aspires to be a scientist who changes how the world engages in science, with scientists.

Areas of Expertise

Science Communication Assessment & Evaluation Hydroclimatology & Paleoclimatology


Heidi is a climate scientist with a passion for science and communication. She is currently a Research Scientist & Strategic Communications Lead with the UW Climate Impacts Group. Heidi is also an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Science in Society research group at Victoria University of Wellington. She is working to improve the reach and impact of CIG research while aiming to understand and quantify the effectiveness of our engagements across the region. Her scientific career has led her to all seven continents where she has participated in research from Alaska and Antarctica to the mountains of Vietnam and New Zealand. Heidi was formerly a Physical Scientist with the United States Geological Survey in Colorado and has developed numerous education and communication products for NASA, the National Science Foundation, GNS Science and the Exploratorium. Heidi holds degrees in Geology from Mount Holyoke College (B.A.), Northern Arizona University (M.S.) and Victoria University of Wellington (Ph.D.). 

Research Interests

  • Effective climate and environment communication
  • Methods for evaluating the impact of scientist-led communication on different communities, including decision-makers
  • Arctic climate change and regional teleconnections
  • Evolution of the Southern Hemisphere Westerly Winds and associated paleo-precipitation patterns

Recent Publications

PAGES2k Consortium, 2017. A global multiproxy database for temperature reconstructions of the Common Era. Scientific Data 4,170088 (2017). doi:10.1038/sdata.2017.88

Vandergoes, M., J. Howarth, J. Turnbull, G. Dunbar, H.A. Roop, X. Li, R. Levy, C. Prior, M. Norris, E. Keller, T. Baisden, R. Ditchburn and S. Fitzsimons, in review. Integrating chronological uncertainties for laminated lake sediments using independent chronology and layer counting in a Bayesian age modelling framework. Quaternary Science Reviews.

Roop, H.A., Levy, R.H., Dunbar, G., Vandergoes, M.J., Howard, J.,Fitzsimons, S., Zammit, C., Ditchburn, B., Baisden, T., Moon, H.S., &Il Yoon, H., 2015. A hydroclimate-proxy model based on sedimen-tary facies in an annually laminated sequence from Lake Ohau,South Island, New Zealand. Journal of Paleolimnologydoi:10.1007/s10933-015-9853-3

Roop, H.A., Dunbar, G.B., Levy, R., Vandergoes, M.J., Forrest, A.,Walker, S., Purdie, J., Upton, P., & Whinney, J., 2015. Seasonal controls on sediment transport and deposition in Lake Ohau,South Island, New Zealand: Implications for a high-resolutionHolocene paleoclimate reconstruction. Sedimentology, 62:826-844. doi: 10.1111/sed.12162

R. Cossu, R., Forrest A.L., Roop, H.A., Dunbar, G., Vandergoes, M.J.,Levy, R.H., Stumpner, P., & Schladow, S.G., 2015. Seasonal variability in turbidity currents in Lake Ohau, New Zealand and their influence on sedimentation. Marine and Freshwater Research, 66, 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF15043

Illingworth, S. and Roop, H.A., 2015. Developing Key Skills as a Science Communicator: case studies of two scientist-led outreach programmes. Geosciences, 5: 2-14.