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The FFS program is composed of several world renowned scientist doing state-of-the-art wildland fire research in fire combustion, smoke emissions, fire ecology, simulation modeling, and ecosystem restoration. This talented team is especially known for getting their research directly into the hands of fire management through an extensive science delivery effort including teaching, publication, web site development, computer modeling and software development, and centers of excellence. This research covers a broad spectrum of wildland fire sciences including.

andrews_pPat Andrews (retired)

Pat's areas of expertise is applied fire behavior and fire danger modeling and system development. She has worked on the BehavePlus fire modeling system, FireFamilyPlus, and the Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS).

butler_bBret Butler

Bret's research focuses on fundamental heat and combustion processes in wildland fire. Applications for his research include fire behavior models, links between fire behavior and effects, and firefighter safety.

cohen_jJack Cohen

Jack currently focuses his research on the fire dynamics related to live shrub and tree canopy fire behavior (active crown fires) and continues a portion of his time revealing opportunities for preventing wildland-urban fire disasters.

Mark FinneyMark Finney

Mark's research includes studies with fire spread in deep and discontinuous fuel beds, and fire simulation for purposes of fire risk assessment which has been done in direct support of the development of two major fire management systems.


hao_wWei Min Hao

Wei Min has focused on spatial distribution of daily emissions of atmospheric pollutants and greenhouse gases from fires, greenhouse gases and air pollutants seasonally and annually in different regions of North America, air quality forecasting model to quantify the atmospheric pollutant concentrations downwind from large fires, and smoke plume dynamics and the optical properties of smoke particles using the most advanced scanning lidar.


harrington_mMichael (Mick) Harrington (retired)

During the last decade, Mick's studies have focused on restoration/fuel treatments in ponderosa pine and western larch forests using silviculture and prescribed fire, and fire effects in weed-infested grassland communities.

heyerdahl_eEmily Heyerdahl

Emily’s research focuses on inferring the drivers of spatial and temporal variation in fire regimes over the past several centuries using tree rings and modern fire records. These drivers include climate, forest type, topography, and land use.

jolly_mMatt Jolly

Matt's research focuses on improving our understanding of how living plants burn and how live fuel flammability varies both seasonally and inter-annually.  This new knowledge will help better inform the next generation of fire behavior and fire danger models.


Robert (Bob) Keane

Bob's areas of expertise are in landscape and ecosystem modeling, whitebark pine restoration, wildland fuel science, fuel mapping, fire hazard and risk analysis, fire ecology, and fire regimes.

Sara McAllisterSara McAllister

Sara’s research focuses on the fundamental physics of wildland fire.  Her main research interest is in understanding fuel particle ignition.  She has authored a textbook on combustion fundamentals and over 20 peer-reviewed publications and conference papers.

parsons_rRuss Parsons

Russ's research applies simulation modeling science to provide an improved understanding of wildland fuels characteristics and dynamics, and how wildland fuels interact with fire behavior at multiple scales.

ryan_kKevin Ryan (retired)

Kevin has focused research efforts on the effects of fire on the physiology, survival, and growth of conifers.

Shawn Urbanski

Shawn has focused some of his research on biomass burning emission inventories, rapid response emission inventories for wildland fires in the US, assessing the impact of wildland fires (wild and prescribed) on air quality, a proptotype fire emission - smoke dispersion modeling system, field and laboratory studies characterizing the chemical composition of smoke, and emission factor databases for emission inventories and air quality modeling.


Post Doctoral Positions

Rachel Loehman, Research Ecologist

Derek Nalle, Research Forester

Karen Short, Research Ecologist

Pam Sikkink, Research Ecologist

Diane Smith, Research Historian