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William Matthew "Matt" Jolly | Print |
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William Matthew "Matt" Jolly is an Ecologist in the Fire, Fuel and Smoke Science Program at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory.  He received an AAS in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force, a BA with High Distinction in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Forestry from the University of Montana.  

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.

Current Projects:

Linking fuel chemistry to combustion characteristics of live fuels.

  • JFSP Project Number: 10-1-08-6, Title: "Linking Photosynthesis and Combustion Characteristics in Live Fuels: The Role of Soluble Carbohydrates in Fuel Preheating"

FIRESHIFT: Assessing shifting fire regimes across North America, Brazil and Australia

  • NASA IDS Funded Project, Title: "Shifting Fire Regimes of the US, Australia and Brazilian Amazonia: The Roles of Climate Change, Land Use and Mitigation Efforts"

MPBFIRE: Assessing fuel chemistry changes during the early stages of Mountain Pine Beetle attack and using these fuel chemistry characteristics to inform dynamic fire behavior models such as FIRETEC and the Fire Dynamics Simulator.