Russ Parsons is a Research Ecologist for the Fire, Fuel and Smoke Program. Russ received his B.S. in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.S. in Forestry from the University of Idaho, and his Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Montana. His background includes nearly 20 years of experience in fire and resource management under several agencies, including the California Department of Forestry, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and the Peace Corps. Russ is also an affiliate faculty member at the University of Idaho.
Since 2000, Russ has worked at the Fire Sciences Lab, specializing in simulation modeling and spatial analysis. His current research integrates field work, laboratory experiments and simulation modeling to quantify fuel characteristics and improve our understanding of how fuels influence fire behavior.
Parsons, R.; Mell, W. E.; McCauley, P. 2011. Linking 3D spatial models of fuels and fire: effects of spatial heterogeneity on fire behavior. Ecological Modeling. 222(3):679-691
Keane, R.; Holsinger, L.; Parsons, R. 2011. Evaulating indices that measure departure of current landscape composition from historical conditions. Res. Pap. RMRS-RP-83. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 19 p.
Keane, R.; Parsons, R. 2010. Restoring Whitebark Pine forests of the northern Rocky Mountains, USA. Ecological Restoration. 28(1): 56-70.
Keane, R.; Parsons, R. 2010. Management guide to ecosystem restoration treatments: Whitebark pine forests of the northern Rocky Mountains, USA. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-232. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 133 p.
Cary, G.; Flannigan, M.; Keane, R.; Bradstock, R.; Davies, I.; Lenihan, J.; Li, C.; Logan, K.; and Parsons, R. 2009. Relative importance of fuel management, ignition likelihood, and weather to area burned: evidence from five landscape fire succession models. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 18(2): 147-156.
Keane, R.; Holsinger, L.; Parsons, R.; Gray, K. 2008. Climate change effects on historical range and variability of two large landscapes in western Montana, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 254: 375–389.
Parsons, R.; Heyerdahl, E.; Keane, R.; Dorner, B.; Fall, J. 2007. Assessing accuracy of point fire intervals across landscapes with simulation modeling. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 37: 1605-1614.
Parsons, R. 2006. FUEL3-D: A Spatially Explicit Fractal Fuel Distribution Model. In: Andrews, Patricia L.; Butler, Bret W., comps. 2006. Fuels Management – How to Measure Success: Conference Proceedings. 28-30 March 2006; Portland, OR. Proceedings RMRS-P-41. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.