Ilana Abrahamson

Supervisory Ecologist
ilana.l.abrahamson@usda.gov
(406) 329-4831

Personal Summary

Ilana Abrahamson leads the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) team of the Fire Modeling Institute in the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke program of RMRS. FEIS is an online database of research syntheses on species and ecosystems and their relationships with fire. It provides resource specialists and planners with comprehensive assessments about more than 1,100 species and ecosystems. FEIS is searchable by plant community, life form, individual species, and more.

Ilana also manages the FireWorks Educational Program. FireWorks is an educational program about the science of wildland fire, designed for students in grades K-12. It provides students with interactive, hands-on activities to study wildland fire and consists of a curriculum and trunks of materials. 

FireWorks has specialized curricula to learn about:

Selected Publications & Products

Abrahamson, Ilana L. 2014. Fire regimes of Alaskan white spruce communities. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/fire_regimes/AK_white_spruce/all.html

Abrahamson, Ilana. 2014. Arctostaphylos manzanita. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/arcman/all.html

Abrahamson, Ilana L. 2013. Fire regimes in Hawai'ian plant communities. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/fire_regimes/Hawaii/all.html

Abrahamson, Ilana L.; Nelson, Cara R.; Affleck, David L. R. 2011. Assessing the performance of sampling designs for measuring the abundance of understory plants. Ecological Applications 21: 452–464.