Matt Jolly

(406) 329-4848

Research Topics

  • Seasonal variations in live fuel composition and flammability
  • Live fuel contributions to wildland fire behavior
  • Ecological disturbance interactions
  • Advancements in local, regional, national and global fire danger rating

Personal Summary

Matt is an Ecologist in the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory.  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.


Bradshaw and Jolly receive the 2017 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award