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FRAMES Staff and Affiliated Partners/Personnel



Eva Strand, Principal Investigator

Eva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho. Her research interests focus on quantifying landscape change occurring on a variety of spatial and temporal scales, including global change, succession, disturbance events, invasive species, and change induced by humans.  To study landscapes through space and time she uses geospatial tools such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and image interpretation, GPS, and landscape scale modeling. Strand is particularly interested in the interaction between the landscape mosaic and ecological processes including the effects on plant communities, wildlife habitat, disturbance regimes, fire behavior and effects, biogeochemical cycling, and landscape structure.  Some of her recent projects include: Landscape scale modeling of the past and future distribution of western aspen and juniper woodlands; quantifying the affects of juniper expansion on the global carbon budget; fine scale mapping of fuels along a sagebrush-woodland gradient; researching effects of pre-fire vegetation structure, fuels, and burn severity on successional trajectories; and modeling the effects of grazing on fuels and fire behavior in western rangelands. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden, an MS in Chemical Engineering-Systems Analysis, and a PhD focusing on quantitative fire regime modeling from the University of Idaho.  Dr. Strand teaches courses in geospatial applications in natural resources and fire science.



Lynn Wells, Program Manager

Lynn has been with the FRAMES Program in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho since 2007. She brings with her a background in management, research, writing, education, and outreach.  Before coming to FRAMES Lynn spent a number of years in fire and natural resources with State and Federal agencies all over the United States. She was with the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, the Southern Research Station, and the Kootenai National Forest; several National Parks, including North Cascades, Everglades, Big Cypress, Shenandoah, and the Blue Ridge Parkway; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Youth Conservation Corps.  Lynn has worked as a biological technician, forest technician, natural resource specialist, park ranger, trail crew leader, backcountry ranger, wildland fire manager, and prescribed fire specialist. She had a variety of titles during fire seasons, including crew boss, interagency crew liaison, incident commander, fire camp manager, helicopter manager, and supervisory dispatcher, but she says one of the most memorable ones was Staging Area Manager at the Atlanta Airport during demobilization from the 1988 Yellowstone fires. Lynn graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in Natural History and Anthropology. She calls Moscow, Idaho home now, and her interests outside of work include volunteering in her community, spending time with friends, gardening, and traveling. She’s also the proud mother of a son, Ian, a student at the University of Idaho.




Diana Olson, Project Manager

Diana's current focus is on the improvement of wildland fire science delivery and application. This began with her work on FIREHouse (the Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse), and continues with her work on FRAMES. Prior to FRAMES and FIREHouse, her focus was on fuels research and fire history research, and before delving into the world of fire research she was a wildlife biologist. Her education includes an MS in Forest Ecology from the University of Washington and a BS in Biology from Stanford University.



Kelly Lotts, Website Manager

Kelly is a web informatics specialist with the University of Idaho Northwest Knowledge Network and is the webmaster for the public FRAMES website and private MyFRAMES intranet site. As a trained biologist with web development skills, Kelly bridges the divide between the biological sciences and technology and works with partners to disseminate, share, and communicate science.  She has experience developing websites, creating customized web-enabled databases and user interfaces, standardizing and collecting data and metadata, and developing data use standards.  A native of central Pennsylvania, Kelly completed a B.S. in Biology at Denison University (Granville, OH) while researching the evolution of anti-predator behavior in native Trinidadian guppies.  Subsequently, Kelly earned an M.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from the Ohio State University where her research on population viability analysis was published in Conservation Biology.  Kelly has a wide range of experience writing, researching, educating in the biological sciences, working as a grant manager, a naturalist in Glacier National Park, a data manager for the Whirling Disease Initiative, a co-leader of three undergraduate courses in Ghana, an adjunct professor at Western Washington University, and an informatics specialist for Montana State University.


John Black, Interface and Graphic Design

After getting a degree in architecture and then working in hydrology with the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, John became interested in scientific graphics and decided that each branch of science needed an equivalent of Smokey the Bear and Carl Sagan.  He enjoys working in a number of design-related directions in architecture and 3D environments, print graphics, marketing, audio and video production, Photoshop, movie art directing, and anything combining technology and art.


Wayne Buck, Content Specialist

Wayne is a Seattle native who graduated from the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources with a bachelor’s degree in Forest Resource Management. He then spent the next 20 years employed as a wildlife biologist involved in surveys for wildlife species with special state and/or federal status, including spotted owls and marbled murrelets. In conjunction with these surveys, he maintained a database of owl responses and survey stations that spanned the entire 20-year time period. He became a member the FRAMES staff in early 2012. He enjoys spending time with his family and is rarely seen without a camera within arm’s length.


Mike Tjoelker, Content Specialist

Mike currently works with FRAMES creating metadata for wildfire research. Prior to this he spent 11 years working at the University of Washington as a research assistant, primarily looking at how climate affects tree growth. He grew up in Michigan, but currently resides in Shoreline, Washington. In his spare time he enjoys cross country cycling, gardening, and sleeping out under the stars.


Gina Wilson, Content and Online Course Management Specialist

Gina is originally from Boise, Idaho. She spent 5 years with the USFS in Fire and Silviculture on the Boise National Forest before she eventually journeyed to the beautiful Palouse area and the University of Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho with background in GIS/Remote Sensing and Forestry. Gina previously worked for INSIDE Idaho as a cartographer and spent 15 years as a GIS Analyst for the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit at University of Idaho. For the past 3 years, she has been working as a Content Specialist on the WFMRDA-FFE (formerly NIFTT), FRCC and FRAMES websites and recently has added developing online course delivery for the fire community. Gina and her husband have three children and enjoy spending their extra time fishing the waters of Idaho.

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Affiliated Staff

luke_photo1.jpg Luke Sheneman, Technology and Data Services Manager, Northwest Knowledge Network, University of Idaho

The Northwest Knowledge Network (NKN) is a project sponsored by the University of Idaho to archive and curate regional scientific research data.  NKN operates all of the computer infrastructure for the FRAMES website and databases.  Luke received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Idaho in 1995 before moving to Silicon Valley to work in various pioneering internet technology companies such as Netscape, AOL, and Inktomi.  After gaining industry experience in IT systems administration and IT management, he returned to the University of Idaho to pursue a Ph.D in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.  After graduating in 2008, he worked for the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute before joining the NSF EPSCoR project as an environmental data manager.  Luke has two wonderful daughters and a feisty golden retriever named Benny and he spends his time away from computers running, hiking, hunting, or building things out of wood.
dvee.jpg David Vollmer, Web Applications Developer, Northwest Knowledge Network, University of Idaho

David started building database applications in 1986 with dBase III and has since used a variety of platforms.  After earning his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho in 1997, he applied his engineering and programming skills to web based applications and has been building a wide spectrum of systems ever since.  His work with FRAMES includes system administration, database support, and content management application development and support.

Marty Alexander
University of Alberta

Greg Dillon
U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Gloria Edwards
Southern Rockies Fire Science Network

Alexander Evans
The Forest Guild

Jeff Falgout
U.S. Geological Survey, Core Science Systems

Wendy Gross
NOAA Paleoclimatology Program

Josh Hyde
University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources

Carol Armstrong Kimball
Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy

Duncan Lutes
U.S. Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Lab

Jim McIver
Oregon State University

Morgan Pence
U.S. Forest Service, Wildland Fire Management Research Development and Application

Mike Rauscher
JFSP Application Steward

Kevin Robertson
Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy

Alistair Smith
University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources

Camille Stevens-Rumann
University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources

Elaine Sutherland
U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Barb Satink Wolfson
Southwest Fire Science Consortium

Alison York
Alaska Fire Science Consortium