Wildfire Science and Policy Working Group

We are a group of fire scientists engaging in conversations about understanding, living with, and managing fire. Please contact us to find out more about our science. We are happy to answer questions and share ideas.

Penelope Morgan
Professor and AFE Certified
Senior Fire Ecologist
Department of Forest,
Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
Phone: (208) 885-7507
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Tania Schoennagel
Research Scientist, INSTAAR and Geography
University of Colorado-Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309
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Jennifer Balch
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
University of Colorado-Boulder
Phone: (202) 360-0923
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Philip E. Dennison
Utah Remote Sensing
Applications (URSA) Lab
Dept. of Geography, University of Utah
260 S. Central Campus Dr. Rm. 270
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: (801) 585-1805
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Brian Harvey
David H. Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Colorado-Boulder
Phone: (650) 521-1988
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Richard Hutto
Professor Emeritus,
Biology and Wildlife Biology
Division of Biological Sciences
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: (406) 243-4292
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Jill Johnstone
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Saskatchewan
112 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E2 Canada
Phone: (306) 966-4421
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Meg Krawchuck
Assistant Professor
Landscape and Conservation Science Research Group
Department of Geography, RCB 7123
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Phone: (778) 782-9349
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Max Moritz
U.C. Cooperative Extension
Ecosystem Sciences Division
Environmental Science, Policy, & Management Dept
University of California, Berkeley
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Ray Rasker
Executive Director | Headwaters Economics
Phone (office & cell): (406) 570-7044
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Cathy Whitlock
Professor of Earth Sciences
Montana Institute on Ecosystems
106 AJM Johnson Hall,
Montana State University
Bozeman MT 59717
Phone: (406) 994-6910
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Useful References

Highlighted Publications:

Schoennagel, Tania L.; Morgan, Penelope; Balch, Jennifer K.; Dennison, Philip E.; Harvey, Brian J.; Hutto, Richard L.; Krawchuk, Meg A.; Moritz, Max A.; Rasker, Ray; Whitlock, Cathy L. 2016. Insights from wildfire science: a resource for fire policy discussions. 9 p.

Schoennagel, Tania L.; Morgan, Penelope; Balch, Jennifer K.; Dennison, Philip E.; Harvey, Brian J.; Hutto, Richard L.; Krawchuk, Meg A.; Moritz, Max A.; Rasker, Ray; Whitlock, Cathy L. 2016. Insights from wildfire science: a resource for fire policy discussions - summary. 6 p.

Additional Publications:

Association for Fire Ecology, International Association of Wildland Fire, The Nature Conservancy. 2015. Reduce wildfire risks or we'll pay more for fire disasters. 13 p.

Booz Allen Hamilton. 2015. 2014 Quadrennial Fire Review final report. Washington, DC: USDA Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management; USDI Office of Wildland Fire. 79 p.

Calkin, David E.; Cohen, Jack D.; Finney, Mark A.; Thompson, Matthew P. 2014. How risk management can prevent future wildfire disasters in the wildland-urban interface. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(2):746-751.

Gorte, Ross W. 2011. Federal Funding for Wildfire Control and Management. CRS Report RL33990. Washington DC: Congressional Research Service. 25 p.

Gude, Patricia; Rasker, Ray; van den Noort, Jeff. 2008. Potential for future development on fire-prone lands. Journal of Forestry 106(4):198-205.

Hart, Sarah J.; Schoennagel, Tania L.; Veblen, Thomas T.; Chapman, Teresa B. 2015. Area burned in the western United States is unaffected by recent mountain pine beetle outbreaks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(14):4375-4380.

Hessburg, Paul F.; Churchill, Derek J.; Larson, Andrew J.; Haugo, Ryan D.; Miller, Carol; Spies, Thomas A.; North, Malcolm P.; Povak, Nicholas A.; Belote, R. Travis; Singleton, Peter H.; Gaines, William L.; Keane, Robert E.; Aplet, Gregory H.; Stephens, Scott L.; Morgan, Penelope; Bisson, Peter A.; Rieman, Bruce E.; Salter, R. Brion; Reeves, Gordon H. 2015. Restoring fire-prone Inland Pacific landscapes: seven core principles. Landscape Ecology, 26 May 2015.

Hicke, Jeffrey A.; Johnson, Morris C.; Hayes, Jane L.; Preisler, Haiganoush K. 2012. Effects of bark beetle-caused tree mortality on wildfire. Forest Ecology and Management 271:81-90.

Hudak, Andrew T.; Rickert, Ian; Morgan, Penelope; Strand, Eva; Lewis, Sarah A.; Robichaud, Peter R.; Hoffman, Chad; Holden, Zachary A. 2011. Review of fuel treatment effectiveness in forests and rangelands and a case study from the 2007 megafires in central, Idaho, USA. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-252. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 60 p.

Jolly, W. Matt; Cochrane, Mark A.; Freeborn, Patrick H.; Holden, Zachary A.; Brown, Timothy J.; Williamson, Grant J.; Bowman, David M.J.S. 2015. Climate-induced variations in global wildfire danger from 1979 to 2013. Nature Communications 6:7537.

Kolden, Crystal A. 2013. Arizona fire deaths show no one should die for a house. The Washington Post July 5, 2013.

Moritz, Max A.; Batllori, Enric; Bradstock, Ross A.; Gill, A. Malcolm; Handmer, John W.; Hessburg, Paul F.; Leonard, Justin; McCaffrey, Sarah M.; Odion, Dennis C.; Schoennagel, Tania L.; Syphard, Alexandra D. 2014. Learning to coexist with wildfire. Nature 515(7525):58-66.

Raffa, Kenneth F.; Aukema, Brian H.; Bentz, Barbara J.; Carroll, Allan L.; Hicke, Jeffrey A.; Turner, Monica G.; Romme, William H. 2008. Cross-scale drivers of natural disturbances prone to anthropogenic amplification: the dynamics of bark beetle eruptions. BioScience 58(6):501-517.

Rainville, Robert; White, Rachel; Barbour, Jamie, (eds.). 2008. Assessment of timber availability from forest restoration within the Blue Mountains of Oregon. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-752. Portland, OR: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 65 p.

Rasker, Ray. 2015. Better planning to reduce wildfire risk: a summit county case study and lessons for other communities. Headwaters Economics.

Rasker, Ray. 2015. Resolving the increasing risk from wildfires in the American west. Solutions 6(2):48-55.

Schoennagel, Tania; Nelson, Cara R.; Theobald, David M.; Carnwath, Gunnar C.; Chapman, Teresa B. 2009. Implementation of National Fire Plan fuel treatments near the wildland-urban interface in the western United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(26):10706-10711.

Stevens-Rumann, Camille S.; Prichard, Susan J.; Morgan, Penelope. 2014. The effects of previous wildfires on subsequent wildfire behavior and post-wildfire recovery. Northern Rockies Fire Science Network Science Review No. 1. 12 p.

United States Department of Agriculture. 2014. Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announces action to combat insects and diseases that weaken forests, increase fire risk. Release No. 0096.14.

Westerling, Anthony L.; Hidalgo, H.G.; Cayan, Daniel R.; Swetnam, Thomas W. 2006. Warming and earlier spring increase western U.S. forest wildfire activity. Science 313(5789):940-943.