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Eva Strand, Principal Investigator , Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho

Eva is an Associate 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 succession and disturbance interaction, climate induced change, 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, fire behavior and effects, biogeochemical cycling, and landscape structure. Her recent projects include: Long-term monitoring of semi-arid aspen woodlands; Fuel treatment effectiveness in sagebrush steppe, juniper woodlands and ponderosa pine forest; Assessment of wildfire severity on plant communities in juniper woodlands, mixed conifer forest, and black spruce forest; and the effects of livestock 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 successional dynamics in aspen and juniper woodlands from the University of Idaho. Dr. Strand teaches courses in Landscape Ecology and Rangeland Ecology at the University of Idaho in the classroom and online.

Lynn Wells, Program Manager , Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho

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.

Diana Olson(she/her), Project Manager , Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho

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(she/her/hers), Web Developer and System Architect , Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho

Kelly is the web developer and architect of 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.

Mike Tjoelker, Content Specialist , Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho

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.

Kieran Hughes(they/them), Content Specialist , Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho

Kieran started working for the FRAMES project in 2023. They received their Bachelor of Science in both wildlife biology and environmental science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and worked in a large mammal migration lab studying wildebeest herd movement across the landscape. After graduating, they worked in forestry doing fire mitigation all around Northern California for about three years before trying to continue their education. They are working toward obtaining a masters degree in fire ecology from the University of Idaho. In their free time, Kieran loves running, hiking, and rock climbing. If you go on a hike with them they will go ahead and tell you about the ecosystem interactions between every critter, plant, and mushroom they see.