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Postdoctoral Scientists

Kimberly Davis, PhD, Postdoctoral Scientist, 2016-

Kim earned her PhD in Ecology and Environmental Science from Montana State University in spring 2016. Her dissertation research focused on understanding the drivers and feedbacks of lodgepole pine invasion in New Zealand and Patagonia, as part of the NSF-funded WildFIRE PIRE project. As a post-doc, Kim is leading work investigating post-fire tree regeneration of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir across low-elevation forests in the western U.S. Her work is jointly funded by a NSF grant lead by collaborator and CFC faculty Solomon Dobrowski, and a Joint Fire Science Program grant titled “Climate variability and post-fire regeneration in the Northern Rockies.” kimberley.davis@umontana.edu

Kimberly Davis, PhD, Postdoctoral Scientist, 2016-

Graduate students

Adam Young, PhD Candidate 2011-

Adam is a PhD candidate in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, and a visiting scientist at the University of Montana. Adam's research focuses on understanding the climatic drivers of fire regimes in Arctic tundra and boreal forest ecosystems, in the past, present, and future. In addition to funding from an NSF grant, Adam's work is funded by a Joint Fire Science Program Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) fellowship, and a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship. Adam has a B.S. degree in Environmental Biology from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY, and a MS in statistics from the University of Idaho. amyoung@uidaho.edu

Adam Young, PhD Candidate 2011-

Lacey Hankin, MS student, 2016-

Lacey is a MS student in the Systems Ecology Program at the University of Montana. She is studying post-fire regeneration of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir in the Northern Rockies, using dendrochronology and statistical modeling. Lacey graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Biology and History, in 2014. lacey.hankin@umontana.edu

Lacey Hankin, MS student, 2016-

Kyra Wolf, MS student 2017-

Kyra is an M.S. student in the Systems Ecology Program at the University of Montana. Kyra is studying the causes and biogeochemical consequences of wildfires over the past 2500 yr in the Northern Rockies, as part of the Big Burns Project. Kyra graduated from Colorado College, suma cum laude, with a B.A. in Environmental Science, in 2016. kyra.wolf@umontana.edu

Kyra Wolf, MS student 2017-

Undergraduate students

Lawrence Crofutt, undergraduate student, 2016-

Lawrence is an undergraduate student in the College of Forestry and Conservation, majoring in Forestry. He joined the Lab during the autumn semester of 2016 and is assisting with research examining post-fire tree regeneration of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir across low-elevation forests in the western U.S.

Lawrence Crofutt, undergraduate student, 2016-

Lauren Converse, undergraduate student, 2017-

Lauren is an undergraduate student in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, majoring in Forestry. She joined the Lab during the summer of 2017 and is assisting with research examining post-fire tree regeneration of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir, and with the Big Burns Project investigating the causes and consequences of wildfires over the past 2500 yr, both in the Northern Rockies.

Lauren Converse, undergraduate student, 2017-

Lab Alumni (U. of Idaho, prior to 2015)

Tyler Hoecker, MS student 2014-2017

Tyler earned his MS in the Systems Ecology Program at the University of Montana in May 2017, for his thesis titled "Understanding the patterns and drivers of Alaskan fire-regime variability across spatial and temporal scales." Tyler focused on a synthesis of published paleofire records, which was recognized for an Outstanding Student Paper Award by the American Geophysical Union in 2015, and developing new records from the Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge as part of the NSF-funded PalEON project. Tyler earned a B.A. in Environmental Science from Willamette University in 2011, and worked for the Forest Service and in the private section surveying salmonid habitat in the Columbia River basin. Tyler is now PhD student at the University of Wisconsin, working with Professor Monica Turner. tyler.hoecker@umontana.edu

  • CV (as of Sep., 2016)

Tyler Hoecker, MS student 2014-2017

Lucas Townsend, undergraduate student, 2016-2017

Lucas graduated with a B.S. in Forestry from the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, in May 2017. He joined the lab in summer 2016 to work on a NPS-funded project investigating fire history and ecological impacts of fuels treatments near McCarthy Alaska, in Wrangle St. Elias National Park. Lucas worked on this project for his senior thesis, using dendrochronology to reconstruct the history stand-replacing fires and post-fire stand dynamics. We happy to have Lucas around the College still, as he is starting a MS program in Forestry in fall 2017, working with Professor Dodson. 

Lucas Townsend, undergraduate student, 2016-2017

Andy Neumann, undergraduate student, 2016-2017

Andy was an undergraduate student in the College of Forestry and Conservation, graduating with a BS in Resource Conservation. He worked in the lab from spring 2016 through spring 2017, helping develop fire-history records form Alaskan lake-sediment records, as part of the PalEON project

Kerry Sullivan, research assistant, 2016

Kerry is a MS student in the College of Forestry and Conservation's Resource Conservation program. She worked in the lab from spring through fall 2016 helping develop fire-history records form Alaskan lake-sediment records, as part of the PalEON project. Kerry earned her BS in Biology from Green Mountain College, in Poultney, VT.

Kerry Sullivan, research assistant, 2016

Camie Westfall, research assistant, 2016

Camie worked in the lab full time during the spring semester of 2016, and was integral in getting the new lab up and running. She helped develop fire-history records form Alaskan lake-sediment records, as part of the PalEON project. Camie earned her BS in Environmental Biology from Pacific University, in Forest Grove, OR, in December 2015.

Camie Westfall, research assistant, 2016

Kerry Kemp, PhD, 2010-2015

Kerry earned her PhD from the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho in December 2015 for her dissertation titled Wildfire and Climate Change in Mixed-Conifer Ecosystems of the Northern Rockies: Implications for Forest Recovery and Management. Her dissertation work has been published in several papers, includingLandscape Ecology. In 2012 Kerry was awarded a Joint Fire Science Program Graduate Research INnovation (GRIN) fellowship and a Stillinger Forest Science Fellowship to fund her research. Prior to graduate school, Kerry earned a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Kerry is currently employed as a Forest Ecologist for the Nature Conservancy in central Oregon. 

Kerry Kemp, PhD, 2010-2015

Jesse Morris, Postdoctoral scientist 2013-2015

Jesse holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Utah. His research interests are in examining long-term disturbance history, including fire and insect outbreaks, and understanding how regime shifts are modulated by climate and human activity. As a postdoc in the lab, Jesse is working at part of the WildFIRE PIRE team, investigating the causes and consequences of fire in the Central Plateau of Tasmania, Australia. Jesse's research and publication are available on his web site, jessemorris3.com. Follow Jesse on Twitter @jesselmorris3 

Jesse Morris, Postdoctoral scientist 2013-2015

Adam Price, undergraduate 2013-2015

Adam is an undergraduate in the Geology program and worked in the lab from October 2013 through December 2015. He helped develop fire history records from small hollow sediments from Tasmania, Australia, as part of the WildFIRE PIRE project. pric2895@vandals.uidaho.edu

Adam Price, undergraduate 2013-2015

Cassidy Robertson, undergraduate, 2013-2015

Cassidy was an undergraduate student in the Ecology and Conservation Biology program in the College of Natural Resources. Cassidy worked in the lab from September 2013 through December 2015, helping develop fire history records from tundra ecosystems in Alaska, as part of the NSF "tundra-fire" project. During the summer of 2014, Cassidy worked as an intern at the College of Natural Resources' Taylor Wilderness Research Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Cassidy's research at the station focused on understanding the dendroecology of Douglas-fir across environmental gradients, and it will become part of her undergraduate thesis work. robe9423@vandals.uidaho.edu

Cassidy Robertson, undergraduate, 2013-2015

Meghan Foard, Lab Technician 2014-2015

Meghan worked on the PalEON project, focusing on measuring tree-ring from white spruce trees to help understand growth-climate in boreal forests of Alaska. Meghan has a B.S. in Natural Science from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. 

Meghan Foard, Lab Technician 2014-2015

Rachel Albertson, undergraduate 2013-2015

Rachel Albertson graduated in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. She worked in the lab helping develop fire history records from small hollow sediments from Tasmania, Australia, as part of the WildFIRE PIRE project.

Rachel Albertson, undergraduate 2013-2015

Kaitlynn Palmer, undergraduate 2013-2014

Kaitlynn was an undergraduate student in the Environmental Science program and worked in the lab helping develop fire history records from tundra ecosystem in Alaska, as part of the NSF "tundra-fire" project. 

Kaitlynn Palmer, undergraduate 2013-2014

Paul Dunnette, M.S. student 2010-2013

Paul earned his MS degree in the lab in Fall 2013 for his thesis titled "Biogeochemical Impacts of Fire Over Four Millennia in a Rocky Mountain Subalpine Watershed" which was published in New Phytologist in 2014. His work combined his interested in forest ecosystem processes, fire ecology, and disturbance history. While a graduate student, Paul was awarded a Stillinger Forest Science Fellowship. Prior to graduate school, Paul obtained a BS degree in Environmental Science from Portland State University, and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Portland. 

Paul Dunnette, M.S. student 2010-2013

Kelly Derr, Postdoctoral scientist 2010-2014

Kelly was a Research Scientist (2010-2012) and Post Doctoral Fellow (2013) in the lab. She received her PhD from Washington State University in 2012. As an archaeologist, her research focused on anthropogenic burning and human-environment-climate interactions, with a focus on identifying human arrival into ecosystems using fossil pollen and charcoal records. As of Feb. 2014, Kelly is a Project Archaeologist with Historical Research Associates in Portland, OR.

Kelly Derr, Postdoctoral scientist 2010-2014

Patrick Flanigan, undergraduate student 2013

Patrick graduated in Dec. 2013 with a double major in Environmental Science and International Studies, winning an Alumni Award for Excellence and the Honors Program "Core Award." He worked in the lab from April-Dec. 2013, helping develop fire history records from small hollow sediments from Tasmania, Australia, as part of the WildFIRE PIRE project. In Fall 2013 Patrick assisted in collecting a lake-sediment core from the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada, which he used to develop a senior thesis project.

Patrick Flanigan, undergraduate student 2013

Shannon Pauli, undergraduate student 2011-2013

Shannon graduated with a B.S. degree in Fire Ecology and Management in 2013. She worked in the lab from July 2011 through July 2013, focusing on fire history in Colorado subalpine forests and tundra fire history in Alaska. In summer 2012, Shannon participated in three weeks of field work in Alaska, helping the lab collect lake sediment records from the Noatak National Preserve. Shannon write a senior thesis that focused on historic fire regimes in the Noatak National Preserve, combining GIScience and comparisons to existing fire history records.

Shannon Pauli, undergraduate student 2011-2013

Margaret Ward Keefe, Lab technician 2010-2012

Maggie was a lab technician in the Paleoecology and Fire Ecology Lab from 2010-2012 and was instrumental in setting up the lab and keep things running smoothly for its first few years. Maggie has a B.A. in Biology from Ithaca College, NY, and an M.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Maine, Orono.  

Ryan Moran, undergraduate student 2011

Ryan was an undergraduate student in the College of Natural Resources working on a BS degree in Fire Ecology and Management. Ryan worked in the lab from July-December 2011, focusing on fire history and biogeochemical proxies from sediment cores from Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Donnovan VanSant, undergraduate student 2011

Donnovan worked in the lab in the spring of 2011 and graduated with a B.S. in Geography from the Department of Geography in May 2011. Donnovan worked on gathering and organizing modern datasets on tundra fire history and vegetation in Alaska.

Justin Ziegler, undergraduate student 2011

Justin worked in the lab in the spring and early summer of 2011, focusing on fire history and biogeochemical proxies from sediment cores from Rocky Mountain National Park. After graduating from the College of Natural Resources with a B.S. in Fire Ecology and Management in the spring of 2011, Justin started graduate school at Colorado State University, where he is pursuing a M.S. degree in fire ecology.