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Dr. Sharon Hood, Fire Ecologist

Sharon Wood, Fire Ecologist
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Sharon Wood, Fire Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Montana
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Fire ecologists study how wildfire changes ecosystems.  As a fire ecologist, I study the impacts of removing fire from, or changing how fires burn in, forests which originally had fire. 

Dr. Pepe Iniguez, Landscape Fire Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A landcape fire ecologist studies: How past and present forest fires spread across areas, how the fire impacts the forest (which trees are killed and which trees survive), what trees begin to grow after the first and; how surviving trees and the new vegetation influence how future fires spread.


Dr. Morris C. Johnson, Research Fire Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their environment.  A fire ecologist studies fire as a disturbance process in the environment.


Dr. W. Matt Jolly, Research Fire Ecologist

W. Matt Jolly, Research Fire Ecologist
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W. Matt Jolly, Research Fire Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Montana
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a research fire ecologist, I study how vegetation, weather, and terrain interact to influence wildland fires.

Dr. Louise Loudermilk, Fire Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Florida
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A fire ecologist explores the interactions between wildland fire and plant communities.  I study how fires burn and how forests grow and reassemble after fire. 


Dr. David Weise, Forester


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  • Ph.D., University of  California - Berkeley
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A forester studies how forests and woodlands grow, function, and are managed to provide things that people want and need from forests.  Specifically, I study prescribed fire and how it can be used as a tool to manage our forests and wildlands.