Since 1985, Bob has conducted ecological research into fuel dynamics, ecosystem simulation, ecosystem restoration, and spatial modeling for the Fire Effects Research Project. His most recent research includes 1) developing ecological computer models for the exploring landscape, fire, and climate dynamics, 2) the mapping of fuel characteristics for spatially explicit fire growth and fire effects evaluation, 3) investigating the ecology and restoration of whitebark pine in the Northern Rocky Mountains, and 4) classification and simulation of vegetation communities and fuel characteristics on the landscape using GIS, satellite imagery, biophysical modeling, and statistical analyses. He received his B.S. degree in forest engineering from the University of Maine, Orono in 1978; his M.S. degree in forest ecology from the University of Montana, Missoula in 1985; and his Ph.D. degree in forest ecology from the University of Idaho, Moscow in 1994.