Since 1990, Menakis has worked on various research projects related to fire ecology at the community and landscape levels for the Fire Ecology and Fuels Project. Currently, he is working for the Fire Modeling Institute on the Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) system and additional support on Fire Regime Condition Class (FRCC) for USDA Forest Service Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management. Menakis was recently the Rapid Assessment team lead for the LANDFIRE project. He has recently worked on mapping Historical Natural Fire Regimes, FRCC, and Wildland Fire Risk to Flammable Structures for the conterminous United States and relative FRCC for the western United States. Before that, he was the GIS Coordinator of the Landscape Ecology Team for the Interior Columbia River Basin Scientific Assessment Project and was involved with mapping FARSITE layers for the Gila Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Menakis received his B.S. degree in Forestry and M.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, Missoula.