C. ALINA CANSLER


UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON • SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES
P.O. BOX 352100 • SEATTLE, WA 98195-2100
206-794-1630

ACANSLER@U.WASHINGTON.EDU WWW.CFR.WASHINGTON.EDU/RESEARCH.FME


RESEARCH INTERESTS

Disturbance ecology, landscape ecology, climate change, remote sensing

EDUCATION

PH.D. STUDENT, FOREST ECOSYSTEM ANALYSIS (EXPECTED COMPLETION 2014)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES, SEATTLE, WA
Fire and Mountain Ecology Lab, Advisor: Don McKenzie

MS, FOREST ECOSYSTEM ANALYSIS (2011)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES, SEATTLE, WA
Fire and Mountain Ecology Lab, Advisor: Don McKenzie
Thesis: Drivers of burn severity in the northern Cascade Range, Washington, USA. [.pdf]

BA, DUAL MAJOR: (1) ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, (2) POLITICS (2002)

WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY, SALEM, OR

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

9/08 –
present

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

FIRE AND MOUNTAIN ECOLOGY LAB, SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES, UNIVERSITY OF
WASHINGTON, SEATTLE, WA
Current PhD research focuses on fire effects and post-fire succession in alpine and subalpine parkland in the Cascade Range and Northern Rocky Mountains. Research uses remote-sensing, field-based, and modeling approaches with the goal of integrating a contagious disturbance processes (fire) into models predicting shifts in ecotone boundaries due to climate change.
Previous MS research investigated the influence of climate and topography on fire regime
attributes in the northern Cascade Range of Washington, USA using remotely-sensed burn severity data from 125 fires. Conducted field validation of categorical burn severity images, spatial analysis of burn severity pattern, and topographical complexity, and statistical modeling of climatic and topographical relationships to fire severity and spatial complexity metrics.

2/07 – 9/08 LEAD FIRE EFFECTS MONITOR

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK, MARBLEMOUNT, WA
Led field crews in collection of vegetation and fuel monitoring data in WA and northern OR National Parks. Responsible for hiring, training, performance evaluations, purchasing of equipment. Assisted with prescribed and wildland fire operations; conducted helicopter and logistical support operations. Competed post-season analysis of data for all parks, drafted annual report, and oversaw GIS data management.
4/05 – 9/06
8.04-10.04
5/03-8.04

ASSISTANT LEAD FIRE EFFECTS MONITOR & ACTING LEAD FIRE EFFECTS MONITOR

ASSISTANT LEAD FIRE EFFECTS MONITOR

FIRE EFFECTS MONITOR

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, ZION NATIONAL PARK, SPRINGDALE, UT
Led the Zion National Park fire monitoring crew in establishing and sampling Fire Effects Monitoring plots at National Parks throughout the Colorado Plateau. Responsible for database quality control and conversion from DOS to SQL. Assisted with fire operations; specialized as a lookout on suppression fires, and fire monitor on wildland fire use and prescribed fires. Completed monitoring report for landscape prescribed fires, and assisted with annual reports.

PUBLICATIONS

Cansler, C. A., and D. McKenzie. 2012. How Robust Are Burn Severity Indices When Applied in a New Region? Evaluation of Alternate Field-Based and Remote-Sensing Methods. Remote Sensing 4:456-483. doi:10.3390/rs4020456

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPERATION

Cansler, C.A., D. McKenzie. In Prep. Fire size and ecological setting influence severity and spatial pattern of fires in the Cascade Range, Washington, USA

PRESENTATIONS

C.A. Cansler, D. McKenzie. 2010. Climatic and topographical influences on fire regime attributes in the northern Cascade Range, Washington, USA. Contributed poster. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. [.pdf]
C.A. Cansler. 2011. Drivers of burn severity in the northern Cascade Range, Washington, USA. Invited oral presentation. Fire Lab Seminar Series. USFS Fire Sciences Lab, Missoula, MT.
C.A. Cansler, D. McKenzie. 2011. Drivers of burn severity in the northern Cascade Range, Washington, USA. Contributed oral presentation. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Austin, TX.
A.J. Larson, R. T. Belote, L. Brett, C. A. Cansler, C. R. Davis. M. S. Dietz. 2011. Fire effects on forest composition, structure and carbon stocks of western larch (Larix occidentalis) forests in the Bob Marshall Wilderness: Contemporary benchmarks for forest restoration. Contributed poster. Fourth Annual Research Symposium of Montana Chapter of Society for Conservation Biology.
C.A. Cansler, D. McKenzie. 2011. The influence of fire size and climate on burn severity and the within-fire burn severity pattern in the northern Cascade Range, WA, USA. Contributed poster. Exploring the Mega-fire Reality Conference. Tallahassee, FL.

SKILLS

FIELD SKILLS: Field botany in southwest and northwest U.S. (technical keys: Hitchcock and Cronquist, Welsh). Field identification of common forest pathogens. Off-trail travel and navigation, map and compass navigation, GPS (Garmin, Trimble), surveying experience with Nikon and Leica total stations. Mountaineering, climbing. Federal Wildland Fire Certifications (now expired) included: Fire Fighter Type 2, Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO), Helicopter Crewmember (HECM).

SOFTWARE: ArcGIS, R, ENVI, FRAGSTATS, SPSS, FFI (FEAT/FIREMON Integration), Microsoft Office.