Research Scientist

College of Forest Resources

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195-2100




2003 Ph.D., Forest Ecosystem Analysis, University of Washington, Seattle

1996 M.S., Forest Ecosystem Analysis, University of Washington, Seattle

1992 B.S., The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington


Professional Experience

2003 2012 Research Scientist. Fire and Environmental Applications Team, USDA Forest Service and College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle.


1998-2003 Research Assistant. College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle.


2000 Instructor. College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle.


1996-1998 Forest Ecologist. The Pacific Forest Trust, Boonville, California.


1993-1996              Research and Teaching Assistant. Cooperative Park Studies Unit, University of Washington, Seattle.


Recent Publications

Prichard, S.J., Freed, T., and Peterson, D.L. In Prep. Predicting fire severity following an extreme wildfire event: effects of fuel treatment, landform, and weather.
Prichard, S.J., Karau, E., Ottmar, R.D., and Wright, C. In Prep. A comparison of the Consume and FOFEM fuel consumption models using field data collected in the southeastern United States.
Prichard, S.J., and Kennedy, M.C. In Review. Fuel treatment effects on postfire tree mortality and beetle attack in dry mixed conifer forests, Washington State, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire.
Ottmar, R.D., Prichard, S.J. Parresol, B.R. In Press. Fuel treatment effectivenss in forests of the Upper Atlantic Coastal Plain  an evaluation at two spatial scales. Forest Ecology and Management.
Prichard, S.J., Peterson, D.L. and Jacobson, K. 2010. Fuel treatments alter the effects of wildfire in dry mixed conifer forest, north-central Washington, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40:1615-1626.
Hollis, J.J., Matthews, S. Ottmar. R.D., Prichard, S.J., Finney, M.A. Slijepcevic, A. Burrows, N.D., Ward, B., Tolhurst, K.G., Anderson, W.R., and Gould, J.S. 2010. Testing woody fuel consumption models for application in Australian southern eucalypt forest fires. Forest Ecology and Management 260:948-964.


Prichard, S.J., Z. Gedalof, W.W. Oswald, and D.L. Peterson. 2009. Holocene fire and vegetation dynamics in a montane forest, North Cascade Range, Washington, USA. Quaternary Research 72(1):57-67.

Gavin, D.G., Hallett, D.J., Hu, F.S., Lertzman, K.P., Prichard, S.J., Brown, K.J., Lynch, J.A., Bartlein, P.J. and Peterson, D.L. 2007. Forest fire and climate change in western North America: Insights from sediment charcoal records. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  [Open Access Issue].
Ottmar, R.D., Sandberg, D.V., Riccardi, C.L. and Prichard, S.J. 2007. An overview of the Fuel Characteristic Classification System  quantifying, classifying, and creating fuelbeds for resource planning. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37: 2383-2393.

Riccardi, C.L., Prichard, S.J., Sandberg, D.V. and R.D. Ottmar. 2007. Calculating physical characteristics of wildland fuels in the Fuel Characteristic Classification System. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37: 2413-2420.


Wright, C.S., Prichard, S.J., Vihnanek, R.E. and Ottmar, R.D. 2006. Predicting fuel consumption from prescribed burning trials in western forest and shrublands. Proceedings of the 3rd International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, San Diego, CA.


Wright, C.S. and Prichard, S.J. 2006. Biomass consumption in big sagebrush ecosystems. In: Andrews, P.L, B.W. Butler (eds.) How to Measure Success: Conference Proceedings. 28-30 March 2006; Portland, OR. Proceedings RMRS-P-41. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO.


McKenzie, D., Prichard, S.J., Hessl, A.E. and Peterson, D.L. 2004. Empirical/statistical approaches to modelling wildland fire in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Chapter 23 in L. Buse and A. Perera, eds. Emulating Natural Forest Landscape Disturbances: concepts and applications. Columbia University Press, New York, NY.


Prichard, S.J. 2003. Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Fire and Vegetation Change in Thunder Creek Watershed, North Cascades National Park, Washington. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Washington, Seattle.


D.L. Peterson, Prichard, S.J., McKenzie. D. 2000. Disturbance in mountain forests. In Price, M.F. and N. Butt. (eds.) Forests in Sustainable Mountain Development: a State of Knowledge Report for 2000. CABI Publishing, UK.


Prichard, S.J. and Peterson, D.L. 2000. Carbon distribution in subalpine forests and meadows of the Olympic Mountains, Washington. Soil Science Society of America Journal 62:789-796.