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Burning in a mixed-conifer forest in the central Sierra Nevada (Blodgett Forest)

Brandon M. Collins

Research Forester
1731 Research Park
Davis, CA 95618
Phone: 530-759-1701


Research Interests

My research interests involve characterizing effects of fire and fuels treatments on forests. I am interested in these characterizations at both the stand and landscape levels. Active research areas include: 1) stand development/recovery following fuel reduction treatments and wildfires, 2) modeled effects of landscape fuel treatment networks, 3) fire severity patterns and interactions among managed wildfires in long-term natural fire areas, and 4) characterizing variability in forests under more natural fire regimes. My research intends to provide meaningful information to managers interested in improving forest resiliency and incorporating more natural fire-vegetation dynamics across landscapes.

Education

  • UC Berkeley, PhD Managing wildland fire in long-term natural fire areas in the Sierra Nevada, 2007
  • Colorado State University, MS Climate-fire relationships in the Interior West, 2004
  • UC Berkeley, BS Forestry, 2001

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Fire Ecology, Board Member (2011 - Current)
    Vote on resolutions directing AFE activities including: conferences, oversight for the journal Fire Ecology, professional certification for fire ecologists, and other outreach. Participate in planning and implementing AFE activities

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


PSW-2012-14
Managing wildfire to increase resilience to uncharacteristically severe fire effects

2012


PSW-2011-18
Re-sampling historical inventory plots indicates degree of forest changes over the last 100 years

A 100 years of forest change is documented. Contemporary forests are compared to their historical counterparts. The findings presented here ca ...

2011


Last updated on : 11/03/2014