Brandon M. Collins
1731 Research Park
Davis, CA 95618
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.
- 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
- 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
- Stephens, Scott L.; Bigelow, Seth W.; Burnett, Ryan D.; Collins, Brandon M.; Gallagher, Claire. V.; Keane, John; Kelt, Douglas A.; North, Malcolm P.; Roberts, Lance J.; Stine, Peter A.; Van Vuren, Dirk H. 2014. California spotted owl, songbird, and small mammal responses to landscape fuel treatments.
- Collins, Brandon; Skinner, Carl. 2014. Fire and fuels.
- Lydersen, Jamie; North, Malcolm; Collins, Brandon M. 2014. Severity of an uncharacteristically large wildfire, the Rim Fire, in forests with relatively restored frequent fire regimes.
- Lydersen, Jamie; Collins, Brandon M.; Ewell, Carol; Reiner, Alicia; Fites, Jo Ann; Dow, Christopher; Gonzalez, Patrick; Saah, David; Battles, John. 2014. Using field data to assess model predictions of surface and ground fuel consumption by wildfire in coniferous forests of California.
- Collins, Brandon M.; Kramer, Heather A.; Menning, Kurt; Dillingham, Colin; Saah, David; Stine, Peter A.; Stephens, Scott L. 2013. Modeling hazardous fire potential within a completed fuel treatment network in the northern Sierra Nevada.
- Jakubowksi, Marek K.; Guo, Qinghua; Collins, Brandon; Stephens, Scott; Kelly, Maggi. 2013. Predicting surface fuel models and fuel metrics using lidar and CIR imagery in a dense mixed conifer forest.
- Lydersen, Jamie M.; North, Malcolm P.; Knapp, Eric E.; Collins, Brandon M. 2013. Quantifying spatial patterns of tree groups and gaps in mixed-conifer forests: reference conditions and long-term changes following fire suppression and logging.
- Collins, B.M.; Stephens, S.L. 2012. Chapter 1: Fire and fuels reduction.
- Miller, Jay D.; Collins, Brandom M.; Lutz, James A.; Stephens, Scott L.; van Wagtendonk, Jan W.; Yasuda, Donald A. 2012. Differences in wildfires among ecoregions and land management agencies in the Sierra Nevada region, California, USA.
- Stephens, Scott L.; Boerner, Ralph E. J.; Moghaddas, Jason J.; Moghaddas, Emily E. Y.; Collins, Brandon M.; Dow, Christopher B.; Edminster, Carl; Fiedler, Carl E.; Fry, Danny L.; Hartsough, Bruce R.; Keeley, Jon E.; Knapp, Eric E.; McIver, James D.; Skinner, Carl N.; Youngblood, Andrew. 2012. Fuel treatment impacts on estimated wildfire carbon loss from forests in Montana, Oregon, California, and Arizona.
- Stephens, Scott. L.; Collins, Brandon M.; Roller, Gary. 2012. Fuel treatment longevity in a Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest.
- North, Malcolm P.; Collins, Brandon M.; Stephens, Scott L. 2012. Using fire to increase the scale, benefits and future maintenance of fuels treatments.
- Collins, Brandon M.; Stephens, Scott L.; Roller, Gary B.; Battles, John. 2011. Simulating fire and forest dynamics for a coordinated landscape fuel treatment project in the Sierra Nevada.
|Managing wildfire to increase resilience to uncharacteristically severe fire effects||2012|
|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 ...