US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Chris M. Stalling

790 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: 406-542-4192
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Current Research

I am a biologist with the Human Dimensions Program, Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) in Missoula. Currently I am focused on social science analysis and is evaluating impacts of climate change on Forest Service employees. Other projects include wilderness managers' perceptions of wilderness in Region 2, mapping changes to campsites in a National Park, and experimental forest managers' views of climate change using oral history.

Research Interests

Research interests include collaboration, interdisciplinary science information flows and exchanges, communication and dialogue as tools for adaptive management, social-ecological systems interactions, community-based resource management, sense of place, and participatory modeling.

Past Research

Issues facing the U.S. Forest Service are more complex than ever as the agency begins to address climate change impacts on National Forests and Grasslands. Managers must balance ecological resilience with social and economic demands while addressing an issue that is wrapped in uncertainty. An emphasis on developing shared understanding of management questions from both an environmental and social emphasis will be necessary as the agency develops ways to manage in the coming decades.

Why This Research is Important

From 1992 to 2008, research focused on evaluating broad scale disturbance processes and their effects on vegetation patterns using simulation modeling and GIS. Technology transfer and collaborative modeling were used in resource planning efforts.


  • The University of Montana, BA Biology, 1995
  • The University of Montana, MS Resource Conservation, 1998


Last updated on : 11/06/2013