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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Don McKenzie

Research Ecologist
400 N 34th St., Suite 201
400 N 34th St #201
United States

Phone: 206-732-7824
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Current Research

The themes of my research are fire, landscape ecology, and climate change. My studies explore spatial pattern and structure in low-severity fire regimes; the effects of wildfire on regional air quality; effects of climate change on disturbance regimes and mountain forest ecosystems in the American West; landscape mapping of wildland fuels at multiple scales; and carbon emissions from wildfire in North America.

Research Interests

Effects of climatic change on disturbance regimes, species, and air quality in protected areas; palaeological fire studies, controls on fire regimes and scaling relationships; forest biogeography and climatic variability; spatial patterns of fire severity in response to topography and fuels; developing a theoretical framework for landscape fire.

Past Research

My past work has studied climatic variability and tree species' responses, dendrochronological methods, understory plant responses to overstory changes, and empirical models of forest growth.

Why This Research is Important

Throughout the United States, and across the West in particular, the interactions between climate change and disturbance regimes may be the principal forces of change in forest ecosystems. Quantitative predictions of future disturbance regimes and their effects on ecosystems are necessary to inform management.


  • University of Washington, Ph.D. Landscape Ecology 1998
  • University of Washington, M.S. Forest Biometrics 1994
  • UCLA, M.F.A. Historical performance practices (music) 1979
  • University of California Berkeley, B.A. Anthropology and Psychology 1974

Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab, PNW Station, US Forest Service
    2002 - Current
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington
    1998 - 2002

Professional Organizations

  • American Geophysical Union, Member (2004 - Current)
    chairs annual session on "Wildfires on landscapes: theory, models, and management" at the AGU meeting in December
  • Us-Iale (Landscape Ecology), Member (1996 - Current)
    former program chair (2007) of annual meeting, frequently attends, presents research, and chairs sessions at annual meetings
  • Ecological Society of America, Member (1994 - Current)
    former associate editor of Ecological Applications, active member

Awards & Recognition

  • Chief's Award for Wilderness Stewardship Science, 2011
    Award given for research and publications on climate change and wilderness fire regimes
  • Best Landscape Ecology paper of the year, 2008
    Award given by US-IALE (International Association for Landscape Ecology) for "Cross-scale analysis of ecosystems" published in the journal Ecosystems

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Last updated on : 10/06/2016