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My current research involves wildland fire effects, traditional ecological knowledge, Climate Change, and ethno-ecology with an emphasis on cultural management and fire ecology of forest, shrub, grassland and riparian environments in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. My research projects support the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership composed of the Mid Klamath Watershed Council and Orleans-Somes Bar Fire Safe Council, Karuk Tribe, Yurok Tribe, The Nature Conservancy, rural community members, and government agencies on fuels reduction, prescribed fire, ethno-botany, and other natural resource issues. My other projects and research include: American Indian Tribes and Climate Change; Agroforestry practices of Indigenous and tribal people, and Wildland Fire effects on Heritage and Cultural Resources. I mentor and serve as a graduate committee member for several students working on tribal food security, wildland fire, and forest management. I serve as a Resource Advisor on wildfires, and am a faculty member of the Rx 510 Advanced Fire Effects course at the National Advanced Fire and Resources Institute.
I have worked as a fisheries habitat biologist in western Oregon on the Siuslaw and Rouge River National Forests and in Northwestern California for the Hoopa Tribe's Fisheries Program. I switched from fisheries habitat work in 1999 and started graduate school in the Fall 2000 to study traditional ecological knowledge, tribal/fire management practices and fire ecology. I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental Science program-Ecology section at Oregon State University.
- Oregon State University, Environmental Sciences Graduate Program-Ecology section , 2007
- University of California, Integrated Ecology and Culture, Individual major; Native American Studies minor , 1995
Awards & Recognition
- Fellowship, 2004
Community Forestry Research Fellowship recipient, U.C. Berkeley
- Hummel, S.; Lake, F.K. 2015. Forest Site Classification For Cultural Plant Harvest By Tribal Weavers Can Inform Management.
- Winter, Patricia L.; Long, Jonathan W.; Lake, Frank K.; Charnley, Susan. 2014. Broader Context For Social, Economic, And Cultural Components.
- Charnley, Susan; Long, Jonathan W.; Lake, Frank K. 2014. Collaboration In National Forest Management.
- Lake, Frank K.; Long, Jonathan W. 2014. Fire And Tribal Cultural Resources.
- Rossier, Colleen; Lake, Frank. 2014. Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge In Agroforestry.
- Winter, Patricia L.; Long, Jonathan W.; Lake, Frank K. 2014. Sociocultural Perspectives On Threats, Risks, And Health.
- Lake, Frank K. 2013. After The First Full Moon In April: A Sourcebook Of Herbal Medicine From A California Indian Elder Book Review.
- Anderson, Kat M.; Lake, Frank K. 2013. California Indian Ethnomycology And Associated Forest Management.
- Voggesser, Garrit; Lynn, Kathy; Daigle, John; Lake, Frank K.; Ranco, Darren. 2013. Cultural Impacts To Tribes From Climate Change Influences On Forests.
- Lake, Frank K. 2013. Historical And Cultural Fires, Tribal Management And Research Issue In Northern California: Trails, Fires And Tribulations.
- Lynn, Kathy; Daigle, John; Hoffman, Jennie; Lake, Frank; Michelle, Natalie; Ranco, Darren; Viles, Carson; Voggesser, Garrit; Williams, Paul. 2013. The Impacts Of Climate Change On Tribal Traditional Foods.
- Lake, Frank K.; Tripp, William; Reed, R. 2010. The Karuk Tribe, Planetary Stewardship, And World Renewal On The Middle Klamath River, California.