Gregory K. Dillon
5775 US West Highway 10
Missoula, MT 59808
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Understanding the topographic and climatic drivers of fire severity across broad regions in the western United States.Producing maps of the potential for high severity fire in the western United States that can fit into existing wildland fire decision support frameworks.
My recent work has centered around the connections between biophysical site conditions (topography, soils, climate) and the spatial distribution of vegetation types and ecological processes (e.g, fire). In my new role with the Fire Modeling Institute, I plan to help in applying the latest advances in fire science and geospatial technology to address management questions from the national level down to local districts.
Natural resource managers and fire managers face vast challenges today. To make sound and defensible management decisions, they must have access to the latest science and decision support tools. My recent work has been aimed at producing tools and information that will be useful to managers, and my new work with FMI will be directly focused on helping managers to use the best available science and technology.
Why This Research is Important
Served as the lead for mapping potential vegetation (ESP and BpS) on the national LANDFIRE project.Assessed the historic range of variability (HRV) for National Forests in Wyoming. Authored a Forest Service GTR, Historic range of variability for upland vegetation in the Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Co-authored two other reports for the Bighorn and Shoshone National Forests.Assissted with mapping potential vegetation and predictive modeling of rare plant and animal species in USFS Region 6, using the PNV Model.
- James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, BS Geography, 1995
- University of Wyoming, MA Geography, 1998
Publications & Products
- Dillon, Gregory K.; Holden, Zachery A.; Morgan, Penelope; Crimmins, Michael A.; Heyerdahl, Emily K.; Luce, Charles H. 2011. Both topography and climate affected forest and woodland burn severity in two regions of the western US, 1984 to 2006.
- Dillon, Greg; Morgan, Penny; Holden, Zack. 2011. Mapping the potential for high severity wildfire in the western United States.
- Dillon, Gregory K.; Holden, Zachary A.; Morgan, Penny; Keane, Bob. 2009. A Fire Severity Mapping System (FSMS) for real-time management applications and long term planning: Developing a map of the landscape potential for severe fire in the western United States.