Gregory K. Dillon
5775 Highway 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
As a spatial fire analyst with the Fire Modeling Institue, I work on varied projects that use geospatial technology to address land management and fire management questions. Current examples of projects include: 1) assessing wildfire risk across National Forest System lands in the conterminous United States; 2) producing and maintaining a map that depicts potential wildfire hazard across the United States (known as the Wildland Fire Potential map); 3) evaluating 20th century trends in temperature and precipitation across ecoregions in the Northern Rockies, and their relationship to fire activity; and 4) mapping the potential for high severity fire across the United States using satellite data and statistical modeling.
My work centers around geospatial analysis, vegetation ecology, and fire ecology. In my current position with the Fire Modeling Institute, I apply recent advances in fire science and geospatial technology to address management questions from the national level down to local districts.
Worked on research to understand the topographic and climatic drivers of burn severity across broad regions in the western United States, and produced maps of the potential for high severity fire. Served as the lead for mapping potential vegetation (ESP and BpS) on the national LANDFIRE project. Assissted with mapping potential vegetation and predictive modeling of rare plant and animal species in USFS Region 6, using the PNV Model. Assessed the historic range of variability (HRV) for National Forests in Wyoming.
- James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, BS Geography, 1995
- University of Wyoming, MA Geography, 1998
Publications & Products
- Parks, Sean A.; Dillon, Gregory K.; Miller, Carol. 2014. A new metric for quantifying burn severity: The Relativized Burn Ratio.
- Dobrinkova, Nina; Hollingsworth, LaWen; Heinsch, Faith Ann; Dillon, Greg; Dobrinkov, Georgi. 2014. Bulgarian fuel models developed for implementation in FARSITE simulations for test cases in Zlatograd area.
- Keane, Robert E.; Dillon, Greg; Drury, Stacy; Innes, Robin; Morgan, Penny; Lutes, Duncan; Prichard, Susan J.; Smith, Jane; Strand, Eva. 2014. New and revised fire effects tools for fire management.
- 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.
- Meyer, Carolyn B.; Knight, Dennis H.; Dillon, Greg K. 2010. Use of the historic range of variability to evaluate ecosystem sustainability [Chapter 24].
- 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.
- Meyer, Carolyn B.; Knight, Dennis H.; Dillon, Gregory K. 2005. Historic range of variability for upland vegetation in the Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming.
- Dillon, Gregory K.; Knight, Dennis H.; Meyer, Carolyn B. 2005. Historic range of variability for upland vegetation in the Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming.