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Jeremy S. Fried

Research Forester
Portland Forestry Sciences Lab
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-808-2058


Current Research

My research addresses a suite of related problems and opportunities relating to the management of U.S. forests, informed by inventory science and data. I assess forest carbon flux, evaluate the technical challenges to obtaining good estimates, and assess policy relevant use of forest carbon stock and flux information. I evaluate trajectories in landscape-scale forest fire hazard, relate post-fire forest conditions to pre-fire forest stand structure to guide fuel treatment strategies, and evaluate woody biomass bioenergy potential in connection with landscape fuel treatments and greenhouse gas mitigation imperatives. I also remain active in two lines of research dating back over a decade: simulating and optimizing initial attack success for efficient redeployment of firefighting resources, and application of geoinformatic analysis frameworks to natural resource problems such as monitoring wildland urban interface, assessing riparian forest, and terrain analysis.

Research Interests

Fire and fuels, forest inventory modeling, carbon estimation, modeling to support forest and fire management, geospatial simulation of forest resource change and utilization.

Past Research

My past research has explored nonmarket valuation of fire risk reduction, effects of climate change on wildfire severity, effects of elevated CO2 on tree growth, optimal siting of riparian buffer strips, public acceptance of fuel treatment, modeling of fuel characteristics, and ecology of bigleaf maple in Douglas-fir forests.

Why This Research is Important

Our forests are changing rapidly in response to environmental stressors and development pressures. In the West, we seek to better understand the natural role of fire and how management could realistically, in light of economic and social context, transition forests to a state of greater long-term resiliancy and sustainability. At the same time, forests present a unique opportunity to help mitigate the human-caused greenhouse gas buildup responsible for climate change IF the full scope of forests and the products that flow from them are fully accounted for. Obtaining accurate estimates of forest carbon flux at broad and fine scales presents one of the greatest challenges to biometry in recent decades, and is essential if economic incentives to motivate effective greenhouse gase mitigation are to be set correctly and efficiently.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. Forest Management and Economics, 1992
  • Oregon State University, M.S. Forest Ecology and Soils, 1985
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S. Forestry, 1982

Professional Experience

  • Research Forester, USFS PNW Research Station FIA/RMA Programs
    1999 - Current
    FIA-PSW Liaison since 2014; California Analyst since 2000; Team Leader 1999-2009
  • Visiting Full Professor of Geoinformatics, University of Helsinki
    1998 - 1999
    Initiated, designed, developed and taught graduate curriculum in geographic information science
  • Assistant/Associate Professor of Forest Management, Michigan State University
    1992 - 1999
    Taught forest management, GIS, biometry, computer applications; 50% appointment in Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Post-graduate researcher/Associate Specialist, University of California, Berkeley, Dept of Forestry and Resource Management
    1986 - 1992
    Developed California Fire Economics Simulator software; this system has been used by CALFIRE since 1988 to evaluate all prospective changes to the initial attack system.
  • Junior Specialist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Terrestrial Ecology Division
    1985 - 1986
    Researched long term effects of elevated CO2 on plants using open-top chamber CO2 fumigation

Professional Organizations

  • SAF National Convention, 2014 Progam Committee Chair (2012 - 2014)
  • Society of American Foresters, Task Force On Forest Carbon And Biomass For Bioenergy (2010 - 2012)
  • Society of American Foresters, Forest Science & Technology Board (2008 - 2010)
  • International Journal Of Wildland Fire, Associate Editor (2002 - 2008)

Awards & Recognition

  • PNW Science Finding: Right-Placement of Fire Fighting Resources Offers Better Protection for Less, 2013
    Selected as among Station's finest research and featured in a monthly Science Findings publication; accompanied by operating funds award.
  • PNW Science Finding: Managing Forests as if Carbon Mattered, 2012
    Selected as among Station's finest research and featured in a monthly Science Findings publication; accompanied by operating funds award.
  • PNW Research Station Award for Distinguished Science, 2009
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Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


PNW-2010-002
Focusing only on small trees is not an economical or effective way to reduce fire hazard

PNW scientists created an analysis framework called FIA BioSum that uses the nationwide Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) database and allows ...

2010


Last updated on : 10/07/2014