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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Karen C. Short

Research Ecologist
800 East Beckwith Avenue
United States

Phone: 406-329-2127
Fax: 406-543-2663

Current Research

My current research is centered around a geospatial fire modeling system (FSim) that is used to map wildfire hazard for risk assessment and other applications. To support this work I have developed and maintain a spatial database of wildfires in the US, 1992-2013, including 1.73 milllion records from federal, state, and local wildland fire reporting systems.  That dataset is publicly available from the USFS Research Data Archive:

Short, K. C. 2014. A spatial database of wildfires in the United States, 1992-2011. Earth System Science Data. 6: 1-27.


  • University of Montana, Missoula, Organismal Biology and Ecology , 2003
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Wildlife and Fisheries Science , 1996

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Last updated on : 10/08/2015