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Keith M Reynolds

Keith M. Reynolds

Research Forester
Corvallis FSL
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis
Oregon
United States
97331

Phone: 541-750-7434
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Current Research

My current work is focused on developing and applying decision-support systems for environmental analysis and planning. I have led development of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) system since 1995, a general solution framework that has been applied to many domains, a variety of spatial scales, and in various places around the world.

Vizcarra, Natasha; Povak, Nicholas; Hessburg, Paul; Reynolds, Keith. 2015. Sour streams in appalachia: mapping nature’s buffer against sulfur deposition. Science Findings 175. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 6 p.

McDonnell, Todd C.; Sullivan, Timothy J.; Hessburg, Paul F.; Reynolds, Keith M.; Povak, Nicholas A.; Cosby, Bernard J.; Jackson, William; Salter, R. Brion. 2014. Steady-state sulfur critical loads and exceedances for protection of aquatic ecosystems in the U.S. southern Appalachian Mountains. Journal of Environmental Management. 146: 407-419.

Reynolds, Keith; Hessburg, Paul; O’Callaghan, Joan. 2014. Restoration planning on the Okanogan-Wenatchee national forest: prescriptions for resilient landscapes. Science Findings 162. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 6 p.

Bollenbacher, Barry L.; Graham, Russell T.; Reynolds, Keith M. 2014. Regional forest landscape restoration priorities: Integrating historical conditions and an uncertain future in the northern Rocky Mountains. Journal of Forestry. 112(5): 474-483.

Povak, Nicholas A.; Hessburg, Paul F.; McDonnell, Todd C.; Reynolds, Keith M.; Sullivan, Timothy J.; Salter, R. Brion; Crosby, Bernard J. 2014. Machine learning and linear regression models to predict catchment-level base cation weathering rates across the southern Appalachian Mountain region, USA. Water Resources Research. 50: 2798-2814.

Povak, Nicholas A.; Hessburg, Paul F.; Reynolds, Keith M.; Sullivan, Timothy J.; McDonnell, Todd C.; Salter, R. Brion. 2013. Machine learning and hurdle models for improving regional predictions of stream water acid neutralizing capacity. Water Resources Research. 49(6): 3531-3546.

Research Interests

Logic modeling, decision analysis, geospatial analysis, decision support, and quantitative landscape ecology.

Past Research

Recent major applications of EMDS that I have supported include decision support for (1) watershed analysis (Northwest Forest Plan), (2) forest fuels evaluation and fuel treatment planning (Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDI Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs), (3) integrated restoration and protection strategy (Forest Service Region 1), (4) maintenance of dispersal habitat for the northern spotted owl (Washington Department of Narural Resources), and (5) soil impacts associated with logging and wildfire (Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest).

Reynolds, Keith M.; Hessburg, Paul F.; Miller, Richard E.; Meurisse, Robert T. 2011. Evaluating soil risks associated with severe wildfire and ground-based logging. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-840. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 27 p.

Hessburg, Paul F.; Reynolds, Keith M.; Keane, Robert E.; James, Kevin M.; Salter, R. Brion. 2010. Evaluating wildland fire danger and prioritizing vegetation and fuels treatments. In: Pye, John M.; Rauscher, H. Michael; Sands, Yasmeen; Lee, Danny C.; Beatty, Jerome S., tech. eds. Advances in threat assessment and their application to forest and rangeland management. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-802. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest and Southern Research Stations: 329-352.

Keane, Robert E.; Drury, Stacy A.; Karau, Eva C.; Hessburg, Paul F.; Reynolds, Keith M. 2010. A method for mapping fire hazard and risk across multiple scales and its application in fire management. Ecological Modelling. 221: 2-18.

Reynolds, Keith M.; Hessburg, Paul F.; Keane, Robert E.; Menakis, James P. 2009. National fuel-treatment budgeting in US federal agencies: capturing opportunities for transparent decision-making. Forest Ecology and Management. 258: 2373-2381.

Hessburg, Paul F.; Reynolds, Keith M.; Keane, Robert E.; James, Kevin M.; Salter, R. Brion 2008. Evaluating wildland fire danger and prioritizing vegetation and fuels treatments. Forest Ecology and Management. 247: 1-17.

Gärtner, S.; Reynolds, K.M.; Hessburg, P.F.; Hummel, S.S.; Twery, M. 2008. Decision support for evaluating landscape departure and prioritizing forest management activities in a changing environment. Forest Ecology and Management. 256: 1666-1676.

Reynolds, Keith M., ed. 2006. Sustainable forestry in theory and practice: recent advances in inventory and monitoring, statistics and modeling, information and knowledge management, and policy science. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-688. Portland, OR: U.S. Deparment of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. [CD-ROM]

Why This Research is Important

Contemporary natural resource management typically involves implementing concepts and principles of adaptive ecosystem management in the context of large, complex, and abstract problems, and often requires integrated solutions over two or more spatial scales or multiple assessments spread over time. This research has resulted in the deployment of one of only a very few decision-support technologies capable of addressing all these complexities in a relatively comprehensive and pragmatic way.

Education

  • North Carolina State University, Ph.D. Phytoepidemiology 1984
  • Oregon State University, M.S. Forest pathology 1980
  • Oregon State University, B.S. Forest science 1976

Professional Experience

  • Team leader, Land/Climate Interaction Team, PNW Research Station
    2010 - Current
  • Research forester, PNW Research Station
    1987 - 2010

Awards & Recognition

  • Deputy Chief's Science delivery Award, 2014
    For exceptional performance in sustained productivity, leadership and science delivery, serving natural resource management in the United States with global applications.
  • PNW Station Director's Award for Science Delivery, 2014
    In recognition of excellence in creative efforts and contributions in science delivery through sustained research for the PNW Research Station.
  • Northern Region, Regional Forester's Award, 2012
    For stewardship of national forests and grasslands for participation in the development of the integrated restoration and protection strategy for the Northern Region.

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Publications

Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • Gordon, S., and K. Reynolds. 2014. The design and use of forest Decision Support Systems in the USA. Pages 460-483 in: Borges, J.G, E.M. Nordstrom, J. Garcia-Gonzalo, T. Hujala, and A. Trasobares (eds.) Computer-based tools for supporting forest management. The experience and the expertise world-wide. Umea, Sweden: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

    Reynolds, K.M., P.F. Hessburg, and P.S. Bourgeron (eds). 2014. Making Transparent Environmental Management Decisions: Applications of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support System. Berlin: Springer.

    Reynolds, K.M., and P.F. Hessburg. 2014. An overview of the Ecosystem Management Decision-Support system. Chapter 1 in Reynolds, K.M., P.F. Hessburg, and P.S. Bourgeron (eds). Making Transparent Environmental Management Decisions: Applications of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support System. Berlin: Springer.

    Bourgeron, B., H. Humphries, C. Fisher, B. Bollenbacher, and K. Reynolds. 2014. The integrated restoration and protection strategy of USDA Forest Service Region 1: A road map to improved planning. Chapter 5 in Reynolds, K.M., P.F. Hessburg, and P.S. Bourgeron (eds). Making Transparent Environmental Management Decisions: Applications of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support System. Berlin: Springer.

    Keane, R.E., J. Menakis, P. Hessburg, K. Reynolds, and J. Dickinson. 2014. Evaluating Wildland fire hazard and risk for fire management applications. Chapter 6 in Reynolds, K.M., P.F. Hessburg, and P.S. Bourgeron (eds). Making Transparent Environmental Management Decisions: Applications of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support System. Berlin: Springer.

    Hessburg, P.F., R.B. Salter, K.M. Reynolds, J.D. Dickinson, W.L. Gaines, and R.J. Harrod. 2014. Landscape evaluation and restoration planning. Chapter 7 in Reynolds, K.M., P.F. Hessburg, and P.S. Bourgeron (eds). Making Transparent Environmental Management Decisions: Applications of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support System. Berlin: Springer.

    Paplanus, S., B. Miller, P. Murphy, K. Reynolds, and M.Saunders. 2014. EMDS 5.0 and Beyond. Chapter 13 in Reynolds, K.M., P.F. Hessburg, and P.S. Bourgeron (eds). Making Transparent Environmental Management Decisions: Applications of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support System. Berlin: Springer.

    Reynolds, K.M., P.F. Hessburg, and P.S. Bourgeron. 2014. Synthesis and new directions. Chapter 14 in Reynolds, K.M., P.F. Hessburg, and P.S. Bourgeron (eds). Making Transparent Environmental Management Decisions: Applications of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support System. Berlin: Springer.

  • Reynolds, K.M., M. Twery, M.J. Lexer, H. Vacik, D. Ray, G. Shao, and J.G. Borges. 2007. Decision-support systems in forest management. Pages 499-533. in Burstein F, and Holsapple, C.W. (ed.) Handbook on Decision Support Systems 2, Variations. New York: Springer.

    Ekbia, H.R., and K.M. Reynolds. 2007. Decision support for sustainable forestry: improving on the rational model. Pages 497-514 in Reynolds, K.M. et al. (eds.). Sustainable forestry in theory and practice. Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing.

    Rennolls, K., and K.M. Reynolds. 2007. Indicators for biodiversity of tropical forests: problems and solutions. Pages 103-128 in Reynolds, K.M. et al. (eds.). Sustainable forestry in theory and practice. Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing.

    Reynolds, K., A. Thomson, M. Köhl, S. Shannon, D. Ray, and K. Rennolls (eds.) 2007. Sustainable forestry in theory and practice. Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing.

    Reynolds, K.M., A. Thomson, M. Köhl, S. Shannon, D. Ray, and K. Rennolls. 2007. Overview. Pages xv-xxiv in Reynolds, K.M., et al., Eds. Sustainable forestry in theory and practice. Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing.

  • Shao, G., and K.M. Reynolds (eds.). 2006. Computer applications in sustainable forest management. New York: Springer.

    Shao, G., and Reynolds, K.M. 2006. Introduction. Pages 3-16 in Shao, G. and Reynolds, K.M., eds. Computer applications in sustainable forest management. New York: Springer.

    Reynolds, K.M., and D.L. Schmoldt. 2006. Computer-aided decision making. Pages 143-169 in Shao, G. and Reynolds, K.M., eds. Computer applications in sustainable forest management. New York: Springer.

    Reynolds, K.M., and G. Shao. 2006. From data to sustainable forests. Pages 261-267 in Shao, G. and Reynolds, K.M., eds. Computer applications in sustainable forest management. New York: Springer.


Last updated on : 08/19/2016