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Miles Hemstrom

Research Ecologist
Portland, OR
Phone: 503-808-2006
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Current Research

My current research focuses on landscape ecology and vegetation ecology, especially as applied to landscape assessments. I work with vegetation ecologists, silviculturists, wildlife ecologists, fish ecologists, hydrologists, and a variety of others to develop methods to perform integrated landscape assessments. Most of my work is aimed at watersheds and larger areas and is done in conjunction with people from the National Forest System, state agencies, universities, and private organizations. I am currently leading a project to develop models and data to cover all major upland ecological systems in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.

Research Interests

Interaction and modeling of natural disturbances, vegetation development, and management treatments; integrated assessments of ecological conditions, wildfire, insects, and disease; management treatments; wildlife habitats, treatment finances; local community effects; climate change effects; and fuel/fire trends and conditions.

Past Research

My early work focused on plant communities, forest ecology, wildfire and natural disturbance ecology, and landscape modeling. Much of this emphasized tools that managers and others could use to examine the effects of proposed management on ecological systems and associated values.

Why This Research is Important

My work provides land managers, policymakers, and others with an opportunity to evaluate the potential long-term, landscape-wide effects of different management activities and natural disturbances. This information can help society make natural resource decisions that are both sustainable and move toward things people want from the natural world.


  • Western State College of Colorado, B.A. Biology, 1975
  • Oregon State University, Ph.D. Plant Ecology, 1979

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Last updated on : 11/25/2014