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Andrew T. Hudak

Andrew T Hudak

Research Forester
Forestry Sciences Laboratory
Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: 208-883-2327
Fax: 208-883-2318
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Current Research

I recently completed a landscape-level forest biomass and carbon sequestration assessment using repeat field and lidar surveys. Now I am expanding the scope of this work to examine relationships between forest canopy structure, wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and coupled carbon and water cycles. My collaborators and I are working to improve LiDAR data analysis capabilities for vegetation applications. I also work with other fire scientists to relate postfire effects to prefire fuels and active fire behavior on prescribed fires, where it's safe and logistically feasible to measure these variables before, during, and after the fire. An improved fundamental understanding of fire as a process will advance fire science and help fire managers make better decisions. I also study the effectiveness of fuel treatments for mitigating wildfire severity.

Research Interests

My research interests include landscape, vegetation, and fire ecology; remote sensing of vegetation patterns and processes; forest and rangeland ecology and management; empirical modeling of spatially explicit ecological data.

Past Research

My PhD research examined the ecological causes and consequences of historic bush encroachment in South African savannas. I retain an active interest in savanna fire ecology and the relationship between vegetation pattern and fire process in both forest and rangeland ecosystems.

Why This Research is Important

Forest managers need better tools and information on forest biomass and carbon sequestration. Fuel and fire managers need better information on how best to manipulate forest fuels to mitigate the risk of severe fire and to cope with severe fire effects. Airborne and satellite remote sensing in combination with appropriately sampled ground data can provide this needed information in the form of maps.

Education

  • University of Colorado, PhD Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, 1999
  • University of Minnesota, BS Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, 1990
  • Itasca Community College, AA Liberal Arts, 1987

Professional Experience

  • Research Forester, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    2001 - Current
  • Research Ecologist, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    1999 - 2001
  • Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado
    1993 - 1999
  • Secondary School Science Teacher, U.S. Peace Corps
    1990 - 1992

Awards & Recognition

  • Certificate of Merit, 2011
    USDA Certificate of Merit for superior performance in FY 2011
  • Bridge Builder Award, 2010
    College of Natural Resources Bridge Builder Award for collaborative efforts with students and faculty of the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 2009
    Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Scientific Outreach at the McCall Outdoor Science School. Idaho NSF EPSCoR Water Resources in a Changing Climate Program
  • Extra Effort Award, 2003
    Extra effort award for quickly and efficiently collecting ground truth data for the hyperspectral image analysis project immediately after the southern California wildfires

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


RMRS-2011-04
Can fuel treatments mitigate wildfire effects

Did a real-time test of fuel treatments help mitigate the effects of a large wildfire

2011


Last updated on : 02/14/2014