Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program
Contact Information
  • Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program
  • Southwest Forest Science Complex
  • 2500 South Pine Knoll
  • Flagstaff, AZ 86001-6381
  • Alison Hill 928-556-2105
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Research Forestry

Mike A. Battaglia

Research Forester
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-498-1286
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Current Research

1)  Understanding the short and long-term ecological responses of mastication fuels reduction treatments in woodlands, dry, and moist coniferous forests.

2)  Evaluating how spatially complex forest structures influence tree regeneration establishment and growth.

3)  Identifying spatially explicit reference conditions for ponderosa pine and dry mixed conifer forest of the Colorado Front Range and the Black Hills for restoration prescription development.

4)  Assessing spatially heterogeneous forest structure impact on fire behavior in ponderosa pine and dry mixed conifer forests.

5)  Characterizing patterns of post-fire tree regeneration across fire severities.

6)  Utilizing long-term growth studies to validate and calibrate the Forest Vegetation Simulator.

7)  Facilitating the use of prescribed fire as a management tool.

8)  Adaptive Silvicultural Strategies for Climate Change in dry mixed conifer forests.


Research Interests

I am interested in developing and implementing innovative management strategies that address the challenges and issues faced by forest managers.  These research interests include forest restoration, fuel hazard mitigation, and increasing forest resilience to disturbance across multiple spatial scales.

Past Research

1)  Synthesizing manager’s knowledge/experience and scientific literature of implementing hazardous fuels treatments practices in ponderosa

      pine/mixed conifer forests.

2)  Post-wildfire recovery.

3)  Fire-induced mortality thresholds of ponderosa pine seedlings and saplings.

4)  Fuel succession and regeneration dynamics.

5)  Understanding the interaction of mountain pine beetle and management strategies on fuel dynamics, forest structure, and potential fire behavior.


Why This Research is Important

Historically, silviculture was often synonymous with timber production; however, contemporary silviculturists manage forests for other objectives such as wildlife habitat, increased resilience to disturbances and climate change, water, recreation, and aesthetics. Practitioners require science-based knowledge to design treatments that achieve these objectives. Because of the uncertainty in the impacts of climate change to our forests, research is needed to determine the effects of various management alternatives and adapt silvicultural strategies, systems, and practices to sustain and enhance the productivity of our forested ecosystems.


  • University of South Carolina, BS Biology, 1995
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, MS Forestry, 2000
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Ph.D. Forest Science; Silviculture/Fire, 2007

Professional Experience

  • Research Forester, RMRS
    2011 - Current
  • Postdoctoral Ecologist, RMRS
    2007 - 2011
  • Silvicultural Research Associate, Contractor with RMRS
    2001 - 2004

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Fire Ecology, Member (2007 - Current)
    Attend and Present at Conferences.
  • International Association of Wildland Fire, Member (2007 - Current)
    Attend and Present at Conferences.
  • Society of American Foresters, Member (1997 - Current)
    Attend and Present at Conventions.

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Last updated on : 03/16/2015