USDA Forest Service

Human Dimensions Program
Rocky Mountain Research Station

800 East Beckwith Ave
Missoula, MT 59801

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Mike Bevers, Forest Management Research Scientist

Mike Bevers

Research Interests

Research interests include applications of optimization and simulation operations research techniques to improve management of natural resource systems. Current studies are focused on formulating and solving spatial optimization models that reduce wildfire losses and wildlife species extirpations in a risk management context.

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Related Appointments

  • Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Forest Research 2004
  • Associate Editor, Operations Research 1999-2002
  • Guest Associate Editor, International Transactions of Operational Research 2002-2003
  • Guest Associate Editor, Forest Science 1998, 2000-2001
  • Faculty Affiliate, Colorado State University 1996-2000, 2005

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  • B.S. with high distinction: December 1981, University of Arizona, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Major: Forest - Watershed Management
  • Ph.D. conferred: December 1995, Colorado State University, College of Natural Resources, Major: Forest Science

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Professional Affiliations

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Honors and Awards

  • RMRS Eminent Scientific Publication Award, 2003
  • USDA Certificates of Merit: 1984, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2001
  • Meritorious Service Award, Editorial Board of Operations Research, 2000
  • INFORMS Award for Best Conference Paper in Natural Resources: 1997, 2001
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award University of Arizona, 1983
  • Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Societies, 1981

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Bevers, M. and T. M. Barrett, comps. 2005. Systems Analysis in Forest Resources: Proceedings of the 2003 Symposium, October 7-9, Stevenson, Washington. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PNW-GTR-656.

Hof, J. and M. Bevers. 2002. Spatial Optimization in Ecological Applications. Columbia University Press, New York, 257 p.

Hof, J. and M. Bevers. 1998. Spatial Optimization for Managed Ecosystems. Columbia University Press, New York, 258 p.

Book Chapters

Bevers, M. and B. Kent. In review. Managing forest fire risk with chance-constrained programming. In: W. Martin, C. Raish and B. Kent, eds. Wildfire and Fuels Management: Risk and Human Reaction. Resources for the Future, Washington, DC.

Flather, C. H., M. Bevers and J. Hof. 2002. Prescribing habitat layouts: analysis of optimal placement for landscape planning. Chapter 23 in: K. J. Gutzwiller, ed., Applying Landscape Ecology in Biological Conservation. Springer-Verlag, New York, pp. 428-453.

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Research Articles

Bevers, M. In review. Optimizing seasonal firefighting resource allocations with random
consequences: A stochastic integer and chance-constrained programming estimation approach. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

Bevers, M., P. N. Omi and J. Hof. 2004. Random location of fuel treatments in wildland community interfaces: A percolation approach. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34:164-173.

Bevers, M., C. H. Flather, J. Hof and H. F. Kaiser. 2003. Sustaining wildlife populations in productively managed forests. Pages 225-242 in: G.J. Arthaud and T.M. Barrett (eds.), Systems Analysis in Forest Resources, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Berlin.

Flather, C. H. and M. Bevers. 2002. Patchy reaction-diffusion and population abundance: The relative importance of habitat amount and arrangement. American Naturalist 159:40-56.

Hof , J., M. Bevers, D. W. Uresk and G. L. Schenbeck. 2002. Optimizing habitat location for black-tailed prairie dogs in southwestern South Dakota. Ecological Modelling 147:11-21.

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