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Date: January 17, 2012

Rocky Mountain Research Station Scientist Named Outstanding Associate Editor

Bob Keane
Bob Keane

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Robert E. (Bob) Keane, a research ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, MT., serves as one of 49 associate editors from around the world for the International Journal of Wildland Fire. The IJWF recently recognized Keane with its first annual Outstanding Associate Editor Award for 2010.

The IJWF is one of 34 journals published by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organisation Publishing Company. According to a CSIRO announcement, Keane “has served as an Associate Editor for IJWF since 2005, and in that time has acted as an AE for over 40 papers. His efficient handling of papers benefits authors and his considered syntheses of reviewer comments, as well as his own comments and insights, are of great help to the Editors in making decisions on manuscripts and providing guidance to authors for improving their papers.”

Keane’s research at the Fire Sciences Lab includes developing ecological computer simulation models for exploring landscape, fire, and climate dynamics; sampling, describing, modeling and mapping of fuel characteristics; and investigating the ecology and restoration of whitebark pine. Keane received his B.S. degree in forest engineering from the University of Maine, his M.S. degree in forest ecology from the University of Montana, and his Ph.D. degree in forest ecology from the University of Idaho.

“CSIRO’s recognition of Dr. Keane’s contributions is a prestigious honor. We hold a high standard to our peer-reviewed scientific research and Bob shares this ethic with his peers at the IJWF. I am proud of Bob’s accomplishments with the IJWF,” said Sam Foster, RMRS Station Director.

To learn more about the Fire Sciences Lab and the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program go to http://www.firelab.org/.

The RMRS is one of seven regional units that make up the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development organization – the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world. The Station maintains 12 field laboratories throughout a 12-state territory encompassing the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and parts of the Great Basin, and administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges, and watersheds, while maintaining long-term databases for these areas. To find out more about the RMRS go to www.fs.fed.us/rmrs.

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