Future Forests Webinar: Post-outbreak Fire Risk and Behavior
Insect Affected Fuels Profiles
Paul Langowski, Branch Chief for Fuels and Fire Ecology, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region
MPB Influences on Fuel Characteristics and Fire Behavior
Matt Jolly, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
Fire Modeling in MPB Killed Fuels
Russ Parsons, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
Branch Chief for Fuels and Fire Ecology, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region, 740 Simms Street, Golden CO 80401-4720. 303-275-5307 Email
As Branch Chief for Fuels and Fire Ecology, Paul has program leadership responsibility for fuels management and fire use programs on National Forests and Grasslands lands in Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.
Paul is a 1977 graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he received a B.S. in Resources Management. His Forest Service career began in 1977 as a seasonal employee with the White River National Forest in Colorado. Since then, he has served as a resource technician on the Helena National Forest, in Montana, District Silviculturist and Timber Staff on the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona, Forest Silviculturist on the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico and Zone Timber and Fire Management Staff on the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado.
Paul is currently the Forest Service Representative to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Fuels Management Committee and Fire Use Sub-committee. He is also currently vice-chair of the Governing Board for the Joint Fire Science Program.
Paul was a certified silviculturist and a graduate of Technical Fire Management. Paul is actively involved with integrating fire management issues into the land management planning process, in the development of processes and procedures for the analysis of the effects of fuels treatments and increasing the effectiveness of science delivery.
He spends his off time telemark skiing, biking, hiking and running.
Dr. W. Matt Jolly is a Research Ecologist in the Fire, Fuel and Smoke Program of the US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, MT. Upon graduation from high school in Ronda in 1990, North Carolina, Matt served six years in the United States Air Force as a Satellite Communications Technician. After his military service, he attended the University of Virginia where he received a BA with high distinction in Environmental Science in 2000. He later moved to Missoula, MT where he earned a PhD in Forestry from the University of Montana in 2004. His main research interests focus on linking plant physiological processes with combustion and fire behavior characteristics and understanding the roles that live fuels play in current, operational fire behavior prediction systems that are used throughout the world.
Dr. Russ Parsons received his B.S. in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992, his M.S. in Forestry from the University of Idaho in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Montana in 2007. Russ Parsons has worked in fire and resource management since 1992 in a variety of positions and with different agencies. Since 2000, Russ has worked at the Fire Sciences Lab, in Missoula, Montana, specializing in simulation modeling and spatial analysis. His current research integrates field work, laboratory experiments and simulation modeling to quantify fuel characteristics and improve our understanding of how fuels influence fire behavior.