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Anne E. Black

Anne E. Black

Social Science Advisor
800 East Beckwith Avenue
United States

Phone: 406-370-1513
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  • University of Idaho, Ph.D. Landscape Ecology Environmental Sociology 1998
  • Yale University, M.S. Forestry and Environmental Studies Economics 1992
  • University of Montana, B.S. Natural Resource Conservation Economics 1984

Professional Experience

  • Social Science Analyst, Human Performance, Innovations and Organizational Learning RD&A
    2016 - Current
  • Program Manager (acting), Human Performance Research, Development and Applications
    2014 - 2016
    The new Human Performance RD&A was chartered in summer 2014 to: • explore the state-of-knowledge and practice in the broad field of human performance (including: psychology, individual and organizational resilience, learning, and risk). • build situated knowledge of Forest Service work environments and employees, and • design and test interventions and delivery mechanisms to improve employee and organizational resilience (health, wellbeing, performance, safety). The unit will serve as a central node leveraging internal and external expertise to drive adaptive performance and resilient operations in the Forest Service and beyond. Outcomes will be a more resilient and higher performing Agency. There will be fewer significant accidents/errors, more effective incorporation of insights and lessons into work routines, and improved morale and work environment. Employees will be more resilient to both day-to-day and traumatic events. Teams and local units will similarly have better tools and capacity to weather, rebound and learn from expected and unexpected stresses.
  • Social Science Analyst, Human Factors & Risk Management Research, Development and Application Unit
    2010 - 2014
  • Research Social Scientist (post-doc), Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
    2006 - 2010
  • Post-doctoral Ecologist, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
    2002 - 2006

Awards & Recognition

  • Management Communication Quarterly Article of the Year - 2017, 2018
    Jahn, J.; Black, A.E. A (2017) A Model of Communicative and Hierarchical Foundations of High Reliability Organizing in Wildland Firefighting Teams. Management Communication Quarterly. P1-24. DOI: 10.1177/0893318917691358

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Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • Demsky, C.A., Fritz, C., Hammer, L.B., Black, A.E. (2018). Workplace Incivility and Employee Sleep: The Role of Rumination and Recovery Experiences. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

  • Boyatzis, RE., Thiel, K., Rochford, K., Black, A. (2017) Emotional and Social Intelligence of Incident Team Commanders Fighting Wildfires. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science: 1-19.

  • Fox, R., Gabor, E., Thomas, D., Ziegler, J, and Black, A. (2017) Cultivating a reluctance to simplify: exploring the radio communication context in wildland firefighting. Int.J. Wild. Fire. 26:716-31

Research Highlights


Using Escaped Fire Reviews to Improve Organizational Learning

Through data collection and workshops, researchers are shedding light on who learns what from reviewing information on escaped fires.


Last updated on : 09/28/2020