Chris M. Stalling
5775 Highway 10 West
Contact Chris M. Stalling
I am a biologist with the Fire, Fuels and Smoke Program at the Missoula Fire Science Lab. My background is in landscape ecology, technology transfer, research analysis and research support. I am involved in research related to fuel dynamics after disturbance, whitebark pine restoration, and monitoring.
Research interests include collaboration, interdisciplinary science information flows and exchanges, communication and dialogue as tools for adaptive management, social-ecological systems interactions, community-based resource management, sense of place, and participatory modeling.
From 1992 to 2008, I was involved in research that focused on evaluating broad scale disturbance processes and their effects on vegetation patterns using simulation modeling and GIS. Technology transfer and collaborative modeling were tools I used to work with Forest Service and BLM managers in resource planning efforts. From 2004 to 2011 I was involved in research that focused on human interactions with the environment. I was also involved with research on Forest Service employee views of climate change and the introduction of tools for managing resources in changing climates e.g., adaptation options. I conducted interviews with Region 1 employees to provide a basis to climate change workshops introduced across the Region. I analyzed data gathered from RMRS employee morale questionnaires and provided feedback to Station Leadership; I also provided social science support to Human Dimensions and ALWRI scientists.
Why This Research is Important
Issues facing the U.S. Forest Service are more complex than ever as the agency begins to address climate change impacts on National Forests and Grasslands. Managers must balance ecological resilience with social and economic demands while addressing many issues that are clouded by uncertainty. An emphasis on developing shared understanding of management questions from both an ecological and social emphasis will be necessary as the agency develops ways to manage in the coming decades.
- The University of Montana, B.A. Biology 1995
- The University of Montana, M.S. Resource Conservation 1998
- Stalling, Chris; Keane, Robert E.; Retzlaff, Molly. 2017. Surface fuel changes after severe disturbances in northern Rocky Mountain ecosystems.
- Chew, Jimmie D.; Moeller, Kirk; Stalling, Christine. 2012. SIMPPLLE, version 2.5 user's guide.