Gregory K. Dillon
Director, Fire Modeling Institute
5775 Highway 10 West
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As a spatial fire analyst with the Fire Modeling Institute, Greg works on varied projects that use geospatial technology to address land management and fire management questions. Current examples of projects include: 1) assessing wildfire risk across National Forest System lands in the conterminous United States; 2) producing and maintaining a map that depicts potential wildfire hazard across the United States (known as the Wildfire Hazard Potential map); and 3) mapping the potential for high severity fire across the United States using satellite data and statistical modeling.
Greg's work centers around geospatial analysis, vegetation ecology, and fire ecology. In his current position with the Fire Modeling Institute, he applies recent advances in fire science and geospatial technology to address management questions from the national level down to local districts.
Prior to working for FMI, Greg worked in the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program on research to understand the topographic and climatic drivers of burn severity across broad regions in the western United States, and produced maps of the potential for high severity fire. He also was the team leader for mapping potential vegetation (ESP and BpS) on the national LANDFIRE project from 2004 to 2009. Before coming to the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, Greg was a GIS Analyst for the USDA Forest Service Region 6 Area Ecology Program. There he assissted with mapping potential vegetation and predictive modeling of rare plant and animal species in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. He also held GIS Analyst positions on the National Forests in North Carolina and the George Washington National Forest, and worked on syntheses of the historic range of variability (HRV) for upland vegetation on three National Forests in Wyoming.
- James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, B.S. Geography 1995
- University of Wyoming, M.A. Geography 1998
- Dillon, Gregory K.; Panunto, Matthew H.; Davis, Brett ; Morgan, Penelope ; Birch, Donovan S.; Jolly, William M. 2020. Development of a Severe Fire Potential map for the contiguous United States.
- Dillon, Gregory K. 2020. Results and application of the National Wildfire Risk Assessment.
- Parks, Sean A.; Holsinger, Lisa M.; Panunto, Matthew H.; Jolly, W. Matt; Dobrowski, Solomon Z.; Dillon, Gregory K. 2018. High-severity fire: Evaluating its key drivers and mapping its probability across western US forests.
- Wei, Yu; Thompson, Matthew P.; Haas, Jessica R.; Dillon, Gregory K.; O’Connor, Christopher D. 2018. Spatial optimization of operationally relevant large fire confine and point protection strategies: Model development and test cases.
- Dillon, Greg; Menakis, James; Fay, Frank. 2015. Wildland fire potential: A tool for assessing wildfire risk and fuels management needs.
- Parks, Sean A.; Dillon, Gregory K.; Miller, Carol. 2014. A new metric for quantifying burn severity: The Relativized Burn Ratio.
- Dobrinkova, Nina; Hollingsworth, LaWen; Heinsch, Faith Ann; Dillon, Greg; Dobrinkov, Georgi. 2014. Bulgarian fuel models developed for implementation in FARSITE simulations for test cases in Zlatograd area.
- Morgan, Penelope; Keane, Robert E.; Dillon, Gregory K.; Jain, Theresa B.; Hudak, Andrew T.; Karau, Eva C.; Sikkink, Pamela G.; Holden, Zachery A.; Strand, Eva K. 2014. Challenges of assessing fire and burn severity using field measures, remote sensing and modelling.
- Karau, Eva C.; Sikkink, Pamela G.; Keane, Robert E.; Dillon, Gregory K. 2014. Integrating satellite imagery with simulation modeling to improve burn severity mapping.
- Keane, Robert E.; Dillon, Greg; Drury, Stacy; Innes, Robin; Morgan, Penny; Lutes, Duncan; Prichard, Susan J.; Smith, Jane; Strand, Eva. 2014. New and revised fire effects tools for fire management.
- Miller, Sue; Keane, Robert; Morgan, Penny; Sikkink, Pamela; Karau, Eva; Dillon, Greg. 2013. Seeing red: New tools for mapping and understanding fire severity.
- Dillon, Gregory K.; Holden, Zachery A.; Morgan, Penelope; Crimmins, Michael A.; Heyerdahl, Emily K.; Luce, Charles H. 2011. Both topography and climate affected forest and woodland burn severity in two regions of the western US, 1984 to 2006.
- Dillon, Greg; Morgan, Penny; Holden, Zack. 2011. Mapping the potential for high severity wildfire in the western United States.
- Meyer, Carolyn B.; Knight, Dennis H.; Dillon, Greg K. 2010. Use of the historic range of variability to evaluate ecosystem sustainability Chapter 24.
- Dillon, Gregory K.; Holden, Zachary A.; Morgan, Penny; Keane, Bob. 2009. A Fire Severity Mapping System (FSMS) for real-time management applications and long term planning: Developing a map of the landscape potential for severe fire in the western United States.
- Meyer, Carolyn B.; Knight, Dennis H.; Dillon, Gregory K. 2005. Historic range of variability for upland vegetation in the Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming.
- Dillon, Gregory K.; Knight, Dennis H.; Meyer, Carolyn B. 2005. Historic range of variability for upland vegetation in the Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming.
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