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Karin 11-2020

Karin Riley

Research Ecologist
5775 US Highway 10 W
Missoula
Montana
United States
59808-9361

Phone: 406-329-4806
Fax: 406-329-4877
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Current Research

Much of my current research focuses on better understanding the relationship between climate and wildfire, and how this relationship might shift with climate change. In addition, I am interested in how spatial planning can be utilized to inform fire and landscape management options.

Research Interests

Much of my current research focuses on better understanding the relationship between climate and wildfire, and how this relationship might shift with climate change. I also use machine learning algorithms to create tree-level models of US forests. In addition, I am interested in how spatial planning can be utilized to inform fire and landscape management options.

Why This Research is Important

Wildland fire has a dual nature. In fire-adapated ecosystems, fire is a natural process that maintains the health of the ecosystem. However, fires may also negatively impact highly valued resources such as homes, watersheds, and habitat, even costing human lives. We can leverage tools such as simulation models, machine learning, and statistical analysis to better understand our forests and wildland fires. In so doing, we can assist land managers in using fires to restore ecosystems where the opportunity exists and help to create ecosystems that will be resilient to climate change.

Education

  • University of Montana, Phd Geosciences 2012
  • Humboldt State University, Master Of Science Environmental Systems 2001
  • Harvard University, Bachelor Of Arts Earth and Planetary Science 1996

Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist, Forestry Sciences Lab, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula, Montana
    2015 - 2019
  • Research Ecologist, Fire Sciences Lab, Rocky Mountain Research Station, MIssoula, Montana
    2019 -

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Fire Ecology, Board Member (2012 - Current)
  • Fire Ecology, Associate Editor (2015 - )
  • Association for Fire Ecology, Vice President (2015 - 2019)

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Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


RMRS-2016-44
A Tree Level Model of Forests in the Western United States

Maps of the number, size, and species of trees in forests across the western U.S. are desirable for a number of applications including estimatin ...

2016


Last updated on : 07/01/2020