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Kara Yedinak

Materials Research Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
United States

Phone: 608-231-9301
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  • Washington State University, Ph. D. Engineering Science Wildland Fire-Atmosphere interactions 2013
  • Pacific University, B.S. Physics Physics: low-dimensional chaos in turbulent systems 2002

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Washington
    2017 - 2018
    Characterize the near-surface and near-plant boundary layer response to diurnal variability as well as low-intensity fire passage. Continue investigations into techniques for using acoustics to quantify characteristics of wildland fires and the fire environment.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Idaho
    2013 - 2017
    Wildland fire behavior research in two focus areas: 1. Combustion-lab approach to assessing the response of live vegetation to low-intensity surface fire passage. 2. Development of passive acoustic sampling techniques of wildland fire.

Featured Publications & Products


  • Smith, Alistair M. S.; Kolden, Crystal A.; Paveglio, Travis B.; Cochrane, Mark A.; Bowman, David MJS; Moritz, Max A.; Kliskey, Andrew D.; Alessa, Lilian; Hudak, Andrew T.; Hoffman, Chad M.; Lutz, James A.; Queen, Lloyd P.; Goetz, Scott J.; Higuera, Philip E.; Boschetti, Luigi; Flannigan, Mike; Yedinak, Kara M.; Watts, Adam C.; Strand, Eva K.; van Wagtendonk, Jan W.; Anderson, John W.; Stocks, Brian J.; Abatzoglou, John T. 2016. The science of firescapes: Achieving fire-resilient communities.

Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • K M Yedinak, E Strand, J Hiers, J Varner, 2018Embracing complexity to advance the science of wildland fire behavior, Fire 1 (2), 20
  • K M Yedinak, M J Anderson, K G Apostol, A M S Smith, 2017, Vegetation effects on impusive events in the acoustic signature of fires, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141 (1), 557-562
  • Hyde, J. C., Yedinak, K. M., Talhelm, A. F., Smith, A.M.S., Bowman D. M.J.S., Johnston, F. H., Lahm, P., Fitch, M, and Tinkham, W. T., 2017. Air quality policy and fire management responses addressing smoke from wildland fires in the United States and Australia, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 26(1) 95-106
  • Smith, A. M. S., Talhelm, A. F., Johnson, D. M., *Sparks, A. M., Kolden, C. A., Yedinak, K. M., Apostol, K. O., Tinkham, W. T., Abatzoglou, J. A., Lutz, J. A., Davis, A. S., Pregitzer, K. S., Adams, H., Kremens, R. L., 2017. Effects of fire radiative energy density doses on Pinus contorta and Larix occidentalis seedling physiology and mortality, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 26(1) 82-94
  • Sparks, A. M., Smith, A. M. S., Talhelm, A. F., Kolden, C. A., Yedinak, K. M., and Johnson, D., 2017. Impacts of fire radiative flux on mature Pinus ponderosa growth and vulnerability to secondary mortality agents, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 26(1) 95-106
  • Smith A. M. S., Sparks A. M., Kolden C. A., Abatzoglou J. T., Talhelm A. F., Johnson D. M., Boschetti L., Lutz J. A., Apostol K. G., Yedinak K. M., Tinkham W. T., Kremens R. J.,  2016. Towards a new paradigm in fire severity research using dose-response experiments, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 25(2) 158-166
  • Kochanski A. K., M. A. Jenkins, K. M. Yedinak, J. Mandel, J. D. Beezley, B. K. Lamb. 2016. Toward an integrated system for fire, smoke, and air quality simulations, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 25(5) 534-546

Last updated on : 09/23/2020