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Lisa M. Holsinger

790 East Beckwith Avenue
United States

Phone: 406-542-4172
Fax: 406-542-4196
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Current Research

I am an Ecologist specializing in design, implementation and analyses of geospatial and attribute data for fire ecology research directed towards understanding landscape-level interactions between changing climate, fire regimes, vegetation, fuel management and fish community responses.

Research Interests

My research interests include evaluating the long-term effects of climate change and fire on water temperatures and native fish populations using spatially explicit simulation modeling integrated with field observations.

Past Research

Understanding fire and fish population dynamics will help provide the ability to predict potential thresholds in fire risk and scales at which to expect recvoery in stream temperatures and fish communities, in time and space, under various fire and climate regimes across a landscape. Given that climate change appears to be affecting both fire patterns and air temperature (a good predictor of water temperature), tools like simulation modeling will assist managers in predicting changes in the distribution of fire and the influence of fire management on native fishes.

Why This Research is Important

Past research includes evaluating the effects of fuel treatments using FVS for their influence on the intensity and severity of unplanned wildfires and for their influence on forest carbon emissions; evaluating statistical metrics for describing landscape characteristics and departures from baseline historical conditions; predicting landscape level changes in vegetation under changing climate with varying fire regimes; and developing methods for the LANDFIRE project to produce geospatial data.


  • University of California, Davis, B.S. Biology 1984
  • University of Washington, M.S. Fisheries 1988

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Research Highlights


Restoring whitebark pine ecosystems in the face of climate change

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) forests are declining across most of their range in North America because of the combined effects of mountain ...


Why and where high-severity fire occurs

An evaluation using consistent data and methods across the broad geographic range of forested landscapes of the western United States will allo ...


Wildfires today impact future wildfires

Wildland fire limits subsequent fire occurrence. Researchers monitored the extent to which a previous wildland fire inhibits new fires from igni ...


Last updated on : 07/01/2020