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Nicole Vaillant

Nicole M. Vaillant

Fire Application Specialist
63095 Deschutes Market Road
Bend
Oregon
United States
97701

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Research Interests

My general research interests include characterizing fire behavior at multiple scales, burn severity patterns, fuel treatment effects and effectiveness, and wildfire risk analyses. I am involved in both plot-level empirical assessments and geospatial analyses using pre-existing data for large landscapes. In particular I've focused on understanding how fuel treatments and wildfires have altered vegetation and fuel loads overtime, potential wildfire behavior, and risk to values and assets. White, Rachel; Johnson, Morris; Vaillant, Nicole; Fried, Jeremy. 2018. Fuel treatments: Are we doing enough? Science Update 25. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 15 p.

Education

  • University of California - Berkeley, Ph.D. Environmental Science Policy and Management 2008
  • University of California - Berkeley, M.S. Environmental Science Policy and Management 2005
  • University of California - Davis, B.S. Evolution and Ecology 2001

Professional Experience

  • Fire Application Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Wildland Fire Management Research, Development and Application
    2018 - Current
    With the Wildland Fire Management RD&A I serve as a technical lead for the Interagency Fuel Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS), and a subject matter expert for fire behavior modeling.
  • Fire Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center
    2010 - 2018
  • Applied Fire Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, FAM - Fuels & Fire Ecology
    2015 - 2015
    This was a promotional detail from January to May, 2015.
  • Fire Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team
    2003 - 2010
  • Graduate Student Instructor, University of California - Berkeley, College of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
    2007 - 2007
    Graduate Student Instructor for Multiple Resource Silviculture
  • Graduate Student Researcher, University of California - Berkeley, College of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
    2003 - 2007
  • Forestry Technician (Wildland firefighter), USDA Forest Service - Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew
    2006 - 2006
  • Forestry Technician (Wildland firefighter), USDA Forest Service
    2000 - 2002
    Seasonal employee on wildland fire hand crews and engines.

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Fire Ecology, Member (2008 - Current)
  • International Association of Wildland Fire, Member (2006 - Current)
  • Xi Sigma Pi, Beta Chapter, Member (2006 - Current)
  • Student Association for Fire Ecology, Co-Chair (2003 - 2008)

Awards & Recognition

  • Outstanding achievement award, 2016
    Continued support of the CFLR program
  • Performance bonus award, 2015
    For outstanding performance by exceeding expectations in mission accomplishments.
  • Performance bonus award, 2014
    For superior performance by exceeding expectations in mission accomplishments.
  • Performance bonus award, 2013
    For superior performance by exceeding expectations in mission accomplishments.
  • Outstanding achievement award, 2012
    Support of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program.
  • Perfromance bonus award, 2010
    Continued development and application of ArcFuels training modules.
  • Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award, 2007
    Awarded for Multiple Resource Silviculture
  • California-Nevada-Hawaii Forest Fire Council Scholarship, 2007
    Awarded to two students a year in California, Nevada, or Hawaii to support individuals pursuing an education that will lead to a career in a wildland fire related profession.
  • Perfomance bonus award, 2004
    For superior performance by exceeding expectations in mission accomplishments.

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Publications

Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • Sankey, J.B.; McVay, J.; Kreitler, J.; Hawbaker, T.J.; Vaillant, N.M.; Lowe S. 2015. Predicting watershed post-fire sediment yield with the InVEST sediment retention model: accuracy and uncertainties. Proceedings of papers of the 5th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference and the 10th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference.

    Alexander, M.E.; Cruz, M.G.; Vaillant, N.M. 2014. Introduction to the special issue on crown fire behavior in conifer forests. Fire Management Today 73(4): 6-7.

    Alexander, M.E.; Cruz, M.G.; Vaillant, N.M. 2014. Toward improving our application and understanding of crown fire behavior. Fire Management Today 73(4): 46-47.

    Vaillant, N.M.; Ewell, C.M.; Fites-Kaufman, J.A. 2014. Capturing crown fire behavior on wildland fires—the Fire Behavior Assessment Team in action. Fire Management Today 73(4): 41-45.

    Vaillant, N.M.; Stephens, S.L. 2009. Fire history of a lower elevation Jeffrey pine-mixed conifer forest in the eastern Sierra Nevada. Fire Ecology. 5(3):4-19.

    Vaillant, N.M.; Fites-Kaufman, J.; Reiner, A.L.; Noonan-Wright, E.K.; Dailey, S.N. 2009. Effect of fuel treatments on fuels and potential fire behavior in California National Forests. Fire Ecology. 5(2):14-29.

    Vaillant, N.M.; Fites-Kaufman, J.; Stephens, S.L. 2009. Effectiveness of prescribed fire as a fuel treatment in Californian coniferous forests. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 18:165-175

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


PNW-2016-270
An Evaluation of the Forest Service Hazardous Fuels Treatment Program

Are fuel management treatments implemented broadly enough as well as sited correctly?A core goal of the Cohesive Strategy is to manage fuels at ...

2016


PNW-2015-64
Scientists Assess Effectiveness of Fuels Reduction Treatments in California

Fuel treatments are used to abate undesirable fire behavior and effects. Short-term effectiveness of fuel treatments to alter fire behavior and ...

2015


Last updated on : 10/02/2019