US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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  • Forest Disturbances

RMRS Program Areas

Pamela G. Sikkink

Technical Information Specialist – USDA Forest Service
5775 Highway 10 West
United States

Phone: 406-829-7343
Contact Pamela G. Sikkink

Current Research

  • My current work focuses on maintaining publications and library at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory.
  • I also contribute as a data information specialist for the Northern Rockies Fire Sciences Network
  • I work in tech transfer for both organizations
  • Research Interests

    My research interests include classifying fire effects in live and dead fuel; determining how combustion affects productivity and physiological characteristics of grasses, forbs, and shrubs; determining limits of heat tolerance in vegetative parts of understory fuels; and developing ways to bridge modern and historic field sampling methods in vegetation communities.

    Past Research

    Objectively classifying fire effects provides for consistent collection of data in fuels studies and standardized communication between researchers and managers. Research on grass curing and live fuel moistures of all understory vegetation is needed to improve the prediction of fire effects when modeling wildfire and prescription burns. Research on the heat tolerance of vegetative parts of plants is important to judging severity of burns and assessing restoration needs. Finding ways to bridge the sampling methods of past and present is important to assessments of the effects of climate change in Yellowstone National Park.

    Why This Research is Important

    • I have studied multi-decadal vegetation change in grassland communities of Montana.
    • I have studied mastication fuel treatments and lead a 4-yr study on how aging of masticated fuels affects burning.
    • I have published works on fire severity and its causes.
    • I have published a paper comparing how several surface fuel sampling methods differed in output and usefulness.
    • I have created a field guide for sampling downed woody debris surface fuels.
    • I have published on the Artemisia tridentata community in Yellowstone Nat. Park.
    • I have worked on the development team to create software that integrated FEAT and FIREMON (databases for field data).


    • Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, B.S. Biology and Geology
    • University of Montana, Missoula, M.S. Forestry and Geology
    • University of Montana, Missoula, Ph.D. Forestry


    Last updated on : 10/05/2020