USDA Forest Service Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab - Rocky Mountain Research Station



Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab
322 East Front Street
Suite 401
Boise, ID  83702

(208) 373-4340
(208) 373-4391 (FAX)

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Fire and Aquatic Ecosystems


Author Profiles

Kate Dwire
Research Riparian Ecologist
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Forestry Sciences Laboratory
222 South 22nd Street
Laramie, Wyoming 82070
phone: 307-745-2017
FAX: 307-745-2397


  • B.A. in Environmental Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 1975
  • M.S. in Plant Ecology from the University of California, Davis, CA, 1983
  • Ph.D. in Fisheries from Oregon State University, Corvallis, 2001

Research Interests

  • Distribution of riparian plant species and communities in relation to hydrologic and geomorphic variables and disturbance (natural and anthropogenic)
  • Influence of prescribed and natural fire on riparian plant species and communities
  • Organic matter dynamics (surface and subsurface) in stream-riparian ecosystems

Relevant Publications


Bixby, Rebecca J.; Cooper, Scott D.; Gresswell, Robert E.; Brown, Lee E.; Dahm, Clifford N.; Dwire, Kathleen A. 2015. Fire effects on aquatic ecosystems: An assessment of the current state of the science. Freshwater Science. 34(4): 1340-1350.


Dwire, Kathleen A.; Kauffman, J. Boone; Brookshire, E. N. Jack; Baham, John E. 2004. Plant biomass and species composition along an environmental gradient in montane riparian meadows. Oecologia. 139(2): 309-317.


Dwire, Kathleen A.; Kauffman, J. Boone; Baham, John E. 2006. Plant species distribution in relation to water-table depth and soil redox potential in montane riparian meadows. Wetlands. 26(1): 131-146


Dwire, K. A., J.B. Kauffman, and J. Baham. 2000. Relations among redox potentials, water levels, and riparian vegetation. pages 23-28. In Wigington, Parker J. and Robert L. Beschta (Editors).  Riparian Ecology and Management in Multi-Land Use Watersheds.  American Water Resources Association, Middleburg, Virginia, TPS-00-2.


Dwire, K. A., B. A. McIntosh, and J. B. Kauffman. 1999. Ecological influences of the introduction of livestock on Pacific Northwest ecosystems. Pages 313- 335. In: Dale D. Goble and Paul W. Hirt (eds.). Northwest Lands and Peoples: Readings in Environmental History, University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA.


Magee, T.K., T. Ernst, M.E. Kentula, and K.A. Dwire. 1999. Floristic comparison of freshwater wetlands in an urbanizing environment. Wetlands 19(3): 517-534.

Relevant Projects


  • Effects of wildfire on stream sedimentation, riparian habitat, and macroinvertebrate communities in streams of the Little Granite Creek watershed, Wyoming
  • Effects of wildfire on transport and storage of organic matter in streams of the Little Granite Creek watershed, Wyoming
  • Response of native and invasive exotic plants to fire, fire recovery, and fuel reduction treatments in the interior Pacific Northwest
  • Post-fire recovery of riparian plant communities: shifts in species composition and biomass production




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