- observing and analyzing fire behavior and fire effects,
- data preparation and calibration, and designing projects in multiple vegetation types.
LaWen Hollingsworth has worked as a Fire Analyst for the Fire Modeling Institute at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana, since 2011.
LaWen started as a Range Technician in 1999 on the Payette National Forest conducting long-term vegetation monitoring in upland and riparian systems. In 2001 she moved to Montana and worked during the summer of 2002 as a firefighter on the Stevensville District of the Bitterroot National Forest. In 2003, LaWen started graduate school at the University of Montana and focused on assessing post-fire vegetation recovery following the wildfires of 2000 in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana. She also received her first permanent appointment at this time as a Fire Ecologist on the Helena National Forest. Her duties included establishing an inventory and monitoring program within prescribed fire units, serving as a fire/fuels representative on interdisciplinary teams, assisting collaborative groups as a fire technical expert, and supporting operations and planning for prescribed fires and wildfires.
Professional interests include observing and analyzing fire behavior and fire effects, data preparation and calibration, and designing projects in multiple vegetation types. She mentors and trains field personnel from all agencies in using fire behavior systems and gathering, modifying, and calibrating data. LaWen serves on the faculty for Rx-510 Advanced Fire Effects, S-490 Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations, and S-495 Geospatial Fire Analysis, Interpretation, and Application in addition to wildfire assignments in operations and as a Long Term Fire Analyst.