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Jolly, Matt

Employee Role: 
FMI (Fire Modeling Institute), Research Scientist
Phone Number: 
(406) 329-4848

RMRS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
5775 US Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808

Photo: Matt Jolly
  • Ph.D., Forestry, University of Montana
  • B.A., High Distinction in Environmental Science, University of Virginia
  • A.A.S., Electronics Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force
Research topics: 
  • Seasonal variations in live fuel composition and flammability
  • Live fuel contributions to wildland fire behavior
  • Ecological disturbance interactions
  • Advancements in local, regional, national and global fire danger rating
Personal Summary: 

Matt is an Ecologist in the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory.  Matt's research focuses on improving our understanding of how living plants burn and how live fuel flammability varies both seasonally and inter-annually. This new knowledge will help better inform the next generation of fire behavior and fire danger models.

Current Projects:

Linking fuel chemistry to combustion characteristics of live fuels.

  • JFSP Project Number: 10-1-08-6, Title: "Linking Photosynthesis and Combustion Characteristics in Live Fuels: The Role of Soluble Carbohydrates in Fuel Preheating"

FIRESHIFT: Assessing shifting fire regimes across North America, Brazil, and Australia

  • NASA IDS Funded Project, Title: "Shifting Fire Regimes of the US, Australia and Brazilian Amazonia: The Roles of Climate Change, Land Use and Mitigation Efforts"

MPBFIRE: Assessing fuel chemistry changes during the early stages of Mountain Pine Beetle attack and using these fuel chemistry characteristics to inform dynamic fire behavior models such as FIRETEC and the Fire Dynamics Simulator.

Modified: Nov 03, 2020