Shawn is an ecologist for the Fire Effects Information System. He writes and edits literature reviews on native species’ relationships with fire and historical fire regimes in native plant communities. Shawn earned his BA and MS in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Colorado and a PhD in Forest Ecology from University of Montana. His career has focused on understanding impacts of human perturbations in forested communities to inform management in these systems. Before coming to RMRS, Shawn worked as an Ecologist for the NPS Sierra Nevada Inventory and Monitoring Network, and as a Research Wildlife Ecologist for the USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.