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Short, Karen

Research Ecologist
Employee Role: 
Research Scientist
Phone Number: 
(406) 329-4973

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


PhD, Organismal Biology and Ecology, University of Montana

Personal Summary: 

Karen's current work focuses on wildfire risk science and applications, including development of national products used in research and management.

Major projects include:

  • Development of foundational geospatial datasets including a national fire-occurrence database, a research-ready compilation of incident status summary (ICS-209) reports for large fires, national burn probability and conditional intensity map products
  • Assessment of wildfire exposure to the wildland-urban interface in the western US and elsewhere
  • Characterizing the drivers and potential impacts of large-fire co-occurrence at multiple spatial scales
  • Characterizing potential changes in landscape fire activity under future climate scenarios
Modified: Mar 13, 2020