Fire Lab Seminar Series

The Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory has been hosting an annual seminar series since 1998. Hour-long seminars are presented by Fire Lab employees and other researchers from throughout the world. Seminars cover current research and management about the natural world from a broad range of disciplines, but most seminars usually have a wildland fire theme. The Fire Lab Seminar Series provides a platform for researchers and managers to present their work in an environment that encourages critical thought, the free exchange of ideas, and knowledge discovery.

Seminars are offered each Thursday, October to May, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Mountain time) via the online web application Microsoft Teams. If you are interested in using this service, please use the below information. Please note, this presentation will be set for listen mode only. At the end of each presentation, a Q&A session will be held via the Chat Box. Please sign up for the Seminar News for notifications and details for the seminars.

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View seminars and videos from the past several years: Seminar Series Archive

2022-2023 Seminar Series Schedule

Erin Noonan-Wright, RMRS Fire Management Specialist
Federal land managers in the US are charged with risk-based decision-making which requires them to know the risk and to direct resources accordingly. Without understanding the specific factors that produce risk, it is difficult to identify…

Bob Burgan, retired USFS Research Forester; Haiganoush Preisler, retired USFS PSWRS Mathematical Statistician; Christopher Woody, Physical Scientist
Revised Fire Potential Index and Large Fire Probability Maps Based on Satellite and Surface Observations Including Wind USGS EROS, in conjunction with the USFS-PSW and USFS-RMRS developed new methods for forecasting and displaying the probability of…

Dr. Kenton Gregory, Director OHSU Center for Regenerative Medicine
Research and technology development assessing the immediate and direct effect of wildfire smoke on the lungs of firefighters in the field using a new hand held, quick touch ultrasound that can give immediate point of care assessment of potential…

Karin Riley, RMRS Research Ecologist and Isaac Grenfell, RMRS Mathematician
We used a random forests machine learning process to produce a tree-level model of the US by assigning forest plot data from Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) to landscape data from LANDFIRE at 30x30 resolution. The resulting dataset has numerous…

Chris Armatas, USDA FS Research Social Scientist and Lee Cerveny, USDA FS Research Social Scientist
The Mapping, Prioritization, and Public Participation (M3P) tool: Considering Wildfire Planning, Management, and Restoration In recent years, catastrophic wildfire has transformed ecosystems and displaced human communities in the western United…

Kim Davis, RMRS Research Ecologist

Alan Ager, Research Forester and Michelle Day, Research Assistant
In 2022, the US Forest Service launched an ambitious 10-year strategy to address the escalating wildfire danger in the USA. “Confronting the Wildfire Crisis: A Strategy for Protecting Communities and Improving Resilience in America’s Forests”…

John Hogland, RMRS Biological Scientist
Transforming data into useful information for wildfire decision-making: improving the utility of remote sensing products at tactical and planning scales Big data and the knowledge we glean from it are fundamentally changing the way in which resource…

Serra Hoagland, RMRS Tribal Liaison Officer/Biologist
Balancing the Triple Bottom Line: Results from the 4th National Assessment of Tribal Forests and Forest Management The National Indian Forest Resource Management Act requires decadal assessments of the status of tribal forests and forest management…

Natalie Wagenbrenner, RMRS Research Meteorologist

Tyler Hoeker, Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral Fellow
In subalpine forests of the Northern Rockies, short-interval high-severity wildland fires are symptomatic of emerging changes in fire regimes. Evidence of forest conversion to non-forest and prolonged establishment windows is accumulating. However,…

Signe Leirfallom