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Brandon M. Collins

Brandon M. Collins
Cooperator (UC Berkeley)
Fire and Fuels Program
1731 Research Park
Davis, CA 95618
United States
Research Interest

My research interests involve characterizing effects of fire and fuels treatments on forests. I am interested in these characterizations at both the stand and landscape levels. Active research areas include: 1) stand development/recovery following fuel reduction treatments and wildfires, 2) modeled effects of landscape fuel treatment networks, 3) fire severity patterns and interactions among managed wildfires in long-term natural fire areas, and 4) characterizing variability in forests under more natural fire regimes. My research intends to provide meaningful information to managers interested in improving forest resiliency and incorporating more natural fire-vegetation dynamics across landscapes.

  • UC Berkeley, Ph.D., Managing wildland fire in long-term natural fire areas in the Sierra Nevada, 2007
  • Colorado State University, M.S., Climate-fire relationships in the Interior West, 2004
  • UC Berkeley, B.S., Forestry, 2001
Professional Organizations
  • Board Member,  Association for Fire Ecology,  2011 - Current
    Vote on resolutions directing AFE activities including: conferences, oversight for the journal Fire Ecology, professional certification for fire ecologists, and other outreach. Participate in planning and implementing AFE activities
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Re-sampling historical inventory plots indicates degree of forest changes over the last 100 years

Year: 2011
A 100 years of forest change is documented. Contemporary forests are compared to their historical counterparts. The findings presented here can be used by managers and ecologists interested in restoring Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forests.