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Kristin L. Zouhar

Technical Information Specialist (Fire Ecology)
Fire, Fuel and Smoke
5775 Highway 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808-9361
United States
Phone
406-829-6924
Current Research
I am an editor and writer for the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. I specialize in synthesizing information from the scientific literature on fire regimes and fire effects in North American ecosystems, with an emphasis on fire and nonnative invasive species, for use by managers and the public.
Past Research
  • Fire effects on nonnative invasive plants, and the effects of nonnative invasive plants on fuels, fire behavior, and fire regimes
  • Using fire to control invasive plants
  • Effects of fire and logging on nitrogen availability in ponderosa pine forest soils
  • Soil morphology and classification
Research Interest
  • Effects of nonnative invasive plants on fuel characteristics and fire regimes in invaded communities
  • Effects of roads and trails on the establishment and spread of nonnative invasive plants
  • Impacts of invasive species on native ecosystems
Why This Research Is Important
The impacts of invasive plants on native communities can be severe and long-lasting. Understanding the relationship between fire and invasive plants can help managers evaluate risks and strategize effective prevention and mitigation of plant invasions in order to sustain the ecological integrity and resilience of forests and grasslands. This is especially important within the context of a changing climate. Research on road impacts (including, but not limited to, effects on the introduction and spread of invasive plants) is important because management and policy discussions and decisions often include opening up roadless areas for resource extraction, and we need to know the true ecological costs of such actions.
Education
  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, B.S., Soil Science, 1991
  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, B.A., Psychology, 1991
  • University of Montana, Missoula, M.S., Resource Conservation, 1997
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Citations of Non-Forest Service Publications
  • Zouhar, Kristin. 2017. Fire regimes in Alaskan Pacific maritime ecosystems. In: Fire Effects Information System, (Online) U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/fire_regimes/AK_Pacific_maritime/all.html
  • Zouhar, Kris. 2017. Fire regimes of Alaskan mountain hemlock ecosystems. In: Fire Effects Information System, (Online). U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/fire_regimes/AK_mountain_hemlock/all.html
  • Zouhar, Kristin. 2021. Fire regimes of plains grassland and prairie ecosystems. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/fire_regimes/PlainsGrassland_Prairie/all.html
  • Innes, Robin J.; Zouhar, Kris. 2018. Fire regimes of mountain big sagebrush communities. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/fire_regimes/mountain_big_sagebrush/all.html
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