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Lisa M. Holsinger

Lisa M. Holsinger
Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
790 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula, MT 59801-4421
United States
Current Research
Currently, I am working in three major aspects of landscape ecology.  I am investigating landscape connectivity, particularly between protected areas, to map and identify potential corridors for plant and wildlife species, under a warming climate. I am implementing the landscape ecology model FireBGCv2 to better understand the relationships between a changing climate, fire regimes, vegetation and fuel management - in many ecoregions across the Rocky Mountains and in Alaska. Lastly, I am working towards developing remote sensing methods, primarily using Google Earth Engine, with the goal of improving our ability to measure landscape level processes, such as fire disturbance and severity, and fire-facilitated conversion of forest to non-forest. 

Past Research
• Developing methods to predict distribution and abundance of forest species using bioclimatic modeling.
• The influence of weather, fuels, and topography in impeding fire spread in the western US.
• Using landscape modeling to evaluate fire and fish population dynamics to predict thresholds in fire risk and scales at which to expect recovery in stream temperatures and fish communities.
• Fuel treatment effects in major habitat types of the northern Rocky Mountains using the Fire and Fuels Extension to the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FFE-FVS).
Research Interest
• Climate change connectivity, including climate analogs, climate exposure, and climate corridors.
• The landscape ecology of ecosystem processes, especially disturbance, climate, and vegetation, and the scales at which these processes interact. 
• Remote sensing methods to evaluate fire effects and spread.

  • University of California, Davis, B.S., Biology, 1984
  • University of Washington, M.S., Fisheries, 1988
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Research Highlights

Wildfires today impact future wildfires

Year: 2018
Wildland fire limits subsequent fire occurrence. Researchers monitored the extent to which a previous wildland fire inhibits new fires from igniting.

Why and where high-severity fire occurs

Year: 2018
An evaluation using consistent data and methods across the broad geographic range of forested landscapes of the western United States will allow for an improved understanding of the most influential factors driving fire severity and will provide forest managers with highly relevant information for p...

Restoring whitebark pine ecosystems in the face of climate change

Year: 2017
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) forests are declining across most of their range in North America because of the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the exotic pathogen Cronartium ribicola, which infects five-needle white pines...