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Alan Ager

Alan Ager

Research Forester

72510 Coyote Road
Pendleton, OR 97801
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Current Research

Wildfire risk governance Socioeconomic and ecological trandeoffs in forest restoration programs Network analysis of wildfire risk transmission Landscape scenaio modeling


  • University of Washington, Ph.D., Forest Genetics, 1987
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, M.S., Genetics, 1982
  • University of Washington, B.S. Forest Science, Forest Science, Forest Management, 1978
  • Featured Publications


    Hamilton, Matthew; Fischer, Alexandra Paige; Ager, Alan, 2019. A social-ecological network approach for understanding wildfire risk governance
    Evers, Cody R.; Ager, Alan; Nielsen-Pincus, Max; Palaiologou, Palaiologos; Bunzel, Ken, 2019. Archetypes of community wildfire exposure from national forests of the western US
    Salis, Michele; Del Giudice, Liliana; Robichaud, Pete R.; Ager, Alan; Canu, Annalisa; Duce, Pierpaolo; Pellizzaro, Grazia; Ventura, Andrea; Alcasena-Urdiroz, Fermin; Spano, Donatella; Arca, Bachisio, 2019. Coupling wildfire spread and erosion models to quantify post-fire erosion before and after fuel treatments
    Ager, Alan; Day, Michelle A.; Palaiologou, Palaiologos; Houtman, Rachel M.; Ringo, Chris; Evers, Cody R., 2019. Cross-boundary wildfire and community exposure: A framework and application in the western U.S.
    Palaiologou, Palaiologos; Ager, Alan; Evers, Cody R.; Nielsen-Pincus, Max; Day, Michelle A.; Preisler, Haiganoush K., 2019. Fine-scale assessment of cross-boundary wildfire events in the western United States
    Palaiologou, Palaiologos; Ager, Alan; Nielsen-Pincus, Max; Evers, Cody R.; Day, Michelle A., 2019. Social vulnerability to large wildfires in the western USA
    Young, Jesse; Thode, Andrea E.; Huang, Ching-Hsun; Ager, Alan; Fule, Pete Z., 2019. Strategic application of wildland fire suppression in the southwestern United States
    Ager, Alan; Lasko, Richard; Myroniuk, Viktor; Zibtsev, Sergiy; Day, Michelle A.; Usenia, Uladzimir; Bogomolov, Vadym; Kovalets, Ivan; Evers, Cody R., 2019. The wildfire problem in areas contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster
    Alcasena, Fermin J.; Ager, Alan; Bailey, John D.; Pineda, Nicolau; Vega-Garcia, Cristina, 2019. Towards a comprehensive wildfire management strategy for Mediterranean areas: Framework development and implementation in Catalonia, Spain
    Ager, Alan; Houtman, Rachel M.; Day, Michelle A.; Ringo, Chris; Palaiologou, Palaiologos, 2019. Tradeoffs between US national forest harvest targets and fuel management to reduce wildfire transmission to the wildland urban interface
    Ager, Alan; Palaiologou, Palaiologos; Evers, Cody R.; Day, Michelle A.; Ringo, Chris; Short, Karen C., 2019. Wildfire exposure to the wildland urban interface in the western US
    Ager, Alan; Barros, Ana M. G.; Day, Michelle A.; Preisler, Haiganoush K.; Spies, Thomas A.; Bolte, John, 2018. Analyzing fine-scale spatiotemporal drivers of wildfire in a forest landscape model
    Alcasena, Fermin J.; Ager, Alan; Salis, Michele; Day, Michelle A.; Vega-Garcia, Cristina, 2018. Optimizing prescribed fire allocation for managing fire risk in central Catalonia
    Alcasena, Fermín J.; Salis, Michele; Ager, Alan; Castell, Rafael; Vega-García, Cristina, 2017. Assessing wildland fire risk transmission to communities in northern Spain
    Ager, Alan; Houtman, Rachel M.; Seli, Robert; Day, Michelle A.; Bailey, John, 2017. Integrating large wildfire simulation and forest growth modeling for restoration planning
    Kalabokidis, Kostas; Ager, Alan; Finney, Mark A.; Athanasis, Nikos; Palaiologou, Palaiologos; Vasilakos, Christos, 2016. AEGIS: a wildfire prevention and management information system
    Hulse, David; Branscomb, Allan; Enright, Chris; Johnson, Bart; Evers, Cody; Bolte, John; Ager, Alan, 2016. Anticipating surprise: Using agent-based alternative futures simulation modeling to identify and map surprising fires in the Willamette Valley, Oregon USA
    Lozano, Olga M.; Salis, Michele; Ager, Alan; Arca, Bachisio; Alcasena, Fermin J.; Monteiro, Antonio T.; Finney, Mark A.; Del Giudice, Liliana; Scoccimarro, Enrico; Spano, Donatella, 2016. Assessing climate change impacts on wildfire exposure in Mediterranean areas
    Ager, Alan A.; Day, Michelle A.; Short, Karen C.; Evers, Cody R., 2016. Assessing the impacts of federal forest planning on wildfire risk-mitigation in the Pacific Northwest, USA
    Salis, Michele; Laconi, Maurizio; Ager, Alan; Alcasena, Fermin J.; Arca, Bachisio; Lozano, Olga; de Oliveira, Ana Fernandes; Spano, Donatella, 2016. Evaluating alternative fuel treatment strategies to reduce wildfire losses in a Mediterranean area
    Fischer, A. Paige; Spies, Thomas A; Steelman, Toddi A; Moseley, Cassandra; Johnson, Bart R; Bailey, John D; Ager, Alan; Bourgeron, Patrick; Charnley, Susan; Collins, Brandon M; Kline, Jeffrey D; Leahy, Jessica E; Littell, Jeremy S; Millington, James DA; Nielsen-Pincus, Max; Olsen, Christine S; Paveglio, Travis B; Roos, Christopher I; Steen-Adams, Michelle M; Stevens, Forrest R; Vukomanovic, Jelena; White, Eric M; Bowman, David M. J. S., 2016. Pathology of wildfire risk: A characterization of social and ecological dimensions
    Martin, Ana; Botequim, Brigite; Oliveira, Tiago M.; Ager, Alan; Pirotti, Francesco, 2016. Temporal optimisation of fuel treatment design in blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) plantations
    Salis, Michele; Ager, Alan A.; Alcasena, Fermin J.; Arca, Bachisio; Finney, Mark A.; Pellizzaro, Grazia; Spano, Donatella, 2015. Analyzing seasonal patterns of wildfire exposure factors in Sardinia, Italy
    Vogler, Kevin C.; Ager, Alan; Day, Michelle A.; Jennings, Michael; Bailey, John D., 2015. Prioritization of forest restoration projects: Tradeoffs between wildfire protection, ecological restoration and economic objectives
    Bone, Christopher; Ager, Alan; Bunzel, Ken; Tierney, Lauren, 2014. A geospatial search engine for discovering multi-format geospatial data across the web
    Ager, Alan; A. Day, Michelle; Finney, Mark A.; Vance-Borland, Ken; Vaillant, Nicole M., 2014. Analyzing the transmission of wildfire exposure on a fire-prone landscape in Oregon, USA
    Ager, Alan; Day, Michelle A.; McHugh, Charles W.; Short, Karen C.; Gilbertson-Day, Julie; Finney, Mark A.; Calkin, Dave E., 2014. Wildfire exposure and fuel management on western US national forests
    Ager, Alan; Preisler, H.K.; Arca, B.; Spano, D; Salis, M., 2014. Wildfire risk estimation in the Mediterranean area
    Preisler, Haiganoush K; Ager, Alan, 2013. Forest-fire models
    Ager, Alan; Buonopane, Michelle; Reger, Allison; Finney, Mark A., 2013. Wildfire exposure analysis on the National Forests in the Pacific Northwest, USA
    Ager, Alan A.; Vaillant, Nicole M.; Finney, Mark A.; Preisler, Haiganoush K., 2012. Analyzing wildfire exposure and source–sink relationships on a fire prone forest landscape
    Salis, Michele; Ager, Alan; Arca, Bachisio; Finney, Mark A.; Bacciu, Valentina; Duce, Pierpaolo; Spano, Donatella, 2012. Assessing exposure of human and ecological values to wildfire in Sardinia, Italy
    Malcolm, Karl; Thompson, Matthew P.; Calkin, Dave E.; Finney, Mark A.; Ager, Alan, 2012. Science You Can Use Bulletin: Wildfire triage: Targeting mitigation based on social, economic, and ecological values
    Thompson, Matthew P.; Ager, Alan A.; Finney, Mark A.; Calkin, Dave E.; Vaillant, Nicole M., 2012. The science and opportunity of wildfire risk assessment (Chapter 6)
    Ager, Alan A.; Buonopane, Michelle; Reger, Allison; Finney, Mark A., 2012. Wildfire exposure to analysis on the national forests in the Pacific Northwest, USA
    Calkin, David E.; Ager, Alan; Thompson, Matthew P.; Finney, Mark A.; Lee, Danny C.; Quigley, Thomas M.; McHugh, Charles W.; Riley, Karin; Gilbertson-Day, Julie M., 2011. A comparative risk assessment framework for wildland fire management: the 2010 cohesive strategy science report
    Thompson, Matthew P.; Calkin, Dave E.; Gilbertson-Day, Julie W.; Ager, Alan A., 2011. Advancing effects analysis for integrated, large-scale wildfire risk assessment
    Thompson, Matthew P.; Calkin, Dave E.; Finney, Mark A.; Ager, Alan A.; Gilbertson-Day, Julie W., 2011. Integrated national-scale assessment of wildfire risk to human and ecological values
    Calkin, Dave E.; Finney, Mark A.; Ager, Alan A.; Thompson, Matthew P.; Gebert, Krista M., 2011. Progress towards and barriers to implementation of a risk framework for US federal wildland fire policy and decision making
    Calkin, Dave E.; Thompson, Matthew P.; Ager, Alan A.; Finney, Mark A., 2010. Barriers to implementation of risk management for federal wildland fire management agencies in the United States
    Cathcart, Jim; Ager, Alan A.; McMahan, Andrew; Finney, Mark A.; Watt, Brian, 2010. Carbon benefits from fuel treatments
    Arca, Bachisio; Pellizzaro, Grazia; Duce, Pierpaolo; Salis, Michele; Bacciu, Valentina; Spano, Donatella; Ager, Alan; Finney, Mark A., 2010. Climate change impact on fire probability and severity in Mediterranean areas
    Ager, A.A.; Finney, Mark A.; McMahan, A.; Carthcart, J., 2010. Measuring the effect of fuel treatments on forest carbon using landscape risk analysis
    Calkin, Dave E.; Ager, Alan A.; Gilbertson-Day, Julie, 2010. Wildfire risk and hazard: procedures for the first approximation
    Ager, Alan A.; McMahan, Andrew J.; Barrett, James J.; McHugh, Charles W., 2007. A simulation study of thinning and fuel treatments on a wildland-urban interface in eastern Oregon, USA
    Ager, Alan; Hayes, Jane L.; Schmitt, Craig L., 2004. Chapter 8: Simulating mortality from forest insects and diseases
    Pioneer Fire in Idaho, night time photo of active fire running up hill
    The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station recently released a new General Technical Report, GTR-392, Cross-boundary Wildfire and Community Exposure: A Framework and Application in the Western US. The publication describes the development and application of a framework to assess cross-boundary wildfire exposure for the Western U.S. with the purpose of mapping potential fire transmission among public and private lands, and identifying areas where ignitions are most likely to expose communities to wildfire.