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Diane M. Smith

Research Historian

5775 US West Highway 10
Missoula, MT 59808
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Current Research

Diane Smith's research focuses on the history of wildland fire research, including the reintroduction of fire into wilderness areas in the Rocky Mountain West.


  • Montana State University - Bozeman, Ph.D., History of science, the environment, and the American West, 2012
  • Flowers of sticky whiteleaf manzanita, one of many plant species reviewed by FEIS scientists (photo by George W. Hartwell).
    Thirty years ago, Rocky Mountain Research Station scientist William (Bill) Fischer proposed a highly innovative computer system to provide managers with information about the effects of prescribed fire. Technology has changed radically since Fischer originally envisioned a computer program to provide fire effects information electronically. The FEIS user interface now enables readers to search using many criteria, including maps, and it connects information from all three FEIS products - Species Reviews, Fire Studies, and Fire Regimes.
    Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment in Support of Front Range National Forests and Colorado National Grasslands for Forest Plan Revision, Plan Amendments, and Project-Level Planning.

    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Fire, Fuel and Smoke