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Kristin L. Zouhar

Technical Information Specialist

5775 US West Highway 10
Missoula, MT 59808
Contact Kristin L. Zouhar

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 and nonnative invasive species for use by managers and the public.

Research Interests

Effects of road building on the establishment and spread of nonnative invasive species, and the impacts of invasive species on native communities.

Past Research

Fire effects on nonnative invasive plants, and the effects of nonnative invasive plants on fuels, fire behavior, and fire regimes. Effects of fire and logging on nitrogen availability in ponderosa pine forest soils. Soil morphology and classification.

Why This Research is Important

Research on road impacts (including, but not limited to, affects on 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.


  • 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


    Smith, Jane Kapler; Fryer, Janet L.; Zouhar, Kristin L., 2009. The Fire Effects Information System - serving managers since before the Yellowstone fires
    Zouhar, Kristin L.; Munger, Gregory T.; Smith, Jane Kapler, 2008. Chapter 12: Gaps in scientific knowledge about fire and nonnative invasive plants
    Smith, Jane Kapler; Zouhar, Kristin L.; Sutherland, Steve; Brooks, Matthew L., 2008. Chapter 16: Fire and nonnative plants-summary and conclusions
    Harrington, Michael G.; Fiedler, Carl E.; Arno, Stephen F.; McCaughey, Ward W.; Theroux, Leon J.; Carlson, Clinton E.; Zouhar, Kristin L.; DeLuca, Thomas H.; Bedunah, Donald J.; Ayers, Dayna M.; Beringer, Elizabeth A.; Hejl, Sallie J.; Bacon, Lynn; Benson, Robert E.; Smith, Jane Kapler; Floch, Rick, 1999. Effects of ecosystem-based management treatments
    The Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) provides scientific information for resource management, restoration, rehabilitation, and fire management. FEIS continues to improve its service to managers by providing new and updated products and a new user interface is currently under development.

    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Fire, Fuel and Smoke