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Robin J. Innes

Technological Information Specialist

5775 Highway 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
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Current Research

I synthesize available literature regarding species' responses to fire for the FEIS website. Writing FEIS reviews involves locating, summarizing, and integrating information about the biology and fire ecology of plant and animal species for land managers and the public.

Research Interests

My research has largely focused on wildlife species' habitat relationships and plant disturbance ecology.

Past Research

Land managers must make complex decisions that incorporate a vast amount of information that tends to be spread through many publications. My research is important because it provides a single, easily accessible source of information for land managers, where knowledge available in the scientific literature has been analyzed, discussed, and synthesized into concise reviews of plant and animal species.

Why This Research is Important

I have designed and conducted biological surveys of wildlife and their habitats in wetland and terrestrial ecosystems over the past 13 years. Before writing for FEIS, I led an integrative project that investigated the effect of vegetation manipulation on small mammals, particularly the prey of the California spotted owl, a species of concern in California. My other accomplishments include contributing to the writing of many peer-reviewed articles, reports, and technical documents, which have provided novel information to resource managers regarding wildlife species' habitat relationships, social behavior, and movements.


  • University of New Hampshire, B.S., Wildlife Management, 2001
  • University of California Davis, M.S., Ecology, 2006
  • Publications

    Heinsch, Faith Ann; Innes, Robin J.; Hardy, Colin C.; Lee, Kristine M., 2015. Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Program: 2014 Research Accomplishments
    Cooke, Brian; Smith, JaneK.; Innes, Robin J.; Fryer, Janet L.; Zouhar, Kris; Abrahamson, Ilana; Murphy, Shannon; Masin, Eva, 2015. Science You Can Use Bulletin: Fire and forethought: Fire effects syntheses are a powerful tool for planning and management across resource fields
    Innes, Robin J.; Heinsch, Faith Ann; Lee, Kristine M., 2014. 2013 Annual Report: Fire Modeling Institute
    Heinsch, Faith Ann; Innes, Robin J.; Hardy, Colin C.; Lee, Kristine M., 2014. Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program: 2013 Research accomplishments
    Keane II, Robert E.; Dillon, Gregory K.; Drury, Stacy; Innes, Robin J.; Morgan, Penny; Lutes, Duncan C.; Prichard, Susan J.; Smith, Jane; Strand, Eva, 2014. New and revised fire effects tools for fire management
    Innes, Robin J., 2012. Fire effects on noxious weeds
    Innes, Robin J.; McEachern, Mary Brooke; Van Vuren, Dirk H.; Eadie, John M.; Kelt, Douglas A.; Johnson, Michael L., 2012. Genetic relatedness and spatial associations of dusky-footed woodrats (Neotoma fuscipes)
    High-severity wildfire.
    Land managers often need the total number of acres burned broken down by these severity classes for planning after wildfire. To meet this need, Forest Service scientists and their cooperators developed the Fire Severity (FIRESEV) Mapping project, a comprehensive set of tools and procedures that create, evaluate, and deliver fire severity maps for all phases of fire management.

    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Fire, Fuel and Smoke