B.A. Biology-Environmental Studies, Whitman College, 2003
PhD Ecology, Utah State University, 2009
Megan is a Research Associate and has been working with the INR team since 2010. She is currently a technical coordinator for large, multi-stakeholder projects addressing complex natural resource issues. Megan is interested in bridging the gap between science and management by providing maps and tools to access data and information, developing guidance and examples for how to apply products to management applications, and facilitating discussions of how to incorporate science-based information into decision-making processes. Prior to her current work, she spent several years working on large landscape assessments across diverse ecosystems in the western United States, studying the cumulative impacts of vegetation succession, climate, disturbances, and management on vegetation condition, carbon sequestration, and habitat. She received her PhD from Utah State University in 2010 studying the ecological effects of genetic variation in quaking aspen populations. See below for more information on current and past projects.
Current projects include:
SageCon: Megan is the technical coordinator for the SageCon partnership, which coordinates implementation of the state Sage-Grouse Action Plan across state and federal agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations, and other partners interested in sagebrush country. In particular, she is coordinating efforts to build tools for monitoring and reporting, assessment of habitat condiiton, and multi-stakeholder decision support.
Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer: Megan is coordinating the Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer project on the Oregon Explorer Natural Resources Digital Library site. The site provides resources, publications and other information about wildfire in the state, and two interactive map viewers provide data and reports summarizing wildfire information for both public audiences (homeowners and community leaders) and fire management professionals to aid in development of community wildfire protection plans.
Ecosystem Services on Military Bases: INR is partnering with Duke University in a pilot project to build conceptual models of ecosystem services for military bases throughout the US. The models will help base managers quantify the benefits provided by natural resources management at these bases and evaluate tradeoffs in ecosystem services with management actions. Megan is helping manage the project and develop vegetation submodels.
Previous projects include:
Forest Planning Assessments: INR has worked with many National Forests throughout the West to support their forest plan revisions. Megan worked with the Rio Grande National Forest (2014-15) and Coronado National Forest (2012) to run analyses of historic, current, and projected future conditions under varying management alternatives and evaluate desired outcomes.
Oregon Coast Range Modeling Study: As part of Rob Scheller’s lab at Portland State University, Megan led a study integrating climate change, wildfire, timber harvest, and bioenergy harvest in the Oregon Coast Range.
Climate, Management and Habitat in the Pacific Northwest: In 2014, INR completed an analysis of the impacts of climate change and land management in three regions of the Pacific Northwest: Southeast Oregon, Northwest Washington, and Southwest Oregon. Megan led the rangeland modeling in Southeast Oregon.
Integrated Landscape Assessment Project (ILAP): From 2010-2012, Megan worked with the ILAP modeling team to develop state-and-transition models for arid lands in Washington, Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico.