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Brooke A. Cassell

Brooke Cassell is a PhD student in the DE&L lab using landscape modeling to assess fuel treatment effectiveness under extreme fire weather conditions in dry mixed-conifer forests of the Malheur National Forest in Eastern Oregon. She is working with the U.S. Forest Service and the University of New Mexico's Earth Systems Ecology Lab to identify both landscape-specific and general determinants of high-priority fuel treatment areas. Her research interests also include forest restoration at multiple scales and multivariate analysis of forest communities.

Previously, Brooke received her Master of Science from the University of Washington's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences in Forest Resources. Her thesis was titled "Fire History of the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve in Western México," which utilized dendrochronological techniques to reconstruct fire history in the reserve's pine-oak forest and inform future management including the use of prescribed fire. Before starting the PhD program at PSU, Brooke worked as a Research Assistant providing field and lab support to the Fire and Environmental Research and Applications (FERA) office of the U.S. Forest Service and as a STEM Graduate Adviser for the University of Washington's Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.


Brooke Cassell,
Nov 23, 2015, 2:16 PM