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Kevin Krasnow, Ph.D.

Research Faculty, Teton Research Institute and Graduate Program of the Teton Science Schools
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming
Steering Committee, Western Aspen Alliance, University of Utah, USDI Bureau of land Management, USDA Forest Service

Phone: 307-203-7511
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I am a disturbance ecologist and educator who seeks to understand how humans can live sustainably with the natural world. My research focuses on understanding how and why ecosystems change and identifying opportunities for increasing ecosystem resilience.

In my research, I conduct studies to examine how ecosystems functions before Euro-American management and I examine how human management, climate change, or natural disturbances, such as wildfire, impact habitat quality, species diversity, and broader ecosystem services. Field observations provide the foundation of my research, but I also employ simulation models and experimental manipulations. I work at a variety of spatial and temporal scales to elucidate how ecosystems have functioned historically and to predict likely trajectories in the future. My past research has focused on aspen ecology and management as well as fuels mapping, fire history, fire effects, and spatially explicit wildfire simulation in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada. Additionally, I am interested in understanding effective science education and building the next generation of ecological citizens.

I enjoy partnering with federal, state, and NGO partners and seeing the results of my research used by practitioners.

As an educator, I involve my students in ecological inquiry, help them build a sense of place in the natural world, and challenge them to think critically about current environmental issues. My foundation as an educator was built by my experiences as a NOLS semester student in Kenya and my subsequent work as an instructor for Outward Bound in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. Prior to graduate school, I taught high schools in San Francisco,  where I developed inquiry based science curriculum and conceived and funded the Gateway Outdoor Leadership and Science program at Gateway Charter High School.  I prefer to mix classroom instruction with experiential-based instruction in a field setting, and believe strongly in learning by doing. Here at the TSS Graduate Program, I teach Community Ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Ecological Inquiry, as well as co-instruct Winter Ecology, Intro to Field Science Teaching, and Advanced Elements of Field Ecology Course Design.


Peer-reviewed publications/data products

Krasnow, K.D., S.L. Stephens. In press.  Evolving paradigms of aspen ecology and management: Impacts of stand condition and fire severity on vegetation dynamics.  Ecosphere.

Collins, B. M., Das, A. J., Battles, J. J., Fry, D. L., Krasnow, K. D., & Stephens, S. L. 2014. Beyond reducing fire hazard: fuel treatment impacts on overstory tree survival. Ecological Applications, 24(8), 1879-1886.

Krasnow, K.D., A.S. Halford, and S.L. Stephens. 2012. Aspen restoration in the eastern Sierra Nevada: effectiveness of prescribed fire and conifer removal.  Fire Ecology 8(3): 104-118.

Krasnow, K., T. Schoennagel, T.T. Veblen.  2009.   Forest fuel mapping and evaluation of LANDFIRE fuel maps in Boulder County, Colorado, USA.  Forest Ecology and Management 257, 1603-1612.

Krasnow, K., T. Shoennagel, T.T. Veblen.  2007.   Forest fuel maps of the montane zone of Boulder County, Colorado (data for fire simulation modeling, masters thesis product).  Archived at the Boulder County Forest Serviceoffice and the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks office. These maps were used for a community wildfire protection plan.

Other publications:

Krasnow, K.D. 2012. Managing Novel Forest Ecosystems: Understanding the Past and Present to Build a Resilient Future, PhD Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.

Krasnow, K.D.  2011.  Boulder County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Chapter 14 – Assessing Wildfire Risk.

Krasnow, K.D.  2007. Forest Fuel Mapping and Strategic Wildfire Mitigation in the Montane Zone of Boulder County, Colorado, Masters Thesis, University of Colorado, Boulder

Presentations and Webinars

Krasnow, K., Regenerating Aspen, University of California, Forest Research and Outreach


In Preparation:

Krasnow, K., S.L. Stephens.  Spatial, temporal, and latitudinal components of historic fire regimes in the mixed conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

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