Kevin Krasnow, Ph.D.
Research Faculty, Conservation Research Center 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
CV (PDF Format)
I am a disturbance ecologist and educator passionate about understanding how to 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 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, experimental manipulations, remotely sensed data, and geospatial analysis. 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. My journey as an educator continued in the urban landscape of 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. More recently at UC Berkeley, I taught the lab for the wildland fire science course, led the students in a prescribed fire experience, and designed and delivered a university course entitled “Teaching Environmental Science.” 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 and Advanced Elements of Field Ecology Course Design.
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. 2011. Boulder County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Chapter 14 – Assessing Wildfire Risk. http://www.bouldercounty.org/find/library/build/cwppchapters12to14.pdf
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.
Krasnow, K. Forest Fuel Mapping and Strategic Wildfire Mitigation in the Montane Zone of Boulder County, Colorado. (2007 Masters Thesis).
Krasnow, K., S.L. Stephens. Spatial, temporal, and latitudinal components of historic fire regimes in the mixed conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. (Journal of Biogeography)
Krasnow, K., A. S. Halford, S.L. Stephens. Wildfire, management, and regeneration of quaking
aspen (Populus tremuloides) in the Sierra Nevada and Glass Mountains, California. (Ecological