WMI News & Updates

WMI team at the annual meeting in Leavenworth, WA: photo by Jeff Hicke

WMI annual meeting, Leavenworth, WA, October 2017

WMI annual meeting, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, CA. October 2015

WMI annual meeting, Midway, UT, September 2014

WMI annual meeting, Loch Vale watershed, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. October 2012

WMI annual meeting, Glacier National Park, MT. September 2011

Jill Baron gives Congressional testimony

On July 13, 2009, Jill Baron gave briefings to the House Water and Power Subcommittee and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources on climate change, western water, and ecosystems.
View PDF: Water Resources in the West: Assessing tradeoffs in a changing climate.

WMI Team meets in Sequoia National Park, CA, Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2008

WMI sponsors the International Journal of Wildland Fire's special issue on fire climatology

International Journal of Wildland Fire, Fire Climatology in the western United States, Volume 17(1), Feb. 2008
Abstracts and full text versions of the papers are available on the IJWF's website.

WMI Team meets in Pingree Park, CO, Sept 24-27, 2007

Dave Peterson Receives International Scientific Achievement Award

David L. Peterson has spent most of his career studying the complex subalpine ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest and the effects of environmental stressors, such as fire and climate change, on these systems. Peterson recently received the 2005 Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) for his research findings and publishing achievements. He has published 160 scientific articles and three books about his primary research findings in fire ecology, mountain ecology, and climate change.
The award was presented in August during the 22nd World Congress of the IUFRO in Brisbane, Australia. The IUFRO promotes forest science cooperation by uniting more than 15,000 scientists in about 700 member organizations in 110 countries.

Peterson’s international activities with IUFRO and other organizations include participation in working groups on air pollution effects in forests, climate change, and natural resource monitoring. He is currently developing quantitative guidelines for fuel treatment in dry forests of western North America. He is also a principal investigator for the Western Mountain Initiative, a scientific consortium focused on climate change effects in mountain ecosystems.

Peterson is a research biologist at the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station and a professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. He joined the Forest Service in 1980 after earning a Ph. D. from the University of Illinois.

Dan Fagre Receives Top Honor from National Park Service

Dan received the National Park Service Director's Award for Natural Resource Research on March 15, 2005, at the George Wright Society biennial conference in Philadelphia. Dan was selected for the honor because of his ability to perform excellent scientific studies, resulting in significant publications, his ability to "outreach" to the park staff and visitors, and his penchant for collaboration with other researchers and managers in the Rocky Mountain region. View press release (pdf).