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Rachel A. Loehman

Title: Research Landscape Ecologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7089
Fax: (907) 786-7401
Email: rloehman@usgs.gov

orcid.org/0000-0001-7680-1865

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Education and/or Training

Ph.D.2006The University of MontanaEcosystems Ecology
M.A.1999University of New MexicoBiogeography
B.A.1995University of New MexicoAnthropology

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding complex, multi-scale ecological dynamics in natural and coupled human-natural systems, including short- and long-term landscape responses to disturbance processes (e.g., wildfire, insects, disturbance interactions), climate change impacts to ecosystems and fire regimes, terrestrial carbon dynamics, and prescribed and wildfire effects on culturally significant resources and traditional cultural properties. I also work on research integrating paleoecological and modeling studies to provide a long-term view of ecological and disturbance dynamics, against which to assess the significance of current and projected climate changes as drivers of landscape change. This research is primarily implemented using a combination of field studies, mechanistic, process-based simulation modeling, and spatial and statistical analysis and visualization.

Professional Experience

2014 - PresentResearch Landscape Ecologist, US Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2009-2014Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Fire Sciences Lab, Missoula, Montana
2007-2009Research Scientist, Systems for Environmental Management, Missoula, Montana
2007-2008Climate Change Analyst, National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis, The University of Montana
2006-2007Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, The University of Montana
2004-2006National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, The University of Montana
2001-2004NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, The University of Montana
1997-2000GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

Society for American Archaeology Committee on Climate Change Strategies and Archaeological Resources
Associate Editor, Fire Ecology
Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Wildfire Coordination Team
Alaska Fire Science Consortium Advisory Board
Association for Fire Ecology
Ecological Society of America
International Association of Landscape Ecology
Society for American Archaeology

Honors and/or Awards

  • USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station Best Early Career Scientist Publication, 2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
  • Golden Key Honor Society
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography Honor Society
  • AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science, 2005
  • National Science Foundation GK-12 Ecology Education Fellowship, 2004-2006
  • NASA Earth System Science Fellowship, 2001-2004

Publications

Total pubs: 26

Clark, J. A., R. A. Loehman, and R. E. Keane. 2017. Climate changes and wildfire alter vegetation of Yellowstone National Park, but forest cover persists. Ecosphere 8(1):e01636. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1636 [Details] [Full Publication]

Loehman, R. A., R. E. Keane, L. M. Holsinger, and Z. Wu. 2016. Interactions of landscape disturbances and climate change dictate ecological pattern and process: spatial modeling of wildfire, insect, and disease dynamics under future climates. Landscape Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10980-016-0414-6 [Details] [Full Publication]

Riley, K. and R. A. Loehman. 2016. Mid-21st-century climate changes increase predicted fire occurrence and fire season length, Northern Rocky Mountains, United States. Ecosphere 7(11):e01543. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1543 [Details] [Full Publication]

Keane, R. E., R. A. Loehman, J. A. Clark, E. E. Smithwick, and C. Miller. 2015. Exploring interactions among multiple disturbance agents in forest landscapes: simulating effects of fire, beetles, and disease under climate change. Pages 201-231 in Ajith H. Perera, A. H., T. K. Remmel, and L. J. Buse, (eds.). Modeling and Mapping Forest Landscape Patterns. Springer [Details] [Full Publication]

Heyerdahl, E. E., R. A. Loehman, and D. Falk. 2014. Mixed-severity fire in lodgepole-dominated forests: Are historical regimes sustainable on Oregon's Pumice Plateau, USA?. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44(6):593-603. doi:10.1139/cjfr-2013-0413 [Details] [Full Publication]

Loehman, R. A., E. E. Reinhardt, and K. Riley. 2014. Wildland fire emissions, carbon, and climate: Seeing the forest and the trees - A cross-scale assessment of wildfire and carbon dynamics in fire-prone, forested ecosystems. Forest Ecology and Management 317:9-19. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2013.04.014 [Details] [Full Publication]

Sommers, W., R. A. Loehman, and C. Hardy. 2014. Wildland fire emissions, carbon and climate: Science overview and knowledge needs. Forest Ecology and Management 317:1-8. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2013.12.014 [Details] [Full Publication]

Prato, T., T. B. Paveglio, Y. Barnett, R. Silverstein, M. Hardy, R. E. Keane, R. A. Loehman, and et al. 2014. Simulating Future Residential Property Losses from Wildfire in Flathead County, Montana. Pages 1-40 in Daniels, J. A. (ed.), Advances in Environmental Research, Vol. 33. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY [Details]

Loehman, R. A., J. Elias, R. J. Douglass, A. J. Kuenzi, J. N. Mills, and K. Wagoner. 2012. Prediction of Peromyscus maniculatus (deer mouse) population dynamics in Monanta, USA using satellite-driven vegetation productivity and weather data. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48(2):348-360. doi:10.7589/0090-3558-48.2.348 [Details] [Full Publication]

Schramm, A. and R. A. Loehman. 2012. Understanding the science of climate change: talking points - impacts to the Pacific Coast. National Park Service, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR —2012/513, 42 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Loehman, R. A., J. A. Clark, and R. E. Keane. 2011. Modeling effects of climate change and fire management on western white pine (Pinus monticola) in the northern Rocky Mountains, USA. Forests 2(4):832-860. doi:10.3390/f2040832 [Details] [Full Publication]

Keane, R. E., R. A. Loehman, and L. M. Holsinger. 2011. A research simulation platform for exploring fire and vegetation dynamics: The FireBGCv2 landscape fire succession model. US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-255, 137 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Loehman, R. A., A. Corrow, R. E. Keane, and M. Zhao. 2011. Modeling climate change and disturbance interactions: Effects on whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) and implications for restoration, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. Proceedings: Symposium on the Future of High-Elevation Five-Needle White Pines in Western North America. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station Proceedings RMRS-P-63. [Details] [Full Publication]

Schramm, A. and R. A. Loehman. 2011. Understanding the science of climate change: talking points - impacts to the eastern woodlands and forests. National Park Service, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR —2011/470, 40 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Schramm, A. and R. A. Loehman. 2011. Understanding the science of climate change: talking points - impacts to the Pacific Islands. National Park Service, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR &mdash:2011/287, 42 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Jezierski, C., R. A. Loehman, and A. Schramm. 2010. Understanding the science of climate change: talking points - impacts to Alaska maritime and transitional. National Park Service, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR —2010/223, 41 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Loehman, R. A. 2010. Understanding the science of climate change: talking points - impacts to arid lands. National Park Service, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR —2010/209, 42 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Jezierski, C., R. A. Loehman, and A. Schramm. 2010. Understanding the science of climate change: talking points - impacts to Alaska boreal and arctic. National Park Service, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR —2010/224, 46 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Schramm, A. and R. A. Loehman. 2010. Understanding the science of climate change: talking points - impacts to the Great Lakes. National Park Service, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR —2010/247, 40 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Loehman, R. A. and G. Anderson. 2010. Understanding the science of climate change: talking points - impacts to the Gulf Coast. National Park Service, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR —2010/210, 40 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Loehman, R. A. and G. Anderson. 2009. Understanding the science of climate change: talking points - impacts to the Atlantic Coast. National Park Service, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR &mdash:2009/095, 40 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Loehman, R. A. 2009. Understanding the science of climate change - talking points: impacts to the prairie potholes and grasslands. National Park Service, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR &mdash:2009/138, 38 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Loehman, R. A. and G. Anderson. 2009. Understanding the science of climate change: talking points - impacts to western mountains and forests. National Park Service, Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/CCRP/NRR &mdash:2009/090, 36 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Kang, S., S. W. Running, J. Lim, S. Kang, C. Park, and R. A. Loehman. 2003. A regional phenology model for detecting onset of greenness in temperate mixed forests, Korea: an application of MODIS leaf area index. Remote Sensing of Environment 86(2):232-242. doi:10.1016/S0034-4257(03)00103-2 [Details] [Full Publication]

Heinsch, F. A., M. C. Reeves, P. Votava, C. Milesi, M. Zhao, J. Glassy, W. M. Jolly, R. A. Loehman, C. F. Bowker, J. S. Kimball, and R. Nemani, and S. W. Running. 2003. User's Guide Version 2.0: GPP and NPP (MOD17A2/A3) Products, NASA MODIS Land Algorithm. University of Montana, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group. [Details] [Full Publication]

Loehman, R. A. 1999. Effects of Climate Change on Disease: A Southwestern Case Study. Southwest Regional Assessment on Climate Change, NASA ESIP Partnership. [Details]

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