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Kate Cueno defended her thesis entitled: "Is thin and chip an ecological viable fuels reduction option? Initial results in Black Hills Ponderosa Forests" on March 1 and graduated in Spring 2011

Emily Kachergis defended her dissertation entitled: "An alternate state approach to range management in the sagebrush steppe" on June 6 and will graduate in Summer 2011

Lab members Kate Cueno, Phil Graeve and Katie Renwick are currently assisting Monique Rocca in leading a 1-credit Fire Ecology and Management Seminar. For more information or meeting times visit the CSU SAFE webpage. 09/2010

Lab member Matt Diskin shares his findings on forest recovery after Mountain Pine Beetle disturbance on KCOL Radio (4/15; hour 3) and in the Fort Collins Coloradoan. 04/2010

Lab members Matt Diskin and Kellen Nelson share what future forests may look like after mountain pine beetle infestation in the Colorado State Forest Service's Insect and Disease Quarterly Newsletter. 02/2010

Read about Monique Rocca's research on mountain pine beetle and wildfire interactions in an article with Today at Colorado State. 01/2010

Monique Rocca, Jason Sibold, and Bill Romme organized the well attended Mountain Pine Beetle Symposium in December which attracted over 100 local land managers and scientists. 12/2009


Welcome to the Wildland Fire Science Lab!!!

The Rocca Fire Science Lab is dedicated to research and teaching in the fields of wildland fire science, forest restoration, plant community ecology, and landscape ecology. While much of our work emphasizes the management and ecology of wildland fire, our research also addresses other relevant problems affecting ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains and across the United States, including fuel reduction treatments, bark beetle disturbances, invasive species, and climate change. We are located in the Natural and Environmental Sciences Building, room A115, on the Fort Collins campus of Colorado State University.