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MB Dickinson

Matthew B. Dickinson

Sustaining Forests in a Changing Environment
359 Main Road
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Phone: 740-368-0096

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Current Research

Tree injury and mortality in wildland fires

Closing the wildland fire heat budget

Instrument development for wildland fire monitoring

Fire radiation measurements Active wildfire monitoring

Prescribed Fire Combustion and Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiments (RxCADRE)

Fuel ecology: fuels, fire, and vegetation response to wildland fire

Research Interests

Biophysical fire ecology

Linking fire behavior with fire effects

Tree physiology

Fuel ecology

Active fire monitoring

Why This Research is Important

Wildfires and prescribed fires are a central concern of the US Forest Service, accounting for a large portion of its budget and the work of its employees. Colleagues's and my research focuses on developing fundamental understanding of fire dynamics and resulting fire effects with the goals of improving both the state of the science and its application to management.


  • Florida State University, Phd Tropical forest ecology, disturbance ecology, sustainable forestry, Yucatan Peninsula, 1998
  • Florida State University, Ms Community ecology, aquatic plant ecology, 1991
  • Texas A&M University , Marine Biology Coastal ecology, fish demography, fire ecology of salt marshes, sea turtle and marine mammal stranding, 1988

Professional Organizations

  • Us Forest Service, Fire Behavior Assessment Team (2013 - Current)
  • International Association of Wildland Fire, Associate Editor, International Journal Of Wildland Fire (2009 - Current)
  • Us Forest Service, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Group (2012 - 2015)
  • Us Forest Service, Advanced Fire Effects (Rx-510) (2007 - 2012)

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National Research Highlights

More Realistic Model of Tree Trunk Heating and Injury in Wildland Fires Now Available (2013)
Forest Service scientists developed new models of tree-stem heating that are the most physically realistic to date to predict tree mortality more accurately. Trees stems are heated unevenly in wildland fires because a standing-leeward flame develops as a result of the interaction of the bole and flame. Forest Service fire scientists and their research partners used the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fire Dynamics Simulator to describe uneven heating of the stem surface and the newly revised FireStem2D to simulate the resulting stem heating and injury.

Last updated on : 29-Sep-2016