Kristin Braziunas

Credentials: PhD Student 2018 - Present; MS 2016 - 2018

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Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

There is a critical need to understand how changing climate and fire regimes will impact western landscapes and how land managers and residents can prepare for a future with more fire. My core research examines relationships between climate drivers, fire activity, forest ecosystems, and ecosystem services in western US forested landscapes during the 21st century. I aim to pursue research in collaboration with and relevant to forest and fire managers; to create reproducible science; to foster meaningful and respectful relationships with colleagues and collaborators; and to support diversity and inclusion in science.

My research interests include:

  • Landscape, forest, and fire ecology
  • Climate change
  • Wildfire management
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Process-based models
  • Light detection and ranging (LiDAR)
  • Unpersonned aerial systems (UAS, or drones)

Current Projects

My dissertation research examines how warming, drying climate and increasing area burned affect forested and wildland urban interface (WUI) landscapes in the Northern Rockies over the course of the 21st century. I use multiple approaches, including process-based forest simulation modeling, remote sensing, and field research, to understand spatial variationand temporal dynamics in forests.

Selected Publications

Braziunas, K. H., R. Seidl, W. Rammer, and M. G. Turner. 2020. Can we manage a future with more fire? Effectiveness of defensible space treatment depends on housing amount and configuration. Landscape Ecology.

Albrich, K., W. Rammer, M. G. Turner, Z. Ratajczak, K. H. Braziunas, W. D. Hansen, and R. Seidl. 2020. Simulating forest resilience: a review. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29(12): 2082-2096.

Turner, M. G., K. H. Braziunas, W. D. Hansen, and B. J. Harvey. 2019. Short-interval severe fire erodes the resilience of subalpine lodgepole pine forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(23): 11319-11328.

Braziunas, K. H., W. D. Hansen, R. Seidl, W. Rammer, and M. G. Turner. 2018. Looking beyond the mean: Drivers of variability in postfire stand development of conifers in Greater Yellowstone. Forest Ecology and Management 430:460-471.

Hansen, W. D., K. H. Braziunas, W. Rammer, R. Seidl, and M. G. Turner. 2018. It takes a few to tango: changing climate and fire regimes can cause regeneration failure of two subalpine conifers. Ecology DOI 10.1002/ecy.2181.

Personal Interests

Pig and lamb farming, Fire investigation, Camping and backpacking, Fishing, Volunteering, Civic engagement, Accounting

Contact Information

433 Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

e-mail: braziunas @

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ORCID: 0000-0001-5350-8463