Katie Low

Statewide Coordinator - UCANR Fire Network
Placer-Nevada Counties
11477 E Ave
Auburn, CA 95603
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Katie Low is the Statewide Coordinator for UCANR's Fire Network. Katie earned a Master of Forestry with an emphasis in fire ecology and a B.S. in Ecosystems Management and Forestry and B.A. in Geography, all from UC Berkeley. Her research interests include assessing the short- and long-term ecological impacts and efficacy of fuel reduction and forest restoration treatments on California's mixed-conifer forests. Katie also collaborates on fire and forestry workforce development initiatives that support recruiting and retaining professionals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. 

Katie is passionate about understanding the dynamics between forest health, wildfire, and ecosystems management. In her role as Statewide Coordinator, she looks forward to working with members of the Fire Network to help California's residents, natural resource professionals, and communities accelerate the implementation of fire adaptation and resilience projects.  


M.F. Master of Forestry, University of California, Berkeley. 2022
B.S. Ecosystems Management and Forestry, University of California, Berkeley. 2020
B.A. Geography, University of California, Berkeley. 2020


Wildfire Science


Fire ecology, Forest ecology, Forest management, Fuel reduction treatments


Peer Reviewed

  • Low, Kathryn E.; Battles, John J.; Tompkins, Ryan E.; Dillingham, Colin P.; Stephens, Scott L.; Collins, Brandon M. (2023). Shaded fuel breaks create wildfire-resilient forest stands: lessons from a long-term study in the Sierra Nevada. Fire Ecology. 19:29.
  • Low, Kathryn E.; Collins, Brandon M.; Bernal, Alexis; Sanders, John E.; Pastor, Dylan; Manley, Patricia; White, Angela M.; Stephens, Scott L. (2021). Longer-term impacts of fuel reduction treatments on forest structure, fuels, and drought resistance in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Forest Ecology and Management. 479:118609.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Low, Kathryn E. (2021). Anthropogenic Climate Change in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California, USA. https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/Reference/Profile/2285334
  • Low, Kathryn E.; Collins, Brandon M. (2021). Longer-term impacts of fuels reduction treatments in the Lake Tahoe Basin. California Fire Science Consortium: Research Brief for Resource Managers. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/545a90ede4b026480c02c5c7/t/5fd900a31f10986c2eda67c1/1608056995863/LowK_Longterm_Tahoe_Treatments_RB_F.pdf

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