Center for Fire Research and Outreach
Center for Fire Research and Outreach
Center for Fire Research and Outreach
University of California
Center for Fire Research and Outreach

Brandon Collins


Brandon Collins is a Research Scientist with both the US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, and the Center for Fire Research and Outreach. His research interests involve characterizing effects of fire and fuels treatments on forests.Much of Brandon’s research is intended to be applied to inform forest management aimed at improving resiliency and incorporating more natural fire-vegetation dynamics across landscapes. 

His active research areas include: 

    1. stand development/recovery following fuel reduction treatments and wildfires
    2. modeled effects of landscape fuel treatment networks
    3. fire severity patterns and interactions among managed wildfires in long-term natural fire areas, and
    4. characterizing variability in forests under more natural fire regimes.
View Brandon's Curriculum Vitae


A list of publications by Brandon Collins during his time at the Center* can be found below:

Forest fuel treatment detection using multi-temporal airborne lidar data and high resolution aerial imagery: A case study in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California Su, Y., Q. Guo, B. M. Collins, D. L. Fry, T. Hu, and M. Kelly International Journal of Remote Sensing in press
Post-fire vegetation and fuel development influences fire severity patterns in reburns Coppoletta, M., K. E. Merriam, and B. M. Collins Ecological Applications 2016
A vegetation mapping strategy for conifer forests by combining airborne lidar data and aerial imagery Su, Y., Q. Guo, D. L. Fry, B. M Collins, M. Kelly, J. P. Flanagan, and J. J. Battles Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 2016
Tamm Review: Management of mixed-severity fire regime forests in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California Hessburg, P. F., T. A. Spies, D. A. Perry, C. N. Skinner, A. H. Taylor, P. M. Brown, S. L. Stephens, A. J. Larson, D. J. Churchill, N. A. Povak, P. H. Singleton, B. McComb, W. J. Zielinski, B. M. Collins, R. B. Salter, J. J. Keane, J. F. Franklin, and G. Riegel Forest Ecology and Management 2016
Incorporating resource protection constraints in an analysis of landscape fuel treatment effectiveness in the northern Sierra Nevada Dow, C.B., B. M. Collins, and S. L. Stephens  Environmental Management 2016
Management impacts on carbon dynamics in a Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest Dore, S., D. L. Fry, B. M. Collins, R. Vargas, R. A. York, and S. L. Stephens PLoS One 2016
Differences in land ownership, fire management objectives, and source data matter: a reply to Hanson and Odion (2014) Safford, H. D., J. D. Miller, and B. M. Collins.  International Journal of Wildland Fire 2015
Aboveground live carbon stock changes of California wildland ecosystems, 2001-2010 Gonzalez, P., J. J. Battles, B. M. Collins, T. Robards, and D. S. Saah Forest Ecology and Management 2015
Relating fuel loads to overstorey structure and composition in a fire-excluded Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest Lydersen, J. M., B. M. Collins, E. E. Knapp, G. B. Roller, and S. L. Stephens International Journal of Wildland Fire 2015
Historical and current landscape-scale ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest structure in the Southern Sierra Nevada Stephens, S. L., J. M. Lydersen, B. M. Collins, D. L. Fry, and M. D. Meyer Ecosphere 2015
Large wildfires in forests: what can be done? Stephens, S. L., M. P. North, and B. M. Collins American Institute of Biological Sciences, Action Bioscience 2015
Novel characterization of landscape-level variability in historical vegetation structure Collins, B. M., J. M. Lydersen, R. G. Everett, D. L. Fry, and S. L. Stephens Ecological Applications 2015
Evaluating short- and long-term impacts of fuels treatments and simulated wildfire on an old-forest species Tempel, D. J., R. J. Gutierrez, J. J. Battles, D. L. Fry, Y. Su, Q. Guo, M. J. Reetz, S. A. Whitmore, G. M. Jones, B. M. Collins, S. L. Stephens, M. Kelly, W. J. Berigan, and M. Z. Peery Ecosphere 2015
Reform forest management to work with fire North, M. P., S. L. Stephens, B. M. Collins, J. K. Agee, G. Aplet, J. F. Franklin, and P. Z. Fule Science 2015
Constraints on mechanized treatment significantly limit mechanical fuels reduction extent in the Sierra Nevada North, M., A. Brough, J. W. Long, B. M. Collins, P. Bowden, D. A. Yasuda, J. D. Miller, and N. G. Sugihara Journal of Forestry 2015
Fire weather and large fire potential in the northern Sierra Nevada Collins, B. M.  Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 2014
Contrasting spatial patterns in active-fire and fire-suppressed Mediterranean climate old-growth mixed conifer forests Fry, D. L., S. L. Stephens, B. M. Collins, M. P. North, E. Franco-Vizcaíno, and S. J. Gill. PLoS One 2014
Chapter 30: Montane forests North, M., B. M. Collins, and H. D. Safford Ecosystems of California (in press), H. Mooney and E. Zavaleta, editors 2014
Chapter 4.1: Fire and fuels in J. Long, C. Skinner, and L. Quinn-Davidson, editors. Collins, B. M., and C. Skinner. Science synthesis to promote resilience of social-ecological systems in the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station 2014
Using field data to assess model predictions of surface and ground fuel consumption by wildfire in coniferous forests of California Lydersen, J. M., B. M. Collins, C. Ewell, A. L. Reiner, J. A.Fites, C. B. Dow, P. Gonzalez, D. S. Saah, and J. J. Battles Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 2014
Severity of an uncharacteristically large wildfire, the Rim Fire, in forests with relatively restored frequent fire regimes Lydersen, J. M., M. P. North, and B. M. Collins. Forest Ecology and Management 2014
Quantifying ladder fuels: a new approach using LiDAR Kramer, H. A., B. M. Collins, S. L. Stephens, and M. Kelly Forests 2014
California spotted owl, songbird, and small mammal responses to landscape-scale fuel treatments Stephens, S. L., S. W. Bigelow, R. D. Burnett, B. M. Collins, C. V. Gallagher, J. Keane, D. A. Kelt, M. P. North, L. J. Roberts, P. A. Stine, and D. H. Van Vuren Bioscience 2014
Beyond reducing fire hazard: fuel treatment impacts on overstory tree survival Collins, B. M., A. J. Das, J. J. Battles, D. L. Fry, K. D. Krasnow, and S. L. Stephens Ecological Applications 2014


* Sep 16, 2013 – present


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