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Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1138
Moscow, ID 83844-1138

Phone: 208-885-8981

Fax: 208-885-5534

Email: cnr@uidaho.edu

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Aaron Sparks

Aaron Sparks, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Office

IRIC 243

Mailing Address

Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow ID 83844-1133

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 2017, Natural Resources
  • M.S. (Honors), University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 2014, Natural Resources
  • B.S. (High Honors), University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 2010, Resource Conservation

Research Interests

  • Wildland fire
  • Fire ecology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Forest ecology

Publications

Sparks, A.M., A.M.S. Smith, C.A. Kolden, D.M. Johnson, L. Boschetti, M.A. Cochrane (in review). Fire intensity impacts on post-fire temperate coniferous forest net primary productivity, Biogeosciences.

Sparks, A.M., A.M.S. Smith, A.F. Talhelm, C.A. Kolden, K.M. Yedinak, D.M. Johnson (2017), Impacts of fire radiative flux on mature Pinus ponderosa growth and vulnerability to secondary mortality agents, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 26, 95-106, doi:10.1072/WF16139.

Smith, A.M.S.*, A.F. Talhelm*, D.M. Johnson*, A.M. Sparks*, C.A. Kolden, K.M. Yedinak, K.G. Apostol, W.T. Tinkham, J.T. Abatzoglou, J.A. Lutz, A.S. Davis, K.S. Pregitzer, H.D. Adams, R.L. Kremens (2017), Effects of fire radiative energy density doses on Pinus contorta and Larix occidentalis seedling physiology and mortality, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 26, 82-94, WF16077.

Sparks, A.M., C.A. Kolden, A.F. Talhelm, A.M.S. Smith, K.G. Apostol, D.M. Johnson, L. Boschetti (2016), Spectral indices accurately quantify changes in seedling physiology following fire: toward mechanistic assessments of post-fire carbon cycling, Remote Sensing, 8, 7, 572.

Smith, A.M.S.*, A.M. Sparks*, C.A. Kolden, J.T. Abatzoglou, A.F. Talhelm, D.M. Johnson, L. Boschetti, J.A. Lutz, K.G. Apostol, K.M. Yedinak, W.T. Tinkham, R.J. Kremens (2016), Towards a new paradigm in fire severity research using dose-response experiments, International Journal of Wildland Fire, dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF15130.

Sparks, A.M., L. Boschetti, A.M.S. Smith, W.T. Tinkham, K.O. Lannom (2015), An accuracy assessment of the MTBS burned area product for shrub-steppe fires in the northern Great Basin, United States, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 24, 70-78, doi:10.1071/WF14131.

Lannom, K. O., W. T. Tinkham, A. M. S. Smith, J. Abatzoglou, B. A. Newingham, T. E. Hall, P. Morgan, E. K. Strand, T. B. Paveglio, J. W. Anderson, A.M. Sparks (2014), Defining extreme wildland fires using geospatial and ancillary metrics, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 23, 322-337, doi:10.1071/WF13065.

Smith, A.M.S., W.T. Tinkham, D.P. Roy, L. Boschetti, R.L. Kremens, S.S. Kumar, A.M. Sparks, M.J. Falkowski (2013), Quantification of fuel moisture effects on biomass consumed derived from fire radiative energy retrievals, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, doi:10.1002/2013GL058232.

Awards

University of Idaho College of Natural Resources Graduate Fellowship (2017). 

Outstanding PhD Graduate Student in Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences Department; College of Natural Resources; University of Idaho (2017).

Joint Fire Science Program Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award: Towards improved quantification and prediction of post-fire recovery in conifers: Scaling laboratory fire radiative energy-tree physiology experiments to a mature forest stand (2016). $25,000 (Co-PI with Crystal Kolden).

Idaho Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) Fellowship: Development of a Prototype Spatial Severity Model for Biomass Burning Emission Estimates and Land Stewardship (2015). $18,000 (Co-PI with Crystal Kolden).

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College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1138
Moscow, ID 83844-1138

Phone: 208-885-8981

Fax: 208-885-5534

Email: cnr@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Natural Resources

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