Office Locations

Forest Resilience Lab
Missoula Fire Science Lab, Missoula, MT

Supervising Faculty

Van KaneĀ 


Ph.D., University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Resources, 2015

Research Areas

  • Fire ecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Plant community ecology
  • Global change

Honors and Awards

  • USDA Forest Service National Wilderness Award for Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Research, 2013

Current Sponsored Projects

Northeastern Washington Fire (NEWFIRE): Landscape Evaluations and Prescriptions for Post-Fire Landscapes

Mortality reconsidered: Testing and extending models of fire-induced tree mortality across the US. JFSP Project ID 16-1-04-8

Selected Publications

Cansler, C.A., M.E. Swanson, T.J. Furniss, A.J. Larson, J.A. Lutz. 2019. Surface fuels before and after reintroduced fire in a Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest. Fire Ecology. 15:16 10.1186/s42408-019-0035-y

Haugo, R.D., B.S Kellogg, C.A. Cansler, C.A. Kolden, K.B. Kemp, J. Robertson. K.L. Metlen. N.M. Vaillant, C.M. Restaino. 2019. The Missing Fire: Quantifying human exclusion of wildfire in Pacific Northwest forests, USA. Ecosphere: e02702. 10.1002/ecs2.2702

Hood, S.M., J.M. Varner, P. van Mantgem, C.A. Cansler. Fire and tree death: Understanding and improving modeling of fire-induced tree mortality. Environmental Research Letters. 13: 113004. 10.1088/1748-9326/aae934

Meddens, A.J.H., C.A. Kolden, J.A. Lutz, A.M.S. Smith, C.A. Cansler, J.T. Abatzoglou, G.W. Meigs, W.M. Downing, M.A. Krawchuk. 2018. Fire refugia: What are they and why do they matter for global change?Bioscience. 68:944-954. 10.1093/biosci/biy103

Cansler, C.A., D. McKenzie, C.B. Halpern. 2018. Fire enhances the complexity of forest structure in alpine treeline ecotones. Ecosphere. 9:e02091. 10.1002/ecs2.2091

Cansler, C.A., D. McKenzie, C. Halpern. 2017. Area burned in alpine treeline ecotones reflects region-wide trends. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 25:1209-1220. 10.1071/WF16025

Larson, A.J., C.A. Cansler, S.G. Cowdery, S. Hiebert, T.J. Furniss, M.E. Swanson, and J.A. Lutz. 2016. Post-fire morel (Morchella) mushroom abundance, spatial structure, and harvest sustainability. Forest Ecology and Management. 337:16-25. 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.06.038

Cansler, C.A., D. McKenzie. 2014. Climate, fire size, and ecological setting influence severity and spatial pattern of wildfires. Ecological Applications. 24:1037-1056. doi: 10.1890/13-1077.1

Cansler, C.A., D. McKenzie. 2012. How robust are burn severity indices when applied in a new region? Evaluation of alternate field-based and remote-sensing methods. Remote Sensing. 4:456-483. doi:10.3390/rs4020456

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