Hessburg, Paul

Position Type: 
Faculty
Job Title: 
Courtesy Professor
Department: 
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
Phone Number: 
(509) 423-6738
Activities/Awards: 
2023, Distinguished Landscape Ecologist, Int. Assoc. for Landscape Ecology-North America
2022-2024, President of the International Association for Fire Ecology (AFE)
2017, Distinguished Scientist, Pacific Northwest Research Station
2018, Distinguished Scientist, United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Education: 
PhD, 1984, Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, Corvallis
BS, 1978, Ecosystem Analysis and Silviculture, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
Research Interests: 
  • Fire Ecology
  • Forest Pathology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Landscape Restoration
  • Climate Change Adaptation
Current research interests: Wildfire and climate change effects on landscape dynamics, and the structure and organization of historical, current, and future landscape resilience
Bio: 
Appointment length: 02/15/2018 - 02/14/2026; Collaborators: John Bailey; Skye Greenler.
Selected Publications: 
  1. Povak NA, Hessburg PF, Salter RB, et al. 2023. System-level feedbacks of active fire regimes in large landscapes. Fire Ecology: 19, 45.
  2. Larson, A. J., S. M. A. Jeronimo, P. F. Hessburg, et al. 2022. Invited Tamm Review: Ecological principles to guide post-fire forest landscape management in the Inland Pacific and Northern Rocky Mountain regions. For. Ecol. Manage. 504: 119680
  3. Hessburg PF, Charnley S, Gray AN, et al. 2021. Climate and Wildfire Adaptation of Inland Northwest Forests. Front. Ecol. Env. 20(1): 40–48.
  4. Hessburg PF, Prichard SJ, Hagmann RK, et al. 2021. Wildfire and Climate Change Adaptation of Western North American Forests: A Case for Intentional Management. Ecol. Appl. 31(8): e02432
  5. Hagmann RK, Hessburg PF, Prichard SJ, et al. 2021. Evidence for Widespread Changes in the Structure, Composition, and Fire Regimes of Western North American Forests. Ecol. Appl. 31(8): e02431
  6. Prichard, SJ, Hessburg PF, Hagmann RK, et al. 2021. Adapting Western North American Forests to Climate Change and Wildfires: Ten common questions. Ecol. Appl. 31(8), 2021, e02433