Who We Are

What is the Northwest Fire Science Consortium?

The Northwest Fire Science Consortium is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional network consisting of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and private landowners within Washington and Oregon. The Consortium seeks to provide:

  • A delivery system for the effective dissemination and adoption of fire science information, knowledge, tools, and expertise.
  • A framework within which a variety of existing organizations and outreach programs focused on fire science delivery can coordinate more effectively.
  • A venue to increase researcher understanding of the fire science needs of practitioners.


Management Committee

The Management Committee is composed of at least one representative from each lead institution, including the Administrative Director. In total there are ten individuals on the MC:  from federal agencies, state universities, extension, and private organizations. The initial MC participants are from the USFS PNW Research Station, the USFS Region 6, Oregon State University, Oregon State University Extension, University of Oregon, Sustainable Northwest, The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Natural Lands Management.




Morgan Varner

Northwest Fire Science Consortium PI

Julian (Morgan) Varner, Research Biological Scientist, USDA Forest Service Research & Development, Seattle, WA. julianvarner@fs.fed.us

Janean Creighton Photo

Northwest Fire Science Consortium Administrative Director

Janean Creighton, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR. Janean.Creighton@oregonstate.edu

Carrie Berger photo

Northwest Fire Science Consortium Coordinator

Carrie Berger, Extension Associate, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Carrie.Berger@oregonstate.edu

Tom DeMeo Photo Tom DeMeo, Regional Ecologist, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region 6, Portland OR. tdemeo@fs.fed.us
Autumn Ellison Photo Autumn Ellison, Research Assistant, Ecosystem Workforce Program, University of Oregon, Eugene OR. autumne@uoregon.edu
Sarah Hamman Sarah Hamman, Restoration Ecologist, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia WA. shamman@cnlm.org
Jim Johnson Photo Jim Johnson, Senior Associate Dean & Program Leader, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR. Jim.Johnson@oregonstate.edu
Cassandra Moseley Photo Cassandra Moseley, Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment and Ecosystem Workforce Program, University of Oregon, Eugene OR. cmoseley@uoregon.edu
Andrew Spaeth Photo Andrew Spaeth, Forest Program Director, Sustainable Northwest, Portland OR. aspaeth@sustainablenorthwest.org
Mark Stern Photo

Mark Stern, Forest Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy, Portland, OR. mstern@TNC.ORG


Advisory Board (2016-2019)



Vacant BLM - Central Oregon Fire Management Service

Josh Clark - Washington Department of Natural Resources

Ellen Eberhardt - USFS PNW Research Station, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab

Craig Glazier USFS Region 6, Portland Oregon

Ryan HaugoThe Nature Conservancy

Sean Hopkins - Washington Department of Ecology

Kim Kelly - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Karen Kopper - National Park Service

Sue Phillips - USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Vacant - US Fish and Wildlife Service

Dana Skelly - Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project


For information and questions about the NW Fire Science Consortium please contact Janean Creighton, Consortium Administrative Director at Janean.Creighton@oregonstate.edu