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 currently six 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, and University of Oregon.




Becky Kerns

Northwest Fire Science Consortium PI

Becky Kerns, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service Research & Development, Corvallis, OR. bkerns@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

Autumn Ellison Photo

Northwest Fire Science Consortium Coordinator

Autumn Ellison, Coordinator, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.




Carrie Berger photo

Carrie Berger, Fire Program Manager, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program, 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
 Heidi Huber-Sterns  Heidi Huber-Stearns, Associate Director of the Ecosystem Workforce Program, University of Oregon, Eugene OR. hhuber@uoregon.edu

Advisory Board (2019-2021)



Vacant BLM - Central Oregon Fire Management Service

Vacant - Oregon Department of Forestry

Josh Clark - Washington Department of Natural Resources

Jen Watkins - Washington Department of Natural Resources

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

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 - USFS Region 6, Portland Oregon and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project


For information and questions about the NW Fire Science Consortium please contact Autumn Ellison, Consortium Program Coordinator at autumn.ellison@oregonstate.edu