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College of Natural Resources

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

Mailing Address:
111 Perimeter Drive MS 1138
Moscow, ID 11111-1138

Phone: 111-111-8981

Fax: 111-111-5534

Email: [email protected]

Web: College of Natural Resources

Penelope Morgan

Penelope Morgan, Ph.D.

Professor of Fire Ecology and Forest Ecology and Certified Senior Fire Ecologist


Phinney Hall B10



Mailing Address

Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences
University of Idaho
111 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, Idaho 11111-1133


  • Ph.D. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 1984
  • M.S. Forest Ecology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1979
  • B.S. Biology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1977

Research Interests

Fire Ecology
Fire Management
Landscape Ecology
Landscape Dynamics

Stevens-Rumann, C., P. Morgan, and C. Hoffman. 2015. Bark beetles and wildfires: how does forest recovery change with repeated disturbance in mixed conifer forests? Ecosphere. 6(6): art 100. doi:

Morgan, Penelope, Marshell Moy, Christine A. Droske, Leigh B. Lentile, Sarah A. Lewis, Peter R. Robichaud, Andrew T. Hudak, and Christopher J. Williams. 2015. Vegetation response to burn severity, seeding and salvage logging after the 2005 School Fire, Washington. Fire Ecology. 11(2): 31-58. Doi 10.4996/fireecology.1102031

Higuera PE, Abatzoglou JT, Littell JS, Morgan P. 2015. The changing strength and nature of fire-climate relationships in the northern Rocky Mountains, U.S.A., 1902-2008. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0127563. doi 10.1371/journal.pone.127563.

Hessburg, Paul F., Andrew J. Larson, Derek J. Churchill, Ryan D. Haugo, Carol Miller, Thomas A. Spies, Malcolm P. North, Nicholas A. Povak, R. Travis Belote, Peter A. Singleton, William L. Gaines, Robert E. Keane, Gregory H. Aplet, Scott L. Stephens, Penelope Morgan, Peter A. Bisson, Bruce E. Rieman, , R. Brion Salter, Gordon H. Reeves. 2015. Restoring fire-prone forest landscapes: Seven core principles. Landscape Ecology. /10.1007/s10980-015-0218-0.

Kemp, K. B., J. J. Blades, P. Klos, T. E. Hall, J. Force, P. Morgan and W. T. Tinkham. 2015. Managing for climate change on federal lands of the western United States: perceived usefulness of climate science, effectiveness of adaptation strategies, and barriers to implementation. Ecology and Society 20(2): 17. Available online:

Birch, Donovan S., Penelope Morgan, Crystal A. Kolden, John T. Abatzoglou, Gregory K. Dillon, Andrew T. Hudak, and Alistair M.S. Smith. 2015. Daily weather and other factors influencing burn severity in central Idaho and western Montana, 2005-2007 and 2011. Ecosphere 6(1):17. .

Birch, Donovan S, Penelope Morgan, Crystal A Kolden, Andrew T Hudak, and Alistair M S Smith. 2014. Is proportion burned severely related to daily area burned? Environ. Res. Lett. 9: 064011. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/6/064011. Highlighted in Environmental Research Web.

Morgan, P., R.E. Keane, G.K. Dillon, T.B. Jain, A.T. Hudak, E.C. Karau, P.G. Sikkink, Z.A. Holden, and E.K. Strand. 2014. Challenges of assessing fire and burn severity using field measures, remote sensing and modeling. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 23(8): 1045-1060. .

Morgan, P., E.K. Heyerdahl, C. Miller, and A.M. Wilson. 2014. Northern Rockies pyrogeography: An example of fire atlas utility. Fire Ecology 10(1). 14-30. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.1001014.

Kreye, J.K., N.W. Brewer, P. Morgan, J.M. Varner, A.M.S. Smith, C.M. Hoffman and R.D. Ottmar. 2014. Fire behavior in masticated fuels: A review. Forest Ecology and Management. Forest Ecology and Management 314 (2014) 193–207.

Outstanding Research Award, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, 2009.
Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, 2008.
University Award for Excellence in Outreach, University of Idaho, 2007.
Outstanding Advisor Award, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences, University of Idaho, 1997.
Jackson Hole Award for Creativity, given by Cultural Council of Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Fine Arts Guild to the Morgan family: John, Georgie, Wendy, Kaidi, Penny, Cindy, and Lisa, 1996.
Honor Award for Public Service, USDA Forest Service, 1995.

*You can view a full list of awards and publications in Penelope's CV.


Morgan, P., RE.Keane and G.Dillon. 2014. Mapping severe fire probabilities across the contiguous United States: Extending the FIRESEV Severe Fire Potential Map to the eastern United States. USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Agreement JV 11221637-122. .

Morgan, P., E. Strand, C. Stevens-Rumann, and S. Bunting. 2012-2015. Great Basin Science Delivery Online Class Development. Great Basin Science Delivery Project and Joint Fire Science Program via Cooperative Agreement L10AC2434 with Bureau of Land Management.

Wright, V., P. Morgan, J. Riddering, D. McWethy, F.A. Heinsch, R. Everett. 2014. Northern Rockies Fire Science Network (NRFSN). Joint Fire Science Program 11-4-1-2. March 2014-2016.

Hudak, A, P Morgan, BA Newingham, EK Strand. 2014. How vegetation recovery and fuel conditions in past fires influences fuels and future management in five western U.S. ecosystems. Joint Fire Science Program, 14-1-02. August 2014-Aug 2017.

Prichard, S, RD Ottmar, P Hessburg,R Gray, R Harrod, P Morgan, Stevens-Rumann. 2014. Evaluation of past-fire burn mosaics on subsequent wildfire behavior, severity and fire management strategies. Joint Fire Science Program, 14-1-02-03. August 2014-Aug 2017.

Morgan, P and C.S. Rumann.2014.Wildfire as a tool: the ecosystem impact of repeated wildfires and how to use past wildfires in management. USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station Agreement. 3 yr.

Morgan, P, AMS Smith, R Keefe. 2013. Masticated fuels and fire behavior in forests of the Interior West. Joint Fire Science Program, 13-1-05. Oct 2014-Sept 2017.

Berryman, E., P. Morgan, D. Page-Dumroese, and P. Robichaud. Monitoring Soil Nutrient and Vegetation Responses to Mulch Treatments Following the High Park Fire, CO. USDA Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response Team, Denver, CO. 2013-2015.


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Contact Us

College of Natural Resources

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

Mailing Address:
111 Perimeter Drive MS 1138
Moscow, ID 11111-1138

Phone: 111-111-8981

Fax: 111-111-5534

Email: [email protected]

Web: College of Natural Resources

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