National Wildland Conservation Assessment
We have been using spatial data to identify the wildest (least modified) lands that connect protected areas and would better represent ecosystem and species diversity in conservation reserves. See Belote et al. 2016 and Belote et al. 2017 for details. These data can be useful when considering the national significance of lands during regional conservation planning (e.g., Belote 2018 and Belote and Irwin 2017).
Fire Ecology of the Northern Rocky Mountains
In collaboration with Andrew Larson at the University of Montana and Laura Burkle at Montana State University, I have been studying basic ecology of fire in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Specifically, we have been investigating the effects of wildfire and reburns in the Bob Marshall Wilderness (Larson et al. 2013 and Belote et al. 2015) and the impacts of wildfire severity on plants and pollinators throughout Montana (Burkle et al. 2015). I was part of a multi-authored paper proposing core principles of landscape restoration planning (Hessburg et al. 2015).
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Climate adaptation planning for conservation
We have been developing conceptual heuristics to assist conservation planning when considering the wildland value of an area and its expected climate vulnerability (Belote et al. 2017). We have also evaluated how assessments of agreement in climate models may impact confidence in assigning conservation strategies to lands (Belote et al. 2018).