Joseph J. O'Brien

Fire Team Leader
USDA Forest Service, Center for Forest Disturbance Science


Dr. Joe O’Brien is a research ecologist and the Fire Team Leader with the Center for Forest Disturbance Science of the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station. His current research centers on fire ecology, focusing on the spatial interactions among wildland fuels, fire behavior and fire effects, innovative fire measurements, and the interaction of fire with multiple disturbances. He also has extensive experience in tropical ecology and has ongoing research in the Caribbean, Central America and Africa. He has studied southeastern US and Neotropical fire dependent ecosystems for more than 25 years.


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