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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Emily Fusco

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Associate
UMass Amherst

Research Interests

My research combines fire ecology, invasion ecology, big data, and spatial analyses to understand how people impact wildfire regimes in the United States. I am particularly interested in communicating science between researchers, policy makers, and land managers to help reach conservation goals. I also work extensively with the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management Network creating and translating actionable science for invasive species managers.

Selected Publications:

Beaury, E. M., Fusco, E. J., Jackson, M. R., Laginhas, B. B., Morelli, T. L., Allen, J. M., ... & Bradley, B. A. (2020). Incorporating climate change into invasive species management: insights from managers. Biological Invasions, 22(2), 233-252.

Fusco, E. J., Finn, J. T., Balch, J. K., Nagy, R. C., & Bradley, B. A. (2019). Invasive grasses increase fire occurrence and frequency across US ecoregions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(47), 23594-23599.

Fusco, E. J., Abatzoglou, J. T., Balch, J. K., Finn, J. T., & Bradley, B. A. (2016). Quantifying the human influence on fire ignition across the western USA. Ecological applications, 26(8), 2390-2401.

Projects:

Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management Network

Education

B.A. Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina- Wilmington, 2011
Ph.D. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2019

Affiliations

Department of Environmental Conservation

Experience

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2019-Present
PhD Student/ Researcher/ Teaching Assistant, 2013-2019
Biological Field Technician, 2013
Americorps- Maryland Conservation Corps, 2011-2012