Jennifer Barnes - Alaska Regional Fire Ecologist

Jennifer Barnes in the field
Jennifer Barnes is a fire ecologist for the Alaska Region.

Jennifer Barnes
Regional Fire Ecologist
Alaska Regional Office
4175 Geist Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
(907) 455-0652

MS 1996 Utah State University, Biology-Plant Ecology
BS 1989 University of Montana, Biology/Chemistry

Skills and Interest Areas
Recent work involves fire behavior, fire history, burn severity, and fire/fuels treatment effects in Alaska. Monitoring the effects of fire on the landscape.

Professional Experience
2003-present Regional Fire Ecologist for Alaska Region National Park Service
2001-2002 Fire Specialist for Alaska Fire Service – Bureau of Land Management
1997-2000 Botanist for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve


Boyd, M. A., X. J. Walker, J. Barnes, G. Celis, S. J. Goetz, J. F. Johnstone, N. T. Link, A. M. Melvin, L. Saperstein, E. A. G. Shuur, and M. C. Mack. 2023. Decadal impacts of wildfire fuel reduction treatments on ecosystem characteristics and fire behavior in Alaskan boreal forests. Forest Ecology and Management 546: 121347.

Masrur, A., A. Taylor, L. Harris, J. Barnes, and A. Petrov. 2022. Topography, climate, and fire history regulate wildfire activity in the Alaskan tundra. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 127: 3.

Holsinger, L. M., S. A. Parks, L. B. Saperstein, R. A. Loehman, E. Whitman, J. Barnes, and M. A. Parisien. 2021. Improved fire severity mapping in the North American boreal forest using a hybrid composite method. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation

Baltzer, J. L., N. J. Day, X. J. Walker, D. Greene, M. C. Mack, H. D. Alexander, D. Arseneault, J. Barnes, Y. Bergeron, Y. Boucher, L. Bourgeau-Chavez, C. D. Brown, S. Carriere, B. K. Howard, S. Gauthier, M. A. Parisien, K. A. Reid, B. M. Roger, C. Roland, L. Sirois, S. Stehn, D. K. Thompson, M. R. Turetsky, S. Veraverbeke, E. Whitman, J. Yang, and J. F. Johnstone. 2021. Increasing fire and the decline of fire adapted black spruce in the boreal forest. PNAS 118(45): e2024872118.

Higuera, P. E., Chipman, M. L., Barnes, J. L., Urban, M. A., and F. S. Hu. 2011. Variability of tundra fire regimes in Arctic Alaska: millennial scale patterns and ecological implications. Ecological Applications 21: 3211-3226.

Loya, Wendy, Springsteen, Anna L., Barnes, Jennifer L. and Rupp, Scott. 2011. Projected Vegetation and Fire Regime Response to Future Climate Change in National Parks in Interior Alaska. Alaska Park Science Vol. 10-1: 22-25.

Kasischke, Eric S., David L. Verbyla, T. Scott Rupp, A. David McGuire, Karen A. Murphy, Randi Jandt, Jennifer L. Barnes, Elizabeth E. Hoy, Paul A. Duffy, Monika Calef, and Merritt R. Turetsky. 2010. Alaska’s changing fire regime- implications for the vulnerability of its boreal forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40: 1313-1324.

Racine, C., Barnes, J., Jandt, R., and Dennis, J. 2010. Long-term Monitoring of 1977 Tundra Fires in the Northwest Alaska Parks. Alaska Park Science Volume 9, Issue 1: 24-25.

Allen, J. L. and Sorbel, B. 2008. Assessing the differenced Normalized Burn Ratio’s ability to map burn severity in the boreal forest and tundra ecosystems of Alaska’s national parks. International Journal of Wildland Fire Vol 17: 463–475.

Allen, J. L., Wesser, S., Markon, C. J. and Winterberger, K. C. 2006. Stand and landscape level effects of a major outbreak of spruce beetles on forest vegetation in the Copper River Basin, Alaska. Journal of Forest Ecology and Management Vol 227: 257-266.

Last updated: November 12, 2023