Zander Evans

Zander Evans joined the staff at the Forest Stewards Guild to direct the research program after finishing his PhD at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His dissertation used multiple spatial scales to analyze the invasion an exotic invasive insect that threatens to remove hemlock trees from eastern forests.  Before returning to school for doctoral studies, Zander was a cartographer and spatial analyst with the US Geological Survey. His work there included digital mapping around Lake Tahoe and disaster mitigation in Central America.

Zander's current research includes developing guidelines for successful and responsible biomass removal projects, measuring the carbon impact of using forest biomass for energy and heat, and investigating climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for the forestry sector. As research director, Zander’s mission is to continue the Guild's history of developing creditable and useful publications. He is also helping to coordinate the Forest Stewards Guild's Ecological Forestry Initiative.

Zander recently completed a guide to fuel treatment practices in mixed conifer forests for the Joint Fire Sciences Program (JFSP). The guide covers mixed conifer forests in California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona and aims to provide land managers with information they can use to implement successful fuel treatment projects. Zander is involved in two new JFSP projects: the first is a careful examination of the impact of pile burning and the second is a study to better understand the effectiveness wildfire mitigation measures in the wildland-urban interface. Zander also serves on the executive board of the Southwest Fire Science Consortium and the USDA's Forestry Research Advisory Council.


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