Pyrologix LLC was formed to provide specialized fuel characterization and wildfire modeling services to the United States Forest Service. Our client roster has since expanded to include non-governmental organizations, businesses, local and state government entities, and federal agencies in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Interior.
Pyrologix is based in Missoula, Montana, a small city in the northern Rocky Mountains. Missoula is home to premier wildfire and risk science research organizations like the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and Human Dimensions Program of the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, the National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis, and the SAF-accredited School of Forestry at the University of Montana.
Joe H. Scott, Principal Consultant
Joe H. Scott, the founder and principal consultant at Pyrologix, has more than two decades experience in wildland fire science research, development and application. At Pyrologix and with previous employers, Mr. Scott has led projects related to surface and canopy fuel characteristics, wildfire behavior modeling, crown fire hazard assessment, and wildfire hazard and risk assessment. Joe is the lead developer of Nexus, a fire modeling system for assessing crown fire potential; the lead developer of FireWords, an annotated, illustrated glossary of wildland fire science terminology; a co-developer of FuelCalc, a system for computing summarizing and formatting ground, surface and canopy fuel characteristics for fire modeling; and the lead developer of a set of standard fire behavior fuel models for national application.
Joe earned a B.S. in Forestry and Resource Management from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana. He has been a member of the Society of American Foresters for more than two decades, and a member of the Association for Fire Ecology since its inception in 2000. In 2011 Joe formed an informal FSIM User’s Group to promote the application of Monte Carlo simulations in fire management planning. Mr. Scott has reviewed journal articles for Forest Science, the Forestry Chronicle, the International Journal of Wildland Fire, Fire Ecology, the Western Journal of Applied Forestry, the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, and the European Journal of Forest Research.
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Julie Gilbertson-Day, Senior Spatial Wildfire Analyst
Julie Gilbertson-Day joined Pyrologix as a spatial wildfire analyst in 2014. She has ten years of experience in wildfire research, development and application, with emphasis on integrating resource and asset data with wildfire hazard information in wildfire exposure and effects analyses. Ms. Gilbertson-Day has experience with spatial data analysis, fire behavior modeling, and developing data processing tools for landscape- to national-scale projects. Her past research efforts include data and scale issues related to wildfire modeling and wildfire risk assessments, downscaling wildfire risk assessments, and analysis of historical fire occurrence and suppression expenditure data. Julie earned a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and a M.S. in Geography/GIS from the University of Montana.
Kevin Vogler, Spatial Wildfire Analyst
Kevin Vogler joined Pyrologix as a Spatial Wildfire Analyst in 2016. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from State University of New York at Oneonta and an M.S. in Forest Resources from Oregon State University College of Forestry. His past research work includes developing methods for fuel treatment prioritization, logging and transportation cost analysis, forest growth and yield modeling, and biomass/carbon assessment. His wildfire and silvicultural modeling expertise are grounded in previous field positions, collecting data on first order fire effects and wildfire disturbance history, as well as working on prescribed fire assignments in nine different states.
April Brough, Spatial Wildfire Analyst
April Brough joined the Pyrologix team in 2017 with five years of experience in wildfire research, development, and application and over twelve years of experience as a GIS programmer/analyst. Ms. Brough uses GIS techniques to conduct spatial analyses related to human, social, cultural, economic, and ecological environments, with a recent focus on national forest plan revisions and wildland fire risk assessments. She has GIS experience with datasets at the national, regional, and local level and has been involved in GIS communities at local and state levels, including serving as the industry representative on the Utah Geographic Information Council and as president of the Bear River GIS User group. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry (Physics minor) from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Forest Ecology from Utah State University.