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College of Natural Resources









Dr Alistair Smith

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Aaron Sparks

MS Student
Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

University of Idaho

E-mail: spar5010 [@]
Office: College of Natural Resources




Aaron Sparks joined the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences in the fall of 2012 under the guidance of Alistair Smith.  Before coming to Idaho, Aaron earned a B.A. in Resource Management and a certificate in GIS sciences and technologies from the University of Montana in 2010.  During his time at UM Aaron worked at the Mystic Ranger District in the Black Hills on a Forest Service engine crew.  Following his district crew experience Aaron worked at the Fire Sciences Lab in Missoula working on projects studying fire severity mapping, whitebark pine restoration, and wildfire smoke plume composition.  Aaron's graduate research will focus on the seasonality of gas emissions from cheatgrass and native ecosystems in the western Great Basin.

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 83844