Nolan joined the Department of Forest Resources in the
summer of 2009, under the tutelage of Dr. Alistair Smith.
Nolan comes to the department with an B.A. in
Geology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College.
His undergraduate thesis focused on the effects
of prescribed fires on aquatic ecosystems and sedimentation rates.
After graduating in 2003, Nolan spent the last
five years working in wildland fire as a hotshot, helicopter-rappeller, and
smokejumper, as well as earning a technical degree in applied fire science
under the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program.
Nolan is focusing his graduate research on
measuring pre- and post-fire carbon emissions and
carbon sequestration through char.
Other interests include fire ecology, LiDAR
mapping, and remote sensing and GIS analysis.