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Emily Fusco

Dr. Emily Fusco works on connecting climate change science with management through research synthesis, science delivery, and coordination efforts. Currently, she is evaluating regional invasive species research needs. She is also coordinating and synthesizing research for regional climate change vulnerability assessments. Emily earned her PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) where she studied how people impact fire regimes across the U.S. through the introduction of novel fuels and ignition sources. She also completed postdoctoral work at UMass in the Department of Environmental Conservation and as a Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Fellow. In this role, she led projects related to invasive grass and fire impacts on carbon storage, as well as state invasive plant regulations. At UMass, Emily was an active member of the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) network leadership team, which focuses on bridging research and management to help reduce combined threats from invasive species and climate change. She continues to work with the Northwest and North Central RISCCs. 

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  • ORISE Applied Climate Change Fellow


USDA Northwest Climate Hub, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC)


USDA Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station - Olympia Forestry Sciences Laboratory
3625 93rd Ave. SW
Olympia, WA 98512

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Focus Area

  • Invasive Species (terrestrial plants)
  • Fire regimes
  • Incorporating climate change into management