Anu Kramer


Assistant Scientist


I am broadly interested in the intersection of remote sensing, wildfire, and the California Spotted Owl. Many Sierra Nevada forests historically experienced frequent wildfire that promoted heterogeneous forest structure, yet the California Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) prefers dense forests for nesting.  Maintaining large patches of dense forests can lead to a greater danger of stand-replacing wildfire, juxtaposing owl protection in the short vs. long term.  Managers struggle with how to balance conservation of this key species with forest restoration. My research uses advances in GPS technology and LiDAR to expand our understanding of spotted owl behavior and habitat preferences so managers and policymakers can make more informed decisions on forest management in the Sierra Nevada.


Postdoctoral Research Associate |  U. of Wisconsin, 2016-2019
PhD Env. Science, Policy, and Management  |  U.C. Berkeley, 2016
B.A. Biology & Anthropology |  Grinnell College, 2009


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**please feel free to contact me for publication reprints**

Kramer, H., Miranda Mockrin, P.A. Radeloff, V. 2019. High wildfire damage in Interface communities in California. International Journal of Wildland Fire

Gallagher, C.V., Keane, J.J., Shaklee, P.A., Kramer, H.A., Gerrard, R., 2019. Spotted owl foraging patterns following fuels treatments, Sierra Nevada, California. The Journal of Wildlife Management 83(2):487-501.

Godoy, M.M., Martinuzzi, S., Kramer, H.A., Defossé, G.E., Argañaraz, J., Radeloff, V.C. 2019. Rapid WUI growth in a natural amenity-rich region in central-western Patagonia, Argentina. International Journal of Wildland Fire 28(7):473-484.

Kramer, H., Mockrin, M., Alexandre, P., Stewart, S., Radeloff, V. 2018. Where wildfires destroy buildings in the US relative to the wildland-urban interface and national fire outreach programs. International Journal of Wildland Fire 27(5):329-341.

Radeloff, V., Helmers, D., Kramer, H., Mockrin, M., Alexandre, P., Bar Massada, A., Butsic, V., Hawbaker, T., Martinuzzi, S., Syphard, A., Stewart, S. 2018. Rapid growth of the U.S. Wildland Urban Interface exacerbates wildfire problems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(13):3314-3319.

Rissman, A.R., Burke, K.D., Kramer, H.A., Radeloff, V.C., Schilke, P.R., Selles, O.A., Toczydlowski, R.H., Wardropper, C.B., Barrow, L.A., Chandler, J.L., Geleynse, K. 2018. Forest management for novelty, persistence, and restoration influenced by policy and society. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16(8):454-462.

Kramer, H.A., Collins, B.M., Gallagher, C.V., Keane, J.J., Stephens, S.L., Kelly, M. 2016. Accessible light detection and ranging: estimating large tree density for habitat identification. Ecosphere 7(12):15pp.

Kramer, H.A., Collins, B.M., Lake, F.K., Jakubowski, M.K., Stephens, S.L., Kelly, M. 2016. Estimating ladder fuels: a new approach combining field photography with LiDAR. Remote Sensing 8(9):23pp.

Kramer, H.A., Collins, B.M., Kelly, M., Stephens, S.L. 2014. Quantifying ladder fuels: A new approach using LiDAR. Forests 5(6):1432-1453.

Collins, B.M., Kramer, H.A., Menning, K., Dillingham, C., Saah, D., Stine, P.A., Stephens, S.L. 2013. Modeling hazardous fire potential within a completed fuel treatment network in the northern Sierra Nevada. Forest Ecology and Management 310:156-166.

Kramer, H.A., Montgomery, D.M., Eckhart, V.M., Geber, M.A. 2011. Environmental and dispersal controls of an annual plant’s distribution: how similar are patterns and apparent processes at two spatial scales? Plant Ecology 212(11):1887-1899.


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