Fischer, Paige

Courtesy faculty, Forest Ecosystems and Society
Research Social Scientist, Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC)

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Natural resource sociology

Educational Background: 
  • Ph.D. 2007, Oregon State University, Forest Resources (social science)
  • M.S., 2003, Oregon State University, Forest Resources (social science)
  • B.A., 1994, Hampshire College, Cultural Anthropology
Research Interests: 
  • Human adaptation to ecological risks and hazards
  • Coupled human and natural systems
  • Conservation and natural resource policy
  • Private landowner behavior
  • Qualitative individual and focus group research
  • Mail and web survey design and administration
  • Social network analysis
Current Research: 
  • Coupled Natural and Human Systems in Fire‐Prone Landscapes: Interactions, Dynamics, and Adaptation (Forest, People, Fire); Co-PI with T. Spies (Forest Service PNW), J. Bolte (OSU) and others; funded by the National Science Foundation and the USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station, http://fpf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/
  • Social Networks for the Communication of Information and Knowledge among “Fish and Fire” Scientists and Managers; Co-PI with K. Burnett (Forest Service PNW) and others; funded by the USDA Forest Service.
  • Understanding the Roles of Socioeconomic Vulnerability, Adaptive Capacity, and Mitigation in Determining Economic Impacts of Wildfire; Co-collaborator with C. Moseley (University of Oregon), M. Carroll (Washington State University) and others; funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • Examining the Influence and Effectiveness of Communication Programs and Community Partnerships on Public Perceptions of Smoke Management: A Multi-Region Analysis. Co-collaborator with E. Toman (Ohio State University) and C.S. Olsen (Oregon State Unveristy), funded by the Joint Fire Science Program
  • Perceptions of Risk and Strategies for Mitigating Wildland Fire and Invasive Plants among Family Forest Owners in Oregon’s Ponderosa Pine Ecotype; Co-PI with S. Charnley (Forest Service PNW); funded by the National Fire Plan.
Selected Publications: 
  1. Fischer, A.P., T.B. Paveglio, M.S. Carroll, D. Murphy and H. Brenkert-Smith. In revision. Assessing social vulnerability to climate change in human communities near public forests and grasslands: A framework for resource managers and planners. Journal of Forestry.
  2. Fischer, A.P., J.D. Kline, A. Ager, S. Charnley and K. Olsen. In revision. Objective and perceived wildfire risk and their influence on private forest owners’ fuel treatment activities in Oregon’s ponderosa pine region. International Journal of Wildland Fire.
  3. Fischer, A.P., K. Vance-Borland, K.M. Burnett, S.S. Hummel, J. Creighton, S. Johnson. In revision. Does the social capital in networks of “fish and fire” scientists and managers suggest learning? Society and Natural Resources.
  4. Spies, T.S., E. White, J. Kline, A.P. Fischer, A. Ager, J. Bolte, J. Koch, E.K. Platt, C. Olsen, D.B. Jacobs, B. Shindler, M. Steen-Adams, R. Hammer. In revision. Examining fire-prone forest landscapes as coupled human and natural systems. Submitted to Ecology and Society on January 27, 2013.
  5. Fischer, A.P., A. Callahan, J. Koch, T.A. Spies, C.S. Olsen, E.M. White and D. Jacobs. 2012. Using an agent-based social network model to investigate interactions between social and ecological systems: early reflections on the Forest, People, Fire project. Practicing Anthropology.
  6. Fischer, A.P., J.D. Kline, S. Charnley and C.S. Olsen. 2012. Identifying policy target groups with qualitative and quantitative methods: the case of wildfire risk on nonindustrial private forest lands. Journal of Forest Policy and Economics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2012.08.008
  7. Fischer, A.P. and S. Charnley. 2012. Private forest owners and invasive plants in Oregon: risk perception and management. Invasive Plant Science and Management 5(3):375-398.
  8. Fischer, A.P. and S. Charnley. 2012. Risk and cooperation: reducing hazardous fuels on private forest lands in eastern Oregon. Environmental Management 49 (6):1192-1207
  9. Fischer, A.P. 2011. Reducing hazardous fuels on nonindustrial private forests: factors influencing landowner decisions. Journal of Forestry 109 (5): 260-266.
  10. Bliss, J.C. and A.P. Fischer. 2011. Toward a Political Ecology of Ecosystem Restoration. In Integrating Nature and Culture: Exploring the Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration. D.J. Egan, E. Hjerpe and J. Abrams. Washington D.C., Island Press: 136-148.
  11. Fischer, A.P., J. Bliss, F. Ingemarson, G. Lidestav and L. Lönnstedt. 2010. From the small woodland problem to ecosocial systems: the evolution of social research on small-scale forestry in Sweden and the USA. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 25 (4): 390 - 398.
  12. Fischer, A.P. and S. Charnley. 2010. Social and cultural influences on management for carbon sequestration on U.S. family forestlands: a literature synthesis. International Journal of Forestry Research 2010: 14.
  13. Fischer, A.P. and J.C. Bliss. 2009. Framing conservation on private lands: conserving oak in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Society and Natural Resources 22(10):884-900.
  14. Fischer, A.P. and J.C. Bliss. 2008. Behavioral assumptions of conservation policy: conserving oak habitat on family forestland in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. Conservation Biology 22(2): 275-283.
  15. Charnley, S., A.P. Fischer and E.T. Jones. 2007. Integrating traditional and local ecological knowledge into forest biodiversity conservation in the Pacific Northwest. Forest Ecology and Management 246: 14–28.
  16. Fischer, A.P. and J.C. Bliss. 2006. Mental and biophysical terrains of biodiversity: conservation of oak woodland on family forests. Society and Natural Resources 19(7): 625-643.