Emily Fusco

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Consortium Institution: 

University of Massachusetts


Department of Environmental Conservation


B.A. Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina- Wilmington, 2011
Ph.D. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2019


Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2019-Present
PhD Student/ Researcher/ Teaching Assistant, 2013-2019
Biological Field Technician, 2013
Americorps- Maryland Conservation Corps, 2011-2012

Research Interests: 

My research combines fire ecology, invasion ecology, big data, and spatial analyses to understand how people impact wildfire regimes in the United States. I am particularly interested in communicating science between researchers, policy makers, and land managers to help reach conservation goals. I also work extensively with the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management Network creating and translating actionable science for invasive species managers.

Selected Publications:

Beaury, E. M., Fusco, E. J., Jackson, M. R., Laginhas, B. B., Morelli, T. L., Allen, J. M., ... & Bradley, B. A. (2020). Incorporating climate change into invasive species management: insights from managers. Biological Invasions, 22(2), 233-252.

Fusco, E. J., Finn, J. T., Balch, J. K., Nagy, R. C., & Bradley, B. A. (2019). Invasive grasses increase fire occurrence and frequency across US ecoregions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(47), 23594-23599.

Fusco, E. J., Abatzoglou, J. T., Balch, J. K., Finn, J. T., & Bradley, B. A. (2016). Quantifying the human influence on fire ignition across the western USA. Ecological applications, 26(8), 2390-2401.


Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management Network