Virginia McDaniel

Forestry Technician
607 Reserve St.
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Phone: 501-623-1180 x112
virginia.l.mcdaniel@usda.gov

Current Research

  • Fuel consumption during prescribed fires
  • Effect of prescribed fire on the ecological communities of the Interior Highlands
  • Effect of lightning ignition fires on tree mortality during a drought
  • Herbaceous flora of pine woodland communities

Education

M.S. in Biology, 2000
Western Kentucky University
B.S. in Biology, 1996
Grinnell College

Publications

Research Highlights

Fuel, Smoke, and Prescribed Fire in the Ouachita Mountains (2016)
SRS-2016-224 Prescribed burning is a key tool in restoration and management of native stands of southern pines in the southern U.S., but the smoke produced by prescribed fires can be challenging to manage. Computer models are used to simulate the effects of prescribed burning, and research is currently underway to more accurately predict the smoke that prescribed fires produce.