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Richard Stratton (Rick) is a fire modeling analyst ( with Systems for Environmental Management (SEM), a research, development, and educational organization located in Missoula, Montana. He works at the U.S. Forest Service Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, MT ( His research interests include geospatial fire modeling, wildland fire use, fuel treatment design, hazard and risk assessment, and home ignitability from wildland fires. Rick received his B.S. in conservation biology from Brigham Young University and his M.S. in forestry (fire and GIS emphasis) from Utah State University. Previous to SEM, he worked eight seasons with the U.S. Forest Service/National Park Service in various biological and fire suppression and monitoring capacities. He and his wife, Shelly, are the parents of five children.