These are individuals with expertise in vegetation and fire ecology addressing a wide range of ecological issues. They collect, analyze, and interpret data supporting fire, natural resource, and landscape level planning input. They provide technical assistance working with geographic information systems, environmental compliance plans, and reestablishing fire as an ecological process. They carry out studies, field reviews, and provide technical assistance on developing reference conditions and desired future conditions for use in planning and implementation. They conduct fire monitoring and modeling, including evaluations of fire behavior, fuel loading, fire effects, and severity.