Emily Fusco (she/her)Emily Fusco

Postdoctoral Researcher


My research leverages big data to explore the interaction of wildfire with anthropogenic global change drivers at broad spatial scales while informing national and regional scale fire and invasive species management strategies.

When I am not at work, I am outside hiking and learning to identify new plants, herps, birds, and fungi.

Primary Interests

Invasion ecology, Fire, Stakeholder engagement, Conservation

Current Projects

Quantifying grass invasion and fire influence on ecosystem carbon storage. Engaging northeastern managers to help incorporate climate change into invasive species management.

Courses Taught


OEB617 – OEB Ecology Core Course

CNS191 – First Year Seminar in Fire Ecology

NRC585 – Introduction to GIS (TA)


2019 – PhD – University of Massachusetts Amherst – Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

2011 – BA – University of North Carolina Wilmington– Environmental Studies


Nagy, R. C., E. Fusco, J. Balch, J. Finn, A. Mahood, J. Allen, B. Bradley. (2020) A synthesis of the effects of cheatgrass invasion on U.S. Great Basin carbon storage. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Wallingford, P., T. Morelli, J. Allen, E. Beaury, D. Blumenthal, B. Bradley, J. Dukes, R. Early, E. Fusco, D. Goldberg, I. Ibáñez, B. Laginhas, V. Pasquarella, C. Sorte, M. Vilà, R. Whitlock. (2020) Adjusting the lens of invasion biology to focus on the impacts of climate-drive range shifts. Nature Climate Change. 10, 398–405. doi: 10.1038/s41558-020-0768-2

Fusco, E., J. Finn, J. Balch, R.C. Nagy, B. Bradley. (2019) Invasive grasses increase fire occurrence and frequency across U.S. ecoregions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(47), 23594-23599. doi:10.1073/pnas.1908253116

Fusco, E., B. Rau, M. Falkowski, S. Filipelli, B. Bradley. (2019) Accounting for aboveground carbon storage in shrubland and woodland ecosystems in the Great Basin. Ecosphere, 10(8), 1-17. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.2821

Beaury, E., E. Fusco, M. Jackson, B. Laginhas, T. Morelli, J. Allen, V. Pasquarella, B. Bradley. (2019) Incorporating climate change into invasive species management: insight from managers. Biological Invasions, 1-20. doi: 10.1007/s10530-019-02087-6

Fusco, E., J. Finn, J. Abatzoglou, J. Balch, S. Dadashi, B. Bradley. (2019) Detection rates and biases of fire observations from MODIS and agency reports in the conterminous U.S. Remote Sensing of Environment, (220), 30-40. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2018.10.028

Nagy, R. C., E. Fusco, B. Bradley, J. Abatzoglou, J. Balch. (2018) Human-related ignitions increase the number of large wildfires across U.S. ecoregions. Fire, 1(1), 4. doi: 10.3390/fire/1010004

Snider, A. G., S. Luo., E. Fusco. (2018) Predicting college students’ environmentally responsible behavior from personality, political attitudes, and place attachment: a synergistic model. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 8(3), 290-299. doi.org: 10.1007/s13412-018-0497-2

Bradley, B., C. Curtis, E. Fusco, J. Abatzoglou, J. Balch, S. Dadashi, M. Tuanmu. (2018) Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) distribution in the intermountain Western United States and its relationship to fire frequency, seasonality, and ignitions. Biological Invasions, 20(6), 1493-1506. doi: 10.1007/s10530-017-1641-8

Balch, J., B. Bradley, J. Abatzoglou, R. C. Nagy, E. Fusco, A. Mahood. (2017) Human-started wildfires expand the fire niche across the U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(11), 2946-2951. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1617394114

Fusco, E., J. Abatzoglou, J. Balch, J. Finn, B. Bradley. (2016) Quantifying the human influence on fire ignition across the western USA. Ecological Applications, 26(8), 2390-2401. doi: 10.1002/eap.1395

Fusco, E., A. Snider, S. Luo. (2012) Perception of global climate change as a mediator of the effects of major and religious affiliation on college students’ environmentally responsible behavior. Environmental Education Research, 18(6), 815-830