Abbreviated Vita:

Name: Don Jay Latham

Educational background:

B.A., Pomona College, Claremont, CA. 1960. Physics.
M.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico. 1964. Earth Science.
Ph.D., New Mexico Tech., Socorro, New Mexico. 1968. Earth Science.

Further Training/classes etc:

>30 Hrs grad level Psychology, University of Montana
Wildfire Investigation (Certified)
Artificial Intelligence (University of Montana, Tektronix)


Professional Experience:

1967-1968. Senior Research Scientist, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Univ. of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
1968-1972. Assistant Professor, Univ. of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
1972-1975. Associate Professor, Univ. of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
1975-1991. Research Meteorologist, GS-13, USDA, Intermountain Research Station, Intermountain Fire Sciences Laboratory, Missoula, Montana.
1991-1997. Team Leader, Supervisory Research Meteorologist, GM-14, Intermountain Research Station (3 Scientists, 2 Technicians)
1997-2002. Project Leader, Fire Behavior Research Work Unit, Fire Sciences Laboratory, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service (7 Scientists, 4 Professionals, 2 Technicians, 2 Program Assistants, ~ 3.5 MM budget)
2002- Lead Scientist, Lightning Forensics, Six Mile Systems


Awards and Activities:

Irving Langmuir Award for Excellence in Research, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1991,
Chairman, IUFRO Section S4.11.03 "Information Management", 1990-present,
Informal committee on lightning detection from space(LIS), NASA,1980-present,
Associate Editor, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 1992-2001,
Faculty affiliate of the University of Montana, Forestry Department, 1977-present


Publications of note


1984. Latham, D. J. "A numerical simulation of the lightning continuing current channel." Proceedings, VII International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity, American Meteorological Society, Albany, NY. June 1984.

1985 .Latham, D. J. "Anode column behavior of long vertical air arcs at atmospheric pressure." IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. PS-14, No. 3, June 1986, p. 220-227.1987. Latham, Don J. "Design and construction of an electric arc generator for fuel ignition studies." USDA

For. Serv. Research Note INT-366, 15 p.

1989. Latham, Don J. and Schleiter, Joyce A. "Ignition Probabilities of Wildland Fuels Based on Simulated Lightning Discharges" Research Paper INT-411, Intermountain Research Station, September, 1989

1991 Latham, Don J. "Lightning Flashes From a Prescribed Fire-induced Cloud", Journal of Geophysical Research,V.96,pp.17,151-17,157

1991 Susott, R.A., D. Ward, R. Babbitt, and D. Latham. "The

Measurement of Trace Emissions and Combustion Characteristics for a Mass Fire", in Global Biomass Burning, J. Levine, Ed. MIT Press, 1991. pp 245-257

1994. Latham, D.J. PLUMP: A one-dimensional plume predictor and cloud model for fire and smoke managers. Research General Technical Report INT-GTR-314, Intermountain Research Station, November 1994.

1995. Vonnegut, B., D.J. Latham, C.B. Moore, and S.J. Hunyady. An Explanation for Anomalous Lightning From Forest Fire Clouds. Journal of Geophysical Research, V. 100, 5037-5050.

1996. Invited introductory chapter for: "Building Knowledge Based Systems for Natural Resource Management" Chapman and Hall, NY,NY

2000. Latham, D.J. Space charge generated by wind tunnel fires. Atmospheric Research, 51, 267-278

2001. Latham, D.J. and Williams, E. Lightning and Forest Fires, Chapter 11, Forest Fires, E.A. Johnson, ed. Academic Press, NY, p 375-418

2002. Vodacek, A., Kremens, R.L., Fordham, A.J., VanGorden, S.C., Luisi, D., Schott, J.R., and Latham, D.J., 2002, Remote optical detection of biomass burning using a potassium emission signature, Int. J. Remote Sensing, 23, 2721-2726.

2003. Clark T. L., M. Griffiths, M. J. Reeder, D. Latham, Numerical simulations of grassland fires in the Northern Territory, Australia: A new subgrid-scale fire parameterization, J. Geophys. Res., 108 (D18), 4589, doi:10.1029/2002JD003340, 2003.

2004. Butler, B.W., J. Cohen, D.J. Latham, R.D. Schuette, P. Sopko, K.S. Shannon, D. Jiminez, and L. S. Bradshaw, "Measurement of radiant emissive power and temperatures in crown fires", Canadian Journal of Forest Research, V.34, pp 1577-1587, 2004.

2004.Clark, T.L., J. Coen, and D. Latham, "Description of a coupled atmosphere-fire model", Int. Journ. Of Wildland Fire, V13, pp49-63,2004.