Christina Restaino

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Christina Restaino

Assistant Professor, State Specialist

Summary

Christina is an Assistant Professor and Natural Resources Specialist, serving the state of Nevada, Great Basin, and Sierra Nevada regions. Her emphasis is on wildland fire science, forestry, and natural resource management. She is also the Director of the Living With Fire Program. Christina’s background is in applied forest and fire ecology. Her research has looked at the intersection of land management and forest resilience to fire, drought, and climate change. She has worked extensively in science outreach and communication, translating ecological principles to resource management and forest and fire policy. Christina’s work has spanned the western United States and has focused more recently in the Sierra Nevada region of California and Nevada. 

Education

B.S. University of California, Berkeley, 2006
M.S. University of Washington, 2010
Ph.D. University of Washington, 2014

Programs

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Living With Fire

Helping Nevadans and visitors prepare for wildfire

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Fact Sheets
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2021 Little Vally Fire Restoration Update
The University of Nevada, Reno, U.S. Forest Service, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Nevada Division of Forestry have worked together to rehabilitate the landscape after the Little Valley Fire. What have they accomplished?
Kay, M., Restaino, C. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-113
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Climate Change Impacts in Nevada
Summarized in this fact sheet are specific details about how climate change has already and will continue to impact the state of Nevada and strategies that can be used to prepare for these changes.
McAfee, S., Restaino, C., Ormerrod, K., Dettinger, M., McEvoy, D., Kalansky, J., Cayan, D., Lachniet, M., Moser, S., VanderMolen, K., Wall, T. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-21-06
Impactos del Cambio Climático en Nevada
En este artículo, se resumen detalles específicos sobre cómo el cambio climático ya ha afectado y seguirá afectando al estado de Nevada y las estrategias que pueden utilizarse para prepararse para estos cambios.
McAfee, S., Restaino, C., Ormerrod, K., Dettinger, M., McEvoy, D., Kalansky, J., Cayan, D., Lachniet, M., Moser, S., VanderMolen, K., Wall, T. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-21-06
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Pinyon-Juniper Encroachment: Effects on Carbon and Nutrient Cycling
The encroachment of pinyon-juniper woodlands into sagebrush ecosystems alters nutrient cycling. This fact sheet details how encroachment affects nutrient availability and carbon sequestration.
Putz, T., Restaino, C. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-118
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Pinyon-Juniper Encroachment: Effects on Hydrology
Pinyon-juniper encroachment of sagebrush ecosystems alters water processes. This fact sheet details how this change in hydrology occurs and describes the effects of increased water runoff and soil erosion.
Putz, T., Restaino, C. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-115
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Pinyon-Juniper Encroachment: Effects on Invasive Species
This fact sheet provides information on the relationship between pinyon-juniper encroachment of sagebrush rangelands and invasive species, such as non-native annual grasses. Learn how encroachment and non-native grasses interact to influence ecosystem functioning and health.
Putz, T., Restaino, C. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-116
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Pinyon-Juniper Encroachment: Effects on Sagebrush-Dependent Wildlife
Pinyon-juniper encroachment of sagebrush ecosystems impacts many wildlife species through loss of habitat. This fact sheet provides information on how decreasing food and cover with encroachment harms sagebrush-dependent wildlife.
Putz, T., Restaino, C. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-119
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Pinyon-Juniper Encroachment: Effects on Wildfire
Wildfire behavior is altered with pinyon-juniper encroachment of sagebrush ecosystems. In this fact sheet learn how wildfire fuel amounts and structure change with encroachment and the impacts of this on the landscape.
Putz, T., Restaino, C. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-117
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CodeRED in Washoe County
If an emergency arises in Washoe County, public agencies utilize CodeRED to inform the public. Registering for CodeRED increases the likelihood that residents will receive these urgent notifications.
Roice-Gomes, J., Adams, J., Kay, M., Restaino, C. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-120
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Living With Smoke: How to be prepared for smoke exposure
This fact sheet from the Living With Fire Program will help readers understand what is in wildfire smoke, why you should be concerned about wildfire smoke, and how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke.
Roice-Gomes, J., Kay, M., Schnieder, B., Restaino, C. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-114
Navigating Online Program Delivery With Zoom Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
This publication will explore how four faculty moved their programming online to meet both programmatic and clientele needs.
L. Chichester, S. Emm, H. Kratsch, C. Restaino 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-20-29
Understanding Homeowners’ Decisions to Mitigate Wildfire Risk and Create Defensible Space in Nevada
Wildland-urban interface communities across Nevada have programs in place to encourage homeowners to voluntarily undertake investments to reduce their wildfire threat and create defensible space on their properties. This study addresses two questions relevant to the design of these programs. 
Taylor, M., Restaino, C. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-20-32
Special Publications
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Nevada Flood After Fire Guide
The Nevada Flood After Fire Guide provides resources and guidance for Nevada residents on how to prepare for a flood after wildfire, how to stay safe during a flood, and what steps to take after the flood.
Restaino, C., Jarrett, E., Olsen, D., Simmons, E., Bardsley, T., Fichtner, S., Rendo, C., Woodward, J., Schembre, C., James, E., Putz, T. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno SP-21-14
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Wildfire Home Retrofit Guide
This Guide includes specific recommendations for how to retrofit existing components of a home to withstand wildfire.
Restaino, C., Kocher, S., Shaw, N., Hawks, S., Murphy, C., Quarles, S. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, SP-20-11