USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
240 W. Prospect Rd.
Fort Collins, CO 80526


- 1997: Ph.D. in Ecological Modeling, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO, USA
- 1986: M.S. in Forestry, Higher Institute of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria
- 1985: B.S. in Forestry, Higher Institute of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria

Work Experience:

July 2010 – Present USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, Physical Scientist &
Manager of the USFS Rocky Mountain Center for Fire-Weather
Duties: Research & development of decision-support fire-weather
applications for assisting fire and air-resource management in the
USA; Developing methods for projecting effects of climate
variations on fire danger and wildland-fire activity in the USA;

Jun 2006 – July 2010 METI Inc. Contractor Senior Scientist to the USFS Rocky
Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins CO.
Duties: Research & development of decision-support applications
for fire and smoke management in the USA; Technology transfer
of complex fire science products to the field.

Apr 2002 – Apr 2006 Post-doctorate Air Resource Scientist, USDA FS Rocky Mountain
Research Station, Fort Collins CO.
Duties: Research to improve weather forecast models through
integration of biophysical vegetation energy fluxes, remotely
sensed canopy characteristics, and mesoscale atmospheric
processes; Development of online products to support fire- and
smoke-management operations in the West
(; Interacting with operational users to
improve RMC fire-weather applications.
May 2001- Apr 2002 Air Quality Specialist, USGS / Johnson Controls Inc., Fort Collins
Duties: Managing the Wyoming Air Resource Monitoring System
(WARMS); Analysis of air quality data and Report writing.

Mar 2000 – Mar 2001 Environmental Consultant, N & T Services, Oak Ridge TN.
Duties: Analysis of CO2 and water-vapor flux measurements from
the AmeriFlux monitoring network; Developing of algorithms to
fill data gaps in measured time series.

Mar 1997 – Mar 2000 Post-doctorate Research Associate, Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, TN.
Duties: Research in climate-vegetation interactions using original
algorithms and models; Continental-scale remote sensing of
vegetation characteristics (LAI and foliage clumping) using high-
resolution multi-spectral satellite data.

1993 – 1997 Research Associate, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO.
Duties: Research and modeling of climate-vegetation interactions;
Modeling long-tern forest succession in response to climatic
changes; Modeling short-term exchange of energy and trace gases
between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere in response to a
changing environment.

Selected Publications:

Nikolov N, Zeller K (2017) New Insights on the Physical Nature of the Atmospheric
Greenhouse Effect Deduced from an Empirical Planetary Temperature Model. Environ
Pollut Climate Change 1: 112. doi:10.4172/2573-458X.1000112

Volokin D, ReLlez L (2014) On the average temperature of airless spherical bodies and
the magnitude of Earth’s atmospheric thermal effect. SpringerPlus 3:723 doi:
10.1186/2193-1801-3-723 (NB: Volokin and ReLlez are pseudonyms for Nikolov &

Nikolov, N., Teixeira, L. and Zeller, K. F. 2008. Improved forecasting of fire weather
and smoke dispersion through advanced simulation of biophysical ecosystem-atmosphere
interactions. Removing decades-long biases in the MM5 meso-scale model. Manuscript
to be submitted to Atmospheric Environment.

Nikolov, N. & Zeller, K.F. 2006. Efficient retrieval of vegetation leaf area index and
canopy clumping factor from satellite data to support pollutant deposition assessments.
Environmental Pollution, 141:539-549.

Nikolov, N. & Zeller, K.F. 2003. Modeling coupled interactions of carbon, water, and
ozone exchange between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. I: Model description.
Environmental Pollution 124:231-246.
Zachariassen, J., Zeller, K.F., Nikolov, N. and McClelland, T. 2003. A review of the
Forest Service Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) Network. Gen. Tech. Rep.
RMRS-GTR-119. Fort Collins, CO: USDA FS Rocky Mountain Research Station. 153 p
+ CD.

Potter, B.E., Larkin, N.K., Nikolov, N. 2006. Smoke, fire, and weather: What Forest
Service Research is doing to help. Fire Management Today, 66(3):12-16.

Potter, C.S., Wang, S., Nikolov, N.T., McGuire, A.D., Liu, J., King, A.W., Kimball, J.S.,
Grant, R.F., Frolking, S.E., Clein, J.S., Chen, J.M., Amthor, J.S., 2001. Comparison of
boreal ecosystem model sensitivity to variability in climate and forest site parameters. J.
Geophys. Res. 106, 33,671–33,688.

Zeller, K.F. & Nikolov, N.T. 2000. Quantifying simultaneous fluxes of ozone, carbon
dioxide, and water vapor over a subalpine forest ecosystem. Environ. Pollution 107:1-20.

Nikolov, N.T. 1997. Mathematical Modeling of Seasonal Biogeophysical Interactions in
Forest Ecosystems in Relation to Climatic Change. Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of Forest
Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO U.S.A., 149 pp.

Nikolov, N.T., Massman, W.J. & Schoettle, A.W. 1995. Coupling biochemical and
biophysical processes at the leaf level: an equilibrium photosynthesis model for leaves of
C3 plants. Ecological Modelling, 80:205-235.

Nikolov, N.T. 1995. Modeling transient response of forest ecosystems to climatic
change. In: R.W.Tinus ed., Interior West Global Change Workshop. April 25-27, 1995,
Fort Collins CO. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-262, USDA FS Rocky Mountain Forest and
Experiment Stn, Fort Collins CO, pp. 78-83.

Nikolov, N.T. & Fox, D.G. 1994. A coupled carbon-water-energy-vegetation model to
assess responses of temperate forest ecosystems to changes in climate and atmospheric
CO2. Part I. Model concept. Environmental Pollution, 83:251-262.

Nikolov, N.T. & Helmisaari, H. 1992. Silvics of the circumpolar boreal forest tree
species. In: H.H. Shugart, R. Leemans & G.B.Bonan (editors) A Systems Analysis of the
Global Boreal Forest, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 13-84.

Nikolov, N.T. & Zeller. K.F. 1992. A solar radiation algorithm for ecosystem dynamic
models. Ecological Modelling, 61:149-168.