UA Experts on Wildfires


Oct. 10, 2017

University of Arizona Experts Available to Media on Wildfires

TUCSON, Ariz. — Two faculty members at the University of Arizona can answer questions related to the current wildfires in northern California. 

Donald Falk
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Expertise: Fire history, fire ecology, dendroecology and restoration ecology. Teaches introductory class in wildfire science and can speak about possible links between wildfires and climate change, how ecosystems recover from wildfires, and tree-ring analysis. Has worked extensively in the Western U.S. and Mexico reconstructing historic fire regimes from tree rings. Falk was quoted today in this piece

Gregg Garfin
Associate professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Deputy director for science translation and outreach, Institute of the Environment

Expertise: Works to bridge the science-society interface in order to accelerate the transfer of UA environmental and climate science findings and techniques to resource managers, planners, policy makers and other decision-makers in the region. Can speak about seasonal fire potential forecasts, and links between wildfires and climate change.


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Doug Carroll
University Communications

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