American Geophysical Union experts available for 2017 North American wildfire season

7 August 2017

A wildfire in Bitterroot National Forest in Montana, United States, in August 2000.
Credit: John McColgan/USDA.

WASHINGTON, DC — The 2017 North American wildfire season has begun. Several American Geophysical Union scientists are available to comment on the science of wildfires and their possible impacts throughout the season, including the connections between climate and wildfires, historical wildfire activity, and wildfire impacts on forest ecosystems.

Tim Brown is a Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute and Director of the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nevada. His expertise includes fire-climate and weather connections; the fire environment; applications development for wildland fire management planning, decision-making and policy; the interface between science and decision-making; and the deliberate co-production of knowledge.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (775) 674-7090

Beverly Law is Professor of Global Change Biology & Terrestrial Systems Science in the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Her expertise is on drought-related mortality in forests and implications of wildfires and management actions on forest carbon and emissions to the atmosphere.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (541) 737-6111

Jennifer Marlon is a Research Scientist at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, Connecticut. Her expertise is on the long-term history of wildfires in the western U.S. and globally, particularly on scales of decades to millennia. She uses sediment records from lakes, soils, and oceans to understand past changes in wildfires and their relationships to climate and human activities.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (203) 623-7108
Note: Jennifer Marlon will be unavailable August 19 – 26.

Valerie Trouet is an Associate Professor in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her expertise is in decadal-to-centennial-scale climate variability and its influence on human systems and forest ecosystems. Amongst others, she studies past wildfires and fire-climate interactions in the American West.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (520) 907-0578


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