California Fire Science Seminar Series

California Fire Science Seminar Series

This new online seminar series will cover the breadth of wildland fire research relevant to California and introduce researchers to new topics and research groups across the state. Topics will include fire weather, wildfire risk, fire ecology, remote sensing, emissions, fire dynamics, fire modeling and public health. Featuring many early-career researchers, this series is aimed at a highly interdisciplinary academic audience but is open to anyone interested in these topics. 

The series will be held weekly, every Tuesday from 3:00 – 4:00 pm (PST) starting January 19, 2021. A virtual chat will be held with the speaker immediately afterwards (4:00 – 5:00, PST). Graduate students and early-career researchers are especially welcome to join us for these networking sessions. 

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Speaker Schedule (CLICK HERE TO ACCESS ALL SEMINAR RECORDINGS)

January 19, 2021

Wildfire Futures: Potential Paths for Change

  • Toddi Steelman, Stanback Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

January 26, 2021

Understanding the observed increase in western US wildfire activity over the past 40 years

  • Park Williams, Columbia & UCLA


February 2, 2021

Utilities, wildfire, and disorganized climate adaptation

  • Michael Wara, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University


February 9, 2021

Climate change and fire suppression: drivers of fire regimes and ecological responses at actionable scales

  • Erin Hanan, University of Nevada, Reno

February 16, 2021

Bringing the Heat: Translating Wildfire Research into Useful Tools For Decision Makers

  • Kimiko Barrett, Headwaters Economics


February 23, 2021

EESA wildfire modeling activities: exploring various dimensions and scales of wildfire and its impacts on carbon, plant communities, and climate mitigation

  • Zelalem Mekonnen, Qing Zhu, and Maegen Simmonds, Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), LBNL

March 2, 2021 – Note: Special start time of 10am!

Tracing Unnatural Disasters: Sensing wildfires, atmospheres and radiation in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

  • Dr. Christine Eriksen, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zürich, Switzerland


March 9, 2021

Boreal megafires, thawing permafrost and the erosion of ecological legacie

  • Merritt Turetesky, CU

March 16, 2021

Smokey the Beaver: can beaver dams keep riparian corridors green during wildfire?

  • Emily Fairfax, CSUCI

March 23, 2021

Keepers of the Flame: Education and Collaboration in Cultural Burning

  • Elizabeth Middleton, Deniss Martinez, and Melinda Adams, UC Davis

March 30, 2021

Using Localized Severe Fire Weather Inputs in Statewide Hazard Mapping in California

  • Dave Sapsis, CALFIRE

April 6, 2021

Fires and their impacts, from household burning to wildfires

  • Christine Wiedenmyer, CU

April 13, 2021

Wildfire effects on water quantity, water quality, and aquatic ecology from forested headwaters to downstream communities

  • Kevin Bladon, OSU

April 20, 2021

Integrating multiple sources of historical forest reconstructions to inform landscape-level restoration

  • Brandon Collins, UC Berkeley/USFS

April 27, 2021

Hydrologic dynamics following wildfires in California and Hydrological and Chemical Resilience to Compounding Wildfires

  • Erica Siirila-Woodburn and Michelle Newcomer, LBNL

May 4, 2021

California Wildfire Behavior: Insights from Laboratory Scale Experiments

  • Jeanette Cobian-Iñiguez, UC Merced

May 11, 2021

TBD