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UW experts on wildfires and forest ecology

Researchers who can talk about wildfires, particularly those affecting the Pacific Northwest and California. Also see a list of climate scientists and weather experts. TV-ready soundbites, b-roll and video available for download.

David Peterson
Professor, environmental and forest sciences; Retired senior research biologist, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
wild@uw.edu | 360-422-5735 | Website
Expertise: Fire ecology, climate change, general forestry issues.

Jessica Halofsky
Research ecologist, environmental and forest sciences
jhalo@uw.edu | 541-231-9732 | Website
Expertise: Forest ecology, fire ecology and climate change (ecological effects and adaptation).

Jim Agee
Emeritus professor, environmental and forest sciences
jagee@uw.edu | 425-233-4872
Expertise: Fire ecology, fuels management, fire behavior

Dan Jaffe
Professor, atmospheric and environmental chemistry, UW Bothell
djaffe@uw.edu | 425-352-5357 | Website
Expertise: Particles in wildfire smoke

Maureen Kennedy
Assistant professor, quantitative fire ecology and forest management, UW Tacoma
mkenn@uw.edu | 253-692-4981 (email best during summers)| Website
Expertise: General regional fire issues, strategies to reduce fire fuels, reducing fire hazards and impacts on wildlife and homes

Crystal Raymond
Climate Adaptation Specialist, Climate Impacts Group
206-616-4304 | clrfire@uw.edu | Web
Expertise: Climate change, adaptation and risk of forest fires.

Ernesto Alvarado
Research associate professor, environmental and forest sciences
alvarado@uw.edu | 206-616-6920 | Website
Expertise: Forest fire ecology, fire management, prescribed fire, smoke emissions, climate change, tropical forestry, landscape, international forestry, modeling

Brian Harvey
Assistant professor, environmental and forest sciences
bjharvey@uw.edu | 206-685-9929 | cell: 650-521-1988 | Website | Twitter: @Brian_J_Harvey
Expertise: Forest ecology, landscape ecology, forest disturbances

Joel Thornton
Professor, atmospheric sciences
joelt@uw.edu | 206-543-4010 | Website
Expertise: Impact of wildfires on air quality and climate.

Don McKenzie
UW professor, environmental and forest sciences
Expertise: Forest ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology, climate change

Susan Prichard
Fire ecologist, environmental and forest sciences
sprich@uw.edu | 509-341-4493
Expertise: Fire ecology, climate change and fire, wildfire management, fuel treatment effectiveness, dry forest restoration, changing landscapes (legacies of fire exclusion, recent wildfires and climate change). Prichard is based in Washington’s Methow Valley.

Jerry Franklin
Professor, environmental and forest sciences
jff@uw.edu | 206-543-2138 | Website
Expertise: Forest ecology, landscape ecology, disturbances, old-growth and forest management

Morris Johnson
Research fire ecologist, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory; and UW affiliate professor
mcjohnson@fs.fed.us | 206-732-7852 | Website
Expertise: Fire ecology, fire effects and behavior, fuel treatment effectiveness, simulation modeling, bark beetles, climate change

Cliff Mass
Professor, atmospheric sciences
cliff@atmos.washington.edu | 206-685-0910 | Website
Expertise: Atmospheric conditions favoring wildfires

Sverre Vedal
Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, UW School of Public Health and
Attending Physician, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic, Harborview Medical Center
svedal@uw.edu | 206-616-8285| Website
Expertise: Air pollution (and wildfire) health effects; Composition of wildfire smoke pollution
*Note: Spends Oct/Nov. in China