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UW experts on wildfires, smoke impacts

Researchers who can talk about wildfires, particularly those in the western U.S., and experts who can address the effects of wildfire smoke on human health. Also see a list of climate scientists and weather experts.

 

Wildfire behavior:

Brian Harvey
Assistant professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
bjharvey@uw.edu | 206-685-9929 (desk) | 650-521-1988 (mobile) | Website | Twitter: @Brian_J_Harvey
Expertise: Forest fire ecology (causes and effects of forest fires); how fires interact with other disturbances (e.g. insect outbreaks, drought); how forests respond to fire (e.g. post-fire tree establishment).

Ernesto Alvarado
Research associate professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
alvarado@uw.edu | 206-616-6920 | Website
Expertise: Forest fire ecology (causes and effects of forest fires); fire management; prescribed fire; smoke emissions; climate change; tropical forestry; international forestry; modeling.

Susan Prichard
Fire ecologist, School of 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.

Jessica Halofsky
Research ecologist, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
jhalo@uw.edu | 360-753-7677 (desk) | Website
Expertise: Fire ecology; resource management; climate change.

Maureen Kennedy
Assistant professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Division of Sciences and Mathematics at UW Tacoma
mkenn@uw.edu | 253-692-4981 (email is fastest)| Website
Expertise: General regional fire issues; fire ecology; fire science; fire severity; strategies to reduce fire fuels; reducing fire hazards and impacts on wildlife and homes.

David Peterson
Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Retired senior research biologist, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
wild@uw.edu | 360-422-5735 (desk) | Website
Expertise: Fire science; fire ecology; resource management; general forestry issues.

James Agee
Emeritus professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
jagee@uw.edu | 425-408-1493 (desk) | 425-233-4872 (mobile)
Expertise: Fire ecology; fire science; fuels management; fire severity.

Don McKenzie
Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
dmck@uw.edu
Expertise: Forest ecology; fire ecology; landscape ecology; climate change.

 

Climate change, wildfire smoke, air quality:

Crystal Raymond
Climate adaptation specialist, Climate Impacts Group
clrfire@uw.edu | 206-616-4304 (email is best) | Website
Expertise: Wildfires and climate change; fire ecology.

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

Joel Thornton
Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
joelt@uw.edu | 206-543-4010 | Website
Expertise: Wildfire smoke impacts on air quality and climate; emissions.

Amy Kim
Assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
amyakim@uw.edu | 206-685-0228 (email is best) | Website
Expertise: Indoor (building) air quality during wildfire season.

 

Smoke impacts on human health, communicating risks:

Tania Busch Isaksen
Lecturer, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences 
tania@uw.edu | 206-685-4919 | Website
Expertise: Public health outcomes associated with extreme heat and wildfire smoke exposures; risk communication methods; climate change-related public health adaptation planning and response, sustainable materials management.

Nicole Errett
Lecturer, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
nerrett@uw.edu | Website
Expertise: Public health emergency preparedness; health impacts of disaster; community resilience; health care emergency preparedness. Errett co-founded and co-directs the Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience, a network of public health researchers, practitioners and community scientists who collaborate to address real world challenges that impact our communities’ resilience to disasters and the acute impacts of climate change.

Anjum Hajat
Assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology
anjumh@uw.edu | 206-685-3618 | Website
Expertise: Air pollution (including from wildfires) impacts on disadvantaged populations.

Dr. Jeremy Hess
Associate professor, School of Medicine and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
jjhess@uw.edu | 206-685-3443 | Website
Expertise: Climate change health impacts; health care disaster risk management; public health adaptation to climate change; health effects of heat exposure.

Dr. Catherine Karr
Professor, School of Medicine and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
ckarr@uw.edu | 206-616-4355 | Website 
Expertise: Pediatric environmental health; air pollution; asthma; pesticides; global children’s environmental health; farmworker health. 

Dr. Joel Kaufman
Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and School of Medicine
joelk@uw.edu | 206-616-3501 | Website
Expertise: Environmental and occupational epidemiology; health effects of diesel exhaust exposures; environmental factors in cardiovascular and respiratory disease; traffic-related air pollution; environmental health.

Dr. Coralynn Sack
Acting assistant professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and School of Medicine
cssack@uw.edu | Website
Expertise: Lung problems; health effects of smoky air.

Christopher Simpson
Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
simpson1@uw.edu | 206-543-3222 | Website
Expertise: Air pollution monitoring and modeling; wood smoke; ambient air pollutants; diesel exhaust; indoor air; pesticides; trace contaminants.

Dr. Sverre Vedal
Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
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; adverse health effects of community air pollution and in occupational lung disease.

Michael Yost
Professor and chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
airion@uw.edu | 206-685-7243 | Website
Expertise: Agricultural safety and health; ambient air pollutants; children’s health; climate change; diesel exhaust; pesticides; noise; vibration exposure.