The science of wildland fires

Prescribed fire in the UC Blodgett Forest Research Station. Photo by Scott Stephens

Prescribed fire in the UC Blodgett Forest Research Station. Photo by Scott Stephens

Fire plays an important role in many ecosystems. Our dependence on these fire-prone landscapes requires that we understand and reach a sustainable co-existence with wildfire.

This is where scientists Scott Stephens and Max Moritz step in. Their labs study the science of fire from a holistic perspective, ranging  from the current and historical roles of wildland fires, to learning the dynamics of fire regimes for ecosystem management, to understanding the interaction of global climate change and wildfires, to assisting in the development and review of fire policies both in the United States and abroad.

Their research has far-reaching implications, ultimately changing our relationship to fire and the environment.

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