Our meeting on April 4th, 2013 focused on wildfire. Meet our guest speakers:

Jon Keeley

John E. Keeley

Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and Adjunct Full Professor, Dpt. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

Dr. Keeley is a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, stationed at Sequoia National Park in California and Adjunct Full Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. He has served as director of the ecology program for the National Science Foundation and was professor of biology at Occidental College for 20 years. Dr. Keeley has over 300 publications in national and international scientific journals and books. His research has focused on ecological impacts of wildfires as well as historical changes in fire regimes and their impact on invasive non-native plants. His work is largely focused on mediterranean-type ecosystems. In 1985 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Fellow of the Southern California Academy of Sciences and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the California Botanical Society. He is senior author of a Cambridge University Press book "Fire in Mediterranean Climate Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution and Management", and his work has been featured in the USGS film “Living With Fire” released in 2013.
Chris Dicus

Chris Dicus

Professor of Wildland Fire and Fuels Management,California Polytechnic State University

Chris Dicus is a Professor and Coordinator of the Wildland Fire and Fuels Management Concentration in the Natural Resources Management Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. His research focuses on how fuel treatments in the wildland-urban interface impact both fire behavior and ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration and vegetative air pollution removal. He regularly serves as a fire behavior analyst on large wildland fires and has participated in many post-fire disaster assessments, including the 2007 Southern California Fire Siege and the 2009 Black Saturday Fires in Victoria, Australia. Dr. Dicus serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Fire Ecology and the San Luis Obispo Fire Safe Council, is chair for the Los Padres Chapter of Society of American Foresters, and is a registered professional forester in California.  

Scott Stephens

Scott Stephens

Professor of Fire Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Stephens runs the Fire Science Laboratory at UC Berkeley and co-directs the UC Center for Fire Research & Outreach. Researchers at the Fire Science Lab examine the history of fire in California forestlands and a wide variety of fire-related topics, such as the role of fire in forest and shrubland restoration, the effect of fire on forest wildlife and insects, fire climate interactions in the forests of Southern California, and how climate and fire interact in a never-logged forest ecosystem with no fire suppression. Stephens has expertise in prescribed fire, fire history, fire in the urban-wildland interface, fire behavior, and effects of fuels treatments used to reduce fire hazards, fire policy, and the impact of changing climates on wildfire.