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Wildland Fire Seminar Series

In recent years, wildfire has gone from an infrequent and distant news item to a centerstage issue spanning many consecutive weeks for urban and suburban communities.  Frequent wildfires are changing everyday lives for California in numerous ways -- from public safety power shutoffs to hazardous air quality -- that seemed inconceivable as recently as 2015. Moreover, elevated wildfire risk in the western United States (and similar climates globally) is here to stay into the foreseeable future.

In this seminar series, we hear from a spectrum of researchers, decision makers, and industry experts on some important issues and challenges related to wildland fires.  See the schedule below.

Seminars will be held exclusively on Zoom. Please note that Zoom participation requires a SUNET ID: 

Non-Stanford attendees should contact Derek Fong ( for access.

Winter Quarter 2022-23 Schedule
Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. PST – Seminars held via Zoom

Jan 18  |  What the Clean Air Act needs to get right about wildfire 
                  Michael Wara, Climate and Energy Policy Program, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Jan 25  |  Altering the course of wildland fire through analytics and shared stewardship
                  Jason Kuiken, US Forest Service

Feb 1  |  Can we really address the wildfire problem?
                 Bob Roper, Chair of CA Fire Safe Council and Policy Advisor to the Wester Fire Chief's Association 

Feb 8  |  Is climate change redefining your health?
                Mary Prunicki, Sean Parker Center for Asthma and Allergy Research 

Feb 15  |  Wildfire influence on recent US pollution trends 
                   Marshall Burke, Environmental Change and Human Outcomes Lab 

Feb 22  |  NFTs to fund fire prevention, forest stewardship and land back 
                   Eric Bear and Thule Horton, 2023 Wildland Fire Challenge winners 

Mar 1  |  Utilities' efforts to itigate wildfire risk and partnerships needed to ensure success
                 Bob Messner, Wildfire Mitigation and Resiliency, portland General Electric 

Mar 8  | Indigenous led fire management Wildfire Mitigation and Protection: Which Expenses Make the Most Sense?
                Amy Cardinal Christianson, Canadian Forest Service / Parks Canada Agency 

This seminar series is co-sponsored by the Bill Lane Center for the American West,  Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford Sustainability Data Science, and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.  

This seminar series is also intended as a springboard for students interested in participating in Spring Quarter's Big Earth Hackathon: Wildland Fire Challenge.  Attendees can expect to hear about some of the most pressing wildfire related problems requiring innovative solutions.

For more seminar info & non-Stanford access, please contact Derek Fong at