|UPDATE: Due to concerns related to COVID-19 and air quality in our region, this event will now be held virtually. Current ticket holders will be contacted by e-mail regarding refunds.|
From the headlines to the fire lines, it is unmistakable that we are in a new era of intensity and scale of wildland fires. This requires transformative approaches and new tools to help communities co-exist with fire. This Science Distilled event features forward-looking science that is ushering in new understanding to better predict these forces, take advantage of fire’s regenerative effects, and mitigate its impact to life and property.
Our first speaker, Tim Brown, PhD, is a lead on the most comprehensive fire experiment ever attempted, called the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment. Using data collected from each stage of the life cycle of fire, he and his team are fostering the next generation of predictive tools to better forecast smoke and air quality impacts, deploy firefighting resources, and approaches to controlled burns.
Our second speaker, David Vuono, PhD, is part of an interdisciplinary team that is pioneering an entirely new field of science on microbes that live and are transported by wildfire smoke. He and his team have found that the majority of microbes in the smoke plume are viable and alive and come from every major branch of the tree of life. This research illuminates a new mechanism of microbial transport across the globe and points to future areas of study related to human health.
Join us for this timely event in which we re-imagine what is possible through creativity, grit, and dedication to the possibilities that this science creates.
This virtual edition of Science Distilled will be hosted via Zoom. To make sure you don’t miss it, we encourage you to register to attend.
Dr. Tim Brown is a scientist at the Desert Research Institute focusing on wildland fire-climate and fire-weather connections, the wildfire environment, and the interface between science and decision-making. Dr. Brown is Director of the Western Regional Climate Center, and established and directs the Program for Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications (CEFA) at DRI.
Dr. David Vuono is a Research Professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. He studies molecular microbial ecology, microbial physiology, evolutionary biology, and applying the metabolic diversity of microorganisms in engineered systems for environmental benefits.