Media Tip Sheet: Wildfire, air quality, emergency preparedness experts at CSU available to discuss current issues, topics

wildfire

Note to Editors: As Colorado and the nation’s wildfire season continues, CSU is providing the following list of experts who can address a variety of information about wildfires, air quality, and emergency preparedness. Below are CSU experts whose work is most relevant to current wildfires. The tip sheet is intended to provide resources to the media but not contact information for the public.

Wildfire behavior, mitigation, economics, restoration, communication

Chad Hoffman, assistant professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Fire behavior and modeling, fuels management and wildfire hazard and risk reduction, disturbance ecology, fire and bark beetle interactions, fire and forest pathogen interactions.
Media contact: Mary Guiden at mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Brett Wolk, assistant director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
Strategies and challenges associated with managing forests and forest fires in Colorado and across the Western U.S., how organizations and individuals address forest and wildfire threats, from national-level policy to local community wildfire mitigation and forest restoration efforts.
Media contact: Mary Guiden at mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Lisa Mason, outreach forester/fire mitigation education coordinator (acting), Colorado State Forest Service
Wildfire mitigation, fire ecology, Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, protecting homes and property from wildfires, assisting mountain/rural landowners with their forests and trees.
Media contact: Ryan Lockwood at ryan.lockwood@colostate.edu, (970) 491-8970

Mark Paschke, professor and associate dean in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Post-fire restoration ecology and re-growth.
Media contact: Mary Guiden at mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Doug Rideout, professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and director of the Western Forest Fire Research Center
Economics and management of wild and prescribed fires, the wildland-urban interface, strategic analysis and budgeting of fire programs, fuel management and initial attack systems
Media contact: Mary Guiden at mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Mark Gasta, assistant professor in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Tourism and ski area management expert.
Media contact: Mary Guiden at mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Steven Fassnacht, professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Snowmelt, run-off and stream flow, mountain snow characteristics across various portions of the Colorado River basin.
Media contact: Mary Guiden at mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Tim Amidon, assistant professor of English
Firefighter communication and how it relates to firefighter safety.
Media contact: Jeff Dodge at jeff.dodge@colostate.edu, 970-4251

Air pollution, quality

Sonia Kreidenweis, professor in atmospheric science
Atmospheric chemistry, aerosol chemistry and physics, movement of smoke plumes and particulate matter.
Media contact: Anne Manning at anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

Jeff Pierce, associate professor, atmospheric science
Atmospheric particles, gases and their interaction with human health, clouds and climate.
Media contact: Anne Manning at anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

Jennifer Peel, professor, environmental and radiological health sciences
Environmental epidemiology, health effects of air pollution.
Media contact: Anne Manning at anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

Sheryl Magzamen, assistant professor, environmental and radiological health sciences
Indoor air quality, childhood asthma, environmental pollutant mixtures.
Media contact: Anne Manning at anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099 

Disaster planning and risk assessment

John van de Lindt, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Community resilience, disaster planning, rapid recovery from hazards like flood or fire, reducing seismic risk in buildings, earthquake simulation and testing, tornado and hurricane damage.
Media contact: Anne Manning at anne.manning@colostate.edu, 970-491-7099

Protecting pets, horses and livestock, including emergency preparedness

Ragan Adams, veterinarian in the Department of Clinical Sciences
Animal disaster response planning in the context of general emergency preparedness on personal and community levels
Media contact: Mary Guiden at mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, veterinarian and assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences
How temperatures in the summer can affect dogs, cats and other pets; the effects of wildfire smoke on pets
Media contact: Mary Guiden at mary.guiden@colostate.edu, 970-491-6892

Forest health 

Mike Lester, state forester and director, Colorado State Forest Service
Statewide forest management approaches, processes and strategy.
Media contact: Ryan Lockwood ryan.lockwood@colostate.edu, (970) 491-8970

Diana Selby, state lands program manager, Colorado State Forest Service
Forest health and general forest management.
Media contact: Ryan Lockwood ryan.lockwood@colostate.edu, (970) 491-8970