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Fire in the Earth system: EarthTalk Series with Penn State

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Fires burn in all terrestrial ecosystems on the globe, and wildfires are getting larger, more destructive and deadly. Both humans and climate are contributing to this trend. The Fall 2021 EESI EarthTalks series, “Fire in the Earth System,” will address humanity’s long relationship with fire, how humans and climate create conditions conducive to megafires, and how policy makers and land managers can address the fire problem.

The seminars are free, open to the public, and take place from 1-2 pm PDT, 2-3 pm MDT.

The series schedule is as follows:

EarthTalk Seminars by date
Date Speaker Presentation
Sept. 13 Jessica Thompson
Yale University
“The early evolution of fire-human relationships”
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Sept. 20 David McWethy
Montana State University
“Examining climate-human-fire interactions and feedbacks in temperate ecosystems”
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Sept. 27 Rebecca Bliege Bird
Penn State
“Indigenous fire regimes and their ecosystem services under climate change”
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Oct. 4 David Bowman
University of Tasmania
“Viewing the 2019-2020 Australian bushfire crisis through a pyrogeographic lens”
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Oct. 11 Alejandra Domic
Penn State
“To be announced”
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Oct. 18 Victor McCrary
Vice Chair, National Science Board
“National Science Board Vision 2030: Making a difference for America’s research ecosystem”
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Oct. 25 To be announced
To be announced
“To be announced”
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Nov. 1 Rebecca Hamilton
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
“Fire dynamics in tropical Asia: from the Pleistocene to the Anthopocene”
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Nov. 8 Mark Cochrane
University of Maryland
“The role of fire and land use in tropical forest decline in Indonesia and Brazil”
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Nov. 15 Phil Higuera
University of Montana
“Fire, climate change and the resilience of Rocky Mountain forests”
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Nov. 29 Park Williams
University of California, Los Angeles
“The role of anthropogenic climate change on fire in California”
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Dec. 6 Scott Stephens
University of California, Berkeley
“Fire policy and policy conundrums in fire-prone Mediterranean climate forests and shrublands”
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September 13
December 6

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