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Fire in the Earth system: EarthTalk Series with Penn State

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 series recordings that are available:

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
“Holocene fire history in South America: responses to climate change and human activities”
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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 Andres Holz
Portland State University
“Fire regimes and flammability feedbacks in Patagonian temperate forests”
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September 13, 2021
December 6, 2021

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