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EXPERTS AVAILABLE: Fire and Our Communities

August 11, 2016

Wildfire is a reality in the West, one that researchers at the University of Idaho are studying intensely. UI researchers across disciplines are doing ground-breaking work studying how to make communities more “fire-resilient,” and provide solutions that will help people and fire co-exist. 

UI is the leading university in wildfire fire research, education and collaboration in the state of Idaho. With the first certified wildfire ecology program in the nation and the only university lab dedicated to the study of combustion and smoke emissions, UI is internationally renowned for fire science.

The following nationally recognized faculty experts are available for interviews during this year’s fire season:

Crystal Kolden, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor of Forestry, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, College of Natural Resources


  • Cascading consequences of wildfire
  • Helping communities become more resilient in the face of fire
  • Experience as a wildland firefighter

Alistair Smith, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor of Forestry, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, Director of Graduate Studies, College of Natural Resources


  • Fire combustion dynamics
  • Helping communities become more resilient in the face of fire
  • Air quality and smoke management
  • Effects of grazing on fire and fuel
  • Post-wildfire recovery

Leda Kobziar, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor in Natural Resources and Society, College of Natural Resources


  • Fire ecology
  • Fuels management and treatment
  • Post-fire restoration
  • Experience as a wildland firefighter

Media Contacts: 
Gemma Gaudette
Regional Communications Director
UI Boise
[email protected]

Kim Jackson
Marketing and Communications Manager
College of Natural Resources
[email protected]

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