WildFIRE PIRE is an international partnership focused on the causes and consequences of fire in the past, present, and future.
This partnership includes scientists, educators, and fire specialists from: Montana State University, University of Colorado, University of Idaho, Salish Kootenai College, USDA Forest Service, Australian National University, University of Auckland, University of Tasmania, Landcare Research in New Zealand, and Monash University in Australia.
The project also involves research and land managers from U.S. and foreign non-profit conservation organizations, who are providing internship experiences for undergraduates and timely fire information. The expertise of the team includes scientist working on fire history, fire ecology, fire climatology, fire management, cultural anthropology, biodiversity and fire conservation, and invasive species. The team also includes specialists in natural history filmmaking and outreach, international education programs, project assessment, and data management.
The following fire experts are available to the media:
Cathy Whitlock, director, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, Montana State University
Past fire activity in Yellowstone and western U.S. and fire-climate linkages in the western U.S.
David McWethy, assistant professor, Department of Earth Sciences, MSU
Role of humans in past fire activity.
Bruce Maxwell, professor, Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, MSU
Fire and the spread of non-native plant species.
Thomas Veblen, professor, Department of Geography, University of Colorado-Boulder
Fires in the Colorado Rocky Mountains; fires at the wildland-urban interface; recent and future fires in Patagonian Chile and Argentina.
Philip Higuera, assistant professor, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho
Past and present fire-climate linkages; fires in Rocky Mountain National Park, Alaska.
Robert Keane, research ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Laboratory.
Contact through: Cass Cairns, public affairs officer for Rocky Mountain Research Station headquarters, email@example.com, 970-498-1370.
Landscape, fire, and climate dynamics; Fire behavior and fuel interactions; fire management.
Greg Pederson, research ecologist, US Geological Survey Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Current and future climate trends in western North America.
David Bowman, professor, University of Tasmania, Australia.
Past, present, and future fires in Australia.
Matt McGlone, researcher, Landcare Researcher
Past, present, and future fires in New Zealand.
Contact: Homepage of WildFIRE PIRE: http://wildfirepire.org/