Penny Morgan is a professor in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho. She directs the University’s Wildland Fire Program. The fire program has been educating and working with leaders in fire education, research and outreach for more than 30 years. Penny was born, raised and educated in the West. She earned her bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Utah State University and holds a doctorate from the University of Idaho. Her current research focuses on some of the broad challenges facing people in the West: How will the changing climate influence fire occurrence and severity? Where, when and why do fires burn severely? How do bark beetles affect crown fire hazard in forests and burn severity? What drives landscape dynamics, and how can we best manage landscape change? How does vegetation recover following large fires, and how does post-fire management affect weeds and other vegetation regrowth? Penny is committed to helping people understand and use science in natural resources management in Idaho, the western U.S., and beyond.