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EXPERTS AVAILABLE: U of I Experts Available to Discuss Fire Topics

August 02, 2022

MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho experts are available to speak to the media on multiple topics related to wildfires, firefighting and public policy.

  • Fire ecology, fire and fuels management, prescribed burning and smoke: Leda Kobziar, associate professor of wildfire science and director of Master of Natural Resources, 208-885-0118,
  • Firefighter health and safety, sleep, fatigue and body composition changes on the fire line: Randall Brooks, professor of forestry and extension forestry specialist, 208-885-6356,
  • Fire policy: Dennis Becker, professor of natural resource policy and dean of the College of Natural Resources, 208-885-8981,
  • Social issues and human dimensions of wildfire preparedness: Travis Paveglio, associate professor of natural resource sociology,
  • Forest ecology, ecosystem restoration, riparian ecology, management and restoration, wildland fire and undergraduate education, including new Associate of Science degrees: Charles Goebel, professor of forest ecosystem restoration and ecology and head of the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, 208-885-7311,
  • Training and education for the next generation of fire professionals: Heather Heward, senior instructor and chair of the Idaho Prescribed Fire Council, 208-885-6454,
  • Forest and fuels management, treatment costs and prescribed fire use: Robert Keefe, associate professor and director of the University of Idaho Experimental Forest, 208-310-0269,
  • Fuels management for biomass utilization and carbon accounting: Gregory Latta, associate research professor of forest economics and interim director of Policy Analysis Group, 541-619-9212,
  • Remote sensing of fire and smoke: Luigi Boschetti, professor of remote sensing, 208-885-6508,
  • Targeted grazing to reduce fuels and create fire breaks: Karen Launchbaugh, professor of rangeland ecology and director of the U of I Rangeland Center, 208-885-4394,
  • Rangeland ecology including vegetation and fuels management and post-fire effects: Eva Strand, associate professor of rangeland ecology management 208-885-5779,

You are welcome to reach out to the experts directly. If you have general questions or are seeking an expert source on another topic, contact Kyle Pfannenstiel, external communications coordinator, at or 208-329-8947.

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