CNR Graduate Students Earn Fire Research Innovation Awards

Tuesday, August 2 2011

Jarod Blades and Nolan Brewer, doctoral and master’s candidates in the College of Natural Resources, recently received research innovation awards from the Joint Fire Sciences Program. The awards allow graduate students to conduct research that enhances the quality, scope, or applicability of a thesis or dissertation and builds the necessary skills for independent inquiry.

Each will receive $25,000 to support his research. Blades’ proposal was entitled “Exploring How Deliberation on Scientific Information Shapes Stakeholder Perceptions of Smoke and Forest Management.” His research will help fire managers understand and communicate the effects of smoke and related issues. He is a doctoral fellow in the National Science Foundation/IGERT project and is advised by Troy Hall, professor of conservation social sciences; and Jo Ellen Force, professor of forest policy.

Brewer’s proposal was entitled, “Masticated Fuels and Carbon Storage: Effects of Particle Size and Fuel Moisture on Black Carbon Production.” His research experimentally tests how black carbon is produced in masticated fuel beds, potentially providing an improved method of accounting for black carbon production rates in masticated stands. He is advised by Alistair Smith, assistant professor of forest measurements.