Thompson Rivers University

Wildfire experts

  Posted on: July 20, 2022

Wildfire behavior, ecology, land, air and water impacts

Dr. Mike Flannigan, BC Research Chair in Predictive Services, Emergency Management and Fire Science.
Dr. Flannigan’s research involves developing methods to help predict when and where extreme fire weather may arise and exploring the development of early warning wildfire notification systems. He is working with BC Wildfire Service staff to address challenges related to predicting wildfire activity and behaviour, to enhance their ability to prepare for and respond to wildfires.
Contact: 780-222-6819 (cell) | mflannigan@tru.ca | @mikeflannigan (Twitter)

Dr. Thomas Pypker, associate professor, Faculty of Science.
Dr. Pypker is studying the after-effects of wildfires, particularly as they impact land disturbance and water flows. His project is being done in conjunction with UNBC and UBCO.
Contact: 250-828-5414 | tpypker@tru.ca

Dr. Michael Mehta, professor, Faculty of Arts Geography and Environmental Studies.
Dr. Mehta studies public perceptions of risk, air quality and health, and disaster preparedness and lessons learned from previous wildfires.
Contact: 250-852-7275 | 778-220-3568 (cell) | mmehta@tru.ca

Wildfire economic and social impacts

Dr. Bala Nikku, assistant professor, School of Social Work and Human Service in the Faculty of Education and Social Work.
Dr. Nikku studies human interactions with wildfires, such as the evacuation choices that people make. He tries to understand the rationale behind peoples’ choices before, during and post disaster, and how those choices intersect with disaster management practices. He is researching evacuation choices made during fires at Fort McMurray and in the BC Interior, and nurturing community resilience to wildfires.
Contact 250-828-5242 | 250-320-7294 (cell) | bnikku@tru.ca

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