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Our Team

Our team

Meet the team making a difference to how Canadians prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from wildfires.

TRU's team of experts is available to discuss wildfires and related issues. View our full list of experts in the TRU Newsroom.

Core research team

Dr. Mike Flannigan

Scientific director of the Institute for Wildfire Science, Adaptation, and Resiliency BC Innovation Research Chair in Predictive Services, Emergency Management and Fire Science, Thompson Rivers University

Dr. Flannigan uses machine learning approaches to better model and predict wildfire activity to inform the development of a wildfire early warning system and improve fire management planning and operations.

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Dr. Jill Harvey

Canada Research Chair in Fire Ecology

Dr. Harvey investigates wildfire and drought as processes driving ecosystem change to help inform forest and fire management practices and enhance resilience in Canada’s forests.

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Dr. Lauchlan Fraser

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Ecosystem Reclamation

Dr. Fraser is at the forefront of research that aids in the recovery of disturbed ecosystems. He has led reclamation research relating to soil amendments, biodiversity and climate change, with a particular focus on the Southern Interior of BC.

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Affiliate Researchers

Dr. Wendy Gardner

Associate Professor, Natural Resource Science (Faculty of Science)

Dr. Gardner is an expert in range land management and ecology and the coordinator of the Master of Science in Environmental Science program at TRU. She is knowledgeable about post-wildfire plant community recovery.

Dr. Brian Heise

Associate Professor, Natural Resource Science (Faculty of Science)

Dr. Heise studies the effects of land use practices and invasive species on freshwater invertebrates and fish. He is knowledgeable about the effects of wildfire on aquatic ecosystems, especially rivers and streams.

Dr. Michael Mehta

Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies (Faculty of Arts)

Dr. Mehta studies public perceptions of risk, air quality and health, and disaster preparedness and lessons learned from previous wildfires.

Dr. Bala Nikku

Associate Professor. Social Work and Human Service (Faculty of Education and Social Work)

Dr. Nikku studies human interactions with wildfires and other climate disasters in Canada and Asia. His work mainly focuses on understanding peoples’ evacuation choices before, during, and post-disaster stages and how those choices intersect with disaster management policies and practices. Using these research insights, Dr. Nikku advocates for building resilient futures.

Dr. Thomas Pypker

Associate Professor, Natural Resource Science (Faculty of Science)

Dr. Pypker studies the after-effects of wildfires, particularly as they impact land disturbance and water flows.

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