May 7, 2020
Dr. Mike Flannigan is BC Innovation Research Chair in Predictive Services, Emergency Management and Fire Science at the Faculty of Science, Thompson Rivers University. He was formerly Professor of Wildland Fire with the Department of Renewable Resources, in the Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences, at the University of Alberta, and the Director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science at the University of Alberta. Previously, Dr. Flannigan worked as a physical scientist, research scientist, and senior research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service.
Dr. Flannigan received his B.Sc. (Physics) from the University of Manitoba, his MS (Atmospheric Science) from Colorado State University and his PhD (Plant Sciences) from Cambridge University.
Dr. Flannigan’s primary research interests include fire and weather/climate interactions including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires, machine learning applications, landscape fire modelling, and interactions between vegetation, fire, and weather. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wildland Fire (2002 to 2008) and has taken on leadership roles with the U.S. National Assessment on Global Change, IPCC, IGBP Fire Fast Track Initiative, and Global Change Terrestrial Ecosystems efforts on the global impacts of fire.