OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

2017 Expert witness. Testified before the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Federal Lands, in an oversight hearing on “Seeking Better Management of America's Overgrown, Fire-Prone National Forests”. Written Testimony. Questions for the Record.
2017 Invited participant. Workshop on Defining ecological and social resilience in fire-prone ecosystems, Missoula, MT.
2016 Invited participant. Workshop on Wildfire and bark beetles, organized by the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network, Missoula, MT.
2016 Invited participant. Workshop on Wildfire and bark beetles, organized by the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network, Missoula, MT.
2015 Testified before the Colorado State Legislature’s Wildfire Matters Review Committee, on the topic of “Colorado Forest Restoration Studies
2015 Invited Participant. Advanced fire policy workshop. COMPASS, Boulder, CO.
2015

Invited Panelist. Screening of the film, Unacceptable Risk: Fire fighters on the Front lines of Climate Change. Boulder & Denver.

2014 Invited Participant. The science of fire: Advanced communication workshop. COMPASS, Seattle, WA.  
2014

Advisory Board, Boulder County Wildfire Partners. Science advisor to voluntary program helping homeowners in Boulder County prepare for wildfire.

2013

Science Advisor, Union of Concerned Scientists, Climate change impacts on forests
of the mountain West.

2012 Contributor to the National Climate Change Assessment, chapter on Ecological Impacts (disturbance) in the Southwestern US, and a report on fire-climate interactions in the southwestern US for the US Global Change Research Program.
2011 Science mentor to Fairview High School student conducting an independent research project on Fourmile Canyon Fire.
2011 Fire ecology expert. National Public Radio All Things Considered 5.20.2011
2011

Invited speaker. 17th Annual Boulder County Ecosystem Symposium: "Boulder Burns", Sponsored by Boulder County Audubon Society

2011 Science Advisor to BLM Middle Rockies Ecoregional and Forest Mortality Assessment.
2010 Science Advisor to US Forest Service Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Projects to restore ponderosa pine forests in the Colorado Front Range.
2010 Invited Participant. Roundtable with Forest Service Rocky Mountain Regional Forester and managers on the Science of Lodgepole Pine Forests in Colorado and Southern Wyoming.
2009 Panelist. Making Connections: Pine Beetles, Water, Climate, Fire, and the Future Forest. Western Water Assessment and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. NOAA. Boulder, CO.
2009 Outreach to CU Alumni. Contributed to Feature Article on mountain pine beetle-fire research in the University of Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine.
2009 Outreach to afterschool science program. Presented talk on Mountain Pine Beetles and climate change to the High Peaks Elementary 5th grade after school science team “Global Coolers”. Their project on this topic won in the First Lego League competition, an international science and engineering program.
2008 Scientific expert.  Interviewed on KGNU about FIREWISE practices in the Wildland-Urban Interface. Boulder, CO.
2008 Invited participant.  State Forest Resource Assessment Working Group, US Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy.  Assist with the identification of priority landscapes needing forest treatment in support of a comprehensive forest resource assessment throughout CO.  Boulder, CO.
2008 Scientific expert.  Advances in Fire Practice for the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center, a “one-stop shop” website for fire science and practice.  Interviewed for article about fire risk and the CO beetle outbreak.
2008 Invited participant.  Lodgepole Pine Science Team, The Nature Conservancy. Assess the status of scientific knowledge of lodgepole pine ecology and fire behavior in relation to the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Produce report for managers and public. Boulder, CO.
2007 Invited speaker.  Colorado Bark Beetle Cooperative. Presented talks to forest managers (May) and the public (Sept.) about bark beetle outbreaks and fire risk in subalpine forests.  Snow Mountain Ranch, CO.
2007 Scientific expert.  Interviewed by KGNU about forest fires and people in the wildland urban interface.
2007 Invited speaker.  Denver Water.  Presented information to water managers on potential impacts of insect outbreaks and fires on water resources.
2007 Invited participant.  Roundtable on Climate Change and Conservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Bozeman, MT. 
2007 Invited speaker.  Colorado State Foresters Training Academy, Ft. Collins, CO. Presented talk to State foresters on insect outbreaks and fire risk.  Facilitated discussion on forest management responses to Mountain Pine Beetle outbreak in lodgepole pine forests.
2006 Invited speaker.  Summit County Bark Beetle Taskforce, Dillon, CO.  Presented talk on current scientific understanding of why the insects are irrupting in Colorado, what can be done to stop them, what are the subsequent fire risks and how these risks can be effectively mitigated.
2006 Expert witness. U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health. Science forum on post-disturbance ecology and logging.
2005 Invited speaker and panelist. Presented talk on integrating science into policy at the workshop, “Conservation, collaboration and community: the Health Forests Initiative”. March 10-11, 2005. Santa Fe, NM.
2004 Invited speaker and panelist. Boulder County Fire Education Forum. Provided expert opinion about forest restoration and fire mitigation in the wildland-urban interface of Boulder County.
2004 Ecologist. Colorado Front Range Forest Health Roundtable, Ecology Workgroup. Provided ecological expertise to development of plans for forest restoration and fire risk mitigation on public and private lands in the Front Range. Roundtable.
2004 Scientific expert. National Public Radio (KUNC). Provided expert opinion about fire and forest management policies in the West. Interview.
2003 Scientific expert. Time Magazine (August 18, 2003). Interviewed for article on western wildland fire and forest management strategies. PDF of Article.
2003 Invited participant. Wildland Fire Workshop, “Bridging the world of fire managers and applied fire researchers”. April 16-17, 2003. Colorado State University. PDF.