PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. Laura Chasmer

Join geography and environment professor, Dr. Laura Chasmer, as she explores

Living with the changing flammability of forests

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 7-9 p.m. (MST)

Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge
320 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge, Alberta
Free. Everyone welcome. Space is limited.
Limited light appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

Livestream: We apologize. Due to technical issues, the livestream was cancelled. Please email to receive the recording.

Like many places worldwide, Canada is experiencing increasing impacts from wildfires. Our summers are becoming smokier, fire seasons are getting longer, and fires are becoming more severe and complex, putting communities at risk. When fires impact communities, important questions are asked: Why are wildfires changing? How are they changing? What can we do to protect communities from fire?

In this presentation, you’ll receive a quick introduction to fire behaviour. We’ll then explore how significant changes in forests make fires less predictable and how forests recover from fire. Finally, we’ll look at some innovations under development at the U of L to help fire managers better understand and control fires.

Laura Chasmer is an associate professor in the Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Lethbridge. Laura has spent more than 20 years measuring changing forest, permafrost, and peatland ecosystems using innovative geospatial technologies (like satellites and lasers) and field measurements across western Canada. While she did not intend to become a fire researcher, all her long-term study sites burned down, fortuitously expanding her research into fire. Laura has published more than 70 journal articles. In 2015, Laura received the national Canadian Remote Sensing Society award for outstanding early career achievements and this past January was featured on CBC’s The Nature of Things documentary. She is currently a lead investigator with NSERC Canada Wildfire and is a contributing author to the United Nations Global Peatlands Assessment. 

The U of L lifted its general mask mandate on May 6, 2022. Masks continue to be available, and the community is encouraged to make use of them to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our indoor environments. The University is a mask friendly environment, and individual decisions to wear a mask or not should be respected. We will have masks and hand sanitizer available at each event. If you feel under the weather, please watch the live broadcast from the comfort of your home.

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