Thursday: USGS lecture about wildfires


By Elisabeth Westermann

Special to The Almanac

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will be holding a free public lecture about wildfire science at its Menlo Park campus on Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m.

Paul Steblein, USGS wildland fire service coordinator, will give the talk. He will be discussing the expense and danger of wildfires, as well as their impact on ecosystems.

In addition, he will discuss the factors that affect wildfire occurrence, intensity and spread; what can be done to reduce the negative impacts of wildland fires while increasing the beneficial effects; and how USGS works with fire and land managers to develop cost-effective ways to reduce harm done by wildfires. Steblein will also explain how ecosystems adapt to wildland fires.

This lecture is part of USGS' evening public lecture series, which is generally scheduled on the last Thursday of every month. For those unable to attend the event, there will be a live webcast on the USGS website.

Next month’s lecture is planned for July 25 and will be about phenology, the study of cyclic and seasonal phenomena related to climate, plants, and animals.

More information about the lecture series can be found here.

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