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Plenary Sessions Presenters


Helge Eng, Deputy Director, Resource Management, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Helge Eng has 30-plus years of experience practicing forestry in the western US and internationally. He has worked for CAL FIRE since 1992 in a variety of capacities within the Department in both forestry and fire protection assignments, including Incident Management Teams for 12 years. He is currently Deputy Director for Resource Management.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, a Masters degree in Biometrics, a Masters degree in Statistics, and a PhD from Oregon State University. He is a Registered Professional Forester in the State of California, and a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester.

Karen Magliano, Chief, Air Quality Planning and Science Division, Air Resources Board, California Environmental Protection Agency

Karen Magliano is Chief of the Air Quality Planning and Science Division of the California Air Resources Board (ARB).  The Air Quality Planning and Science Division consists of six branches which are responsible for developing State Implementation Plans (SIPs) to meet federal health-based air quality standards, analyzing and distributing air quality data to assess the State’s progress towards healthy air, conducting the meteorological and air quality modeling needed for SIP development, developing and maintaining the State’s emissions inventory of criteria and greenhouse gas emissions, implementing the State’s program to reduce emissions from consumer products and architectural coatings, and analysis of transportation related emission reduction strategies to meet federal air quality standards and the State’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.  Prior to this position, Karen oversaw the California Regional Particulate Matter Study, managed the Particulate Matter Analysis Section, and was Chief of the Air Quality Data Branch.  Karen has a bachelors and masters degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of California at Davis.    

Craig Thomas, Conservation Director and Co-founder, Sierra Forest Legacy

Craig Thomas is the co-founder of Sierra Forest Legacy in 1996. In the last 20-years he has served as both Conservation Director and Executive Director of this large, 80-plus member group conservation coalition. Craig has a BA degree in cultural ecology, which is the study of the ecological, economic, social and spiritual relationship of people to their landscapes. Today he works to increase ecological fire use while protecting public health in California through the Fire MOU Partnership.


Wildland Fire Smoke and Health: What’s New Since the 1st International Smoke Symposium

Presented by: Wayne E. Cascio, MD, FACC, FAHA, Director, Environmental Public Health Division, NHEERL/ORD/US EPA

Dr. Wayne Cascio is Director, Environmental Public Health Division in the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Wayne earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.D. from the University of Maryland.  He completed clinical training in internal medicine, and cardiovascular diseases at the University of North Carolina and post-doctoral training in electrophysiology at the Physiologisches Institut, Universität Bern, Switzerland.  Over 24 years in academia at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University he engaged in clinical, research, teaching, and administrative activities. Prior to joining the EPA in 2011 Wayne worked to increase access to cardiovascular health care in underserved rural areas, and served on EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee for Particulate Matter. He now serves as the EPA’s liaison to Federal Fire Science Coordinating Committee, NCER-ATSDR’s Board of Scientific Councilors, the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine, and the U.S. Surgeon General’s National Prevention Council.  Wayne has authored or co-authored more than 175 journal articles and book chapters. He is a recipient of a 2013 EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, a 2013 Office of Research and Development Impact Award, and numerous Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards. Current research includes the study of the health effects of environmental pollutants especially wildland fire smoke for the purpose of informing risk assessment, risk-management decisions, and improvement of public health and quality of life through increased environmental health communication and literacy.  Wayne is a clinician/scientist and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases.

Addressing the Bushfire/Planned Burn Conundrum in Victoria, Australia through the Development and Application of a Smoke Forecasting System
Presented by: Dr. Martin Cope, Principal Research Scientist, Climate Science Centre, Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Martin has worked in the area of air quality modelling and applications for over 30 years. He began his career working in a modelling/policy group at the Environment Protection Authority of Victoria. He then moved to the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation where he has worked for the last 16 years in the role of a principal research scientist. During that time, he has worked extensively on issues related to regional air pollution- initially focussing on ozone and its precursors, and more recently on fine particles. He is currently working on several projects related to the emission, transport and impact of smoke from fires.


Regional Public Health Impacts from Exposure to Indonesian Fire Emissions
Presented by: Miriam Marlier, postdoctoral research scientist, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University and Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles

Miriam Marlier is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University and the Department of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research examines the interactions between environmental change and public health, and her recent work has focused on using satellite observations to investigate the relationship between land use change, fire emissions, and air quality in the tropics. Dr. Marlier received a B.S. summa cum laude in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University.


Timothy Brown, Desert Research Institute

Dr. Tim Brown conducts applied research and applications development at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. His primary academic interests include analysis of wildland fire-climate and fire-weather connections; the fire environment; applications development for wildland fire management planning, decision-making and policy; the interface between science and decision-making; and co-production of knowledge. Dr. Brown is Director of the Western Regional Climate Center, and established and directs the Program for Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications (CEFA) at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. He is also graduate faculty in the Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Panel Session

Panelist: Jim Karels, State Forester/Director, Florida Forest Service

Jim Karels has been the Director and State Forester of the Florida Forest Service since 2008. He oversees all wildland fire and land management activities and also has held the positions of Fire Chief and Assistant Director. He began his career with the division as a firefighter suppressing wildfires in 1985. He has more 35 years of experience in wildfire and emergency response and land management with the U.S. Forest Service and the Florida Forest Service.

Jim has coordinated the department’s Emergency Response Program since 1995 through numerous hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, wildfire outbreaks and other emergencies. He is the past president of the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), representing all 50 states on wildland fire issues and is the past Fire Committee Chair for NASF.  He also represents all states on the Wildland Fire Executive Council with the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Interior. He received his Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the University of Minnesota.

Panelist: Meredith Kurpius, Acting Associate Director, EPA Region 9 Air Division

Meredith Kurpius is an Acting Associate Director for EPA Region 9’ Air Division. EPA Region 9 manages air pollution issues for California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. Prior to this position Meredith managed the Air Quality Analysis Office for EPA Region 9. Meredith has 25 years of experience working on technical air quality issues, including quantifying and communicating smoke impacts. Meredith has a B.S. from Cornell University and a PhD from UC Berkeley. She is a national expert on the Exceptional Events Rule and is a member of California’s Interagency Air and Smoke Management Council.

M. Reese Lolley, Director, Forest Restoration and Fire, The Nature Conservancy & Chair, Washington Prescribed Fire Council

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Mr. Lolley works with the Conservancy’s Washington Forests team and a broad set of partners to develop and implement strategies to protect, connect and restore forests of eastern Washington, while increasing the benefits to those that live, play and work in these magnificent forests. He is engaged with collaborative groups such as the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative, is Chair of the Washington Prescribed Fire Council founding member and Steering Committee member of the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and co-lead for the Fire Learning Network’s Washington Dry Forest site. He shares and exchanges lessons learned with the Conservancy’s Restore American’s Forests and Fire Learning Network

Prior to his current position, Lolley worked for the Conservancy as a fire ecologist in partnership with the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, as well as a consultant and for the Forest Service in Montana and Washington. He has over 20 years’ experience in applied research and forest management in fire dependent forest ecosystems across the western U.S. Lolley earned a Master’s of Science from the University of Washington with a focus on forest fire behavior and ecology, and a B.S. from Western Washington University with an emphasis on forest policy.  Reese resides in Yakima Washington with his wife and two sons who enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and raising food on their small farm.  

TED Style Talk Presenters

It's Our Smoke! Using the Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) Model to Facilitate Co-Ownership of Fire
Presented by: Will Harling, Director, Mid Klamath Watershed Council

Will is the director of the Mid Klamath Watershed Council, serves on the steering committee of the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council, and leads the Western Klamath Mountains Fire Learning Network. He has been a lifelong advocate for increasing the use of prescribed fire to create fire resilient forests and communities in the Western Klamath Mtns in Northern CA and beyond. Will is part fire ecologist, fire fighter, fire lighter, storyteller, community organizer, desk jockey, fisherman, grant slave, and father of two beautiful wild mountain kids. 


Nepal Ambient Monitoring and Source Testing Experiment (NAMaSTE)
Presented by: Elizabeth Stone, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa

Prof. Elizabeth Stone is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa. She earned her bachelor of art’s degree from Grinnell College in 2005 with majors in Chemistry (with honors) and French (with honors).  She completed her doctoral degree in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Environmental Chemistry & Technology for her thesis entitled Source Apportionment of Carbonaceous Aerosol in Different Regions of the World.  Since joining the University of Iowa in 2010, her research has focused on advancing our understanding of the chemical composition and sources of particulate matter in the atmosphere, through a combination of analytical, environmental, and organic chemistry.  She uses chromatography and mass spectrometry to improve measurements of atmospheric pollutants and source apportionment techniques to link pollution to its sources.


Joaquin Ramirez, Principal, Technosylva

Dr. Ramirez earned his PhD in Forestry and Geomatics from the University of Leon.Co-Director of the first European MsC program on Wildfires (www.masterfuegoforestal.es) where he teaches "Geotechnologies on Wildfires". His applied research is focused on wildfire modelling and geo-tools. He is the principal of Technosylva, (San Diego), where he develops tools for operational support, as Wildfire Analyst, first wildfire simulator oriented to support real time operations, and fiResponse, a complete wildfire management system used in European agencies since 1997 (www.wildfireanalyst.com www.firesponse.com).
He has also leaded Risk Assessments of different Spanish regions and in the US, as the Wildfire Risk Assessment for MC Camp Pendleton.

Presented by

International Association of Wildland Fire

In Conjunction with

National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Smoke Committee (SmoC)






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