Morgan Varner hired as Director of Fire Research at Tall Timbers

Morgan Varner

Morgan Varner has been hired as the Director of Fire Research at Tall Timbers. Tall Timbers has made significant investments in fire research, training, and outreach as a result of the institution’s strategic plan goal to expand, improve and protect the use of prescribed fire. In this new position, Varner will coordinate Tall Timbers’ local to international collaborations aimed at improving our understanding of fire behavior and predictions of fire effects on plants and animals. Varner has the background, knowledge, and expertise for the position. He has a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida School of Natural Resources & Environment, an M.S. in Forestry from Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, and a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Idaho College of Forestry, Wildlife, & Range Sciences. From 2014-2016, Varner was the Chair of the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils, Inc. Varner comes to Tall Timbers from the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station Seattle, Washington where he was Team Leader and Research Biological Scientist at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab.

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