Problem Solving with Research
Programs within Fire Research:
J. Morgan Varner, PhD
Research Director & Sr. Scientist
Fire Research Highlights
Tall Timbers researchers and a wide variety of partners provide a blueprint for moving forward with research that increases prescribed fire use in this article for the journal Fire Ecology. This influential work covers the difference between wildfire and prescribed fire research, funding biases, climate change, technology and training needs.
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this work uses the latest in fire detection technology to assess the COVID related reduction in overall annual fire activity. Understanding such “fire deficits” is important for prescribed fire planning. Explore interactive data or view the full research article.
Authors from Tall Timbers with partners from Georgia and California explore policy options for “catastrophe funds” in this peer-reviewed article for the journal Fire. Addressing liability and insurance costs for rare, but damaging, escaped prescribed fires is important for increasing the willingness of fire managers to expand the use of prescribed fire.
A Tall Timbers researcher and a Board Member are both Co-Principal Investigators in the WIFIRE Lab based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. New tools and technology being developed through this partnership are critical for planning and supporting decisions to reintroduce fire in complex settings and to supplement training for the needed prescribed fire workforce.
We also help provide expert support for policymakers while advocating for changes that will help increase the pace and scale of prescribed fire use. Our unique perspective is rooted in a long-term practice of working cooperatively to conduct research and apply it to over a one million acres through a network of land managers in the Southeast. Learn more.