Speakers

Fantina Tedim
Assistant professor at the Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Porto, Portugal
University Fellow at Charles Darwin University, Australia

Fantina Tedim has a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Porto. Her main area of interest and expertise is disaster risk reduction, vulnerability and resilience assessment. Although her research covers different hazards, her main interest is the social dimension of wildfires, and the prevention of extreme wildfire events. Currently, she is the lead of two international projects: FIREXTR-Prevent and prepare the society for extreme fire events (2016-2019) and AVODIS – Understanding and building on the social context of rural Portugal to prevent wildfire disasters (2019-2021). In the scope of FIREXTR project it was proposed a definition of Extreme Wildfire Events (EWE), a classification of wildfires based on fire behavior parameters, and the innovative concept of Fire Smart Territories.

Since 2007, she coordinated 2 international projects, participated in 3 European projects, edited 6 books, published 27 book chapters, 21 papers, and participated in 52 conferences. She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Dr. John Abatzoglou
University of Idaho

Dr. Abatzoglou has been at the University of Idaho since 2009, after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science from UC Davis and doctorate in Earth Systems Science from UC Irvine. John’s academic interests are centered around climate and weather of the American West and their impacts to people and natural resources of the West. John and his Climatology Lab at the University of Idaho have published over 100 papers and book chapters on climate science, meteorology, and applied climate science connecting climate to water resources, wildfire and agriculture. The research group also develops web-based climate services that connect climate data with decision makers to help improve climate readiness of societies and ecosystems. He teaches classes in Climatology, Meteorology, Global Climate Change and Physical Geography at the University of Idaho, and with his spare time enjoys gardening and exploring the wildlands of the American West with his wife, twin boys and his dog, Doppler.

Juli G. Pausas
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Juli Pausas has a PhD in ecology at the University of Barcelona. He is currently a scientist at Centro de Investigación sobre Desertificación (CIDE, Valencia, Spain) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His research focuses on ecology and evolution of mediterranean and fire-prone ecosystems, and specifically on understanding the role of fire in shaping populations, species (i.e., fire traits), communities (i.e., assembly processes), landscapes, and biomes. He has most experience in the Mediterranean Basin but his work has a global perspective. He has written more than 150 scientific papers, and wrote or edited 3 books (Cork oak woodlands, Fire ecology in Mediterranean ecosystems, Incendios forestales). For more details, please have a look as his web page and his blog.

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