Fighting Wildfires with Research
Think fighting wildfires is just a job for forest rangers armed with water? Think again. Research in communication practices is improving the ways in which wildfires are handled. Dr. Branda Nowell, associate professor in the Department of Public Administration, is on the front lines as she helps lead a research team dubbed the Fire Chasers who have been researching wildfires since 2008. The team’s goal is to better understand how to make communities more resilient to wildfires and other such disasters.