Mini-symposium: WILDFIRES – ecological and human dimensions
Fire is a natural component of many ecosystems, but increased frequency and intensity constitute one of the major environmental problems we face across the world.
Dry ecosystems provide livelihoods for millions of people around the world. In these environments, drought and wildfires have increased over the past decades, becoming a major threat. In particular, ecological and management aspects related to wildfires of South American dry ecosystems are less understood than other fire-prone environments.
This short transdisciplinary symposium, facilitated by Dr Maria Clara Castellanos, Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences and SSRP Research Fellow, will discuss this sustainability challenge by particularly focussing on the ecological and human aspects of wildfires.
Join us in person (John Maynard Smith Building, Room 4D13) or online via Zoom for a panel discussion with SSRP Visiting Fellow Prof Angela Parrado Rosselli, Prof Juli G. Pausas from the Spanish National Research Council, community-based resource management expert Prof Kate Schreckenberg and computational modeller Oliver Perkins.
“Fire and biodiversity”
“Fire in a hyperdiverse tropical country”
Professor Angela Parrado Rosselli, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas (Colombia) and SSRP Visiting Fellow
“Fire governance: Whose narrative counts?”
Professor Kate Schreckenberg, King’s College London and Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society
“A global agent-based model of human-fire interactions”
Oliver Perkins, PhD Student, King’s College London and Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society
This short event is supported by the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) via a Visiting Fellowship, and the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society and forms part of the University of Sussex ‘Summer of Research‘ celebrations.