Fire and Climate Change in the West: July 9th Talk by Dr. Phil Higuera

A University of Montana environmental studies professor passed around information on this webinar today, so figured that some folks on this blog might be interested in taking part in this Webinar as well. Dr. Phil Higuera is an associate professor of fire ecology in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana. Below are all the details you need to join in.

Fire and Climate Change in the West

  • Presentation and Discussion
  • History of wildfire
  • Causes and impacts of recent increased fire activity
  • Future expectations
  • Community response

7:00 PM July 9, 2020
Online Webinar


This talk is free and open to the public, however, advanced registration is required: register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the talk. To participate, you will need a computer, tablet, or smartphone with a decent internet connection. If you have not used Zoom before, log on 5 min. early to make sure your device has the required software or app. We look forward to a virtual get-together with you on July 9th.

Phil Higuera, Associate Professor of Fire Ecology, University of Montana

The Bitterroot Climate Action Group is trying something new— a public lecture using Zoom! We are excited to present Phil Higuera speaking at 7 pm on July 9th about Fire and Climate Change in the West. Phil Higuera is an associate professor of fire ecology at the University of Montana, where he directs the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab and teaches courses on fire and disturbance ecology. Research in his lab focuses on understanding the interactions among climate, vegetation, and wildfire activity over a range of time scales and places.

Phil’s talk draws on current scientific research that helps us understand the relationships between climate change and wildfire activity, with a regional focus on the Northern Rockies. Topics include context from the past, the causes and ecological impacts of recent increases in fire activity, expectations for the future, and what we can do in response.

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