FURNACES is a multi-institute, international collaboration seeking to combine fieldwork, statistical approaches, and process-based modeling to understand vegetation fires in their socio-natural context, including how they are driven by and affect human activity and well-being.

I was a co-PI in FURNACES during my time at KIT, involved in three research threads:

  1. Explore how changes in future fire regime will affect society by combining new datasets on vulnerability with new fire model projections.
  2. Test the effectiveness, trade-offs, and co-benefits of forest fire management techniques in future climate scenarios using the LPJ-GUESS vegetation and fire model.
  3. Integrate new formulations of the effect of humans on fire frequency (developed by other working groups in FURNACES) into LPJ-GUESS, with the goal of testing whether they improve performance.

Funding for FURNACES is provided by the German and Austrian national research foundations (Germany: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; Austria: Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung). See DFG project details here.

Postdoctoral associate

Sam is a postdoctoral associate with the Rutgers University Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences.