I am a previous wildland firefighter and current researcher/professor at the University of Florida studying the effects of wildland fire. AMA!
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I am Dr. Rae Crandall- a forestry professor at the University of Florida who studies the effects of wildland fire on plants. Some people call me a pyromaniac, because I love to light prescribed fires as much as I love to study plants. As an undergraduate student, I volunteered on a prescribed fire, “caught the fire bug”, and have been passionate about teaching others about the benefits of prescribed fire ever since. I have worked as a wildland firefighter in the West, and as a fire lighter across many states of the U.S.
Ask me anything about wildland fire!
You can learn more about my research here.
This AMA is part of an outreach series with Southern Fire Exchange (SFE). SFE works across the Southeast to connect land managers with fire scientists to get new information and tools into fire management practices. Working with our network of partners, we develop programs, opportunities, and events that bridge the divide between the fire science and natural resource management communities. We’re a collaborative among the University of Florida, Tall Timbers Research Station, NC State University, and the US Forest Service Southern Research Station. We’re sponsored by the federally funded Joint Fire Science Program and we’re the Southeastern branch of the nationwide Fire Science Exchange Network.