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Seminar Series: Professor of Wildland Fire Science Leda Kobziar

Please join the UC Davis Institute of the Environment as we host Dr. Leda Kobziar for a fascinating conversation surrounding her research surrounding the transport of living organisms via wildland fire. Kobziar is Associate Professor of Wildland Fire Science and Director of the Master of Natural Resources program at the University of Idaho.

Wildfires are responsible for high concentrations of particulate matter that travel great distances, sometimes crossing continents. Yet little is known about the role wildland fire smoke plays in transporting living microorganisms, which may have pathogenic, beneficial, or neutral impacts on terrestrial and aquatic environments and human health. Kobziar will speak about recent discoveries in pyroaerobiology, the transport of living microorganisms via wildland fire, and she’ll explore implications for biodiversity, the atmosphere, and human health.

The discussion with Kobziar will take place 4-5 p.m. Wednesday March 1, 2023 in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Student Community Center at 397 Hutchison Drive in Davis. The event is free and open to all.

About Leda Kobziar

Leda Kobziar earned her Ph.D in Ecosystem Science in 2006 at the University of California at Berkeley and joined the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources and Conservation that year. After nine years at the University of Florida as the Associate Professor of Wildland Fire Science, she joined the faculty of the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources and is currently the Associate Professor of Wildland Fire Science and Director of the Master of Natural Resources program. She draws from her experience working with fire managers and conducting prescribed burns across the US and Europe to promote advancing fire science through real-time observations and measurements on the fireline. Her research in plant community ecology, soil science, and fire ecology supports the maintenance and restoration of natural fire regimes for ecological and social benefits. She’s had the honor of mentoring over 100 graduate students and served as the first female president of the Association for Fire Ecology. She is an associate editor of the peer-reviewed journals, Forest Science, Forests, and Fire Ecology, and served on the board of directors of the Association for Fire Ecology from 2008-2018. Her recent work has established “pyroaerobiology” as a new line of research to explore the biological role of wildland fire smoke, and has been featured in media outlets around the world.