Emily J. Fusco
B.A., Univ North Carolina Wilmington, 2011
I study the spatial and temporal distribution of wildfire in the US. While we often think about how wildfire impacts people when it burns through populated areas, I am interested in how people impact wildfires. For example, people ignite and suppress fires. We alter fuel sources through the introduction of invasive plants. We even impact climate, which has huge effects on when and where fire will burn. I am interested in how all of these things interact to produce the wildfires we see today, as well as figuring out what wildfire will be doing in the future. To study this, I use remote sensing and GIS technology. This research helps increase accuracy in predictive fire models. It also enhances our understanding how fire works in our ecosystems.