Perspectives on Living in a Post-Fire Forest
May 12, 2021
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Maya Khosla – Wildlife biologist, writer
Dr. Chad Hanson – Research ecologist
Maya Khosla is a wildlife biologist and writer. Field work grounds her writing: thousands of hours spent in untouched post-fire forests that grow full of life. She is currently working on a film about being fire-wise. Her books include: All the Fires of Wind and Light, poetry from Sixteen Rivers Press (2020 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award); Keel Bone, poetry from Bear Star Press (Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize); and Web of Water: Life in Redwood Creek (Golden Gate Parks Conservancy). Sonoma County Conservation Council selected Maya as one of the 2020 Environmentalists of the Year. She served as the Poet Laureate of Sonoma County (2018-2020), organizing a series of filmed readings to bring Sonoma’s communities together after the 2017 fires. Her poems have been featured in documentary films and in many journals.
Dr. Chad Hanson is a research ecologist and the director of the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, located in Big Bear City, California. He has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California at Davis, with a research focus on fire ecology in conifer forest ecosystems, and he is the co-editor and co-author of the 2015 book The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix. He has published dozens of scientific studies and articles in peer-reviewed journals pertaining to forest and fire ecology, and recently finished a second book, focusing on forest protection to mitigate climate change, and the myths about wildland fire that are impeding progress. Research by Dr. Hanson covers topics such as: natural post-fire forest regrowth and carbon sequestration; historical forests, carbon flux in wildland fires; current forest fire patterns and trends; fire history; habitat selection of rare wildlife species associated with habitat created by high-intensity fire; and adverse impacts to wildlife caused by logging. He became involved in forest conservation work after hiking the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 1989 with his older brother, and seeing firsthand the devastation to forests caused by the commercial logging program on federal public lands.