Kate Dargan Marquis
Kate Dargan Marquis most recently worked for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as Assistant Director for Preparedness and Response. She has returned to her previous role as Chief Strategy Officer for Intterra, a technology company she co-founded in 2010. Prior to that Kate was a pioneering California firefighter/chief for 30 years and the first woman State Fire Marshal for California and a proud Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate. She has led numerous wildfire prevention, mitigation, and response initiatives over her career and is a national expert on wildfire. She has worked at the community, public agency, industry, technology, and policy levels of the California fire service and is widely recognized for her consensus-building style and innovative approaches to old problems. She is married to Jim Marquis and they have 5 children, 3 of which are in public safety. Her current favorite fun thing to do is hiking around Lake Tahoe where she lives.
Dr. Susan Conard
Trends in fire research and publications: the last 50 years
Dr. Natasha Stavros
Dr. Crystal Kolden
The Rise of Wildfire Disasters in the 21st Century: What Have We Learned?
Dr. Patrick Gonzalez
Climate change impacts on wildfire and solutions across global ecosystems
His research has revealed previously unreported carbon losses across California forests due to wildfire, heating due to climate change in U.S. national parks at double the national rate, and tree mortality across the African Sahel due to climate change. These scientific results prompted new actions and policies of forest carbon protection in California, climate change-focused conservation in U.S. national parks, and natural regeneration of native trees in Africa. He has stood publicly for scientific integrity and broadened public understanding of climate change in 127 published articles on his research in the New York Times and other media. Dr. Gonzalez has served as a lead author for four reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the science panel awarded a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.