About Us

On June 30, 2009 a unique partnership was formed with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (Affiliated Centre) at the University of Alberta.  The partnership between Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD), University of Alberta School of Forest Science and Management (UA), and the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) – Natural Resources Canada provides a shared vision to establish a  Centre that will be an international leader in wildland fire science, contributing to shape fire management in Canada and around the world.  This innovative partnership recognizes the opportunities to address priority research needs by creating a fire science hub that links ASRD and CFS with researchers at the UA and other Canadian and international research institutions.

The essential character of the WPWFS is research and education. That is, the WPWFS will focus on delivering high-quality knowledge and education to enhance wildland fire management, public awareness and safety, and to help promote healthy and productive ecosystems. The WPWFS will also promote the development and implementation of modern and effective business practices by fire management agencies.

Research Team

Academic Staff
Mike Flannigan – Professor
Soung Ryoul Ryu – Asst Professor
Derek MacKenzie - Asst Professor
Scott Nielson - Asst Professor

Research Associates
Greg Baxter
Elisabeth Beaubien
Marc Parisien
Dan Thompson
Xianli Wang

Graduate Students
Devon Barnes– MSc
Karen Blouin – MSc
Rodrigo Campos – PhD
Yingxui Chen – MSc
Tom Fleming– MSc

Hyejin Hwang – MSc
Stephanie Koroscil – MSc








Charlie McLellan –
Oleg Melnik – MSc
Brett Moore– MSc
Francois Robinne - PhD
M-P Rogeau –
Maria Sharpe – MSc
Chris Stockdale – PhD

MODIS satellite picture from May 15, 2011 showing fires over central and northern Alberta.




Objectives of Core Research and Education Program

  • Ensure that Canadian wildland fire science research continues to contribute to government priorities, and provides support for decision making, and the development of policies, regulations, and best practices;
  • Create opportunities for greater integration of science within Canada and improve collaboration with national and international partners;
  • Ensure wildland fire science educational (undergraduate and graduate levels) opportunities continue to be available, and;
  • Promote the highest standard of scientific and education excellence to help wildland fire agencies (forestry, natural resource and park agencies) to deliver on its program policy and services responsibilities.