Mike Flannigan

Professor of Wildland Fire

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Renewable Resources

About Me

Job/Research Area: Wildland Fire.


  • Service award for media interaction during the Fort McMurray wildfire (University of Alberta, May 2016).
  • International Association for Wildland Fire – 2008 – Service Award for his work as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wildland Fire 2002-2008.
  • Natural Resources Canada – Departmental Award 1997 for his role in the International Crown Fire Modelling Experiment


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

Dr Mike Flannigan is a professor with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and the Director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science located at the University of Alberta.. He received his BSc (Physics) from the University of Manitoba, his MS (Atmospheric Science) from Colorado State University and his PhD (Plant Sciences) from Cambridge University. Mike also completed Meteorologist course MT35 with Environment Canada and worked as a meteorologist for a few years. After that, Mike worked as a physical scientist, research scientist and senior research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service until his recent departure. Dr. Flannigan's primary research interests include fire and weather/climate interactions including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires, landscape fire modelling and interactions between vegetation , fire and weather. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wildland Fire (2002-2008) and has taken on leadership roles with the US National Assessment on Global Change, IPCC, IGBP Fire Fast Track Initiative and Global Change Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) efforts on the global impacts of fire.