Staff

Sarah Trainor | Principal Investigator | University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Sarah has lived in Fairbanks since 2003 and has directed the Alaska Fire Science Consortium since it started in 2008 and is passionate about making science relevant and useful for policy, management and decision-making.  She is Associate Professor in the Natural Resources and Environment department at UAF and also directs the NOAA funded, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy. 

 

 
 
 

Alison York | Coordinator | University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Alison has lived in Alaska since 1986. She has been working with scientists and managers to understand and address the impacts of environmental change in high latitude systems since 1997. She is particularly proud of how the needs of Alaska's interagency management community drive the innovative work of the AFSC team and is very appreciative of the support structure provided by the Joint Fire Science Program's exchange network. 
 
Primary AFSC Contact
907-474-6964

Randi Jandt | Fire Ecologist | University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Randi has 30 yrs field experience in Alaska as a fire ecologist, wildlife biologist and sometimes firefighter. She enjoys engaging research groups from all over the country & fire management agencies in Alaska to facilitate "fire science we can use". Recent focus areas involve the effectiveness of fire fuels breaks in boreal forest (2019 JFSP Final Report), application of new remote sensing products in fire management, and how climate warming is changing fire regime, tundra, and forests in northern latitudes. 
 
office: 907-474-5088
cell 541-398-8033 
 
 

Robert "Zeke" Ziel | Fire Analyst | University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Zeke is a Forester and a Wildfire Analyst, serving land and fire management needs in the Lake States since 1976 and more recently Alaska since 2013.  He is nationally qualified as a Fire Behavior Analyst, a Long Term Fire Analyst, and a Strategic Operational Planner, serving incident management and geographic area coordination efforts across the United States.  His interest has always been to leverage science and technology for improving the accuracy and efficiency of fieldwork and insuring the utility of environmental information in support of critical decision-making. 
 
rhziel@alaska.edu
cell 906-869-3355
 

 

 

Zav Grabinski | Science Communication Specialist | University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Originally from Fairbanks Alaska, Zav received a masters in natural resources from Humboldt State University. His background includes geospatial and visual modeling of fire interactions on landscapes, regional-scale data analysis of drought impacts on forests, and website development and design. Currently, Zav is interested in communicating complex biophysical processes to diverse audiences using modern visualization techniques and digital-media formats.
 
907-474-2672