Staff

Sarah Trainor | Principal Investigator

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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

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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

Zav Grabinski | Science Communication Specialist

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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
 

Randi Jandt | Fire Ecologist

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Randi has 30 years 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 
 
 

Mitch Burgard | Fire Analyst

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Mitch Burgard has decades of experience in wildland fire modeling, geospatial and weather data analysis, science communication and technology transfer, and operational systems. His experience includes 12 years as Fire Technology Transfer Specialist with the Interagency Wildland Fire Management Research Development and Applications Team. He is well versed in all of the main operational fire models, and has instructed the National Course for teaching these fire models, as well as all of the introductory fire behavior courses. On the operational side, he has served more than 10 years as an assistant or acting Fire Management Officer or Long-term Fire Analyst, including three seasons in Alaska.
 

 

 

Kristi Bulock | Southcentral Liaison

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Kristi has 28 years of Federal wildland fire experience including 15 years of fire/fuels program management. Her career in Alaska began with AFS in 2001 then resumed in 2009 with the USFWS. She currently serves on the AK Incident Management Team as a Plans Section Chief and Strategic Operational Planner. With the shifting climate we’re experiencing profound fire regime changes that result in more risk to firefighters and the public and present greater challenges in the use of fire to help maintain or enhance ecosystems. Of great interest to Kristi is bridging the gap between science and fire management to help make better choices.
 
 

Robert "Zeke" Ziel | Fire Analyst Emeritus

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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. Zeke retired from paid employment in 2021 but is always interested in contributing to improved decision-making.