About

Pyregence consortium is founded on open science and technology principles, employing inclusivity and collaboration to tackle complex challenges.

Consortium partners are from leading research institutions from industry, academia, and government. The Consortium is distributed across four interconnected and focused workgroups. The workgroups are supported by four different teams. Independent project oversight is provided by a Technical Advisory Committee.

Workgroups

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Extreme Weather
Workgroup #1

Determining weather conditions and other factors associated with large wildfires in the past

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Fire Behavior
Workgroup #2

Advancing research on fuel mapping and fire spread to inform next generation wildfire models

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Forecast Tools
Workgroup #3

Forecasting wildfire activity in California to inform the operation of a safe and reliable electric grid

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Scenario Analyses
Workgroup #4

Analyzing wildfire scenarios under climate change to inform planning for a resilient electric grid

Teams

Project Administration Team

Overseeing and performing project administrative functions.

User Engagement Team

Identifying the needs of stakeholders to ensure project outputs can be operationalized and useful to end-users.

Project Leadership Team

Ensuring coordinated and timely delivery of project outcomes.

Integration Team

Advising and facilitating the integration of findings and products across project workgroups and externally with other research initiatives.

Technical Advisory Committee

An independent advisory committee composed of professionals from utilities, state and federal research and emergency management agencies are charged with providing project guidance and advisory product review.

Consortium Members

Technical Advisory Committee
David Saah

David Saah, PhD

Project Principal Investigator

Managing Principal, Spatial Informatics Group and Professor and Director of Geospatial Analysis Lab at University of San Francisco

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Janice Coen, PhD

Janice Coen, PhD

Extreme Weather Workgroup Lead
Project Scientist

University of San Francisco and National Center for Atmospheric Research

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Scott Stephens, PhD

Scott Stephens, PhD

Fire Behavior Workgroup Lead
Professor of Fire Science, the director of the UC Center for Fire Research and Outreach and co-director of the UC Center for Forestry

UC Berkeley

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Chris Lautenberger

Chris Lautenberger, PhD, PE

Forecast Tools Workgroup Lead
Fire Scientist

Reax Engineering

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Leroy Westerling, PhD

Leroy Westerling, PhD

Scenario Analyses Workgroup Lead
Professor of Management of Complex Systems

UC Merced

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Christopher Anderson, PhD

Christopher Anderson, PhD

CTO

Salo Sciences

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Charles Maxwell, PhD

Charles Maxwell, PhD

Forest Ecosystem Modeler

Spatial Informatics Group

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John Battles, PhD

John Battles, PhD

Professor of Forest Ecology

UC Berkeley

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Kim Carr

Kim Carr, M.A.

Senior Scientist

Spatial Informatics Group

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Christiana Darlington

Christiana Darlington, JD

Project Attorney

Clere, Inc.

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Owen Doherty, PhD

Owen Doherty, PhD

Principal Research Scientist

Eagle Rock Analytics

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Andrea Drew

Andrea Drew

Project Accountant

Drew Consulting

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Phil Dye, M.S.

Phil Dye, M.S.

Fire Management Specialist

Owner and CEO, Prometheus Fire Consulting

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Carlos Fernandez-Pello, PhD

Carlos Fernandez-Pello, PhD

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

UC Berkeley

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Mark Finney

Mark Finney, PhD

Director of the USFS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory

USFS

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Mariko Geronimo, M.A.

Mariko Geronimo, M.A.

Founder, Economist and Utilities Analyst

Lumen Energy Strategy

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Michael Gollner, PhD

Michael Gollner, PhD

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

UC Berkeley

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Todd Hawbaker, PhD

Todd Hawbaker, PhD

Research Ecologist

U.S. Geological Survey

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Matthew Hurteau, PhD

Matthew Hurteau, PhD

Associate Professor and Research Scientist

University of New Mexico

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Gary Johnson, PhD

Gary Johnson, PhD

Director of Environmental Modelling and Software

Spatial Informatics Group

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Dan Keenan

Dan Keenan

Graphic Designer and Web Developer

Hatchback Creative

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Zeke Lunder

Zeke Lunder

Founder, GIS Analyst and Wildfire Management Expert

Deer Creek Resources

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David Marvin, PhD

David Marvin, PhD

CEO and Co-founder

Salo Sciences

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Jason Moghaddas, M.Sc., RPF

Jason Moghaddas, M.Sc., RPF

Operation Coordinator

Spatial Informatics Group

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Max Moritz, PhD

Max Moritz, PhD

Wildfire Specialist, Adjunct Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

UC Santa Barbara

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Ryan Pressler

Ryan Pressler

User interface and experience lead

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Shane Romsos

Shane Romsos, M.Sc.

Project Manager

Spatial Informatics Group

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Joe Scott, M.Sc.

Joe Scott, M.Sc.

Founder and Principal Wildfire Analyst

Pyrologix, LLC

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Benjamin Sleeter, M.A.

Benjamin Sleeter, M.A.

Research Geographer

U.S. Geological Survey

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Matthew Spencer, P.E.

Matthew Spencer, P.E.

Senior Software Engineer for Tool Development

Spatial Informatics Group

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Maria Theodori

Maria Theodori, M.Sc., EIT

Fire Engineer

Reax Engineering

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JP Wack

Jean-Pierre Wack, MBA, ME

Senior Scientist

Spatial Informatics Group

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Technical Advisory Committee

An independent advisory committee composed of professionals from utilities, state and federal research and emergency management agencies charged with providing project guidance and advisory product review.

Brian D’Agostino

Director - Fire Science & Climate Adaptation

San Diego Gas and Electric

Bereket Habtezion

Meteorologist

Pacific Gas and Electric

Adam Moreno

Landscape Ecologist/Modeler, NWL Carbon Inventory

California Air Resources Board

Dave Sapsis

Wildfire Scientist

California Department of Forestry and Fire – FRAP

David Weise

Research Forester

US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station

Heide Caswell

Transmission & Distribution Asset Performance/Wildfire Mitigation

PacifiCorp

Koko Tomassian, P.E.

Senior Utilities Engineer

California Public Utilities Commission

Michael Peterson

Deputy Commissioner on Climate and Sustainability

California Department of Insurance

Randy Striplin

Regional Fuels Planner

US Forest Service - Region 5

Robert LeMoine

Director Risk Management, Insurance and Data Analytics

Southern California Edison