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John Battles, PhD

Fire Science Advisor; Lead, Tree Mortality Projections

Professor of Forest Ecology, UC Berkeley

John is developing the analytics for wood cycles and fuel projections for the Fuel Mapping & Fire Physics Team, as well as integrating the projections with fuel conditions and tree mortality maps. John’s research seeks to understand the dynamic response of forest communities to disturbances and perturbations such as air pollution, invasive species, forest management, extreme drought, and fire. His recent work has focused on understanding the interactions among disturbances in order to assess their potential to reshape forests. He tracks how disturbance and recovery influence carbon cycling and storage as a key indicator of ecosystem function. John holds a doctorate in Forest Science from Cornell University.