Mike Flannigan

Professor, Wildland Fire and Director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire

Phone: 780-248-2033
Email: mike.flannigan@ualberta.ca
Department: Department of Renewable Resources
Office: 7-13A General Services
Office Hours: By appointment
Address: University of Alberta
7-13A General Services
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2H1

Job/Research Area: Wildland Fire.

Personal Website

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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.

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Selected Recent Publications

Field, R.D., Spessa, A.C. Aziz, N.A. Camai, A. Cantin, A., Carr, R., de Groot, W.J. Dowdy, A.J. Flannigan, M.D., Manomaiphiboon, K., Pappenberger, F., Tanpipat, V. and Wang, X. 2015. Development of a Global Fire Weather Database. Natural Hazards Earth Systems Science. 15, 1407-1423, doi:10.5194/nhess-15-1407-2015.

Reisen, F., Duran, S.M., Flannigan, M.D., Elliott,C. and Rideout, K. 2015. Wildfire smoke and public health risk. International Journal of Wildland Fire. Accepted.

Flannigan, M.D. 2015. Fire Evolution split by continent. News and Views. Nature Geoscience. Doi:10.1038/ngeo2360.

French, N., Jenkins, L. Loboda, T. Flannigan, M., Jandt, R. Bourgeau-Chavez L., and Whitley, M. 2015. Fire in Arctic tundra of Alaska: Past fire activity, future fire potential, and significance for land management and ecology. International Journal of Wildland Fire. Accepted.

Wang, X., Thompson, D.K., Marshall, G.A., Tymstra, C., Carr, R. and Flannigan, M.D. 2015. Increasing frequency of extreme fire weather in Canada with climate change. Climatic Change. 130:573-586. DOI 10.1007/s10584-015-1375-5.

Kettridge, N., Turetsky, M., Sherwood, J., Thompson, D., Miller, C., Benscoter, B., Flannigan, M., Wotton, M. and Waddington, M. 2015. Moderate drop in water table increases peatland vulnerability to post-fire regime shift. Scientific Reports. 5:8063. doi:10.1038/srep08063.

Price, O.J., Pausas, J.G., Govender, G., Flannigan, M.D., Fernandes, P.M., Brooks, M.L. and Bird, R.B. 2015. Global patterns in fire leverage: the response of annual area burnt to previous fire. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 24:297-306.

Wang, X., Parisien, M-A., Flannigan. M.D., Parks, S.A. Anderson, K.R. Little, J.M. and Taylor, S.W. 2014. The potential and realized spread of wildfires across Canada. Global Change Biology. 20:2518-2530. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12590.

Scotto, M. G., Gouveia, S., Carvalho, A., Monteiro, A., Martins, V., Flannigan, M., San Miguel-Ayanz, J., Miranda, A.I. and C. Borrego. 2014. Area burned in Portugal over the last decades: an extreme value analysis. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 23:812-824. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF13104

Parisien, M-A., Parks, S.A., Krawchuk, M.A., Little, J.M., Flannigan, M.D., Gowman, L.M., and Moritz, M.A. 2014. An analysis of controls on fire activity in boreal Canada: comparing models built with different temporal resolutions. Ecological Applications. 24:1341-1356. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-1477.1

Lehsten, V., de Groot, W.J., Flannigan, M.D., Charles, G.T. and Balzter H. 2014. Wildfires in boreal ecoregions: evaluating the power law assumption and intra- and inter-annual variations. JGR –Biogeosciences. 119:14-23. DOI: 10.1002/2012JG002252

Brandt, J.P., Flannigan, M.D., Maynard, D., Thompson, I. and Volney, W.J.A. 2013. An Introduction to Canada’s boreal zone: ecosystem processes, health, sustainability and environmental issues. Environmental Reviews. 21:207-226.

Price, D.T., Alfaro, R.I. Brown, K.J., Flannigan, M.D., Fleming, R.A., Hogg, E.H., Girardin, M.P., Lakusta, T., Johnston, M., McKenney, D.W., Pedlar, J., Stratton, T. Sturrock, R. Thompson, I., Trofymow, J.A. and Venier, L.A. 2013. Anticipating the consequences of climate change for Canada’s boreal forest ecosystems. Environmental Reviews. 21:322-365.

Keane, R., Cary, G., Flannigan, M., Parsons, R., Davies, I., King, K., Li, C., Bradstock, R., and Gill, A.M. 2013.Exploring the role of fire, succession, climate, and weather on landscape dynamics using comparative modeling. Ecological Modelling. 266:172-186.

Flannigan, M.D. Cantin, A.S. de Groot, W.J. Wotton, M. Newbery, A. and Gowman, L.M. 2013. Global wildland fire season severity in the 21st century. Forest Ecology and Management. 294:64-71.

de Groot, W.J., Flannigan, M.D., and Cantin, A.S. 2013. Climate change impacts on future boreal fire regimes. Forest Ecology and Management. 294:35-44.

de Groot, W.J., Cantin, A.S., Flannigan, M.D., Soja, A.J., Gowman, L.M. and Newbery, A. 2013. A comparison of Canadian and Russian boreal forest fire regimes. Forest Ecology and Management. 294:23-34.

Waddington, J.M. Thompson, D.K. Wotton, M. Quinton, W.L. Flannigan, M.D. Benscoter, B.W. Baisley, S.A. and Turetsky, M.R. 2012. Examining the utility of the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index System in Canadian Boreal Peatlands. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 42:47-58.

Beverly, J.L. Flannigan, M.D. Stocks, B.J. and Bothwell, P. 2011. The association between Northern Hemisphere climate patterns and interannual variability in Canadian wildfire activity. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 41:2193-2201.

Carvalho, A. Monteiro, A. Flannigan, M. Solman, S. Miranda, A.I. and

Borrego, C. 2011. Forest fires in a changing climate and their impacts on air quality. Atmosphere Environment. 45:5545-5553.

Shabbar, A., Skinner, W. and Flannigan, M. 2011. Prediction of Seasonal Forest Fire Severity in Canada from Large-Scale Climate Patterns. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 50:785-799.

Benscoter, B.W., Thompson, D.K., Waddington, J.M., Flannigan, M.D., Wotton, B.M., de Groot, W.J. and Turetsky, M.R. 2011. Interactive effects of vegetation, soil moisture and bulk density on depth of burning of thick organic soils. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 20:418-429.

Parisien, M-A., Parks, S.A., Krawchuk, M.A., Flannigan, M.D., Bowman, L.M., and Moritz, M.A. 2011. Scale-dependent controls on the area burned in the boreal forest of Canada, 1980-2005. Ecological Applications. 21:789-805.