Mike Flannigan

Professor, 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 Publications

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. Accepted.

Parisien, M-A., Parks, S.A., Krawchuk, M.A., Little, J.M., Flannigan, M.D., Gowman, L.M., and Moritz, M.A. 2014. Comparing the influence of annually varying and temporally average controls on fire probabilities across the boreal forest of Canada. Ecological Applications. Accepted.

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. Accepted.

Brandt, J.P., Flannigan, M.D., Maynard,D., Thompson, I. and Volney, W.J.A. 2013. An Introdcution 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.

Flannigan, M.D., Gowman, L.M., Wotton, B.M. Krawchuk, M.A., de Groot, W.J. and Stocks, B.J. 2013. Modelling future wildland fire in the Circumboreal. Chapter 15. Vegetation Fires and Climate Change. Edited By J.G. Goldammer. Kessel Publishing House pp. 209-224.

Stocks, B.J. and Flannigan, M.D. 2013. Current fire regimes, impacts and likely changes: Past, Current and Future Boreal Fire Activity in Canada. Chapter 4. Vegetation Fires and Climate Change. Edited By J.G. Goldammer. Kessel Publishing House pp. 39-50.

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.

Benscoter, B.W., Thompson, D.K., Waddington, J.M., Flannigan, M.D., Wotton, B.M., de Groot, W.J. and Turetsky, M.R. 2010. 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.

Drobyshev, I., Flannigan, M., Bergeron Y., Girardin, M. and Suran, B. 2010. Variation in local weather explains differences in fire regimes within a Quebec south-eastern boreal forest landscape. International Journal of Wildland Fire. International Journal of Wildland Fire 19: 1073-1082.

Meyn, A., Taylor, S.W., Flannigan, M.D., Thonicke, K. and Cramer, W. 2010. Relationship between fire, climate oscillations, and drought in British Columbia, Canada, 1920-2000. Global Change Biology. 16:977-989. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02061.x.

Parisien, M-A., Parks, S.A., Krawchuk, M.A., Flannigan, M.D., Bowman, L.M., and Moritz, M.A. 2010. Scale-dependent controls on the area burned in the boreal forest of Canada, 1980-2005. Ecological Applications. In press.

Shabbar, A., Skinner, W. and Flannigan, M.  2010. Prediction of Seasonal Forest Fire Severity in Canada from Large-Scale Climate Patterns. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. Accepted.

Wang, Y., Flannigan, M. and Anderson, K. 2010. Correlations between forest fires in British Columbia, Canada, and sea surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean. Ecological Modelling. 221:112-129.

Wotton, B.M., Nock, C.A. and Flannigan, M.D. 2010. Forest fire occurrence and climate change in Canada. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 19:253-271.