SFU launches fire and ecosystems research lab


In the midst of wildfire season, Simon Fraser University is launching a Fire and Ecosystems Research Lab. The lab will be led by SFU Assistant Professor Sophie Wilkinson. The research team will use the lab to study wildfire qualities–including behaviour and impacts–with the intent of developing ecosystem management strategies that reduce the negative impacts fires can have on all aspects of the environment and society. “The effects of climate change are a contributing factor to this record-breaking wildfire season and now more than ever, there is a need for scientists to work with community partners to understand and mitigate the impacts,” said Wilkinson.