Like earthquakes, wildfires are part of life in Southern California. But how are our chaparral-covered hills and mountains different from other fire-prone landscapes? How have humans changed fire frequency in our region? And how do we protect our communities from the inevitable?
These are questions Dr. Jon Keeley, Fire Ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey and Adjunct Professor at UCLA, has been using science to answer for decades. With more than 350 publications in national and international scientific journals and books, his research has focused on the fire ecology of chaparral ecosystems by studying historical fire patterns in California and their relationship to climate, urban development, and invasive plants.
Join us for an educational evening with Dr. Keeley as he talks about wildfire in chaparral ecosystems and the right approaches to living with it.