Live from the Field: Fire Across the Continent

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers studying the effects of increasing wildfire frequency and intensity on natural systems in Arizona, California and Florida. Find out who they are, how they got interested in this field, and the research questions they are asking. Instructor Guide and Event Resources available. 


  • Archbold Biological Station: Eric Menges, Senior Research Biologist
  • Pepperwood Preserve: Michelle Halbur, Preserve Ecologist
  • Southwest Experimental Garden Array:
    • Amy Whipple, Associate Professor Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University
    • Kristen Waring, Professor of Silviculture, Northern Arizona University

Moderated by Kerry Wininger, Outreach & Communications Lead, Sonoma State University, Center for Environmental Inquiry


"Live from the Field" events are 50-minute events where researchers with three field sites describe their interests and research in 8-minute videos, then participants join a live moderated Q&A session with the researchers. Events are recorded for asynchronous instructional use.

In this event, researchers will talk about their work on prescribed burns in the Florida scrub, wildfire in California grasslands and genetic considerations for post-fire replanting of Arizona forests.

“Live from the Field” events are international collaborations led by the Center for Environmental Inquiry that give students virtual field experiences in ecosystems all over the world as part of The Virtual Field ( Events are informal and open to everyone to generate opportunities to speak with researchers and develop a personal interest in doing research. All are welcome. For more information: Dr. Claudia Luke, Sonoma State University,

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

Event times listed are in Pacific Daylight Time.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

Admission Fees
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Contact Phone
Contact Name
Kerry Wininger
Date & Time Registration Link
Thursday, September, 29, 2022, 11:00am to 12:00pm