Amanda Monthei

Amanda Monthei

Amanda Monthei is a writer, public information officer, podcast producer and former hotshot for the US Forest Service. After leaving operational fire in 2019, she figured the best way to evade the looming boredom/nostalgia of no longer fighting fire was to braid her love of storytelling with her passion for wildfire; since then, she has written about wildfire for a number of US magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Outside Online, Deseret News and others. She also produces and hosts Life with Fire Podcast, which she created to help cultivate a greater public understanding of wildfire while exploring how we can better coexist with it in the future.

Amanda lives in Bellingham, WA, where she often juxtaposes writing/talking/thinking about wildfire with biking/skiing/fishing in the rain.

Lori Daniels

Lori Daniels

Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Dr. Lori Daniels is a Professor of Forest Ecology in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, where she
directs the Tree-Ring Lab at UBC. Lori investigates the impacts of natural and human disturbances and climate change on
forests. With her research team, she has on-going projects on wildfires, forest dynamics, and social-ecological resilience
to climate change across British Columbia. Her enduring partnerships with local, provincial, and national governments,
environmental organizations, forest management companies, community forests, and First Nations ensure her scientific
advances are translated to active conservation, restoration and management. She contributed to the Blueprint for
Wildland Fire Science in Canada and served as a member of the Canadian Wildfire Strategy Implementation Team and
the NSERC-Canada Wildfire Research Network. Since 2015, she has given more than 200 media interviews on wildfires
and their impacts on forests and communities. She is among the 150 Canadian Scientists recognized in 2017 for research
shaping new frontiers and making our world a better place (#150Scientists). She was acknowledged as a Women Leader
in international fire science research in 2018, received the 2019 Canadian Institute of Forestry Scientific Achievement
Award and 2022 James J. Parsons Distinguished Career in Biogeography Award from the American Association of
Geographers.