TALK: Fire & Water

at 516 ARTS

Join New Mexico scientists for a discussion about fire management in the mountains of Northern New Mexico and how it is connected to the Rio Grande river and our drinking water in Albuquerque.

This talk is part of Fires of Change, an exhibition at 516 ARTS curated by Shawn Skabelund, on view May 27 - July 22, 2017.


Collin Haffey, Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey
Collin Haffey spent the first summer after completing his MS in the Environmental Science and Policy program at Northern Arizona University working for the Landscape Conservation Initiative and the Southwest Fire Science Consortium on a variety of projects that included two science and art collaborations and continued research of fire-induced vegetation type conversion. In the fall of 2014 he accepted an ecologist position with the Jemez Mountains Field Station, an NPS and USGS collaborative, based in northern New Mexico. There he works closely with land managers and scientists to develop research questions that are relevant to conservation management and study the continued effects of landscape-level changes caused by human land use and climate change. He hopes to continue his public outreach efforts in conservation science issues and solutions in order to develop a strong sense of place, with an eye toward adapting to the future in a way that preserves ecosystem function and community sustainability.

Dr. Ellis Margolis, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey
Ellis Margolis is a research ecologist at the Jemez Mountains Field Station, a Fort Collins Science Center facility in New Mexico. Ellis received a Ph.D. in Watershed Management from the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, AZ. Since joining the USGS in 2015, he has continued his research on the interactions between fire, forests, and climate and specializes in dendrochronology (the study of tree ring dating). Presently, his research focuses on land use and climate effects on fire regimes and forests in the southwestern U.S. to guide fire regime and forest restoration for watershed management.

Dr. Zander Evans, Research Director, Forest Stewards Guild
Zander Evans joined the staff at the Forest Stewards Guild to direct the research program after finishing his PhD at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Zander's current research includes developing guidelines for successful and responsible biomass removal projects, measuring the carbon impact of using forest biomass for energy and heat, and investigating climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for the forestry sector. As research director, Zander’s mission is to continue the Guild's history of developing creditable and useful publications. He is also helping to coordinate the Forest Stewards Guild's Ecological Forestry Initiative.

Sarah Hurteau, Urban Conservation Director of The Nature Conservancy, NM
Sarah Hurteau is The Nature Conservancy’s first-ever Albuquerque Urban Conservation Director. As part of the Conservancy’s North America Urban Cities initiative Sarah finds nature-based solutions, with emphasis on economically-challenged neighborhoods, which face the greatest threats from degraded and depleted natural resources and stand to benefit the most from conserving our lands and waters. She has vast experience in natural resource management and urban development and has a proven record in building strong relationships and helping people understand the benefits of nature-based solutions. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy.


Above images (left to right): Collin Haffely, Ellis Margolis, Zander Evans, Sarah Hurtear