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Katharine Melnik

Experimental Investigation of New Zealand Vegetation Flammability in Rural-Urban Interface Locations View the Linkedin profile for

24 November 2023

Kate researches wildfire behaviour and live plant flammability, with her current project focusing on the flammability of vegetation in the rural-urban interface. When doing fire research, Kate draws on her academic background in Plant Biology (BSc) and Land Reclamation (MSc) at the University of Alberta, as well as the on-the-ground operational experience as a wildland firefighter with the British Columbia Wildfire Service and a volunteer firefighter with Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Kate gained valuable fire research experience during the 3.5 years that she worked as a fire researcher and data analyst for the Rural Fire Research group at Scion, New Zealand Forest Research Institute.

Kate is passionate about finding innovative data-driven solutions for applications in wildfire research, and really enjoys coding in R and Python. When not working with fire, Kate loves spending time in the mountains.

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  • Daniel Nilsson
  • Marwan Katurji


Start date: 2021

Proposed end date: 2024

Type of position sought: Academic, Research, Industry, Operations

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