California fires: Virginia Tech experts on wildfire, smoke, disaster response, post-disaster recovery

Virginia Tech offers several interview opportunities with experts in wildfires, smoke and the impacts on health, resources for optimal disaster response, along with disaster resilience and disaster recovery. 

Our on-campus broadcast studio is able to connect radio and television via ISDN, Comrex Access, LTN video or Skype. 

Adam Coates – Research and expertise focuses on topics such as restoration ecology, fuels, fire behavior, silviculture, soils, wildlife habitat, and water quality.

Klaus Moeltner – An expert in environmental economics who has studied wildfires extensively, points out that smoke from these fires travels hundreds of miles and has a serious impact on the health of people who live downwind.

Chris Zobel – When disaster strikes, every second is critical.  Dr. Zobel uses data to help the Red Cross pre-position resources for optimal disaster response. 

Yang Zhang – An expert in disaster resilience and disaster recovery, Dr. Zhang is able to discuss natural hazards mitigation, post-disaster recovery, and community resilience.

Schedule an interview To schedule an interview, contact Bill Foy in the Virginia Tech Media Relations office at 540-998-0288.

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