Dr. Jilmarie Stephens is a bio-micro-meteorologist studying ecosystem-atmosphere interactions in a changing climate, from surface layer turbulence to ecosystem scale climate, carbon, and water fluxes. Jilmarie received her B.S. and M.S. in Atmospheric Science at UC Davis and her Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral work focused on long term trends in Boreal forest ecosystems using both in-situ flux tower measurements and ecophysiological modeling techniques. She also studied the impact of an insect infestation event on the carbon and water fluxes at an aspen stand. Her postdoc with Earth Lab is also part of the Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) 2021-2023 Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral Fellows Program focusing on the “Future of Fire”. Her research focuses on understanding future changing wildfire regimes across the US using past fire and climate observations and numerical modeling for projected climate variables under various climate change scenarios. She has been an instructor, teaching Introduction to Biometeorology at UBC and has also served as a CIRES RECCS community college student mentor.

Earth Lab takes a collaborative, big-data approach to answering some of our most pressing questions related to fire. We seek to understand what controls fire in the landscape, how fire is changing, and what this means for society.