A.J. Faas is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, the Organizational Studies Program and a member of the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center. He holds a doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of South Florida. His research addresses disasters and environmental crises, with attention to cooperation, reciprocity and mutual aid; postcolonialism and the anthropology of the state; humanitarianism; and displacement and resettlement. Faas’s research includes an ongoing longitudinal study of disaster recovery and resettlement in the Ecuadorian highlands; a collaborative study of COVID-19 and the cumulative effects of successive disasters; and participatory action research projects on disaster preparedness, vulnerability and community-based leadership in San José, California.
Indumathi (Indu) Jeyachandran is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a member of the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center. She holds a doctorate degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah. She is a certified mapping scientist in the area of remote sensing and also a LEED-accredited professional with a specialization in building design and construction. Her research interests include sustainable urban infrastructure planning using remote sensing, GIS, modeling and observation techniques. She also uses remote sensing data and techniques for wildfire risk analysis and water issues including drought.
Patrick T. Brown is a climate scientist, assistant professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science and a member of the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center. He holds a doctorate degree in earth and ocean sciences from Duke University. He teaches and conducts research on the impact of climate change on society via changes in extreme weather.