Topic: Wildland Fire: A research and operational perspective to environmental and human impacts with Dr. John Iiames

  • February 22, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time

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We hear about the wildfires in the West, Canada and, in 2016, right here in East Tennessee. The frequency and intensity of wildland fire on the landscape has exacerbated impacts affecting both drinking water and air quality, which, in turn, affects ecosystem and human health. John Iiames, Air Resource Advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will explain current research on these two areas and how it impacts our lives.

Presented by the UT Arboretum Society and the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, the program is on ZOOM, Thursday, February 22 at 7p.m. The program is free, but registration is required to receive your Zoom link and the recording. Register at Please contact Michelle at for any questions or registration issue.

Over his 23-year career at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), John Iiames research has centered on the examination of the air-water-land interface as it affects both aquatic ecosystems and local and regional air quality.  He currently leads a team research effort investigating the effects of wildfire on drinking water quality and the assessment of prescribed fire burn area in the Flint Hills National Grassland ecosystem. Along with his research duties, Dr. Iiames is also a trained Air Resource Advisor being deployed on western wildfires yearly to model smoke dispersion for the Incident Management Teams. John resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife Michaela and has two grown children. He is an avid camping tour cyclist (bike).

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2024. It is one of the ten University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture AgResearch and Education Centers located throughout Tennessee. The Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT Herbert College of Agriculture, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension offices, with locations in every county in the state.

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Date & Time

Thu, Feb 22, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

UT Arboretum