Karen Blouin

Area of Interest: Lightning/lightning forecasting, fire behaviour analysis, fire growth modelling, and geomorphology


Former Advisor: Dr. Mike Flannigan


Academic Degree(s): Master of Science, Forest Biology and Management, 2014, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada;

Bachelor of Science with Distinction, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, 2011, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Contact Information: karen.blouin@ualberta.ca


Karen is an alumna of the original Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science. She received her Master of Science from the University of Alberta in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Mike Flannigan. As Karen was finishing her degree, she began working for the Government of Alberta’s Wildfire Management Branch, where she helped develop and introduce the Wildfire Management Science and Technology program. She was also a part of the Provincial Fire Behaviour Service Centre, providing fire behaviour analysis and modelling support.


Karen came back to the University as the Assistant Director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science in 2015. As our organization grew into the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (Canada Wildfire) and underwent some restructuring, Karen's role also morphed to have a stronger focus on knowledge transfer and communication of our great research.


Karen’s primary research interests include lightning/lightning forecasting, fire behaviour analysis and fire growth modelling.

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