Adjunct Professor, Wildland Fire Science and Management
Research Area: Wildland Fire Science and Management
Applied Wildland Fire Behavior Research and Development
Major Responsibilities/Research Interests: Dr. Alexander retired from Natural Resources Canada in November 2010 following a 34.5 year career in fire research with the Canadian Forest Service (CFS). At the time, he was a Senior Fire Behavior Research Officer stationed at the Northern Forestry Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. His work has taken him to many parts of the world, including the continental USA and Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Greece, Italy, and Turkey.
Dr. Alexander was a member of the CFS Fire Danger Group from 1981 until its demise in 1995 and is considered an authority on the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) and was one of the architects of the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System. He served as one of the research coordinators of the International Crown Fire Modelling Experiment that took place in the Northwest Territories from 1995-2001. Dr. Alexander has also been heavily involved in fire behavior training on a regional, national, and international basis.
In 2003, Dr. Alexander received the Wildland Fire Safety Award from the International Association of Widland Fire for his research and efforts in fire behavior and firefighter safety. In 2005, he was identified in the book “Forest Fires: A Reference Handbook" published as one of the 23 individuals that have influenced wildland fire policy and knowledge globally and one of only two Canadians. In 2010, Dr. Alexander received the Canadian Forestry Achievement Award from the Canadian Institute of Forestry; this award recognizes unique and outstanding achievement in forestry in Canada.
His primary research interests remain as wildland fire behavior and forest/grassland fire danger rating, including the practical and scientific application of such knowledge to fire/fuel management and other disciplines, including public and firefighter safety. Dr. Alexander continues to publish on these subjects. He recently (January 2014) co-authored a book published by Wiley-Blackwell entitled "Fire on Earth: An Introduction."
Since retiring from the CFS, Dr. Alexander has continued his involvement in with other universities in addition to the University of Alberta. He is presently serving as a Honorary Research Associate with the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. Dr. Alexander is an immediate past member of the International Association of Wildland Fire Board of Directors and the Editorial Advisory Committee for the International Journal of Wildland Fire. He also serves as the Associate Editor for wildland fire science and management for The Forestry Chronicle and as the Section Editor on fire science and management for Current Forestry Reports.
Alexander, M.E. (Issue Coord.). 2013. Synthesis on Crown Fire Behavior in Conifer Forests. Fire Management Today 73(4), in press.
Alexander, M.E. 2014. Honoring those that have come before us: introductory remarks to the George M. Byram special session tribute. Pages 166-169 in D.D. Wade, R.L. Fox (eds.) and M.L. Robinson (comp.). Proceedings of 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, 18-22 February 2013, Raleigh, NC and 1-4 July 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. International Association of Wildland Fire, Missoula, MT.
Alexander, M.E. 2014. Learning from those who came before us: closing remarks to the George M. Byram special session tribute. Pages 224-226 in D.D. Wade, R.L. Fox (eds.) and M.L. Robinson (comp.). Proceedings of 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, 18-22 February 2013, Raleigh, NC and 1-4 July 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. International Association of Wildland Fire, Missoula, MT.
Alexander, M.E.; Cruz, M.G. 2014. Tables Estimating canopy fuel characteristics from stand variables in four Interior West conifer forest types. Forest Science 60: in press.
Alexander, M.E.; Cruz, M.G. 2014. Chapter 9: Crown fire dynamics in conifer forests. in Synthesis of Knowledge of Extreme Fire Behavior: Volume 2 for Fire Behavior Specialists, Researchers and Meteorologists. USDA For. Serv., Pac. Northwest Res. Stn., Portland, OR. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-891. In press.
Alexander, M.E.; Thorburn, W.R. 2014. LACES: Adding an “A” for Anchor point(s) to the LCES wildland firefighter safety system. in B. Leblon and M.E. Alexander (eds.). Current International Perspectives on Wildland Fires, Mankind and the Environment. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Hauppauge, New York. In press.
Alexander, M.E.; Vaillant, N.M.; Cruz, M.G. 2014. Synthesizing knowledge on crown fire behavior in conifer forests: we could use your help! Pages 251-252 in D.D. Wade, R.L. Fox (eds.) and M.L. Robinson (comp.). Proceedings of 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, 18-22 February 2013, Raleigh, NC and 1-4 July 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. International Association of Wildland Fire, Missoula, MT.
Cruz, M.G.; Alexander, M.E. 2014. Uncertainty in model predictions of wildland fire rate of spread. in D.X. Viegas (ed.). Advances in Forest Fire Research. Coimbra University Press, Coimbra, Portugal. In press.
Cruz, M.G.; Alexander, M.E.; Dam, J.E. 2014. Using modeled surface and crown fire behavior characteristics to evaluate fuel treatment effectiveness: a caution. Forest Science 60: in press.
Cruz, M.G.; Sullivan A.L.; Alexander M.E. 2014. Fire behaviour knowledge in Australia: Knowledge gaps and Fire Behaviour Analyst (FBAN) training revision plan. CSIRO Ecosystems Sciences and CSIRO Digital Productivity and Services Flagship, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Client Report No. EP145697. 22 p.
Cruz, M.G.; Sullivan, A.L.; Leonard, R.; Malkin, S.; Matthews, S.; Gould, J.S.; McCaw, W.L.; Alexander, M.E.. 2014. Fire behaviour knowledge in Australia: A synthesis of disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge on fire spread prediction capability and application. CSIRO Ecosystems Sciences and CSIRO Digital Productivity and Services Flagship, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Client Report No. EP145189. 170 p.
Page, W.G.; Jenkins, M.J.; Alexander, M.E. 2014. Crown fire potential in lodgepole pine forests during the red stage of mountain pine beetle attack. Forestry 87: 347-361.
Page, Wesley G.; Jenkins, Michael J.; Alexander, Martin E. 2014. Models to predict the moisture content of lodgepole pine foliage during the red stage of mountain pine beetle attack. Forest Science 60: in press.
Scott, A.C.; Bowman, D.M.J.S.; Bond, W.J.; Pyne, S.J.; Alexander, M.E. 2014. Fire on Earth: An Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, England. 413 p.
Curriculum Vitae and Complete List of Publications for Martin E. Alexander. [PDF]