NC State
Fire Chasers Project
Toddi Steelman, Ph.D.
Professor,
School of Environment & Sustainability
University of Saskatchewan

Toddi  A. Steelman
Dr. Steelman is a Professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan in 2012, she was Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Policy within the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University.  She remains an Adjunct Professor at NCSU and an active Fire Chaser. Dr. Steelman has a nearly 10 year history of wildfire research and has conducted research on community aspects of wildfire management in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Her research agenda has focused on understanding community responses to wildfire and how communities and agencies interact for more effective wildfire management. In 2008, her wildfire work led to a partnership with Dr. Branda Nowell to conduct social network analysis in the communities affected by wildfires. In 2010, Dr. Steelman was funded (along with colleagues at the University of Florida) to coordinate the Southern Fire Exchange (hot link: http://www.southernfireexchange.org/) , a regional consortium of 13 states throughout the southeast to transfer fire knowledge to managers and other working professionals. She is also collaborating in a national study of all eight regional consortia to understand how to better transfer wildfire information to working wildfire professionals. She has used GIS, content analysis, surveys, archival document analysis, and in-person interviews in her research projects.