After the Flames: Science Behind the Eagle Creek Fire Response @ Kiggins Theatre, Portland [11 July]

After the Flames: Science Behind the Eagle Creek Fire Response

19:00 - 21:00

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Kiggins Theatre
1011 Main St, Vancouver, Washington 98660
We all watched in horror as our beloved Columbia Gorge burned last year. Within days of firefighters gaining control of the Eagle Creek Fire​ ​in mid-September 2017, scientists and specialists were quickly dispatched to investigate the extent of the damage. Members of​ ​a U.S. Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team explored the​ ​impacted area to assess potential​ ​threats to human health and safety, concerns for damage to property, and potential impairment to natural or cultural resources, including the likelihood of future hazards like flooding and landslides. Steven Sobieszczyk joined that team​ as a BAER trainee. At this Science on Tap, hear his story about the results of those working on the science behind the Eagle Creek Fire response.

Steve is a​ ​Hydrologist at U​.​S​ Geological Survey​. He has degrees in landslide engineering geology and geographic information systems (GIS). He began his career with a brief stint at NASA before moving out west to model landslide and seismic hazards in northern California. Steve eventually settled in Portland, OR, in 2002 and has been studying watersheds in Oregon ever since. ​His interests​ ​focus on all things dirt,​ including ​landslides, water quality, and stream ecosystems. ​In addition to doing science, Steve is a​n advocate for science communication, mentors STEM students, and doodles Pokemon on his kids’ lunch napkins

This is a repeat of the talk given at the Alberta Rose Theatre on April 18, 2018.


DATE: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

TIME: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.

LOCATION: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.

COST: $9* online advance tickets, $10** suggested cover at the door.

FOOD & DRINK: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn and snacks available.

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Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver

*A note on advance ticket prices: there is a $1.50 fee per advance ticket, but buying a ticket in advance confirms that you will have a seat at the event.

**A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door from advance and box office ticket sales. However, we are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn. If the event still has seats available and if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.
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