Fighting fire with fire — literally
Carla Staver's research is going up in smoke – and that's a good thing. The professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has started hundreds of fires – experimental ones – in African savannas to learn more about how they start and stop burning, and their impact on the environment. Savanna fires are the most common fires on earth and make a large contribution to the global carbon cycle, so a quantitative understanding of their behavior is more critical than ever.
Carla Staver is a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), home to 1200+ faculty and 50 departments and programs that span the divisions of Humanities, Social Science, and Science, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and provide the instruction to the students of Yale College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.