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William Sommers

Director, EastFIRE Laboratory

Expertise: forest fires, forest fire management, forest fire prevention, climate sciences, ecosystems, ecological risk assessment, sustainable development

Dr. William Sommers, director of the EastFIRE Laboratory at George Mason University, studies the impacts of climate change on global fire while focusing on wildfires in the eastern U.S.

Sommers is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service and from 1986-2000 served as its director of Forest Fire and Atmospheric Sciences Research. A trained meteorologist, Sommers is an expert on the unique environmental and monetary challenges of wildfire prevention, prediction and management in different regions of the country.

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