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UCR Wildfire Experts

University of California, Riverside Offers Wildfire Experts

Faculty experts available to speak to the media about the fire in Santa Barbara County

(November 14, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – University of California, Riverside faculty experts can add depth to journalists’ stories about the fast-moving fire in Santa Barbara County that has destroyed more than 100 homes. The following experts are available to speak to the media on this topic:

Thomas Scott, natural resources specialist at the UCR Center for Conservation Biology, can speak to the effect wildfires have on animal habitat, and on the land that sits between the suburban developments of the cities and the tourist towns of the highlands.
Phone: (951) 827-5115

Paul Ziemann, director of the Air Pollution Research Center, can speak about particle emissions and the atmospheric chemistry of organic compounds.
Phone: (951) 827-5127

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

A broadcast studio with fiber cable to the AT&T Hollywood hub is available for live or taped interviews. UCR also has ISDN for radio interviews. To learn more, call (951) UCR-NEWS.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Media Relations
900 University Avenue
1156 Hinderaker Hall
Riverside, CA 92521

Tel: (951) 827-6397 (951) UCR-NEWS
Fax: (951) 827-5008

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