Jason Briefel, MS
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
North Carolina State University
Jason has been part of the Fire Chasers team since the fall of 2009. He travelled to the field with the team during the summer of 2010 to Las Vegas, NM, Flagstaff, AZ, and Kernville, CA. He contributed to data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation, and is co-author of two publications based on the 2010 field and survey data. He also assisted with the resident mail survey, and oversaw the implementation of non-response telephone surveys for the four 2010 fires studied. Jason co-presented some of the team’s findings at the 2011 International Research Committee on Disasters Researchers Meeting in Colorado. Since graduating from NC State in May 2011 with a Masters of Natural Resources – Policy and Administration technical option degree Jason has continued to work with the project preparing findings for publication and identifying local responder networks to be surveyed in 2013. Jason’s Masters project was based on data collected by Dr. Steelman and previous wildfire research project members in the summers of 2006 and 2007, and used two paired case studies to explore how internal and external influences affected wildfire cost and the application of more flexible fire management on four wildfire events. The project is entitled “What Drives Wildfire Costs – Internal or External Pressure?” and can be accessed through this link: http://repository.lib.ncsu.edu/dr/handle/1840.4/4166. Prior to attending graduate school, Jason received a BA in History from the University of Richmond and worked on Captiol Hill as a congressional staff assistant. Jason is interested in natural resources policy and management, climate change, community engagement, wildland-urban interface fire, and hazard mitigation.