Dr. Mike Flannigan is a professor with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and the Director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science located at the University of Alberta. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Manitoba, his Master of Science in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University, and his Doctorate in Plant Sciences from Cambridge University. After completing Meteorologist course MT35 with Environment Canada, Flannigan worked briefly as a meteorologist. Subsequently, Flannigan worked as a physical scientist, research scientist and senior research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service until he transitioned into his current role. Dr. Flannigan's primary research explores fire and weather/climate interactions including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires, landscape fire modelling and interactions between vegetation, fire and weather. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wildland Fire (2002-2008) and has taken on leadership roles with the US National Assessment on Global Change, IPCC, IGBP Fire Fast Track Initiative and Global Change Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) efforts on the global impacts of fire.