A Fiery Future: Are Widespread Megafires the New Normal?

Monica Turner, Ph.D. - 2020 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science

A virtual conversation with Ecologist Dr. Monica Turner, recipient of the 2021 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science.

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

In a year defined by rare and extreme events, the 2020 wildfire season ranks among the most notable. Widespread megafires ravaged large swaths of the western U.S. and covered more land in a single season than any other year on record. Is this the new normal? 

Get engaged with this fiery discussion as Environmental Scientist Dr. Rachel Valletta hosts landscape ecologist and 2021 Benjamin Franklin Medalist Dr. Monica Turner. For more than 30 years, Dr. Turner has investigated the impact of wildfires on forest ecology and the intricate factors that help, or hinder, a forest’s resiliency.   

Moderated by Franklin Institute Environmental Scientist Dr. Rachel Valletta.

Learn More: Dr. Turner’s Research |  2020 Weather and Climate

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