Media Coverage



KECI-TV Missoula (NBC affiliate) – July 28, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. – There are important new findings on how wildland fires spread, and Missoula scientists are at the forefront.

Recent research shows us wildfire behavior like never before

The Denver Channel (ABC affiliate) – July 28, 2015

DENVER – Recently published research fills some gaps in our understanding of fire behavior. This research, led by research forester Mark Finney with the USDA, shows us how buoyancy, not wind, is the driving force to a spreading fire.


Special feature on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet: Forces of Nature. Interviewed and lab demonstrations of wildfire research at the University of Maryland including a fire tornado (more properly called a fire whirl).


Room fire test and interview at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for William Shatner’s Weird or What, on Discovery Channel (USA), History (Canada) and Discovery (Europe)



“Combustion Art is Both Beautiful and Dangerous,” Geek System, Erin Podolak, June 29th, 2011.


“The best combustion art goes up in flames,” New Scientist, July 1, 2011.

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Descubren cómo se propaga el fuego en incendios de almacenes y depósitos”, Tendencias de la Ingenieria, Pablo Javier Picente, Feb. 14, 2011.
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UC San Diego Engineers Play Role in Warehouse Fire Safety,” UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Website Feature , February, 2011.

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Engineers Predict how Fires Spread in Warehouses ,” Science Daily Website Feature , Feb. 7, 2011.



 UC San Diego Students, Area Attorneys and Financial Analysts Win Sustainability Award”, UC San Diego Feature Story , Rex Grahm, May 26, 2010. 

“ Solar Success ,” Pulse, Magazine of UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering .


 “UCSD engineering students help San Diego region secure $154 million in solar bonds ,” PhysOrg, Nov. 3, 2009. 


“Campus Secures $15 Million in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds,” UC San Diego Feature Story , Rex Ghram, This Week @ UCSD , Nov. 2, 2009. 


“County wins big share of solar funds,” San Diego Union Tribune , Onell R. Soto, Oct. 30, 2009.