Michael Caggiano

Research Associate, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

Mike is a Research Associate working with CFRI since 2014.  Wildland fires in Colorado and the western US are increasingly affecting developed areas, resulting in loss of life and property, disrupting livelihoods and economies, and exacting large financial costs. As wildland fires in the region are projected to increase in the coming decades, there is a need and opportunity to generate science-based solutions to this complex problem.  Mike’s interests involve understanding the social and organizational constructs that impact our ability to manage fire in Wildland Urban Interface areas.  His specific areas of expertise include geospatial mapping and remote sensing, facilitating cross jurisdictional firefighter training and cooperation, and supporting prescribed fire applications.  Mike holds an M.A. degree in Geography, and recently completed his PhD at Colorado State University in Forest Science.

Mike Caggiano