erin hanan

Erin Hanan

Assistant Professor, Fire & Ecosystem Ecology


I study interactions among plant, soil, and hydrologic processes in terrestrial systems. Disturbances such as wildfire, insect outbreaks, and forest clearing, play an important role in these dynamics, and in many ecosystems, disturbance events are becoming more frequent and severe in response to climate change and growing human populations. I use process-based models, remote sensing, and empirical analysis to answer questions about how climate change will affect future disturbance regimes, how these shifts will alter biogeochemical and ecohydrologic processes, and how we can mitigate the effects of climate change through management.


B.S. University of Southern California, 2004
M.S. Florida International University, 2008
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015



Responses and recovery of a chaparral watershed following wildfire.


Ecosystems, 21(8), 1608-1622

Goodridge, B., Hanan, E., Wetherley, E., Aquilera, R., Chen, H., D'Antonio, C., Melack, J.

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