USC experts available for interviews about wildfires

November 16, 2018

USC experts are available for news media interviews to discuss wildfire-related issues, including environmental impacts, smoke and health, urban land use and climate and drought.

Contact: Gary Polakovic w-(213) 740-9226, or Also, USC media relations (213) 740-2215.

Ed Avol, professor of clinical medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC. He’s an expert in smoke toxicity, inhalation risks, health impacts and preventive measures.

Contact: (323) 442-1090 or

George Ban-Weiss, professor of civil and environmental engineering. He’s an expert in climate change, land-use in urban areas, smoke and air pollution and resiliency of the built and natural environments.

Contact: (213) 740-9124 or

Andrew Lakoff, professor of sociology, anthropology and communication, director of the Research Cluster in Science, Technology and Society, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He’s an expert on infrastructure vulnerability, disaster preparation, government response to disasters and the politics of disaster response.

Contact: w-(213) 740-7029, c-(619) 972-7971 or

Travis Longcore, associate professor of architecture, spatial sciences and biological sciences, USC School of Architecture and USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He’s an expert in environmental policy, conservation and California wildlife.

Contact: c-(310) 247-9719 or

Josh West, associate professor of geology, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He’s an expert in post-fire landslides, debris flows and erosion.

Contact: w-(213) 740-6736, c-(505) 603-223 or


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