Alison Deak

University of California Cooperative Extension
Title: Fire Advisor
Phone: 209-966-2417

Alison recently joined University of California Cooperative Extension as a fire advisor for Mariposa, Madera, and Fresno counties. Alison is a graduate of the University of Oregon (UO) with a Masters of Science in geography and Masters of Nonprofit Management. Her research focused on modeling the effects of prescribed fire on carbon storage and wildfire severity and extent in the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon and California. She also worked as a research assistant at UO's Ecosystem Workforce Program where she did natural resource-based social science research, including how organizations are working cross-boundary to mitigate wildfire risk, the impacts of wildfire smoke on communities, and socioeconomic monitoring of landscape restoration projects. Prior to graduate school, Alison worked as a wildland firefighter with the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. 

Alison is passionate about restoring fire-adapted ecosystems and helping people learn how to live with wildfire. She is focused on developing programming aimed at wildfire recovery on private lands, defensible space and home hardening, and expanding the use of prescribed fire.


Peer Reviewed

  • Huber-Stearns, H.; Davis, E. J.; Cheng, A. S.; Deak, A. (2022). Collective action for managing wildfire risk across boundaries in forest and range landscapes: Lessons from case studies in the western United States. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 31:10, 936-948.

  • Jacobson, M.; Smith, H.; Huber-Stearns, H. R.; Davis, E. J.; Cheng, A. S.; Deak, A. (2022). Comparing social constructions of wildfire risk across media, government, and participatory discourse in a Colorado fireshed. Journal of Risk Research, 25(6), 697-714. Journal of Risk Research. 25:6, 697-714.

  • Davis, E. J.; Huber-Stearns, H.; Caggiano, M.; McAvoy, D.; Cheng, A. S.; Deak, A.; Evans, A. (2022). Managed Wildfire: A Strategy Facilitated by Civil Society Partnerships and Interagency Cooperation. Society & Natural Resources. 35:8, 914-932. 

Non-Peer Reviewed

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