Assistant Professor Luke McGuire, who joined the UA Geosciences faculty in fall 2016, has been named a 2017 Bisgrove Scholar. McGuire will receive $200,000 over two years for his proposal "Improving post-wildfire hazard assessments: Integrating emerging unmanned aerial systems technology with high resolution numerical models."
The goals of McGuire's proposal are to develop improved models for debris flow hazard assessments and examine how wildfire-induced changes to soil hydraulic properties influence erosion.
McGuire's UA research group studies Earth surface processes, their connection to landscape form, and the threats that they pose. His approach generally focuses on integrating numerical modeling with field and remote sensing data. McGuire is teaching Geomorphology, an upper-level undergraduate and graduate course this spring.
The Bisgrove Scholars Award is a program of Science Foundation Arizona and is designed to attract and retain exceptional individuals who have demonstrated substantial achievement and possess the potential to transform ideas into great value for society.