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May 4, 2016

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May 4, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – A forest fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta has led to a mandatory evacuation of the entire city.

The following Laurier experts are available to comment on the forest fire in Fort McMurray.

Robert McLeman, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, is an expert on climate-related migration and environmental refugees. Contact information: (cell) 519-580-0384.

Jennifer Baltzer, associate professor Laurier’s Department of Biology and Canada Research chair in Forests and Global Change, is an expert on the impact of warming temperatures to the boreal forest. Contact information: (cell) 519-504-5025.

Brenda L. Murphy, professor in Laurier’s Society, Culture and Environment and Geography and Environmental Studies programs, is an expert on the risk and resilience issues of small, rural and remote communities and spaces after environmental hazards including forest fires, tornadoes, water contamination, blackouts and nuclear waste. Contact information: (cell) 519-277-5637.

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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