CSULA Faculty Experts

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 October 28, 2003

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:
Cal State L.A. Experts Available to Speak on
the Santa Ana Wind, Fire Protection and Fire Ecology

Yahoo! News reported yesterday that wildfires driven by hot Santa Ana wind flashed into gigantic waves of flame devouring entire neighborhoods and choking the sky over Southern California with smoke and ash. Cal State L.A. has experts who can address the damage and concerns.

Steve LaDochy
Associate Professor of Geography; Ph.D., University of Manitoba
Dr. LaDochy is a climatologist and meteorologist, with special interests in thunderstorm phenomena and synoptic climatology. He also conducts research in air pollution, weather forecasting, lightning and urban climates.

John A. Gamon
Associate Professor of Biology; Ph.D., UC Davis
Dr. Gamon is a plant ecophysiologist, with a background in ecology, plant physiology, botany and remote sensing. As an ecophysiologist, he is primarily interested in the effects of environmental factors on plant physiology, structure and productivity. Most of his research involves studies of photosynthetic physiology, and recently he has been applying remote sensing technology to evaluate plant productivity and physiological performance. His recent research topics have included fire ecology and impacts of air pollution on vegetation.

Ray O. Shackelford
Associate Professor of Technology; B.A., M.A., Cal State L.A.
With 35 years of experience, Professor Shackelford has knowledge in all phases of fire protection. He provides expertise in fire protection service to fire departments and agencies throughout the country including the U.S. Fire Service. He is a past president of the San Bernardino County Fire Chiefs and a member of the National Fire Protection Association.

If you need a quick directory of experts for other breaking news items, go directly to Guide to the Experts at Cal State L.A., www.calstatela.edu/univ/ppa/media/jourpage.htm. The on-line media guide includes 360 experts from Cal State L.A. who are available and willing to speak to the media.

For assistance, contact the Cal State L.A. Office of Public Affairs at (323) 343-3050.

California State University, Los Angeles, is a comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 21,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. The CSU: A leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education.

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