Ellen Whitman holds a PhD in forest biology and management from the University of Alberta where her work focused on fire ecology, with an emphasis on remote sensing of ecological fire effects, and understanding post-fire recovery in the northwestern boreal forest. Currently, she is a forest fire research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service at the Northern Forestry Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Her recent research scope includes conducting dendrochronology analysis of historical wildfires, studying climate change impacts on fire regimes and forests, and has especially focused studying wildfire north of 60° latitude. Ellen conducts collaborative research with land managers and Indigenous peoples, and is currently engaged in studies that involve First Nations as partners in knowledge production. In her free time, she is a passionate user of Canada’s beautiful backcountry.