Senior Research Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute
Expert in: Wildfires, Remote Sensing
A senior research scientist at the Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan, French’s primary area of expertise is in wildfires and related issues including wildfire particulate emission and respiratory health. She led a study in San Diego County, California, on the effects of wildfires on human health. She has also studied wildfires in Canada and Alaska and their impact on the environment. She is often called on as an expert by journalists covering wildfires throughout the world. French has led interdisciplinary research teams to compile knowledge in service for disciplinary scientists, land managers, public health practitioners, and other end users and decision-makers. Her role has been to provide connections across disciplinary divides that have facilitated research advances and improved real-world application of science.