Esther Jose is a UB student success story.
She recently presented research on how prescribed fires can clear forests of debris and dead fuel, which can make wildlife fires less intense.
Although data suggests prescribed fires could be an invaluable tool in mitigating the damage, prescribed fires are often banned, due to public perception that prescribed fires could go rogue and turn into wildfire.
“I think in the world we live in, where we are constantly fed information, we could all use some looking into the data on our own to guide decisions,” says Jose. “This is the biggest reason why I love data science. I am able to make the world a better place, with data backing me up.”