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Research

International Politics

In recent years, I have focused my research on how the world's poorest countries (Haiti, Afghanistan, the DRC) are governed, mostly by external powers. Despite the extraordinary diversity in these countries and their peoples, there are consistent patterns in the way international institutions treat them. See my books section for some publications on these matters, including the latest:

Podur, J. (2015). Critical Thinking for the Modern Muslim Woman Psychology Student: A Summer in Islamabad. Radical Teacher, 101, 32-39. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/rt.2015.174

Podur, J. (2014). A Short Course on Development in “Post-conflict” Congo. Radical Teacher, 98, 52-57. doi:10.5195/rt.2014.70

Landscape Ecology

Recent scientific research efforts have been in the area of applying spatial analysis methods to problems of wildlife conservation.

Up to now, my scientific research has focused on modeling Forest Fires in Canada. I am a graduate of, and affiliated with, the University of Toronto's Forest Fire Management Systems Laboratory. We collaborate with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) and the Canadian Forest Service (CFS).

Recent Research:

*Podur, Justin J., Wotton, B.M. (2011). "Defining fire spread event days for fire growth modeling." International Journal of Wildland Fire 20(4) 497-507 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF09001

* Podur, Justin J., Wotton, B.M. (2010). "Will climate change overwhelm fire management capacity?" Ecological Modeling 221 (2010): 1301-1309.

* Podur, Justin J., Martell, David L., Stanford, David A. (2010). “A compound Poisson model for the annual area burned by forest fires in the province of Ontario”. Environmetrics 21 (5): 457-469, August 2010.

* Podur, Justin J., Martell, David L. (2009). “The influence of weather and fuel type on the fuel composition of the area burned by forest fires in Ontario 1996-2006”. Ecological Applications 19 (5): 1246-1252.

* Podur, Justin J., Martell, David L. (2007). “A simulation model of the growth and suppression of large forest fires in Ontario.” International Journal of Wildland Fire 16, 285-294.

* Hirsch, Kelvin G., Podur, Justin J., Janser, Robert F., and McAlpine, Robert S. (2003). “Productivity of Initial Attack Fire Crews: Results of an Expert Judgement Elicitation Study.” Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34 (3) pp. 705-716. Citations: 7

* Podur, Justin J., Martell, David L., and Csillag, Ferenc (2003) “Spatial Patterns of Lightning Caused Forest Fires in Ontario, 1976-1998”. Ecological Modeling 164 (2003) pp.1-20. Citations: 19

* Podur, Justin J., Martell, David L., and Knight, Keith (2002) “Statistical quality control analysis of forest fire activity in Canada”. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 32 (2) pp.195-205. Citations: 28