Srijesh Pradhan

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2023-2024

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Construction Management and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Research Summary: I am studying the impacts of wildfires on U.S. lumber supply chains. Global climate change has resulted in frequent wildfire incidents across the Western U.S. which impacts the availability of building materials such as lumber. In the U.S., sawlogs from forests constitute a major raw material for building grade lumber products, which is widely used in single-family residential construction. As wildfires burn down homes and forests, demand for lumber increases while supply decreases. Therefore, I am investigating whether the lumber supply chain is resilient enough to fulfill the heightened demand for lumber after wildfire events.

Advisor: Erin Arneson