Dr. Toddi Steelman is the Stanback Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Prior to that, she served for five years as Executive Director and Professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. Working at the intersection of science, policy and decision making, her expertise in environmental and natural resource policy is well recognized nationally and internationally. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and Canadian Tri Agencies, as well as a variety of federal and state agencies. The author of four books, Steelman has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, as well as opinion and editorial pieces in Nature, the Globe and Mail, The Hill and the Los Angeles Times. She is best known as a wildfire expert and has brought her expertise to bear in a variety of venues including the Royal Society (UK), National Academy of Sciences (US) and as an invited keynote speaker in Canada, Germany, Australia and the United States. She is currently the President of the International Association of Wildland Fire. Her research agenda has focused on understanding community responses to wildfire, and how communities and agencies interact for more effective wildfire management on large, interjurisdictionally complex wildfires.

School Division

Environmental Sciences & Policy


  • Ph.D., Duke University (1996)