Esmé Cadiente is the Southwest Program Assistant for the Forest Stewards Guild. Esmé works to improve forest health through addressing wildfire on a fireshed scale in a pro-active, collaborative approach to improve the health and long-term resilience of our forests and communities. Esmé is involved in projects that mitigate the effects of wildfire in the wildland urban interface, assist high risk communities become more prepared for wildfire, and use fire strategically as a tool for land management. Esmé also works to increase science communication to the public through outreach materials, website design, verbal communication and photography to allow for a broad range of audiences to understand and engage in their natural world.
Esmé holds an M.S. in Ecohydrological Science and Management from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Her past and on-going work has emphasized the mixed use of watershed and fireshed landscapes and the coupling between human and natural systems to manage forest and water resources at the landscape to regional scale. Esmé’s past research and education examine the interface between hydrologic and riparian systems and the ecological role of fire in forested watersheds for the purpose of maintaining forest health and ecological resilience in a changing world. Esmé is a frequent traveler and photographer and lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband and their dog.