Anthony LeRoy Westerling

Associate Professor of Management, University of California, Merced

Dr. LeRoy Westerling is an Associate Professor of Management at UC Merced. Prior to coming to UC Merced, he spent six years in the Climate Research Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography as a Post-graduate Researcher and an Assistant Project Scientist. His research interests include applied climatology and seasonal forecasting for wildfire management, climate change impacts on wildfire and related aspects of mountain hydrology, and paleo reconstructions of climate-wildfire interactions. Dr. Westerling holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He has published extensively on wildfire and climate.

Research Interests:
Applied climatology
Climate-ecosystem-wildfire interactions
Statistical modeling for seasonal forecasts, paleofire reconstructions, and climate change impact assessments
Resource management and policy


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of California, Merced