A/Prof Tim Ball earned a PhD in Bio-Sciences from Stanford in 1988. His doctoral thesis resulted in a simple and useful mathematical description of stomatal conductance (the Ball-Berry Model). This model continues to be a vital component of virtually all models that link weather and climate to biogeochemical processes.

Tim was a professor in the Biological Science Center at the Desert Research Institute and also in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1988 to 2000.

While at DRI, Tim was responsible for the design and construction of the Great Basin Environmental Research Laboratory, which continues to be recognized as the most capable controlled environment for measuring and manipulating gaseous flexes to and from the biosphere.

He was also the Principle Investigator of a US$6M research project titled, “The Effects of CO2 on Forests”, funded by the Electric Power Research Institute and the US DOE. Tim is an author of more than 50 scientific publications.

He left DRI in 2000 to found Fireball Information Technologies, LLC and Fireball.International Services, Corp. sister companies that respectively develop and deploy mapping systems for emergency management and highly productive ortho, topo, and 3- D mapping techniques.

Tim’s passion is to transform his academic and engineering knowledge into actionable systems for wildfire intelligence

“Watching fires burn and being part of the teams scrambling to understand the unfolding disaster, my mind often flashes to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Garden at the National Interagency Fire Centre in Boise, Idaho. When I walk through that garden, I see the names of dozens of people who I knew. I don’t want to lose more friends.”

A/PROF Tim Ball