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Dr. Chris Dicus

Dr. DicusDr. Chris Dicus

Phone: (805) 756-5104
Office: 180-506




Office Hours: Email to schedule Appointment

Areas of Focus

Wildland Fire · Fuels Management

About Dr. Chris Dicus

Dr. Dicus, our resident fire guru, comes to Cal Poly from down on the bayou in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he received a Ph.D. in Forestry at Louisiana State University. He also holds an M.S. in Forest Resources from Utah State University and a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife from Louisiana Tech University.
Dr. Dicus is the current President of the Association for Fire Ecology (, heads the Wildland-Urban Interface Module of the California Fire Science Consortium (, and sits on the Board of Directors of the San Luis Obispo County FireSafe Council ( He is a Certified Senior Fire Ecologist and also a California Registered Professional Forester.


Away from Cal Poly, he enjoys spending time with his family and church activities, backpacking, surfing, and writing music.

Teaching Quality Rating1Teaching quality rating A

Student comments about the teacher:


Dr. Dicus has a great sense of humor and is very knowledgeable. This course really sets you up for real world experiences which is really great. His experience really helped me understand the subject. Love the field trips at the beginning of the quarter; that made me extremely more comfortable with our project assignment. I also love the weekly presentations.

He is very passionate about this class. The material was straightforward, which made this class enjoyable.

Years of continuous experience, still works on wildland fires and has had an extremely successful career.

Great teacher overall.


1 Teaching quality rating is based on student teaching evaluations completed by Cal Poly students. A cumulative grand average for all courses taught over the last two years is calculated from responses to the student evaluation question, "Overall, this instructor was educationally effective" that ranges on a scale from 1=Strongly disagree to 5=Strongly agree.

4.5+ A+
4.0 to 4.5 A
3.5 to 4.0 B
3.0 to 3.5 C
Below 3.0 D

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