Dr. Madden Brewster

Postdoctoral Fellow


Prof. Phil Ainslie

Current Program
Postdoctoral Fellow

WorkSafe BC Ralph McGinn Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Madden completed both her BA (2018) and PhD (2022) at the University of Colorado Boulder and has carried her love of the outdoors from her Appalachian hometown (Asheville, NC) on to Colorado and BC. She can be found “enjoying” type-2 fun activities such as: scouting out couloirs to side slip down, pretending it’s fine that the only thing between her and a 20-meter fall is a rope, and white knuckling scary rock slabs.

Current Research

Madden’s research focuses on the effects of wildfire on cardiorespiratory health. She is currently investigating these effects in wildland firefighters in collaboration with the BC Wildfire Service. As global climate change is predicted to exacerbate future wildfire activity, she hopes to continue this work to develop effective intervention strategies from both an occupational and public health perspective. Madden’s other research interests include high altitude physiology and the mechanisms which contribute to vascular dysfunction in low- and highlander populations.