Thank You!

We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the 2017 Fire Congress: attendees, volunteers, moderators, presenters, field trip leaders, van drivers, workshop and special session organizers, proposal reviewers, program and steering committee members, and of course, our conference co-chairs--Alan Long and Geoff Babb. We are so appreciative to have an active and engaged fire ecology community, and your role in the conference helped make it a success!! Thank you!  
Conference Resources
Videos: We are excited about the video recordings that UF/IFAS Extension is producing of plenary presentations and some special sessions or workshops. We'll share information for how to access these videos once they are online in early 2018.
Research Highlights: Many presenters are submitting short summaries of the work they presented at the conference. These documents will be available in a searchable format on the AFE website within the next couple of months.

If you submitted an accepted abstract to the conference and haven't submitted your research highlight yet, please do so ASAP! Visit the Research Highlights webpage for more information.
Abstracts and Presenter Bios: This information is currently available through our searchable online program.
Photos: We posted a collection of conference photos in an album on Facebook, feel free to browse, tag, and share!    
#afeFireCon17: See more pics, thoughts, and resources posted by participants and partners on Twitter. Just search for #afeFireCon17

2017 Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the following awards were given at the conference. Congratulations to the awardees for these well-deserved honors! 
Lifetime Achievement Awards
AFE is proud to award three individuals with Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2017. The awardees have demonstrated a career's worth of meaningful contributions to expanding our understanding and application of fire ecology, and have inspired and mentored a generation of fire scientists and managers.
  • Stoddard Award - Norm Christensen, Duke University
  • Wright Award - Thomas Bragg, University of Nebraska
  • Biswell Award - Penny Morgan, University of Idaho
Student Awards
Two student awards were presented to recognize students who demonstrate great service and potential as a professional in the field of fire ecology.
  • Edward Komarek Sr. Graduate Student Excellence Award: Darcy Hammond, University of Idaho
  • Mike da Luz Student Travel Scholarship Award - Héctor Leonardo Martínez-Torres, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Special Awards
These special awards were presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to help AFE achieve its mission. We appreciate your time and dedication to the organization.
  • Outstanding Staff Award: Catia Juliana
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award: Geoff Babb
  • Presidential Service Award: Leda Kobziar   
2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners, left to right: Penny Morgan, Tom Bragg, and Norm Christensen 
AFE Photo Contest Winners
Thanks to all who participated in the 2017 AFE Photo Contest! We received an excellent set of photos this year, and we had a team of 7 judges who selected an overall winner, runner up, and winners in 5 special categories. Congratulations to the winners!

Conference Feedback
This is a friendly reminder to complete our post-conference survey if you haven't done so already. We've heard from about 25% of our attendees, so we know there are many folks who haven't participated yet!  
Please take a few minutes to reflect on your experience at the Congress and share your feedback. A summary of results will be shared and posted on the AFE website in early 2018. We'll use the recommendations in our planning for future conferences, so make sure your voice is included!  
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and all the best in the new year ahead!
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