News and Updates                           July 2018
In This Issue
2018 AFE Award Winners
A2018 AFE Award Winners
Lifetime Achievement Awards
AFE is proud to award three individuals with Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2018. 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. We are looking forward to presenting these awards at the 2019 Fire Congress in Tucson, Arizona. Please join us in congratulating Neil, Winston, and Tom!
Student Awards
In May 2018, AFE awarded the Mike da Luz Memorial Student Scholarship to Ellen Whitman, a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta and a visiting scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, to assist with her travel to the Fire Continuum Conference in Missoula, Montana.

Through the TREE grants funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, we were able to award over $9,000 for 18 graduate students to attend and present their research at the Fire Continuum Conference.

Special Awards
At the Fire Continuum Conference, Laurie Burk was presented with an Outstanding Service Award for her dedicated work over the past 12 years as Publications Manager for AFE's journal, Fire Ecology.       
FMember News: Video Features Research by Eric Menges

Check out the film, Surviving Fire: In the Florida Scrub, that features 3 decades of research by AFE member Eric Menges of Archbold Biological Station.

The 16-minute video explores fire adaptations and fire management in the Florida Scrub ecosystem, using
time-lapse photography, drone videos, and dramatic images of prescribed fire.
G Submit Your Next Manuscript to Fire Ecology!
Fire Ecology is an open access journal that publishes peer-reviewed articles on all ecological and management aspects relating to wildland fire.

Visit our new journal website to learn more, and sign up to receive alerts from SpringerOpen on new Fire Ecology articles.
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HNot an AFE Member? Membership Expired?  
Your membership helps support important programs that seek to improve the knowledge and use of fire in land management through science and education, including the open access journal Fire Ecology, student activities, the Wildland Fire Certification Program, and more. 

Not sure if your membership is up to date? Click here to check or email us at

I Upcoming Events and Opportunities
Are you attending the AGU Fall Meeting 2018 and looking for a relevant session to present your fire modeling work? Read this request to participate in the special session, Recent Advances in Fire Modeling.

University of Illinois' Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences will be offering several online courses this fall. Check out these courses, which are open to the public. 
BGet Certified! Applications Due September 1
AFE has a certification program for fire ecologists, managers, and technicians, as well as an academic certification program. We now have more than 100 certified wildland fire ecologists, managers, and technicians and 9 certified academic programs. You can be next - Get Certified!

Applications for both certification programs  
are due September 1, 2018. 
CInclusivity and Diversity Initiative
In early 2018, both the Association for Fire Ecology and the International Association of Wildland Fire passed resolutions stating that diversity and inclusivity across gender and a variety of ethnicities shall be a priority in all that the two organizations do.

Read the Introductory Remarks for the Inclusivity Panel at the Fire Continuum Conference to get more background on this issue from Vice Presidents, Karin Riley (AFE) and Toddi Steelman (IAWF).

We welcome your feedback on the two questions posed at the conference - what is your general reaction to this initiative, and what specific things can AFE and IAWF be doing to address inclusion issues? Click here to respond; we welcome your ideas and they will be used as both organizations move forward in addressing this issue.  
DSave the Date! 2019 Fire Congress
We are excited to be working with the Southwest Fire Science Consortium to host the 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Tucson, Arizona, November 18-22, 2019. Mark your calendars, and be on the lookout for more details coming soon!
Welcome New National SAFE Officers
In early May, SAFE members elected two new national officers.

Peter Noble, President
Peter is the squad leader on Kings Peak Wildland Fire Module, and a Masters student at the University of Idaho. His thesis focuses on science and technology transfer surrounding the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS). He obtained dual B.S. degrees from the University of Missouri in Forestry and Fisheries & Wildlife and is entering his eighth year working in wildland fire operations. During the previous academic year Peter served as the Vice President of SAFE.

Caroline Martorano, Vice President
Caroline is a graduate student in the Wildland Fire Lab at Humboldt State University. Her research is on the long-term vegetation response to mastication and other fuels treatments in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. She received her B.S. in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign where she was part of the palynology lab and held her first drip torch. She is thrilled to be more involved with SAFE as Vice President.

The positions of Secretary/Treasurer and Training and Education Officer are open. If you are interested in filling one of these positions, email

A big thanks goes to the outgoing national SAFE officers Carrie Minerich, Kayla Johnston, and Anjel Tomayko!

SAFE Chapter Grants
Congratulations to the following SAFE chapters who received grants in 2018--a total of $4995 was distributed to fund requests such as attending TREX events, purchasing fire PPE, and attending conferences.   
  • Clemson University
  • Stephen F. Austin University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Colorado State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Northern Arizona State University
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