2015 IAWF Student Scholarship Recipients Announced
Billy Haworth (PhD student), University of Sydney, Australia
Billy Haworth is a PhD candidate and tutor in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney. Billy holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Applied Science, specialising in GIS and spatial information science. Before commencing his PhD Billy worked in GIS industry and in research, with notable previous work examiningpatterns of graffiti removal in urban environments. His PhD research is focussed on the role of volunteered geographic information (VGI) in natural disaster management.
VGI refers to the widespread voluntary engagement of private citizens in the creation of geographic information, predominantly through social media, smartphones and online mapping tools. VGI represents a shift in the ways geographic information is created, shared, used and experienced. This has important implications for various applications of geospatial data, including disaster management, where the social practice of VGI has potential to transformthe traditional top-down structure of emergency management.Billy’s research is supported by the Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and examines the potential role of VGI in fostering community engagement in bushfire preparation in Tasmania, where VGI has potential to aid in building risk awareness, community connectedness, and ultimately increased disaster resilience.
Will Olsen, Masters student, Michigan Technological University’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Will Olsen is currently a Masters student in Applied Ecology at Michigan Technological University’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Will’s interest in hydrological processes in forested landscapes lead him to an opportunity for research in the burned area of the 2013 Rim Fire in California, where in the fall of 2014 salvage logging activity commenced. He is studying the changes that occur from post-fire salvage logging on rill erosionand sediment yields at small and large spatial scales. The goal is to help increase our understanding of the role of salvage logging in burned forests in regards to soils and erosion, in order to improve planning and implementation of salvage activities after wildfires. Will’s research will continue through the summer and winter 2015-2016, and he is excited for the opportunity to continue learning and studying wildfire, salvage logging, and erosion throughout the western US and internationally.
5th International Conference of Fire Effects on Soil Properties
14-17 July 2015
University College Dublin, Ireland
The full program schedule and abstracts are now available on the conference webpage.
NASA ARSET: Remote Sensing for Wildfire Applications Workshop
6-8 October 2015
ISU Campus, Pocatello, ID
Prerequisites: Completion of the ARSET webinar, Introduction to Remote Sensing for Wildfire Applications.
Pyeongchang, Gangwon, Republic of Korea
Check out this great opportunity for Students at the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference in Korea!