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Membership and Special Interest Groups

The International Association of Wildland Fire continually strives to provide specialized information to our members through Wildfire Magazine, International Journal of Wildland Fire, our Conferences Series and more.

As a member you receive a subscription to Wildfire Magazine; free online access to the International Journal of Wildland Fire; contact information for all other IAWF members; discounts for IAWF hosted conferences; and much more.

In order to serve our members better we need to know more about you! We’ve updated our membership database and need your help in collecting important information about our members.

Please log into your IAWF membership account and update your profile (www.iawfonline.org). We encourage you to add a photo and to answer all the added questions. Some are required and some are optional, but we encourage you to answer all of them, they will help us get to know you better. It will only take about 3 minutes to complete this!

We’ve added Wildland Fire Areas of Interest and Wildland Fire Regions of Interest. We plan to use this information to target and share information with you that is specific to your interest areas.

We need to continue to grow our Association by adding new members. Please share information about the Association with your friends and co-workers and encourage them to join.

Your membership indicates your support of the wildland firefighting profession and your interest in public and firefighter safety, the use of wildland fire as a land management tool, sharing of ideas and technology across regions and borders and increased research into the many issues associated with wildland fire. Thank you for your support.

Sharing fire expertise on a fire field trip at the 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, St. Petersburg, Russia.

IAWF Scholarship Program 2015 Call for Applicants

In an effort to continue to promote the scholarly pursuits and graduate level training within the global wildland fire community, in 2015 the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) will again be awarding two graduate-level scholarships, each valued at $3,000USD to IAWF members who are Master of Science/Arts (MSc/MA) or Doctoral (PhD) students studying wildland fire or wildland fire related topics.

We encourage applications from students studying any aspect of wildland fire be it from the perspective of physical, ecological or social science to less traditional subject areas as well: we are looking through this scholarship to recognize and support any type of research relevant to the global wildland fire community. Scholarships will be awarded to the top MSc and top PhD applicants based the student’s submitted essay.

The deadline for applications is 27 March 2015. Award recipients will be announced by the end of May 2015.

For guidelines and to apply via our online submission system visit https://iawf.submittable.com/submit/39331.


International Journal of Wildland Fire Outstanding Associate Editor Award 2014: Dr. Nancy French

Dr. French has been working on applications of remote sensing to ecology and vegetation studies for the past 25 years, first for the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM) and now Michigan TechResearch Institute, a part of Michigan Technological University. She holds a BS in Physics from BatesCollege and an MS in Natural Resources from University of Michigan. In 1998 she received a NASA Earth System Science Fellowship to complete her PhD studies in Natural Resources with a concentration in remote sensing from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resource.

Dr. Nancy French

Dr. French’s primary interests are in the study of forest ecosystems and the application of remote sensing techniques to ecosystem studies. Her research has focused on wildfires and their effect on the structure and function of forest ecosystems and the implications of fire to carbon cycling. Her research has included studies in boreal, arctic, and temperate ecosystems of North America and Eurasia. In particular, Dr. French is developing approaches to use satellite data to monitor the spatial and temporal patterns of fire and its impact on terrestrial ecosystems and the carbon cycle. Her work has involved studying vegetation signatures with a variety of remote sensing systems including synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and multi-spectral sensors and using geospatial technologies to account for fire emissions at regional and continental scales.

In addition to her research interest, Dr. French has taught a course in Remote Sensing of the Environment at the University of Michigan and serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University. Dr. French is Principal Investigator for MichiganView which is a part of AmericaView, a nationwide partnership of remote sensing scientists who support the use of Landsat and other public-domain remotely sensed satellite data through applied remote sensing research, K-12 and higher STEM education, workforce development, and technology transfer. Dr. French serves on the Editorial Board and as an Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Wildland Fire as well as serving as the chair of the IAWF scholarship committee. She is a member of the North American Carbon Program Science Steering Group, and just recently rotated off of the User Working Group for the Oak Ridge National Lab Distributed Active Archive (ORNL-DAAC), a NASA center for data access and archive of biogeochemical data resources. She is serving on the Commission for Environmental Cooperation Expert Panel on Black Carbon Emissions Estimation Guidelines, and the Expert Advisory Panel for development of SLEEK, the System for Land-based Emissions Estimation for Kenya. She has authored or co-authored more than 25 journal articles and 10 book chapters.