May 2016

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About FRAMES

FRAMES strives to provide a convenient, systematic exchange of information and technology within the wildland fire research and management community.

FRAMES is located in the Department of Forest Rangeland, and Fire Sciences in the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources in Moscow, Idaho. 

The FRAMES Program is funded by the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program at the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station.

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Announcements

Job: Regional Fire Ecologist - Atlanta, GA (posted May 27, 2016)

Duties of the Position: This position serves as the GS 11/12 Fire Ecologist within Fire & Aviation (FAM). The incumbent will serve as subject matter expert in applied fire ecology, fire effects and the prescriptive use of fire for management purposes. The incumbent will also provide expert technical guidance on natural resources projects; and in the development of plans and projects, ensuring activities are consistent and compatible with agency direction and mission. Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently, are essential.

For more information visit the announcement page. To apply for this position complete this interest form.

Job: PNW Research Station, Threat Characterization and Management Program Manager (posted May 26, 2016)

OUTREACH NOTICE

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Threat Characterization and Management Program Manager

PNW Research Station is seeking to hire a GS-0110/0401/1301-14/15 or GS-0101/0401/1301-14/15 Threat Characterization and Management (TCM) Program Manager in the near future. This position serves as the Program Manager for the TCM scientists and professional and technical employees for the Pacific Northwest Research Station with direct responsibility to the Station Director. The specialist is a primary advisor/counselor to the line officer and is an integral member of the Station Management Team. The duty station of this position will be in either PNW’s LaGrande, Oregon Forestry and Range Sciences Laboratory, the Wenatchee, WA Forestry Sciences Laboratory, the Olympia, WA Forestry Sciences Laboratory, the Seattle, WA Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory or the Portland, OR Station Director’s Office or Forestry Sciences Laboratory.

To access the entire Outreach Notice and Outreach Interest forms, click HERE.

The Outreach Interest Form should be completed and returned by June 24, 2016.

Joint Fire Science Program Knowledge Exchange Evaluation (re-posted May 25, 2016)

The Joint Fire Science Program requests the participation of both new and continuing respondents (those who have responded to versions of this survey in the past) to help improve the performance of its regional Fire Exchanges, and to better understand fire science information experiences and needs. It is estimated that it will take 10 minutes or less to complete the survey.

Please visit this page for more instructions and to start the survey.

Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Humboldt State University (posted May 24, 2016)

Post-fire vegetation responses: The Department of Biological Sciences at Humboldt State University (HSU; Arcata, CA, USA) is seeking a full-time, 12 month Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of plant and fire ecology. The successful applicant will perform field research in northern California, supervise a field crew, conduct data analyses, prepare reports and manuscripts for publication, and maintain lab and equipment organization. The work will focus on characterizing the differences between once and twice burned coniferous forests, specifically using the Sims and Saddle Fires that burned on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. The objectives of the work are to understand how fire, and repeated fire, influence plant communities – including tree, shrub, and herbaceous components. The work being conducted is a collaboration with the US Forest Service (USFS), and is a joint project run by Dr. Erik Jules (HSU) and Dr. Ramona Butz (USFS). Additional field-based projects may be pursued depending on the interest of the candidate and include work on knobcone pine expansion in northern California. In addition, this position could include a teaching component, if the candidate is interested in increasing their experience in the classroom (not required). The candidate should have (1) a PhD in biology, forestry, or a related field; (2) strong field-based skills in plant and/or forest ecology; (3) strong quantitative skills; (4) strong GIS, database, and modeling skills; and (5) an interest in fire ecology. Experience with and/or interest in working with LiDAR data is a plus.

Salary is $40k with benefits. Start date is flexible but ideally the candidate can begin work in or around January of 2017. Applications should be submitted no later than September 1, 2016 as a single pdf to Erik Jules (erik.jules@humboldt.edu) and include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement describing past research experience and interests, and (4) the names and contact information for three references.

Job: Forester - Silviculture - Kettle Falls, WA (posted May 24, 2016)

This is a permanent, full-time position. The incumbent would serve as a silviculturist with primary responsibility for development, planning, and application of silvicultural methods and practices. Incumbent must be a certified silviculturist upon placement in this position OR attain certification within three years of that date.

The position will be supervised by the Silviculturist and the duty location will be Kettle Falls or Republic, Washington

This is a career ladder position with grade levels of 07/09. The 07 grade level is an advanced trainee position where the incumbent performs productive forestry work and receives advanced training pertaining to Forest resources and activities with emphasis on silviculture.

For more information and to apply visit the full announcement here.

Interactive Community Mapping Tool (posted May 23, 2016)

Headwaters Economics developed an interactive map of U.S. communities threatened by wildfires of 100 acres or larger between 2000-2014. The map can be filtered by wildfire size, proximity to towns, and town population sizes.

Accompanying data tables can be filtered by state to give county results for the:

  • number of 100-1,000 acre fires that occurred
  • number of 1,000-5,000 acre fires that occurred
  • number of 5,000+ acre fires that occurred <10 miles from towns

Wildfire Decision Support Training Opportunities (posted May 23, 2016)

The Wildland Fire Management Research, Development, & Application (WFM RD&A) program is providing opportunities for individuals to gain and improve skills in large fire decision support, fire behavior analysis, and in Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS). Selected individuals will assist the WFM RD&A by supporting incidents at the National Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC) Decision Support Centers.

There are two on the job training opportunities available:

  • Call When Needed opportunities, which supplement regular staff as necessary. Support lasts a few hours to two shifts.
  • Mentee opportunities, which are 14 day (or longer) commitments where individuals are integrated into the RD&A staff.

Visit this page for more information.

Job: Assistant Province Ecologist - USDA Forest Service - Yreka, CA (posted May 19, 2016)

The Klamath National Forest is currently seeking a candidate for a permanent full-time Assistant Province Ecologist, GS-408 9/11 position located at the Supervisor’s Office in Yreka, California. The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity. To express interest in this position, please complete the voluntary Outreach Interest Form and return to Dan Blessing at dblessing@fs.fed.us by close of business on 6/7/2016.

The Northern California Assistant Province Ecologist is an expert in vegetation and fire ecology, and is professionally involved in addressing a wide range of ecological issues across the Klamath, Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity, and Six Rivers National Forests.

For more information about this position use the link above.

Job: Prairie Restoration Technician - Thurston County, WA (posted May 19, 2016)

The Prairie Restoration Technician will work with a team in the maintenance and restoration of prairie sites in the South Puget Sound region of Washington. Maintenance and restoration efforts include monitoring and control of pest plants, monitoring native vegetation, collecting seed of native plants, planting and seeding of native plants and conducting prescribed fire. The position entails strenuous physical activity and operation of heavy equipment. The Prairie Restoration Technician is a full-time, seasonal, non-exempt position supervised by a Project Manager.

This position entails a high-level of responsibility and interpersonal skills, sound work ethic, and positive attitude during long field days. The ability to coordinate and lead a crew of workers (Department of Corrections) is critical to this role. Development of positive and effective relationships with volunteers and partners is critical. The Technician must also be able to work independently, completing substantial tasks without direct supervision or through the supervision of conservation partners, including state agency personnel, such as the WA Dept. of Natural Resources or WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

The Technician is expected to be an integral member of the CNLM’s South Sound Program. They will become a staff information source on the effective and efficient implementation of restoration actions. The Technician will need to effectively communicate with partners, volunteers and the public concerning their specific work and the work of the South Sound Program and the Center for Natural Lands Management.

For a full position description visit the announcement page here (PDF).

Job: Riparian Restoration Specialist - Olympia, WA (posted May 19, 2016)

The South Puget Sound Program – Riparian Restoration Specialist (Specialist) will work with a team in the maintenance and restoration of riparian watersheds in the Chehalis basin- focused on invasive removal and native plantings. This position will have a range of restoration responsibilities in support of the program’s regional conservation goals. The Specialist will also take a lead position in various project areas, including team development, objectives, grant writing, and on-the-ground project implementation and monitoring. Duties may include; developing program goals and funding sources, assisting in hiring seasonal teams to accomplish actions, monitoring and control of pest plants, and establishing and monitoring native plantings. The Specialist will instruct other members of the restoration team in their specialty ar ea. The Specialist will also work with project leaders and partners to help plan and assist in leading the implementation of tasks in their specialty. The position entails strenuous physical activity, using watercraft safely and effectively, long days, and herbicide familiarity and safe use. The Specialist’ s responsibilities include:

This position entails a high-level of responsibility and interpersonal skills, sound work ethic, and positive attitude during long field days. Development of positive and effective relationships with volunteers and partners is critical. The Specialist must also be able to work independently, completing substantial tasks without direct supervision, and through the supervision of project managers and conservation partner s, including state agency personnel, such as the WA Dept. of Natural Resources or WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. The South Sound Prairie Program is science-based and the Specialist will be required to document, report and share all data pertinent to the operations on a regular basis.

For more information and to apply visit the announcement page here (PDF).

Job: Supervisory Biological Scientist - USDA Forest Service - Clovis, CA (posted May 19, 2016)

This position is located on the Sierra National Forest and serves as the Staff Officer for the Ecosystem Management staff officer Group at the Forest Supervisor's Office, and is a member of the Forest Leadership Team. The Ecosystem Management Group consists of the following programs: Silviculture, Timber, Ecology, Wildlife, Fisheries, Botany, Soils, Geology and Hydrology.

The ecosystem management staff officer serves as a member of the forest leadership team by contributing to planning, policies, and objectives for the forest specifically related to the programs within the ecological management and sciences programs. The incumbent provides recommendations and information to the Forest Supervisor concerning important natural resource and the administrative roles necessary for all resource programs, including budget. The incumbent is responsible for the quality, quantity, and coordination of all work performed in program areas overseen. It is expected that the incumbent maintain awareness of new technological developments in the ecological and physical sciences, forestry and natural resource management and oversee projects to develop guidelines, standards and procedures for analyzing public needs, demands, and resource capabilities.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates. Establishes guidelines and performance expectation for staff members; provides feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Provides advice, counsel, and/or instruction to staff members. Recommends or approves appointments, selections, or reassignments to positions appropriate to the selection authority delegated. Effect s disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Carries out Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and program activities.

For more information and to apply visit this page (PDF).

Internship: Landscape Ecologist - Denver, CO (posted May 19, 2016)

Duties and responsibilities may include:

The intern will be working to ensure high-quality information is available for land management decision-making across BLM lands from Arizona to Alaska. Broadly, the intern will support 1) management of natural resource monitoring data and geospatial data, 2) reporting information, and 3) communication tools. Specific tasks will include data checking, making maps using ArcGIS, writing brief reports, organizing files, and developing website content.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Ability to think critically and creatively
  • Basic skills in running analyses in ArcGIS, with interest in further training
  • Interest in learning scripting languages associated with GIS analysis
  • Basic skill in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to effectively work independently and exercise initiative in problem-solving
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Preferred applicants will have a demonstrable interest in natural resource data management and analysis

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Ability to meet deadlines and communicate to supervisor when assistance is needed/desired.
  • Age must be between 18 - 25.
  • Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States

Click here for a full position description.

Job: Independence Creek Preserve Technician, The Nature Conservancy, Dryden, TX (posted May 17, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Conservation Practitioner II performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management. Job location is remote; Preserve housing is negotiable and office space is provided. The nearest city is Sheffield, TX.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Conservation Practitioner II maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities. S/he removes exotic species and/or conducts species monitoring and may also manage livestock. S/he may assist in prescribed burns and repair/maintain tools, equipment, facilities, vehicles and land. The Conservation Practitioner II will open and close preserve to the visiting public and maintain preserve records using a database or PC.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 6, 2016.

Job: Forest Restoration Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA (posted May 13, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Forest Restoration Scientist will synthesize and advance applied scientific research associated with global forest restoration efforts while providing technical and scientific support and leadership as a subject matter expert for conservation initiatives. The Forest Restoration Scientist will contribute topical expertise to cross-cutting science issues for the organization, and represent the organization in communications with scientific, policy, and practitioner communities.

The Forest Restoration Scientist reports to the Director of Forest Carbon Science on the Global Land’s team.

Global forest restoration could provide a major contribution to climate mitigation. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is expanding capacity to design, implement, and measure the climate benefits of forest restoration initiatives around the globe. We seek an advanced applied scientist to lead in the identification of priority forest restoration opportunities, the design of restoration interventions, and the measurement of their climate mitigation outcomes. We anticipate that the focus of this position will be on reforestation; however, work will also extend to other forms of forest restoration such as improved forest management practices. It is critical that TNC’s increasing engagement on climate smart forest restoration is informed by scientific disciplines including restoration ecology, carbon accounting, and conservation planning. Such initiatives may include release of natural forest regeneration and intensive site treatments necessary to re-initiate forest succession on degraded soils, potentially involving commercial plantation forestry. Such initiatives may include wetland forest systems but are expected to primarily involve forests on well-drained soils. Reforestation initiatives will include temperate, subtropical, and tropical climate domains.

This position is funded for two (2) years with an expectation that funding will be extended

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Forest Restoration Scientist will offer technical and science strategic leadership for the Conservancy’s Global Lands program and drive efforts to establish TNC as a global leader in ecologically well designed forest restoration interventions. S/he conducts original research, publishes findings and communicates to diverse audiences in support of TNC organizational goals. Candidates should have a core scientific base in restoration ecology, and additional experience in - and/or exposure to - related fields including carbon measurement, conservation planning, analysis of field and remotely-sensed data, upland forests, and potentially also wetland forests.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 10, 2016.

Job: Oak Openings Restoration Assistant, The Nature Conservancy, Swanton, OH (posted May 13, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Oak Openings Restoration Assistant performs land restoration and management activities in the Oak Openings Region of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Oak Openings Restoration Assistant performs land restoration and management activities in the Oak Openings Region of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. This may include seed collecting, seed processing and planting, tree removal, mowing, litter clean-ups, prescribed burning, and weed control using herbicide. He/she will be responsible for preparation and maintenance of equipment used in these management activities. This is a full time, short term position (approximately 5 months from starting date) that involves extensive outdoor physical labor in diverse weather conditions and may require working some weekends. The Oak Openings Restoration Assistant is supervised by the Oak Openings Restoration Manager, does not supervise other staff, but may supervise volunteers. A strong preference will be given to applicants who have previous wildland firefighting training or are willing to complete the training (online) prior to position beginning.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 27, 2016.

Job: Fire Management Crew Leader, The Nature Conservancy, Little Rock, AR (posted May 13, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Fire Management Crew Leader travels extensively throughout Arkansas leading a crew responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves, private lands and management areas.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Fire Management Crew Leader is responsible for the day-to-day direction and leadership of a Fire Management Crew, including delegation of crewmember duties and coordination with supervisor and project managers. S/he assists with preparation and implementation of prescribed burns (including fireline construction and mop up), ecological and fire effects monitoring activities, and development of stewardship and prescribed burn plans as well as site fire management plans. S/he also directs and conducts routine preserve management activities when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire such as, but not limited to, fire planning and monitoring, invasive species control, planting and woody vegetation removal.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 14, 2016.

Job: Fire Management Technician, The Nature Conservancy, Little Rock, AR (posted May 13, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Fire Management Technician participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, and other tasks as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Fire Management Technician will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, he/she will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials. In addition, they shall work to build and maintain relationships in the professional fire community and in the local community where the Conservancy works. This may include participation in fire activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 14, 2016.

JFSP Funded Projects - 2016 (posted May 6, 2016)

For a list of all projects funded by the JFSP for fiscal year 2016 click here (PDF).

Job: Sewee-Winyah Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy, Georgetown, SC (posted May 5, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Sewee-Winyah Land Steward develops, coordinates and manages conservation plans and actions for TNC and partner projects in coastal South Carolina north of Charleston, SC.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Sewee-Winyah Land Steward will assume responsibility for the stewardship of TNC land interests in the coastal plain of South Carolina north of Charleston, SC, including fee and easement lands. The Sewee-Winyah Land Steward will also assume roles in land management and restoration projects conducted with partner organizations, and through technical assistance and outreach to landowners. Specific duties will include but are not limited to management plan creation and implementation, conservation easement monitoring, invasive species control, wildfire and prescribed fire planning, identification and monitoring of rare species and communities, hydrologic monitoring and data analysis, recreation management, legal issues should they arise, and all applicable leases. The Sewee-Winyah Land Steward will coordinate prescribed fires on TNC preserves in addition to assisting partners on prescribed burns.

The Sewee-Winyah Land Steward will assist senior conservation staff in coordinating partner organizations in the delivery of technical support and outreach to coastal plain landowners interested or engaged in habitat restoration efforts. S/he may develop or assist the development of funding applications to support these efforts. The person in this position will be asked to work with donors as appropriate, which may include occasional evening or weekend hours.

The Sewee-Winyah Land Steward may hire and directly supervise short-term employees, interns, and/or volunteer to ensure objective of Conservation Strategic Plans, coordinate community support, and implement conservation plans and actions of the region.

As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, s/he will be responsible for keeping abreast of new techniques for prescribed burning and invasive and exotic species control. S/he will maintain chainsaw certification, applicable pesticide licensing, ATV safety certification, and fire line certification (“Red Card”).

The Sewee-Winyah Land Steward works out of the Georgetown, SC satellite office and is supervised by the Forest Program Manager. The position may require an orientation period working out of the Mount Pleasant, SC office of a negotiable term not to exceed six (6) months, depending on qualifications.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 05/27/16.

Job: Great Basin Institute ESR Post-Fire Invasive Plant Monitoring Technicians (posted May 3, 2016)

In cooperation with the BLM-Idaho, Boise District Office, GBI is recruiting two ESR Invasive Plant Monitoring Technicians to work cooperatively with BLM Weed Management Specialist, ESR Resource Specialists, and GBI ESR Monitoring Lead.

Field work for this position includes maintaining safety awareness and practices, navigating off-trail to monitoring sites, and monitoring for noxious and invasive weeds. Monitoring will be accomplished by traversing fires using grid and other methods, and recording findings using either Garmin or Trimble hand-held GPS devices. Technicians will also work in cooperation with the BLM Weed Management Specialists to implement noxious weed control including chemical, biological and mechanical treatments, and collect and monitor noxious weed biological control agents. During periods of field work camping may be required.

Additional duties may include assisting the ESR Vegetation Monitoring Crew in establishing sampling plots and transects, collecting core indicator data such as line-point intercept, canopy gap, and basal gap intercept, and/or digital imagery monitoring. Field monitoring also includes photo-point monitoring, site assessment observations, native/non-native plant identification, aerial seeding shrub density monitoring and shrub seedling survival monitoring. Technicians will be responsible for entering and synthesizing field data, and organizing site assessments and photos on field computers. Additional duties may also include data analysis using field computers and the opportunity to work in cooperation with BLM ESR personnel, and GBI Monitoring Lead and Field Crew Lead in ESR monitoring report preparation.

Field technicians may also assist BLM Resource Specialists with various ESR treatment implementation monitoring.

Click here for more information and to apply for this position

Job: Northern New Hampshire Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy (posted April 25, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Northern NH Land Steward is responsible for the management of the New Hampshire Chapter’s preserves in the northern portion of the State spanning from the Lakes Region to the Canadian border. This portfolio includes the Chapter’s largest preserves, and some of the most visited, including the 10,000 acre Vickie Bunnell Preserve and the 5,000 acre Green Hills Preserve.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Northern NH Land Steward has a diverse set of responsibilities, including general preserve stewardship (maintaining trails, kiosks, signs, gates, boundaries), recruiting and working with volunteers, supervising seasonal staff and interns, invasive species control, preserve management planning, maintaining records of land management activities, ensuring compliance with Chapter and organization wide policies and procedures, helping to develop and manage budgets, and leading field trips. S/he also supports the Chapter’s legal monitoring activities.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 1, 2016.

Job: Clemson University Disturbance Ecology Postdoctoral Research Assistantship (posted April 20, 2016)

The Silviculture and Ecology Lab is seeking applicants for a Ph.D. Research Assistantship position in Disturbance Ecology. The position is located in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Clemson is a land-grant university situated in the Upper Piedmont of South Carolina, USA. In addition to the 1,400-acre campus the school has access to 18,000 acres on the University Forests and Farms near Clemson and 16,000 acres of land on the coast on Hobcaw Barony, both devoted to teaching, research, and outreach. Clemson University is recognized as a top 20 public university by U.S. News and World Report.

The assistantship will support a student who is interested in conduct his/her dissertation research aimed to understanding disturbances as major drivers of tree species distribution and abundance. Climate and topo-edaphic factors have been long regarded as drivers of forest distribution while the role of disturbances has only been explicitly acknowledged during recent decades. In some regions, however, disturbances could be more important than other ecological factors in regulating tree species distribution and abundance. Yet their role has not been well studied. Our lab has been conducting research on the impact of a wide variety of forest disturbances, including fire, hurricane, drought, ice storm, flood, and biological invasion. These applied research projects have provided us with valuable insights on the role of disturbances in regulating species distribution and abundance. As a result, we would like to develop a Ph.D. project within the following framework, with the purpose to understand disturbances as major drivers of tree species distribution and abundance at multiple spatial scales.

QUALIFICATIONS: We are seeking an outstanding candidate with BS and/or MS in Forestry, Ecology, Botany, Biology, and Environmental Sciences. A past record of referred publication, field research experience, and strong quantitative skill are desirable.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The student will be offered a full assistantship ($20,000/year) plus a tuition waiver. The assistantship is for three years, which is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance. Competitive university/college/department scholarships are available for outstanding candidates, and students working in our lab have had a great track record to obtain these scholarships. Supplementary teaching assistantship may also be available.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The position remains open until filled. However, we are targeting a starting date in August 2016 or January 2017.

For application details please visit the announcement page here.

Call for Proposals - 3rd Southwest Fire Ecology Conference (posted April 8, 2016)

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Fire and economics
  • Planning for wildfire
  • Smoke management
  • Fire ecology and effects
  • Fire and ecosystem services
  • Ecosystem resilience and climate change
  • Fire management and fire ecology in Mexico
  • Wildfire management and ecological fire use
  • Collaborations and alliances for fire management
  • Communication and education of fire information

Submit proposals using the links below:

Visit the conference page for more general information.

Call for Workshop Proposals - 2nd International Smoke Symposium (posted April 5, 2016)

The 2nd International Smoke Symposium is seeking Oral presentations, Poster Presentations and Special Sessions on topics including but not limited to:

  • Smoke Chemistry
  • Dispersion and Transport Modeling
  • Air Quality Models for Smoke
  • Climate Modeling and Climate Change Impacts
  • Fire Activity, Emissions, and Emission Inventories
  • Smoke Exposure (Health Effects)
  • Tools for Smoke Management
  • Communicating Smoke Impacts
  • Smoke Hazard Warning and Monitoring Systems
  • Smoke Management and Mitigation
  • Human Response to Smoke
  • Differences Between Rx Fire & Wildfire in Smoke
  • Short/Long Term Tradeoffs Between Rx Fire & Wildfire
  • Wildland Fire Smoke Issues in California

Oral Presentations are 20 minutes in length (including time for Q&A) and will be grouped with presentations of similar topic by the program committee.

Poster Presentations will be presented during a designated session (TBD), presenters are required to be present during the session.

Special Sessions are 2 hours each (Six 20 minute presentations or the equivalent). If a Special Session is not accepted, individual abstracts will be considered for Oral Presentations.

The Symposium is being conducted as a Hybrid Event. A hybrid combines in-person and streaming presentations; all plenary and concurrent sessions will be professionally videotaped and will be streamed live. This will allow the remote attendees to interact in real time with the presenters and other remote attendees. We will also be offering a virtual poster session and trade show. Presenters will be required to sign a video release prior to the symposium.

All authors will be invited to submit an extended abstract or full paper for the Symposium Proceedings as well as a Special Issue of a Scientific Journal (TBD).

The deadline for submissions is May 16, 2016.

Authors will be notified on July 15, 2016.

Visit this page to apply.

New Fire Regime Publications from FEIS (posted December 14, 2015)

Two new fire regime publications—Fire Regime Reports and Fire Regime Syntheses—are now available and spatially searchable in the recently updated user interface for the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS, www.feis-crs.org/feis). FEIS staff defined 184 fire regimes by grouping the ~2,500 Biophysical Settings (BpS) models produced by LANDFIRE (www.landfire.gov/fireregime.php) according to similarities in vegetation, modeled fire-return intervals and fire severities, and geographic location. Fire Regime Reports are brief summaries of these models, while Fire Regime Syntheses add comprehensive, thoroughly documented reviews of the scientific literature to information in the Fire Regime Reports. Fire Regime Syntheses provide managers with the best science available on historical fire frequency, spatial pattern, extent, and seasonality; historical ignition sources; and typical patterns of fire intensity and severity. They also provide information on contemporary changes in fuels, especially in relation to their potential to influence fire regimes, and identify regions and plant communities lacking fire history data. Together, these peer-reviewed publications help managers develop plans and make informed decisions about local management of fire and fuels. In the new user interface, they are easy to access using a variety of search criteria, including plant community type and map location, and they are linked to nearly 1,100 FEIS Species Reviews.

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