March 2015

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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 part of a Wildland Fire Science Partnership that includes the University of Idaho and the University of Montana.

The partnership was created to develop and deliver knowledge and decision support tools to policymakers, wildland fire managers, and communities.

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Announcements

Fire Science Hotspot Series (posted March 30, 2015)

Introducing the New SRFSN Fire Science Hotspot Series!

Now you can get the latest in regional fire knowledge in 5 minutes or less!

Fire Science Hotspots are a series of narrated slideshows summarizing science, events, and projects in the Southern Rockies region highlighting research, fieldwork, and techniques in wildfire science and management.

Topics are selected on relevance to main regional issues and potential support for knowledge-based management decisions.

The first Hotspot: the STARFIRE forest and fuels treatment economics program developed by the WESTFIRE Center at Colorado State University. View STARFire Hotspot or Visit our website for more information on Hotspots

Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (posted March 24, 2015)

The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. In 2005, Congress reauthorized funding for FP&S and expanded the eligible uses of funds to include Firefighter Safety Research and Development.

The application period is open now through April 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT.

Please visit this page for more information and to apply.

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (posted March 23, 2015)

Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and join others throughout the nation making communities a safer place to live on Saturday, May 2. Challenge friends, family members, a faith-based group or youth organization to create a project. and accomplish something great together!

Efforts will raise wildfire awareness and help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities, while increasing safety for wildland firefighters; or your project could lessen current post-fire impacts.

Find out more information by visiting the website here.

Job: Forestry Technician/Fire Engine Operator – USDA Forest (posted March 20, 2015)

The Lewis and Clark National Forest in central Montana is now recruiting to fill a Permanent Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire Engine Operator) position with a duty station of Harlowton, MT at the Musselshell Ranger District.

The Fire program at the Musselshell Ranger District operates as part of the Judith-Musselshell Fire Zone. The Districts and zone emphasize working together and sharing responsibility and resources across the Forest. The incumbent of this position will serve primarily as the Engine Supervisor for a 3 to 5 person crew on a type 6 engine. Incumbent will also be expected to lead other fire management modules up to 20 persons. Modules provide 7-day initial attack coverage during a 2 to 3 month fire season.

The incumbent of this position will participate in fire suppression, fire readiness, fire training, fire prevention and managing wildfire for resource benefit. Additionally, participation in the Forest’s hazardous fuel management/prescribed fire program at the planning and implementation levels will be expected. Assisting the Musselshell district’s other resource areas will also be an expectation of this position.

Visit this page for the full listing and information on how to apply.

Job: District Fire Management Officer – USDA Forest Service (posted March 20, 2015)

Location:

Northern Region, Region 1; Lewis & Clark National Forest; Rocky Mountain Ranger District; Choteau, MT.

Duties:

This position is responsible for the administration of a fire management program on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District. The Rocky Mountain Ranger District fire organization includes an active fire program with opportunities for multiple objective fires and an active fuels program. Fuels program emphasizes prescribed fire and mechanical treatments for wildlife habitat, hazardous fuel reduction and watershed management.

The incumbent will serve as District Fire Management Officer with responsibility for professional development, implementation, and administration of the district’s fire suppression/fuels management program. Fire resources include 1-Operations AFMO, 1-Fuels AFMO, 1-Types 6 Engine, 1- Wildland Fire Module, 1- Packer and 3 Lookouts. Incumbent will be responsible for the supervision of suppression and fuels management personal and suppression actions both on and off forest lands.

Incumbent will coordinate and implement cooperative fire agreements and activities with other agencies and entities. Co-operating agencies that work closely with the District include Montana DNRC, Lewis and Clark, Teton, Pondera, and Glacier County Fire and DES programs, the Blackfeet Tribe, Glacier National Park, BLM, and The Nature Conservancy.

 

Visit the announcement here for application information.

Job: Joint Fire Science Assistant Program Manager (posted March 17, 2015)

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Announcement No: FA Merit-2015-0032
 
Location: Boise, Idaho
Moving expenses ARE authorized
 
Open Period: March 17 - March 31, 2015
 
Area of Consideration: Open to All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility / CTAP & ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area / VEOA / Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities 
 

JFSP Fire Science Consortium & Knowledge Exchange Survey (posted March 16, 2015)

You are invited to participate in the continuing evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Consortium and Knowledge Exchange Network. This web-based survey focuses on the communication and application of fire science research results and resources. The primary interest in this study is in knowing about your opinions and experiences with the Knowledge Exchange in your region. This project is based out of the University of Nevada, Reno and includes all of the JFSP Knowledge Exchanges around the country. Your responses will be used to help the Knowledge Exchanges address your fire science information needs and ultimately enhance fire science delivery. The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. We realize that some of you may have completed a version of this survey in the past. Continued participation of prior respondents and participation from new respondents is essential in helping the Knowledge Exchanges progress towards their goals. Your participation in this study is voluntary, and all of your responses will remain completely confidential.

To access the survey please click on the following link or copy and paste the link into your web browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JFSP_2015

To ensure privacy, please do not reply to this email directly. If you have any questions or problems accessing the survey, please contact Evaluation Coordinator Lorie Sicafuse at lsicafuse@unr.edu, telephone (775) 784-6637. Please respond to this survey by April 6, 2015.

Job: Graduate Research Assistantship, Fire Ecology (posted March 16, 2015)

A Master of Science graduate assistantship is available with Dr. Michael Stambaugh in the Department of Forestry (http://www.snr.missouri.edu/forestry/) at University of Missouri. In the theme of oak woodland restoration and management, this project will investigate the effects of different treatments on forest community vegetation composition and structure. This work, funded by the U.S. Forest Service, will be conducted over 2.5 years and take place at 2 to 3 sites in southeastern Kansas. The duties of this position will include pre- and post-treatment vegetation sampling and data analysis. Emphasis will be placed on treatment effects on oak regeneration, growth, and survival. Completion of coursework, a thesis project, and peer-reviewed publication(s) are also required. Competitive candidates for this position will have a B.S. degree in forestry or a closely related discipline, proficiency in written and oral communication, strong GRE scores, and evidence of scholastic success. Prior experience in field data collection is preferred, but not required. The position will be based in Columbia, MO, with two summers of field work in Kansas. The position begins in May 2015.

The successful candidate will receive tuition support and a competitive stipend.

To apply, please submit the following to Dr. Michael Stambaugh (stambaughm@missouri.edu):

  1. personal statement of career goals
  2. resume or curriculum vitae
  3. transcripts
  4. GRE scores
  5. contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

Job: Administrative Support Assistant - McCall Smokejumper Base (posted March 16, 2015)

The McCall Smokejumper Base is seeking candidates to fill a Permanent full time Administrative Support Assistant position.

Interested applicants should contact Holly Thrash, McCall Smokejumper Base Support Services Specialist at 208-634-0387 or hthrash@fs.fed.us. The duty station is McCall, Idaho and housing is not available. This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: When the position is advertised on USA Jobs, the area of consideration will be open to Merit status employees.

Position Descriptions: This position supports a national shared resource smokejumper program, located at the McCall Smokejumper Unit, Fire Branch, Payette National Forest. The incumbent works directly for the Support Services Specialist who has overall responsibility for providing administrative support for the unit.

Duties are:

PAYROLL AND TRAVEL FUNCTION SUPPORT

  • Primary Contact for, and processor of Time/Attendance and Travel.
  • Provides training support for other Admin employees in Time and Travel.
  • Completes Leave Audits for all employees. Corrects errors as needed.
  • Tracks 1039 hours and NTE dates for Temporary employees and corrects errors as needed.

ORGANIZATION LIAISON FOR SUPPORT SERVICES

  • Back-up for acquisition/procurement/purchasing.
  • Back-up for correspondence data base review and finalization.
  • Back-up for OWCP.

CLERICAL OR ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES

  • Provides day-to-day direction as a work leader to the entire office staff when SSS is unavailable and coordinates office priorities with Unit Manager as needed.
  • Subject matter expert on Fire Business Management.
  • Back-up to SSS for Payette NF AD hiring.

ABOUT THE JOB PERSONNEL

  • Primary processor of SF-52’s: coordinates with Function Area Managers in the processing of SF - 52’s for a wide variety of personnel actions.
  • Maintains an SF-52 log.
  • Responsible for the collection and transmission of all temporary/seasonal employees’ on-and off-boarding documents to ASC.
  • Enters unemployment information into system for all seasonal employees.

OTHER

  • File maintenance, including purging files in accordance with agency guidelines
  • Covers front office when seasonal receptionist is off; answering phones, helping visitors, scheduling tours with Operations, answering questions from the public regarding the local are a, or referring the questions to the appropriate smokejumper base employee.
  • Helps put together visitor packets (prevention).

WORK SCHEDULE: Works a Sunday-Thursday workweek during fire season–approx. mid June through late September, to facilitate 7-day Admin coverage.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, organized and able to work well with other people, as well as independently, under minimal supervision. They should be able to adapt to a sometimes hectic work environment and quickly - changing work priorities.

Job: Stewardship Forester - The Nature Conservancy, Nashville, IN (posted March 13, 2015)

The Stewardship Forester performs and participates in land management, forest inventory, timber marking, boundary line management, forest stand improvement, ecological restoration, equipment maintenance and moving, non-native invasive plant control, prescribed burning and other facets of land and forest management primarily in Indiana.

For additional information about and to apply to position number 42904, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 31, 2015.

Job: Forest Ecologist - The Nature Conservancy, John Day, OR (posted March 13, 2015)

The Forest Ecologist is responsible for providing scientific support and leadership to the Blue Mountain Forest Partners, the Harney Co. Restoration Collaborative and Umatilla Forest Collaborative Group, coordinating closely with the Malheur and Umatilla National Forests and other agency partners and diverse stakeholders to help guide agency and community investments and actions that will advance the pace, scale and effects of forest restoration in the fire adapted forest systems. The Forest Ecologist work will support implementation of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration effort, the Malheur ten year stewardship contract and other key projects tied to restoring landscapes and reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire on the Malheur National Forest and adjoining landscapes. Work on the Umatilla Forest will include advancing the implementation of the Kahler and Thomas Creek Projects, support subsequent project work and helping build and inform zones of agreement for project design in various forest types.

For additional information about and to apply to position number 42977, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 8, 2015.

Invitation to Participate in Joint Fire Science Program Knowledge Exchange Evaluation (posted March 12, 2015)

You are invited you to participate in the continuing evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Knowledge Exchange Program. This web-based survey focuses on the communication and application of fire science research results and resources. They are specifically interested in knowing about your opinions and experiences with the Fire Science Consortium in your region. This project is based out of the University of Nevada, Reno and includes all of the JFSP Consortia around the country. Your responses will be used to help the JFSP Consortia address your fire science information needs and ultimately enhance fire science delivery.

The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. They realize that some of you may have completed a version of this survey in the past. Continued participation of prior respondents and participation from new respondents is essential in helping the JFSP consortia progress towards their goals. Your participation in this study is voluntary, and all of your responses will remain completely confidential. Please click on the following link or copy and paste the link into your web browser:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JFSP_2015

Call for Presentations for the Colorado Wildland Fire Conference (posted March 11, 2015)

Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the Conference. A variety of presentation tracks will be designed to accommodate submissions and interest areas focusing on wildfire effects, social science, wildland /urban interface, risk analysis, cost, and other relevant topics. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise regarding wildfire, creating "Fire Adapted Communities" and efforts to address wildfire risk.

When: Proposals due May 1, 2015 by 11:59 pm

How to Apply: Proposal submissions

Conference Website: Conference information

2015 LSFSC Internship Program Request for Proposals (posted March 9, 2015)

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) is committed to ensuring that the ‘best available science’ is available for planning and managing fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States.  Where there are current gaps in the science, the goal of the LSFSC is to assist in filling those gaps so that science informs practice and vice-versa.  Unfortunately, for many local fire management issues, there are few resources available to bring managers and scientists together to solve these important issues.

In an effort to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together, the LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region.  Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams (i.e. both must be listed as co-PIs and equally contribute to proposal development) and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve management of fire-dependent ecosystems locally.      

The LSFSC anticipates awarding several $4,000 research internship awards.  It is expected that funds will be used primarily as a stipend for the intern, which can be either a current undergraduate or graduate student.  All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST on April 9, 2015 by email to mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu.  There will be no exceptions to this closing date and time.

Proposals should be concise and no longer than four (4) pages in length. It is anticipated that the projects will be no longer than three to six months and a final report to the LSFSC will be required upon completion of the project.  Proposals that do not meet all requirements will not be considered for funding. Each proposal will be reviewed and its merits judged in the context of specific goals, nature of the collaborative arrangement, and potential for the collaborative relationship to continue into the future.

The proposal should:

    Clearly articulate the nature of the fire and/or fire management issue

    Describe the significance of the issue locally and to the region

    Outline a clear plan of action (including the specific research questions or objectives and methods)

    Describe how the intern will help advance this plan

    Specifically outline deliverables and a time frame for each

    Provide a clear indication of the collaborative relationship and plans to continue the collaborative research into the future.

This information is also available on their website HERE.

To view examples of the successful internship awards in 2013 and 2014, please see their webinar recordings for December 19, 2013 and December 18, 2014.

Questions should be directed to:

Charles Goebel, LSFSC Program Director (goebel.11@osu.edu; 330-263-3789)

Jack McGowan-Stinski, LSFSC Program Manager (mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu; 989-287-1734)

Graduate Research Assistantship in Systems Ecology - University of Montana (posted March 9, 2015)

A masters-level Graduate Research Assistantship is available for an outstanding candidate to research the effects of alternative forest management practices on subsequent fire suppression expenditures. Position starts as early as June 1, 2015 and no later than August 15, 2015. Tuition waiver and research assistant stipend will be provided for a two-year period. The successful applicant has the option to pursue either an M.A. in Economics within the College of Humanities and Sciences or an M.S. in Systems Ecology, an interdisciplinary degree offered jointly through the College of Forestry and Conservation and the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Empirical investigations into the effects of fuels treatments and previous fires on subsequent fire suppression expenditures are needed. Such information can help public land management agencies as they seek to find economically efficient solutions to reduce wildfire risk while simultaneously creating landscape conditions that facilitate the use of natural fire to improve ecosystem health. The project’s goal is to develop spatial econometric models of fire suppression expenditures for individual fires using geospatial and ancillary data. These models will be used to evaluate and compare the effects of fuels treatments and previous fires on subsequent fire suppression expenditures. The successful applicant will assist in data collection, model development and interpretation, and preparation of peer-reviewed publications.

A bachelor’s degree in economics or evidence of substantial econometrics knowledge and skills is required . Previous experience with geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical programs (e.g. Stata, R, Matlab) is highly desirable. Candidates must possess an excellent academic record, strong references and demonstrated writing and communication skills. Education or experience directly relevant to the project described above would be nice. Individuals interested in spatial statistics, geospatial analysis, applied econometrics, and natural resource management are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send (1) a cover letter that describes your interest in this project; (2) resume or CV; (3) GRE scores; (4) academic transcripts; (5) a writing sample and (6) contact information for three references. Evaluation of candidates will begin March 15, 2014. Please direct questions about this opportunity to Helen Naughton, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Montana; helen.naughton@umontana.edu; phone +1 406-243-4586.

Job: North Star Fire Crew, Alaska BLM-AFS (posted March 6, 2015)

The Bureau of Land Management-Alaska Fire Service (BLM-AFS), is recruiting interested individuals for participation in the North Star Fire Crew Program for the upcoming fire season which runs from mid-May through mid-August.

The North Star Fire Crew is designed to achieve the following goals: provide an experienced pool of potential recruits for the Alaska Fire Service Hotshot crews; provide entry level positions into the Alaska Fire Service for individuals with limited or no fire experience; provide Alaska Fire Service with an additional quick response hand crew; and provide Alaska natural resource agencies a low cost, labor intensive crew for project work.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1.

For additional information and to apply, click HERE.

IAWF Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunity (posted March 5, 2015)

The 13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire conference offers a forum where past experience and lessons learned are documented, current work showcased, and emerging ideas/technology presented to provide a strong foundation that will facilitate setting a course to the future that addresses and responds to developing challenges locally, regionally, and globally.

Over 300 participants from emergency services, state, federal and local government, industry, NGOs, research and education are expected to attend. The trade show is expected to be a great addition to the conference program and will offer great opportunities for networking. Conference Program Schedule.

Unable to attend this year?

If you are unable to attend this year because you are already attending another show you can still have a presence at this conference. Consider sending some promotional materials to place in the attendee packets or think about an advertisement in the program booklet. Contact us to check out your options.

Exhibitor Package

Booth Space (2 days, Tues-Wed, April 21-22, 2015)- $1,000

  • 10'x10' Exhibit space including pipe & drape, company name sign, table & 2 chairs
  • Electricity
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • One full conference pass including catering and social functions (Add'l reps $300/each)
  • Company profile in Conference Program Guide & Conference webpage

Sponsorship

A number of sponsorship and exhibitor packages are available, and we are happy to tailor one to suit your organization's needs. Some ideas for sponsorship include the Mobile App, the luncheon, networking breaks or social receptions. This is a great way to get additional exposure at the conference.

For further information or to secure your preferred sponsorship option please contact Mikel Robinson by email or phone (406) 531-8264.

Job: Seasonal field assistant, University of Illinois (posted March 2, 2015)

Seeking full-time field assistant for a project on the drought response of forests managed with fire in extreme southern Illinois. The field assist ant will work closely with a graduate student to maintain a drought experiment, monitor tree physiological responses, conduct vegetation surveys and collect soil hyphae. The work will be carried out in mature oak-hickory forests of Shawnee National Forest. Salary is commensurate with experience. Housing and field vehicle provided, though travel to and from Illinois is not provided. The work schedule will average 40 hours per week, though it will ultimately depend on weather. Preferred start date is May 4th, 2015 with a 3 month contract.

Qualifications: B.A. / B.S. degree in biology, natural resources, or related field is highly preferred. Applicant must have at least one season of fieldwork. Experience measuring leaf gas exchange and/or performing intensive vegetation surveys is a plus, but those keen on gaining these skills are also highly recommended to apply. The field assistant must be comfortable hiking several miles a day and working long hours outside, often in hot, humid conditions. The assistant is expected to be a highly motivated, independent, and responsible team member. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and be considered insurable by the University of Illinois. Although a field vehicle will be used for all work-related activities, it is preferred that the assistant has a vehicle for personal use.

To Apply: Please assemble the following into a single PDF and email to Tyler Refsland (refslan2 [at] illinois.edu):

  1. A one-page cover letter describing your interests, reasons for applying and specific dates of availability,
  2. resume or CV,
  3. unofficial transcripts, and
  4. contact information for three references

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Please contact Tyler with any questions.

2015 South Dakota TREX (posted February 27, 2015)

 

Dates: Two sessions, April 27-May 6 & May 11-20, 2015

Registration: Space is limited. Please submit application and refer any questions to Colby Crawford at colby_crawford@fws.gov by March 2, 2015. Selections will be made and shared by March 9, 2015.

Who should apply: Wildland and municipal firefighters, private land owners, researchers, university students, state and municipal managers, regulators and others.

Description: The host partners will conduct a series of controlled burns in the mixed grass prairies of eastern South Dakota, and crews will be stationed around the communities of Aberdeen, Huron, Madison and Waubay. These burns are intended to improve wildlife habitat and range conditions, reduce the possibility of damaging wildfires and provide training and learning opportunities for the participants. All burning is conducted following the interagency standards set by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s PMS 310-1, and the training is organized as an incident using the Incident Command System. Basic wildland firefighter training is available for participants who need it.

For more information and registration application, click HERE.

Dr. Marty Alexander Has Two Books Being Released in Early 2015 (posted February 27, 2015)

University of Alberta Adjunct Professor of Wildland Fire Science and Management has Two Books Being Released in early 2015

Dr. Marty Alexander, an adjunct professor in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta since 1997, has two wildland fire related books appearing in the first quarter of 2015. A year ago, his first co-authored book – Fire on Earth: An Introduction – was released by Wiley-Blackwell.

The first book to appear in 2015, A Guide to Rate of Fire Spread Models for Australian Vegetation, was jointly published by the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship of Australia and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC). Dr. Alexander is one of six authors, the other five all hailing from Australia. The objective of this book was to provide a technical description of the models presently used operationally in Australia to predict bushfire rate of spread. According to AFAC CEO Stuart Ellis, “Different fire spread models work in different burning conditions. The challenge is knowing which to apply in formulating accurate and timely predictions. This publication will assist fire managers and incident managers in making decisions for the best outcomes in different bushfire conditions. These are decisions that can save lives.”

The second book that will appear in early 2015, Current International Perspectives of Wildland Fire, Mankind and the Environment, constitutes a co-edited affair with Dr. Brigitte Leblon, a professor with the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick. The book, published by Nova Science Publishers consists of a collection of nine chapters covering topics that support the management of wildfires and prescribed fires written by authors based in the northern and southern hemispheres.

2015 IAWF Student Scholarships (posted February 18, 2015)

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 (MSc) 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.

The application period will be open between 18 February 2015 and 27 March 2015. Award winners will be announced by the end of May 2015.

Scholarships will be awarded to the top MSc and top PhD applicants based the student's submitted essay.

Click here to see the guidelines and apply via our online submission system.

2015 Fire Training Exchanges (posted February 18, 2015)

The following Training Exchanges have been announced for 2015. Visit this page for new listings, to get more information, and to register for trainings listed below.

Feb 15-23 — Klamath River Communities TREX: Weitchpec, CA

Feb 15-28 — North Carolina TREX (application period closed)

Mar 14-29 — Niobrara Valley Preserve TREX: Johnstown, NE

Mar 20-22 — Firing Operations on Wildland Fires TREX: Johnstown, NE

Mar 16-27 — Loup River TREX: Loup River Valley, NE

Apr 27-May 6 — East River TREX (1st session): eastern South Dakota

May 11-20 — East River TREX (2nd session): eastern South Dakota

6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Call for Oral Presentation and Poster Abstracts (posted Jan. 21, 2015)

Call for Submissions are NOW OPEN

Call for:

Plan Ahead!  Event Early bird Registration will open on June 1, 2015

Suggested Topics for Workshops, Special Sessions, and Presentations:

  •     Fire Ecology
  •     Fire Management
  •     Fire Research
  •     Climate Change
  •     Human Dimensions of Fire
  •     Global/International Fire
  •     Case Studies

For more information on the conference, click HERE.

Postdoctoral Fellow - United States Geological Survey - Colorado (posted October 8, 2014)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow at the interface of landscape ecology, ecosystem services, and land-change science. The post-doc will research topics relevant to a project aimed at evaluating the landscape-scale effects of energy development and wildfire on wildlife and ecosystem services.

Funding is for 2 years, subject to renewal for 2 additional years, pending the availability of funds. Remuneration is ~US $74,000/yr, plus benefits. The post-doc will work at the USGS Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center in Lakewood, CO with the following project co-leads: Jay Diffendorfer, Research Ecologist and Darius Semmens, Research Physical Scientist and collaborators: Ken Bagstad, Research Economist; Steve Garman, Research Ecologist; and Todd Hawbaker, Research Ecologist.

We are particularly interested in candidates who ca n apply landscape ecology concepts and methods to assess the responses of species, ecological communities, and ecosystem services to habitat loss and fragmentation, and who can portray assessment results to a broad audience, including land managers and non-scientists. Candidates will support the project by developing statistical approaches, geospatial analyses, and/or simulation models to link land transformation caused by energy development and wildfire to changes in ecosystem services, individual species, and ecological communities. Changes in the provision of ecosystem services will be modeled using the ARIES platform. The research will also require developing methods to understand and summarize patterns that emerge in complex spatial and temporal datasets, including the measurement and visualization of uncertainty across space and time.

Candidates should have a strong interest in, and evidence of, publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting research results at national and international meetings. Initially, this project will investigate the role of energy development and wildfire on ecosystem services in southwest Wyoming, where existing research and geospatial data are extensive (http://www.wlci.gov/). The candidate will have latitude to pursue novel approaches and work with a broad set of researchers across fields of geology, economics, ecology, and biophysical modeling.

Applicants will ideally have experience in any of the following: landscape ecology, geography, land-change science, ecosystem services, or conservation biology. Furthermore, skills in geospatial analyses using GIS, strong statistical skills, and a proven record of publications are necessary. Coding expertise is not required, but exposure to and the use of R, Python, Java and/or C++, is desirable. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

To apply, please prepare a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for three references. Please send your application via email, subject line “Landscape Ecology Post-doc” to dsemmens@usgs.gov. Applicants must have received their doctoral or equivalent graduate degree within the past five years. The degree must be in hand by the selectees starting date. Any questions should be directed to: Darius Semmens, dsemmens@usgs.gov, 303-578-6966, or Jay Diffendorfer, jediffendorfer@usgs.gov, 303-236- 5369

Graduate Opportunities - University of Alberta (posted Sept. 30, 2014)

Graduate opportunities – Interactions between fire and permafrost on peatland hydrology and biogeochemistry.

The Taiga Plains Research Network is looking for a number of motivated graduate students (MSc or PhD) to work on complementary projects on the interaction between wildfire and permafrost on peatland hydrology, soil thermal regimes and biogeochemistry. Permafrost thaw is currently affecting large areas of peatlands in boreal western Canada, a region which also experienced an exceptional fire season in 2014 – which is in agreement with projections of future fire regimes. In order to improve our understanding of the influence of peatlands on water resources, water quality and climate change feedback mechanisms through greenhouse gases, it is thus important to consider interactions between fire and permafrost thaw. The following positions are currently available at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, supervised by Dr. David Olefeldt at the department of Renewable Resources:

http://www.rr.ualberta.ca/
https://ales-ssl.ales.ualberta.ca/GradPositions/?SearchResult-orderBy=Supervisor-asc

1. Effects of fire on permafrost stability in peatlands – a chronosequence approach

Project description: Both hydrology and carbon cycling in boreal peatlands is strongly affected by permafrost conditions. It is known from peat archives that peatland fires, common in western Canada, has the potential to trigger permafrost thaw – but it is not known which mechanisms that are responsible, what time frames that are involved or what the resulting rates of thaw are (both vertical and lateral). These questions may be addressed though a chronosequence approach, where permafrost condition s and soil thermal regimes in several nearby peatland sites are studied – but where sites differ in their time since fire (1 - >50 years). There is potential to combine field work with GIS approaches. Field work will be carried out in the vicinity of Fort Simpson, in the Northwest Territories.

Qualifications: BSc or MSc in physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations. Driver’s license. GIS experience an advantage.

2. Carbon cycling in permafrost peatlands after fire

Project description: I am seeking a motivated student with interests in soil science and greenhouse gas exchange between land and atmosphere. Work will focus on soil respiration, with work done both in field and lab experiments, and potentially linked to isotope work. The central question is whether wildfire triggers the mineralization and release of carbon previously stored inert in frozen peat layers. Field work would be located in recently burned peatlands in southern Northwest Territories.

Qualifications: BSc or MSc in biology, physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations.

3. Export and fate of terrestrial DOC in peatland catchments

Project description: Export of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from peatlands is an important component of terrestrial ecosystem carbon balances. Exported DOC is also a main source of energy in downstream aquatic ecosystems, where it may be mineralized and released to the atmosphere as greenhouse gases. Both fire and permafrost thaw may affect both the quantity and quality of DOC exported from peatlands (including export of black carbon associated with soil combustion during fire), with cascading effects on downstream aquatic carbon cycling. Research will be conducted in the southern Northwest Territories, in streams and lakes of a peatland region with discontinuous permafrost and several recent fires.

Qualifications: BSc or MSc in biology, chemistry, physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations. Driver’s license.

How to apply: Please send a letter of interest to olefeldt@ualberta.ca. Include resume describing your skills end education, transcripts and names of three referees.

Funding is available through a combination of stipends and TAships, and there is funding for research and conference travel. Starting dates are flexible, either January, May or September 2015.

Graduate Research Assistantships in Fire Ecology at Virginia Tech (posted Sept. 22, 2014)

Recruitment for two graduate students (one M.S. and one Ph.D.) to work in the Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech beginning either spring 2015 or summer 2015. The students will have some flexibility in specific topics, but the general research areas will fall in to one of these three general areas of fire and forest ecology:

1) Mechanisms of altered flammability in eastern US woodlands and forests- this lab has been focused on laboratory-scale flammability of a diversity of species from North America. The current work focuses on understanding differential moisture and litterfall relationships and evaluating the lab-based findings in the wild. Interests are focused on oak-hickory ecosystems in north Mississippi and SW Virginia and longleaf pine-oak ecosystems across the southeastern US.

2) Patterns of oak recovery across wildfire severity gradients- this project is working on understanding the pathways of California black oak following wildfires in 2002 and a re-burn in 2012 in the southern Cascades of northern California. Current work is evaluating survival of remnant oaks and tracking the effects of multiple fires on oak community composition and structure.

3) On-going work on the fire ecology of American chestnut, ecology of upland oaks in fire-prone ecosystems, post-fire tree mortality, fire-disease-insect interactions, the ecological consequences of fuels treatments (mostly mastication and prescribed fire) and others that could be pursued.

Strong applicants will be creative, have a competitive GPA, GRE scores, and have substantial research experience, in the field and/or laboratory. Applicants for the Ph.D. position will have a strong research background with publications and substantial statistical and/or modeling experience. Education and training in fire ecology, a lack of fear of statistics, and great passion for your work will all help. In your email to me (mvarner@vt.edu), please include your research interests, a resume/CV with relevant scores, a writing example, and contact information for two references who can speak to your potential as a productive scholar.

Both positions have competitive stipends, tuition waivers, computing, and travel funding. Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, an awesome college town in the Appalachian Mountains with a pleasant climate and vibrant community. The Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation is consistently ranked among the world’s most outstanding forestry programs. Related departments across Virginia Tech have related expertise in ecology, meteorology, materials flammability, and modeling.

Send material or direct questions:
J. Morgan Varner
Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation Virginia Tech
Email: mvarner@vt.edu
Tel. 540-231-4855

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