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Working committees are the primary way that AFE stays vital and keeps its leadership fresh. AFE values the varied experiences, ideas, and motivation that new committee volunteers bring.

AFE currently has the following committees:

Awards Committee
Certification Committees
Conference Committee
Education Committee
Finance Committee
Fund Development Committee
Governance Committee
Journal Committee
Member Development & Services

Outreach Committee
Publications & Media Committee
SAFE Mentoring & Liaison Committee
Sections Committee
Workforce Committee


Join a committee! Any AFE member can participate in committee work.  If you would like to contribute your time and energy to a committees, contact the committee chairs below.

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Awards Committee

The Awards Committee solicits nominations for the Biswell, Stoddard, International, and Student Excellence Awards, and presents the awards at AFE's regional fire ecology conferences and international fire ecology and management congresses.  The committee also reviews and awards TREE grants and the Mike daLuz Memorial Student Scholarship. Learn more about AFE awards.

Committee Chair: Brian Oswald

Committee Members: Adam Watts, Ron Masters

Certification Committees

AFE’s two Certification Committees are both composed of at least three to four members, and are responsible for managing and administering AFE's Wildland Fire Professional Certification and Wildland Fire Academic Program Certification Programs. All committee members must be members of AFE and should be appointed by the AFE Board of Directors (Board) for two-year terms. It is recommended that at least two members at any given time on a committee will have previous experience serving on the committee and evaluating applications. The committees will operate under the direction of the AFE Board.  The chair of each committee is also a member of the AFE Board who will participate in all committee activities, be responsible for communications to the AFE Board, coordinate application reviews, and present the committee’s recommendations to the AFE Board for approval by the annual deadline. 


Each committee will be comprised of the following: 1.) A Committee Chair who serves on the AFE Board  2.) An Inter-Committee Liaison who serves on both the Professional and Academic Committee  3.) An Education Committee Liaison who serves on one of the Certification Committees and the AFE Education Committee  4.) At least one at-large member who participates in all of the committee's activities.

Committee Co-Chairs for both Certification Committees: Gus Smith, Bob Keane

Professional Certification Committee Members: Bob Keane, Ron Masters, Gus Smith, Brian Van Winkle, Neil Sugihara,

Academic Certification Committee Members: Gus Smith, Chad Hoffman, Brandon Collins, at large position open

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee identifies future regional fire ecology conferences and international fire ecology and management congresses, finds partners, and provides significant assistance to conference steering and program committees to ensure successful conferences that meet the high standards of AFE. Check out our upcoming conferences.

Committee Chair: Geoff Babb

Commitee Members: Karin Riley, Chris Dunn, Catia Juliana, Timothy Ingalsbee. Sam Lindblom

Education Committee

The Education Committee provides a forum for dialogue on fire ecology and management training and education, promotes the development of higher education programs in the areas of fire ecology and management, and serves as a liaison between the student section (SAFE) and the AFE Board. 

Committee Co-Chairs: Andrea Thode and Heather Heward

Committee Members: Neil Sugihara, Gus Smith, Brandon Collins, Alistair Smith, Chris Dunn, Chad Hoffman, Molly Hunter, Lynn Wells

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee reviews the financial status of the organization on a quarterly basis. Assists the Treasurer and Administrative Director in developing the annual budget and proposes to the AFE Board modifications to the approved budget based on financial status. Reviews annually all tax filings and also reviews the costs and adequacy of insurance coverage.

Committee Chair: Adam Watts

Committee Members: Karin Riley, Pamela Sikkink

Fund Development Committee

The Fund Development Committee plans and develops a fundraising program for AFE through external grants and other activities outside of income raised through membership dues.  Activities include fund development, endowment, and bequests.

Committee Chair: Position Open

Committee Members: Adam Watts, Karin Riley

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee solicits nominations for future AFE Board members and officers and conducts annual elections. Performs an annual review of the AFE bylaws and recommends any changes to the AFE Board.

Committee Chair: Chris Dicus

Committee Members: Jessica Miesel

Journal Committee

The Journal Committee provides for editorial review, technical review, formatting, and web publishing for Fire Ecology. Visit the Fire Ecology Journal website.

Committee Chair:  Francisco Seijo

Committee Members: Sharon Hood, Karin Riley

Member Development & Services

Supports recruitment and maintenance of AFE membership.

Committee Chair: Ron Masters

Committee members:  

Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee informs scientists, managers, policymakers, journalists, and the general public about AFE's mission, goals, programs, and events to promote an increased understanding of fire ecology and its role in ecosystems and land management.

 Committee Chair: Bob Gray

Committee Members: Zach Prusak, Francisco Siejo, Leda Kobziar, Penny Morgan, Dan Godwin, Rachel Reimer, Philip Stewart, Jane Park

Publications & Media Committee

The Publications Committee works to inform AFE members about current news, issues, and science related to the association and fire ecology in general.  The committee is responsible for the following: Newsletter (open source and sent to entire AFE mailing list), Bulletin (3 issues/year and open to active AFE members), Proceedings, Books, and Videos.

 Committee Co-Chairs: Bob Keane, Sharon Hood

Committee Members: Bob Keane, Sharon Hood

SAFE Mentoring & Liaison Committee

The SAFE Mentoring and Liaison Committee works to support the activities of the Student section of AFE. Learn more about SAFE.

 Committee Chair: Chris Dunn

Committee Members: Tim Ingalsbee, Brian Oswald

Sections Committee

The Section Committee helps fire ecologists organize both nationally and internationally and provides support for new sections. Learn more about AFE sections.

 Committee Chair: Bob Gray

Committee Members: Chris Dicus

Workforce Committee

 The workforce Committee works on human resources issues for both staff and contractors.

Committee Chair: Karin Riley

Committee Members: Catia Juliana, Tim Ingalsbee, Bob Keane, Leda Kobziar, Jessica Miesel, Adam Watts, Chris Dunn, Brandon Collins

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