Working committees are the primary way that AFE stays vital and keeps its leadership fresh. AFE is in a period of organizational growth and transition and values the varied experiences, ideas, and motivation that new committee volunteers bring. If you would like to contribute your time and energy to any of AFE's standing committees, contact the committee chairs below.


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. Learn more about AFE awards.

Committee Chair
Dr. Brian Oswald
Hunt Professor, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
PO Box 6109 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
Office: 936-468-2275, Cell: 936 645-7990, Fax: 936 468-2489


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. Learn more about AFE's upcoming conferences.

Committee Chair
Geoff Babb
Fire Ecologist
Central Oregon Fire Management Service
Prinevill BLM and Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests
1001 SW Emkay
Bend, OR 97702


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. Learn more about AFE's Education Committee.

Committee Chair
Dr. Chad Hoffman


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.

Fund Development

Plans and develops a fundraising program for AFE through external grants and other activities outside of income raised through membership dues


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
Mr. Robin Wills
Region Fire Ecologist
National Park Service
Pacific West Region
Oakland, California
(510) 817-1432


Provides for editorial review, technical review, formatting, and web publishing for Fire Ecology. Read the current issue of Fire Ecology | Previous issues archive

Committee Chair
Dr. Jan van Wagtendonk
USGS Yosemite Field Station
PO Box 700
El Portal, CA 95318


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
Zach Prusack


Works with outside publishers to develop a fire ecology book series and other AFE publications

Committee Chair
Mr. Kevin Shaffer
California Department of Fish and Game
Sacramento, California
(916) 651-7806


Helps fire ecologists organize both nationally and internationally and provides support for new sections. Learn more about AFE sections.

Committee Chair
Dr. Leda Kobziar
Assistant Professor
Fire Science & Forest Conservation
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
School of Natual Resouces and Environment
University of Florida
208 Newins-Ziegler Hall
Gainsville, FL 32611-0410
(352) 846-0901

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