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SAFE Award Winners

The Student Association for Fire Ecology presents awards at conferences to recognize undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate great service and potential as a professional in the field of fire ecology. See below for a listing of award winners. In addition, you can learn about past recipients of the Mike da Luz Student Scholarship.


Congratulations to all our student award winners! We look forward to watching your careers grow in the years ahead!


2017 Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Orlando

At the 7th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, Darcy Hammond was presented with the Edward Komarek Sr. Graduate Student Excellence Award. Darcy is a PhD candidate in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho. Her work examines effects of burn severity on post-fire conifer and understory regeneration across four western U.S. forest ecosystems.


2016 3rd Southwest Fire Ecology Conference in Tucson


Edward Komarek Sr. Graduate Student Excellence Award - Emma Williams



Harold Weaver Undergraduate Student Excellence Award - Elizabeth Wright 


2015 Fire Ecology and Management Congress in San Antonio

Edward Komarek Graduate Student Excellence Award -  Emma Vakili
Harold Weaver Undergraduate Student Excellence Award
 -
Leslie Fowler

Mike daLuz Memorial Student Travel Scholarship - Esther Amoako


2014 Large Wildland Fires Conference in Missoula


Edward Komarek Graduate Student Excellence Award -  Michael Tiller
Harold Weaver Undergraduate Student Excellence Award
 - Zachary Senneff

Mike daLuz Memorial Student Travel Scholarship - Vasyl Gumeniuk


2013 Wildland Fire in the Appalachians Conference


Left to right: Daniel Godwin, Kristen Miller, Jena Ferrarese

Edward Komarek Graduate Student Excellence Award -  Daniel Godwin and Jena Ferrarese

Harold Weaver Undergraduate Student Excellence Award - Kristen Miller


2012 5th International Fire Ecology & Management Congress


Left to right: Adam Watts, Brian Oswald (AFE Board President), Micah-John Beierle

Edward Komarek Graduate Student Excellence Award – Dr. Adam Watts and Micah-John Beierle


2011 Interior West Fire Ecology Conference


Graduate Award - Chris Dunn and Garrett Meigs, Oregon State University
Undergraduate Award Penny Whisenant, Stephen, F. Austin State University


More information about the 2011 SAFE award winners can be found on the 2011 SAFE Award Winners page.


2009: 4th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Fire as a Global Process

Undergraduate Award - Sparkle Malone, University of Florida


2008: Fire in the Southwest: Integrating Fire into Management of Changing Ecosystems

Andrea Stebleton and Susie Douglas


2007: The ’88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond

Chris Powell and Josh Switzer


2006: 3rd International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Changing Fire Regimes: Context and Consequences

Graduate Award - Jay Lininger, University of Montana

Undergraduate Award - Tyler Hawkins, Texas Tech University


2005: Fire in Grassland and Shrubland Ecosystems, An International Symposium, Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference

Graduate Award - Jennifer Potts, University of California Berkley

Undergraduate Award - Micah-John Beierle, Stephen F. Austin State University

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