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2017 Award Winners

Two student awards were presented by AFE in 2017 to recognize students who demonstrate great service and potential as a professional in the field of fire ecology. Congratulations to Darcy Hammond and Héctor Leonardo Martínez-Torres, and we look forward to watching your careers grow in the years ahead!


Edward Komarek Sr. Graduate Student Excellence Award: Darcy Hammond, University of Idaho


Mike da Luz Student Travel Scholarship Award: Héctor Leonardo Martínez-Torres, National       Autonomous University of Mexico


Héctor Leonardo Martínez-Torres received the Mike da Luz Scholarship
to attend and present at the 2017 Fire Congress in Orlando. 


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 (Fire Ecology articles) and Micah-John Beierle


2011 Interior West Fire Ecology Conference



Graduate - Chris Dunn and Garrett Meigs, Oregon State University
Undergraduate 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 - 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 - Jay Lininger, University of Montana
Undergraduate -
Tyler Hawkins, Texas Tech University


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


Graduate - Jennifer Potts, University of California Berkley (Fire Ecology articles)
Undergraduate -
Micah-John Beierle, Stephen F. Austin State University

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