IAWF awards fire scholarships

News from the IAWF. (Usually these scholarships are valued at $2,500 each.)


Each year the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) provides two international graduate-level scholarships to members who are full-time Masters of Science or Ph.D. candidates studying wildland fire or wildland fire related topics. Student submitted essays were evaluated by an independent international panel of fire science experts. We are pleased to announce this years recipients.

Brooke Cassell
Brooke Cassell

Brooke Cassell
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Brooke Cassell is a second year MSc. in the School of Forest Resources, University of Washington. Her research focuses on using dendrochronology to understand the historical range of variability of fire in high elevation pine-oak forests in Mexico. She aims to increase knowledge about fire management in patchy landscapes consisting of fire adapted and fire sensitive ecosystem types.

Brooke is also a Teaching Assistant at the University of Washington and is active in the Student Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, National Forestry Honor’s Society, and is an avid bicyclist.

Carissa Brown
Carissa Brown

Carissa Brown
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Carissa Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in the Northern Plant Ecology Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. Carissa investigates how the successional trajectory of black spruce stands may change if they are burned too frequently to produce seed and self-replace, as well as how changes to the fire regime affect carbon dynamics. She conducts her research at the northern range of the boreal forest in the Yukon, a region where summer temperatures have increased over the past several decades, and where fires are predicted to occur more frequently with warming.


For more information on the IAWF Scholarship program, including photos and learning about the many varied research projects of current and previous recipients, visit: http://www.iawfonline.org/scholarships.php.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.