Future of Fire Workshop

We invite participants to join us at the “Future of Fire” workshop aimed at
advancing understanding of fire as an Earth system process, an ecological
process, and an important agent of global change. Specific goals are to (1)
identify the key questions and priorities for fire science research,
especially regarding the interactions of fire with ecological processes from
populations to ecosystem levels; (2) establish fire science as a central
research area within basic science to better complement the applied aspects
of fire ecology; and (3) find and promote areas of synergy among previously
separate areas of fire science based within ecology but interacting with
other disciplines. 

The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and will be
held on November 6-7, 2017, at the Chautauqua National Historic Landmark
along the foothills of the Colorado Front Range near Boulder, Colorado.
Support will be provided for travel, lodging, and meals for participating
researchers from both the U.S. and other nations. 

The workshop will include a sequence of activities, beginning with short
lightning talks for participants to introduce themselves and their
perspective on key directions for fire science research. We will then form
initial working groups to identify knowledge gaps and research priorities in
specific areas of fire ecology. Finally, we will write a manuscript setting
priorities for future fire science research. After the workshop, these
priorities and new research connections among participants will enable
significant further progress in understanding how fire may function in the

We seek to include researchers working across a range of spatial and
temporal scales, bringing experience from a variety of disciplinary
perspectives (but connected with ecology), and representing fire regimes in
most major biomes on Earth. Affiliations may include academic institutions,
government agencies, or NGOs, and participants at all career levels are
welcome. We are particularly supportive of early- to mid-career researchers.  

To apply, please go to https://goo.gl/forms/gdu65sfrtuwdFXLA3, and provide
us with your name, affiliation, area of expertise within fire ecology, the
primary spatial and temporal scales of your work, and any other insight you
hope to contribute to or gain from the workshop. 

Thank you for your interest.

Steering Committee:
Kendra McLauchlan (Kansas State University)
Brendan Rogers (Woods Hole Research Center)
Jen Schweitzer (University of Tennessee)
Alan Tepley (Smithsonian Institute)
Tom Veblen (University of Colorado)

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