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Aims and scope

Fire Ecology is the international scientific journal supported by the Association for Fire Ecology. It publishes peer-reviewed articles on all ecological and management aspects relating to wildland fire. We welcome submissions on topics that include a broad range of research on the ecological relationships of fire to its environment, including, but not limited to:

  • Ecology (physical and biological fire effects, fire regimes, etc.)
  • Fire management
  • Fire science and modeling
  • Fuel
  • Inter- or cross-disciplinary fire-related topics
  • Law and policy
  • Planning and risk management
  • Social sciences (geography, sociology, anthropology, etc.)
  • Technology transfer products

Fire Ecology Chats
A Podcast Series by the Association for Fire Ecology

2021
Wildfire and Prescribed Fire Effects on Wildlife
Edited by: Gavin Jones, Brice Hanberry, Katie H. Greenberg, Angela M. White
First article published: 16 June 2021

2020
Restoring Fire in Eastern Oak Savannas and Forests
Edited by: Morgan Varner, Heather Alexander, Dan Dey, Justin Hart, Jesse Kreye, Callie Schweitzer
First article published: 6 July 2020

2019
Long-Term Post-Fire Vegetation Recovery
Edited by: Andrew T. Hudak, Leda Kobziar, Karin L. Riley
First article published: 10 April 2019

2018
Fire Ecology and Management in Mexico
Edited by: Citlali Cortés Montaño, Diego Pérez Salicrup, Francisco Seijo Maceiro
First article published: 19 December 2018

Frontiers in Fire Ecology
Edited by: Karin L. Riley, Leda Kobziar, Andrew T. Hudak
First article published: 27 December 2018

  1. Authors: J. Kevin Hiers, Joseph J. O’Brien, J. Morgan Varner, Bret W. Butler, Matthew Dickinson, James Furman, Michael Gallagher, David Godwin, Scott L. Goodrick, Sharon M. Hood, Andrew Hudak, Leda N. Kobziar, Rodman Linn, E. Louise Loudermilk, Sarah McCaffrey, Kevin Robertson…

    Content type: Forum

In Review: Fire Ecology’s Preprint Service

Fire Ecology, in partnership with Research Square, now offers In Review: a journal-integrated preprint service. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript—including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received

See what the Fire Ecology In Review platform looks like!

Students & Early Career Researchers

The completion of a PhD thesis often provides an excellent opportunity to publish your results, review a key topic, provide new perspectives, or develop new methodology. Fire Ecology encourages all students, and especially its SAFE members and early career researchers (ECRs), to publish one of these article types: Original research, Review, Forum, Technical note or Field note.

Therefore, as a student or ECR (defined as being within one year of award of your PhD degree) listed as the first author of one of the above article types accepted, you will receive a voucher for free access to any Springer publication in eBook form (up to a maximum value of 250 Euros/US dollars, and maximum one per year) in perpetuity.

Please read more about these article types and the submission guidelines: Original research, Review, Forum, Technical note or Field note.

Fire Ecology Across Boundaries

Edited by Claire Belcher, Núria Prat-Guitart, Francisco Seijo, Guillermo Defossé
 

This special collection will include a selection of the communications presented at the Fire Ecology Across Boundaries: Connecting Science and Management conference co-hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology and the Pau Costa Foundation in partnership with the University of Florence and Regione Toscana.

Life with Fire: Prescriptions for Resilience

Edited by Morgan Varner, Sharon M. Hood, Núria Prat-Guitart, Kevin M. Robertson, Sarah M. McCaffrey

This special collection will include topics presented, both oral and poster, at the 9th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress to be held on November 30 - December 4, 2021. Contributors must present their material at this congress for publication consideration in this collection.

Modeling Wildfire Under Climate Change

Edited by Alex W. Dye, John B. Kim, Peng Gao, Larissa Yocom, Karin L. Riley

This special collection will feature research that adjusts or modifies existing fire simulation methodologies or develops new modeling approaches to simulate wildfire under climate change scenarios, and research that explores and characterizes uncertainties.

2021 Outstanding Associate Editor

Jeffery Kane is an Associate Professor of Fire Ecology and Fuels Management and Director of the Wildland Fire Lab and Fire Resilience Institute at Humboldt State University. He teaches and has authored over 50 journal articles that broadly focus on providing information to better manage and restore fire-prone ecosystems in an era of rapid change. Recent research has focused on litter flammability, post-fire tree mortality, and vegetation responses to fuel treatments. Dr. Kane is also chair of the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council, and a member of the Association for Fire Ecology Education Committee. Read more about Dr. Kane’s research activities here.

Editor’s NoteFire Ecology often gets papers whose topics are in scientific areas that are outside the expertise of the Editorial Board. Few Associate Editors are willing to handle these papers because they do not feel they have the experience to evaluate the paper. However, these papers still need to be reviewed and I always go to the one Associate Editor that has never turned down an assignment. Jeff Kane dutifully accepts manuscript submissions, finds appropriate reviewers, and provides high quality, professional decisions. Jeff joined the Editorial Board in 2009 and has handled over 15 papers during his tenure. Thank you, Jeff, for all your hard work!

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