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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

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

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

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

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 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.

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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

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.

2020 Outstanding Associate Editor

María Marcela Godoy, Guillermo E. Defossé and María del Carmen Dentoni

Guillermo E. Defossé is a Research Scientist working as a principal researcher in the Esquel Research Center for Mountains and Steppes of Patagonia (CIEMEP-CONICET); he is also forest ecology professor at the University of Patagonia in Esquel, Patagonia, Argentina. In 2015 he was elected Director of the Doctoral Program in “Ecology and Management of Vegetation Fires” taught at the University of Patagonia.

María Marcela Godoy is a forest engineer at U of La Plata in Argentina, and also holds a MSc in Forest Genetics at Georgia Augusta University of Göttingen, Germany (1994).  She started working on fire Ecology at the Patagonian Andes Forest Research and Extension Center (CIEFAP) in Esquel in 2000. She is also assistant professor of Forest Ecology since 1999 and advanced PhD candidate in the Doctoral program of “Ecology and Management of Vegetation Fires” taught at the University of Patagonia.

María del Carmen Dentoni is meteorologist of the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, specialized in Fire Weather and FDRS in the UI, the NOAA Fire Weather Program, and the BC Wildfire Program.  She worked for the Servicio Nacional de Manejo del Fuego (SNMF, National Fire Management Service) of Argentina (1998-2019), leading the Fire Weather and FDR Programs. She is Professor of Climatology at the University of Patagonia and studied Spanish to English translation at the Argentine Association of English Culture.

Editor's Note: Fire Ecology is one of the very few journals that provides abstracts in both English and Spanish. We do this because of the tremendous amount of fire ecology work done in Spanish-speaking countries. However, the journal has a difficult time finding funding to perform these translations. Over the last four years, Guillermo E. Defossé (center of picture), María Marcela Godoy (left) and María del Carmen Dentoni (right) have translated Fire Ecology abstracts free of charge. They not only translated the original abstract but also reviewed the translation for accuracy. AFE thanks them for their outstanding work by awarding this team the Associate Editors of the Year.

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