USA — This is the seventh year the IAWF will be awarding two scholarships valued at $2,500 to promote the scholarly pursuits and graduate-level training within the global wildland fire community. The 2013 scholarship program received several applicants from students around the world in a range of science disciplines including social, environmental and physical sciences.
This years scholarship recipients are Hector L. Martinez-Torres from the Univeridad del Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and Elizabeth A. Schneider from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Mr. Martinez-Torres is in his second year of his Ph.D. studies in the Laboratory of Ecology of Forest Management at CIEco UNAM. His research focuses on the traditional use and management of fire by indigenous and non-indigenous rural inhabitants in forestry, agriculture and livestock management at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, one of the most emblematic Natural Protected Areas in Mexico.
Ms. Schneider is a masters student in the University of Tennessee Department of Geography. Her concentrations are in biogeography, paleoclimatology and dendrochronology. Schneiders research focuses on low-frequency climate oscillations and their influence on the occurrence of wildfires in the Southwest. Her goal is to increase the knowledge of fire-climate interactions and provide fire managers with in-depth information on the changing patterns of wildfire. Her interest in fire and dendrochronology began as a lab assistant at the University of Oregon. She is now a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Tennessee and is working in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science.
We see these scholarships as a cornerstone of our Association, helping join together our members and our rising experts in the field to better understand and address current wildfire issues and to learn from each other, says IAWF President Dan W. Bailey. I congratulate them and look forward to their future contributions to our broader knowledge of wildland fire.