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Southeast Fire Ecology Partnership


Southeast Fire Ecology Partnership (SEFEP) is a group of fire ecology professionals, representing four agencies and organizations, all located at Tall Timbers Research Station. Our goal is to promote collaboration on research, education, and training efforts in fire ecology, especially in the southeastern United States. Membership includes:

National Park Service
Caroline Noble
Southeast Region Fire Ecologist
U.S. Forest Service
Erica Taecker,
Southern Region Fire Ecologist
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
currently vacant
Tall Timbers Research Station
Ron-Masters Kevin-Robertson Joe-Noble
Ron Masters,
Research Director
Kevin Robertson,
Fire Ecologist
Joe Noble, GIS/Information Systems Coordinator
The Nature Conservancy
currently vacant


Supported Collaborative Projects and Research include:

  • E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database maintenance and development
  • FRAMES southern Fire Portal
  • LANDFIRE data development and modeling for southeastern US
  • The Nature Conservancy Fire Learning Networks
  • The Southern Fire Exchange
  • Southeast Chapter of the Association for Fire Ecology
  • Burn severity mapping techniques in southeastern U.S. vegetation communities


SEFEP promotes education on prescribed fire and fire ecology issues through sponsorship and participation in conferences, workshops, and educational programs for the general public, academic institutions, and private groups.

  • Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conferences
  • International Fire Congresses
  • Prescribed Fire Council Activities across the Southeast
  • Tall Timbers Fall Field Day and Open House


SEFEP supports fire ecology-related training by serving as steering committee members, developers, instructors, facilitators, and coordinators for NWCG courses and training workshops. They evaluate training curriculum gaps and make recommendations for future course development needs. Recent courses supported include:

  • Rx-310 Introduction to Fire Effects
  • RX-410 Smoke Management
  • S495 Geospatial Fire Applications
  • RX-510 Applied Fire Effects
  • Field Workshops for Burn Severity Mapping
  • USDA-NRCS Fire and Ecosystem Management

SEFEP also supports the Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC) in Tallahassee, Florida by providing staffing and participating in PFTC courses, workshops, and field trips.

Students monitor a test fire before a controlled burn at a Nature Conservancy training course.

Students monitor a test fire before a controlled burn at a Nature Conservancy training course.

Tall Timbers staff collecting data for Fire Behavior Research.

Tall Timbers staff collecting data for Fire Behavior Research.

On-line Resources

E. V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database and Thesaurus. This searchable resource is freely available to all parties and includes a broad collection of fire ecology literature with abstracts including complete Proceedings from all Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conferences.

FRAMES Southern Fire Portal. Improving fire science organization and accessibility by integrating FRAMES, the Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science, and the E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database.

Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity. Map the burn severity and perimeters of all historical fires (1984-2010) within the United States.

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