Fire Ecology Program

Fire Science

The Fire Ecology Program focuses on areas of fire science needed for the continued use of prescribed fire as a conservation and land management tool into the future. In order to both accomplish fire management goals and protect human health and safety, it is important to accurately estimate fire emissions, including smoke, particulate matter, and various chemicals. We study each of the components needed to estimate fire emissions and their impacts, including:

  • Burned area through satellite remote sensing and records keeping systems;
  • Fuel consumption of various fuel types;
  • Emissions produced per biomass consumed (emission factors);
  • Chemical composition of emissions.

We also study the effect of prescribed fire ignition techniques and weather conditions on fire behavior and effects. We collaborate with the Tall Timbers Wildland Fire Science Program in support of their research initiatives.

Program Director Kevin Robertson takes notes on Fire Behavior at the Pebble Hill Fire Plots.

Dr. Glynnis Bugna (right) and undergraduate student Christopher Odezulu (left) from Florida A&M University measure particulate matter emissions at the Pebble Hill Fire Plots with Tall Timbers Fire Ecology staff.

Prescribed fire for research on one of the Fire Ecology Research Plots (Stoddard Plots) annually burned since 1961 on Tall Timbers Research Station.

Undergradatue student intern Michael Porter collects and sorts fuels following fire to estimate fuel consumption.