Graduate student awarded Wildland Fire Scholarship 

Nov. 13, 2018
Jo Kingsbury awarded the 2018 International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) scholarship.

Jo Kingsbury, a PhD student in the Environmental Science Graduate Program at The Ohio State University has been awarded the 2018 International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) scholarship. Student essays are evaluated by an international panel of fire science experts and one doctoral level recipient is chosen for this prestigious scholarship.

Kingsbury's doctoral research focuses on fire-grazing-flooding interactions in Bolivia and their impact on bird communities. Her current research seeks to understand how fire shapes habitat for globally threatened birds within Bolivia’s Beni Savanna Ecoregion, one of the earth's most remote and threatened savanna systems.

Read more about Kingsbury's research and how it will help with the development of more sustainable fire-management regimes and predictive tools for land managers here.

Jo Kingsbury (center) holding a pre-burn briefing an Barba Azul Nature Reserve during her 2018 field season with key members of the burn team including lab-mate, Rachel Glover (left); reserve manager, Tjalle Boorsma (back right) and ranch manager, Hernan Lopez Souza (front right).  

Jo is co-advised by School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty members Matt Davies and Chris Tonra.

The IAWF presents this award annually to members of the fire science community and has been doing so since 2017.

Photos courtesy of Jo Kingsbury.