People and Wildfire

Type: Guided Poster
Theme: Physical Geography in Environmental Science
Sponsor Groups: Biogeography Specialty Group, Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Jesse Minor, Erana Loveless
Chairs: Jesse Minor

Call for Submissions

We seek poster presenters from any subdiscipline of geography, and from any associated discipline (anthropology, sociology, environmental studies/science, landscape ecology, cultural studies, regional/area studies, fire science, and beyond). Drawing on the theme of Physical Geography in Environmental Science, we especially welcome presenters who articulate or explore the connections between physical geography and environmental science.

Guided Poster Sessions are one of the best ways to present your work. Participants have several minutes to recap the major points and findings from your exciting research, and contributors and audience mingle and discuss the presented work.

Benefits of a poster presentation: Poster presentations tend to attract more high-quality interactions and better feedback than paper presentations. You have a physical record of your presentation, which can be displayed for years to come, thereby increasing the impact of your work. Finally, registration costs are lower for a poster presentation, and you have a longer time to refine your abstract before the conference!

Please send abstracts and PINs to Jesse Minor ( or Erana Loveless ( We would be more than happy to answer any questions about this session!

NOTE: You will need to set your abstract type as "Guided Poster," rather than simply "Poster."


Perhaps more than any other phenomenon studied by geographers, environmental scientists, and other scholars, wildfire responds to a broad set of natural and human influences. Wildfire is profoundly and simultaneously influenced by anthropogenic (institutional, cultural, spiritual, economic, social) and biophysical (topographic, meteorological, ecological) factors as they play out across space and time. The influences on and effects of wildfire are complicated, ever-shifting, and open to interpretation depending on the nature of evidence available, epistemologies employed, and resources in question.

We seek poster presentations that engage with the coupled dynamics of people and fire in any setting and at any scale and using any methodological approach, ranging from humanistic, physical, anthropological, critical-physical, social scientific, and beyond. We welcome presentations from any site, region, or geographic focus, and from any time period in human history.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jesse Minor*, University of Maine - Farmington, Replacement of Dynamically Stable Fire Regimes by Euro-American Settlement 10 8:00 AM
Presenter Erana Loveless*, , How Mountain Topography Shaped Forests by Influencing Human Fire Use 9 8:10 AM
Presenter Gregory A. Pope*, Montclair State University, Jennifer R. Callanan, William Paterson University, Michael Flood, Montclair State University, Bernadette Calderon, Montclair State University, Jason Darley, Tetra Tech, Fire as a conditioner in the soil + regolith “critical zone” 9 8:19 AM
Presenter Lauren B Hendricks*, University of Oregon, Gusti Z Anshari, Universitas Tanjungpura, Daniel G Gavin, University of Oregon, Tropical Rainforest and Shifting Cultivation: Understanding the Role of Anthropogenic Fire throughout the Late Holocene in Tropical Rainforest in West Kalimantan, Indonesia 9 8:28 AM
Presenter Michael Flood*, Montclair State University, Gregory Pope, Montclair State University, Jennifer Callanan, William Paterson University , Xiaona Li, Montclair State University , Josh Galster , Montclair State University , Elemental Analysis of Species Specific Forest Fire Ash: A Consideration for Soil Formation and Forest Succession in a Mixed Hardwood Forest of Northern New Jersey 9 8:37 AM
Presenter Alex Shaller*, , Rowan Moody, Clark University, An Analysis of the spatial distribution of wildfires in California's history 1950-2016 9 8:46 AM
Presenter Geoffrey Johnson*, University of Oregon, Paleofire and the science-policy interface in Pacific Northwest fire management 9 8:55 AM
Presenter Aggeliki Barberopoulou*, Salem State University, The fire of July 23rd, 2018 Mati, Attiki Greece: Lessons learned in the face of lacking crisis management: 9 9:04 AM
Presenter Lilian Yang*, California State University - Long Beach, Fire and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Savanna of Mali 9 9:13 AM
Presenter Tracy Whelen*, University of South Carolina, A GIS-based Preliminary Fire Fatality Risk Assessment for Richland County, South Carolina 9 9:22 AM
Presenter Max Stiefel, University of California, Santa Barbara, Ethan Sharygin*, State of California, Methods for estimating the population impacts of California's 2017 wildfires 9 9:31 AM

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