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Director of the Southern Fire Exchange, University of Florida

Dr. David R. Godwin, – David R. Godwin is the director and co-principal investigator of the Southern Fire Exchange program with the University of Florida School Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences. He holds a B.S. in geography from Florida State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida in fire science and forest resources. His fire science research experience spans a variety of southern ecosystems and includes investigations of wildfire burn severity using remote sensing and studies of the impacts of prescribed fire and mechanical fuel treatments on southeastern U.S. forests and soil carbon dynamics. Since 2013, he has led technology transfer programs for the Southern Fire Exchange (SFE). With funding provided by the Joint Fire Science Program, SFE is a collaboration among the University of Florida, North Carolina State University, Tall Timbers Research Station, and the US Forest Service Southern Research Station. David leads the SFE team to develop resources, programs, and opportunities that increase the relevance and application of wildland fire science information in land management decisions across the southeastern U.S.

David is a certified fire ecologist and a member of the Association for Fire Ecology and the Association for Natural Resources Extension Professionals. He is the founder of the University of Florida Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE) chapter, a member of the Prescribed Fire Science Consortium, and a steering committee member of the North Florida Prescribed Fire Council. David is based at Tall Timbers Research Station and lives in Tallahassee with his family.


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    Director of Southern Fire Exchange, University of Florida