This award is intended to recognize outstanding scholarship, i.e., an outstanding original contribution to the body of scientific knowledge and understanding through theoretical or applied research.
Falk was a co-editor (with Donald McKenzie, US Forest Service, and Carol Miller, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Institute) of The Landscape Ecology of Fire, a book published in 2011 by Springer Publishers in their Ecological Studies series. The Landscape Ecology of Fire is a synthesis of work addressing state-of-the art theoretical and applied understanding of fire on the landscape. Given the increasing importance of fire in our landscape, this book is especially timely. This pioneering work addresses the influence of fire as biophysical and ecological process from local to continental scales, and the multiple causes and effects of changes in fire regimes through time.