Ecology of Fire-Dependent Ecosystems
Wildland Fire Science, Policy, and Management
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This textbook for upper-level courses in fire ecology and wildland fire management will help students design and conduct robust wildland fire research projects and critically interpret and apply fire science in any management, education, or policy situation. It emphasises variability in wildland fire as an ecological regime and provides tools for students, researchers and managers to assess and connect fire environment and fire behaviour to fire effects.
Fire has not only shaped communities but pushed ecosystems beyond previous boundaries. Yet understanding the nature and effects of fire as an ecological disturbance has been slow, hampered by the complexity of the dynamic interactions between vegetation and climate and by fear of the destruction fire can bring. This book will help those who study, manage, and use wildland fire to develop new answers and novel solutions, based on an understanding of how fire functions in natural and social environments. It reviews literature, synthesises concepts, and identifies research gaps and policy needs. The book also explores the interaction of fire and human culture, demonstrating how fire policy can be made adaptable to cultural and socio-ecological objectives.
Table of Contents
Introduction. From flame to flame front. Part 1 Fire Fundamentals. Wildland fire regimes: Past and present.Wildland fire regimes: The role of humans. Part 2 Fire Effects. Fundamentals of wildand fire impacts & ecology. Soil properties. Water and the atmosphere. Individuals & populations. Pyrodiversity. Part 3 Human Dimensions. Cultural connections to fire. Institutional management & policy. Coexisting with wildland fire. References cited. Index
Devan Allen McGranahan Devan grew up on his family’s farm in Clay County, Iowa. After graduating from Grinnell College with a BA in Biology, he spent a year in Southern Africa conducting independent research on rangeland management and biodiversity conservation supported by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. He studied patch-burn grazing at Iowa State University, earning a MS in Sustainable Agriculture and a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. After a post-doctoral fellowship at The University of the South in Sewanee,Tennessee, he spent nine months in the Department of Grassland Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal,South Africa, supported by a Fulbright Faculty Teaching/Research Award and an International Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Research Foundation of South Africa. While writing this book, he was an Assistant Professor of Range Science in the School for Natural Resource Sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.
Carissa Lyn Wonkka Carissa grew up in western Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2003 with a BS in Wildlife Conservation & Management. She earned a JD from Suffolk University Law School in 2008, then received her MS in Rangeland Ecology & Management and PhD in Ecosystem Science & Management from Texas A&M. She worked for four years as a post-doctoral research associate at University of Nebraska–Lincoln, before taking a position as Research Ecologist at the USDA ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney, Montana.