Fire ecology
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Edwin V. Komarek Sr.
Publication Year: 1962

Cataloging Information

  • adaptation
  • cover
  • ecology
  • evolution
  • fire adaptations
  • forest types
  • grasslands
  • histories
  • lightning caused fires
  • mammals
  • paleoecology
  • plant communities
  • prehistoric fires
  • savannas
  • succession
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 2613
Tall Timbers Record Number: 3777
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Tall Timbers shelf
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

This bibliographic record was either created or modified by the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy and is provided without charge to promote research and education in Fire Ecology. The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database is the intellectual property of the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.


Fire ecology can be defined as the study of fire as it affects the environment and the interrelationships of plants and animals therein. It is assumed that through natural selection primarily, over long periods of time, plants and animals have developed 'adaptations' that allow them to live where fire is a factor in the environment. Although ecology itself has become well defined and generally understood, fire ecology, like the use of fire by man, has been unduly influenced by an European heritage. When, however, we try to define fire in nature, we get into difficulty because of its varied nature, for fire becomes one thing to some people, and something entirely different to others. It is not only itself extremely variable but these variations are compounded, one might even say, by arithmetical progression by many other variable factors.

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Komarek Sr., Edwin V. 1962. Fire ecology. Proceedings: first annual tall timbers fire ecology conference. Tallahassee, FL: Tall Timbers Research Station. pp. 95-107.