Responses of two Sericoda Kirby, 1837 (Coleoptera: Carabidae) species to forest harvesting, wildfire, and burn severity
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): M. J. Koivula; T. Cobb; A. D. Dechene; J. Jacobs; J. R. Spence
Publication Year: 2006

Cataloging Information

  • Abies balsamea
  • Alberta
  • Betula papyrifera
  • boreal forests
  • Canada
  • Carabidae
  • Coleoptera
  • coniferous forests
  • disturbance
  • duff
  • fire case histories
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • insects
  • logging
  • Picea glauca
  • Picea mariana
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pinus contorta
  • Populus balsamifera
  • Populus tremuloides
  • salvage
  • succession
  • trapping
  • trees
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 46909
Tall Timbers Record Number: 22745
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Forest fires are among the most important natural disturbances in the boreal region, but fire-initiated succession is increasingly often interrupted by salvage logging, i.e., post-fire removal of burned trees. Unfortunately, very little is known about the ecological effects of this practice. To address this knowledge gap and to examine other factors affecting the abundance of two fire-associated carabid species (Sericoda quadripuntata and S. bembidioides) we conducted three field studies based on pitfall trapping in recent burns in Alberta, Canada. The results suggest that the abundance of both species drastically decreased from the first to the third post-fire year and that fire severity was positively associated with abundance of both species. The combined effects of wildfire and forest harvesting were associated with higher catches of S. quadripunctata, but lower catches of S. bembidioides. We discuss these findings in the contexts of salvage logging and species ecology. © Entomologica Fennic, 2006.

Koivula, M. J., T. Cobb, A. D. Dechene, J. Jacobs, and J. R. Spence. 2006. Responses of two Sericoda Kirby, 1837 (Coleoptera: Carabidae) species to forest harvesting, wildfire, and burn severity. Entomologica Fennica, v. 17, no. 3, p. 315-324.