From the text ... 'The effects of fire on vegetation, and some small mammals, macropods and birds in wet and dry sclerophyll forests were studied. Regeneration after fire was primarily from soil-stored seed in wet sclerophyll forest and from...
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As the initial step in a study of forest fire cycles in the boreal forest of northwestern Ontario, four burned areas of different ages were briefly examined. This Report describes the present condition of the areas visited in terms of both forest cover...
From the text... 'Best control of chaparral shrubs on rangeland at Hopland Field Station has been achieved with the use of herbicides. In both grazed and ungrazed areas, chemical control reduced the brush to less than 1% of the plant cover within...
Indigenous forests and replacement conifer plantations are contrasted in terms of the biology and plant nutrient dynamics of the forest floor. Biological and non-biological factors mediating decomposition are considered. © Institute of Foresters of...
Fire is a natural environmental variable over most of Austrailia. It is a unique environmental variable in that it: tends to be self-propagating; occurs for extremely limited periods in any one locality; may have devastating effects; occurs over a wide...
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The combination of improper land use and attempts at total fire exclusion from the wildlands of Southern California have caused major changes in the vegetation. These changes are continuing, especially in the forested areas which have suffered severed...
The impact of logging and slash disposal on the bitterbrush understory in a lodgepole pine forest on easily disturbed pumice soils in central Oregon was evaluated. Soils were moderately to heavily distrubed on 75% of the area, and bitterbrush crown...
Analysis of the spatial patterning of trees in the dwarf forest of the Plains and a tall forest in the Wharton Tract of the New Jersey Pine Barrens lead to the following conclusions. (1) In the Plains pitch pine and black-jack oak are exclusively...
In the first few years following fire, burned chaparral areas are typified by a flush of seed germination and seedling growth not seen in unburned chaparral. The effects of fire on factors of potential importance to this plant response were examined in...
As Forest Health Fire Ecologist you will be on the leading edge of a developing prescribed fire program improving forest health and resiliency throughout the state. You will be collecting fuels and fire effects data that will help guide prescribed fire implementation and planning efforts as the Washington Department of Natural Resources work towards its 20 year Forest Health Plan goals.
- Fuels management and fire behavior
- Changing fire environment
- Emissions and air quality
- Fire effects and post-fire recovery
- Relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire
- Human dimensions of fire
The primary announcement FA-FOA0020-002 has one task statement:
- Performance of fuel breaks and fuel break systems
- Great Basin
- Pacific Islands
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Health and Resiliency Division is hiring a Fire Scientist position. This Fire Scientist position will serve as the agency’s fire science lead responsible for conducting scientific analysis and research in support of the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan, 10-Year Wildland Fire Protection Strategic Plan, the Forest Action Plan, and other related plans and initiatives. This position will lead and integrate fire risk analysis and community wildfire risk reduction with landscape restoration planning. This position will serve as the agency expert in fire science independently performing original scientific research and analysis with publication of research findings in refereed publications. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with DNR scientists, US Forest Service researchers, university researchers and other partners.
Text of the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) statement:
The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) is committed to ensuring that the ‘best available science’ is available for planning and managing northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States. Where there are current gaps in the science, the goal of the LSFSC is to assist in filling those gaps so that science informs practice and vice-versa. Unfortunately, for many local fire management issues, there are few resources available to bring managers and scientists together to solve these important issues.
In an effort to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together, and to expose future professionals to opportunities of management and research collaborations, the LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region (See our Ecosystems page for a description of fire-dependent ecosystems that are the focus of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium). Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams (i.e. both must be listed as co-PIs and equally contribute to proposal development) and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve management of fire-dependent ecosystems locally. Preference will be given to partnerships that have not yet received funding from the program.
The LSFSC anticipates awarding several $4,000 research internship awards. It is expected that 100% of the funds should go to support the undergraduate internship experience (preferably for salary, though a limited amount of funds may be used to purchase materials and supplies needed to complete the project - funds should not be used as a supplement or summer salary for graduate students). All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern / 4:00 PM Central on Monday, December 9, 2019 by email to Jack McGowan-Stinski. There will be no exceptions to this closing date and time.
Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a PhD-level graduate student to participate in research examining the effectiveness of restoration, adaptation, and transition management techniques at fostering forest health and productivity in the face of novel climate, insect, and disease threats. This research will assess silvicultural experiments co-developed with stakeholder input with application to both urban and rural forest settings. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, and Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center in developing management options to promote diverse and productive rural and urban forests despite the stress of climate change and other disturbance agents. The position is available for Summer/Fall 2020 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).
Qualifications: M.S. in forest ecology, forestry, silviculture, biology or a closely related field. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers and managers on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership.
Application: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (PhD in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2020 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the “Statement of Purpose.”
The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) seeks a post-doctoral research fellow to explore the social and economic impacts of climate change in Alaska from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Possible sectors of analysis include but are not limited to:
- fisheries (including ocean acidification),
- transportation (and trans-Arctic shipping),
- infrastructure, mineral,
- oil & gas resource development,
- mixed-subsistence economies, and
- the provision of related climate services.
- We are also interested in an analysis of the economic impacts of ACCAP’s work.
This post-doctoral fellowship includes opportunities to directly engage ACCAP’s partners and stakeholders in use-inspired basic research and knowledge co-production. The person in this position will work closely in an interdisciplinary team environment that includes a spectrum of senior scientists, junior scientists, graduate students, and research professionals. Collaborating organizations include the Center for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS) at UAF, the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and other ACCAP partner organizations.
- Desired state date: Negotiable. As soon as possible.
- Duration: 2 year, term funded
- Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
- Open until filled.
How to apply: please submit CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter to Sarah Trainor, ACCAP Director with “Econ Post-Doc Application” in the subject line. The cover letter should include:
- A description of the candidate’s PhD research,
- A statement of interest outlining potential research project, including sectors of interest, and research approach, and
- A description of past experience with research in Alaska and/or the Arctic.
We are looking for a capable student to join our Forest Ecology research team at the Masters or PhD level. The student will use radio-labeling methods to explore seed dispersal and the spatial ecology of herbaceous species across a range of scales. Demographic models will be paired with micro-environmental heterogeneity to compare the roles of disturbance history, animal behavior, physical gradients, and plant life history in shaping species distributions at the population and landscape scale. In addition to research commitments, students take courses and serve as teaching assistants in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. The position is fully funded including tuition waivers.
Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.2 and an average GRE score above the 60th percentile. A strong work ethic, quantitative skills, and the ability work independently are essential. Applicants should be physically fit and capable of field work under less-than-ideal conditions. Previous field experience is desirable.
The Western Forest Initiative at Utah State University (http://westernforestinitiative.org) seeks to fill a PhD position funded by the T. W. Daniel endowment. The selected student will work in the Lutz lab on research in the three largest annually-surveyed, spatially-explicit forest plots in western North America, located in Yosemite, California (http://yfdp.org), Wind River, Washington (http://wfdp.org), and Cedar Breaks, Utah (http://ufdp.org). Experimental work can be conducted in the T. W. Daniel Experimental Forest near Logan, Utah.
The successful student can conduct research on a variety of topics, for example; spatial relationships among woody plants, forest community resistance and resilience, forest canopy-snow interactions, fuel dynamics, climate-mediated forest change, plant-soil interactions, carbon sequestration, seedling dynamics, understory-overstory interactions, or mechanisms and consequences of tree mortality. The existing dataset is particularly rich in demographic data, including annual tree mortality by cause. There will be considerable opportunity to interact with students, scientists, and academics affiliated with the Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory (https://forestgeo.si.edu).
The Tingley Lab in Global Change Ecology is joining the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and seeking creative and motivated PhD students to join the lab in the Fall of 2020. Our research utilizes field and biodiversity data to explore how large-scale anthropogenic drivers of change (e.g., climate change, land-use change, fire regimes) affect geographic distributions and community interactions over short to long timespans, from years to centuries. Most of our research explores these topics using birds as the primary study organism.
Potential research areas include: 1) the impact of climate change on birds through shifts in distributions or phenology; 2) the mechanisms that define range limits; 3) the role of wildfire in structuring biodiversity; 4) statistical modeling of distributions and assemblages; and/or 5) using historical data to understand processes of change. Research projects will have opportunities to draw from extensive existing databases as well as collect new field data at current field sites in temperate mountain systems. Enthusiasm, excellent written and oral communication abilities, and strong quantitative skills are necessary. Backgrounds in ornithology, modeling, and statistics are desired.
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Presenter: Jonathan Coop, Western Colorado University
In western North America, ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forest types appear increasingly vulnerable to wildfire-catalyzed conversion to alternate and non-forest vegetation types....
Every year hundreds to thousands of wildfires occur in all 13 southeastern US states, threatening communities and homes. In 2017, Southern Regional Extension Forestry, the University of Georgia (UGA) Warnell School of Forestry, and the UGA Cooperative...
A two day workshop designed for landowners and managers looking to gain skills in prescribed fire planning and implementation. Opportunity to see first hand lands actively managed with prescribed fire.
This two-week workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and training required to develop and implement prescribed burn plans with a focus on setting ecological objectives, assessing burn complexity, assessing resource needs, contingency...
Join us as we bridge the gap between science and management when it comes to issues related to managing fire in ecosystems with organic soils. This workshop will be a true exchange designed to expose natural resource managers to useful scientific...
NWSA hosts annual workshops in partnership with other wilderness stewardship organizations and land management agencies. The conferences/workshops provide a great way for stewardship groups around the country to connect with each other and with key...
Presenter: Lisa McCauley, The Nature Conservancy
Higher tree density, more fuels, and a warmer, drier climate have caused an increase in the frequency, size, and severity of wildfires in western U.S. forests. There is an urgent need to restore...
The 2019 Conference will feature a full slate of tutorials on Monday covering a wide range of aerosol science topics including the popular "Hands-on Aerosol Instrumentation Design and Measurement" tutorial. The technical program will feature parallel...
This one-day workshop is designed for landowners and managers looking to gain skills in prescribed fire planning and implementation. A follow up one day field trip will be held at UC Berkeley’s Blodgett Research Forest in Georgetown (El Dorado County)...
Sponsor: Southwest Fire Science Consortium
Presenters: Jim Smith and Kori Blankenship, The Nature Conservancy
This webinar will focus on LANDFIRE Remap products in LF’s Southwest GeoArea: Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, and sections of New...
The Northwest Climate Conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with a diverse community of experts fostering a more climate resilient Northwest. The event brings together practitioners, scientists, tribal communities, and...
In the West, upland forests protect the land that yields the water we all depend on for life. However, wildfires, forest pests, drought stress, outdoor recreation, poorly managed livestock grazing, timber harvesting, and unsustainable development can...
This class runs from October 7-11, 2019.
The Natural Areas Training Academy will, for the first time, offer RX-410: Smoke Management Techniques. Although many backgrounds will be considered, applicants must have an extensive history in...
Day 1 (October 3, 2019 noon-5:00 p.m.)
The Miller Homestead fire burned over 165,000 acres West of Frenchglen leaving lasting impacts for the communities and wildlife that call this area home. In response to the 2012 fires--...
In 2019, The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society will come together for the first-ever joint national conference of these two organizations. The event will likely be the largest gathering of fish and wildlife professionals ever, and will...
Clay Trauernicht, fire scientist, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Willie Rice, forester with Forest Solutions, Inc.