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Citation: Parks, Sean A.; Holsinger, Lisa M.; Miller, Carol L.; Nelson, Cara R. 2015. Wildland fire as a self-regulating mechanism: the role of previous burns and weather in limiting fire progression. Ecological Applications 25(6):1478-1492.


The authors’ objective was to research the ability of wildfire to limit the spread of a subsequent fire based on the time between the two, and also to see how weather at the time of the fire alters this effect.

Citation: O'Connor, Christopher D.; Lynch, Ann M.; Falk, Donald A.; Swetnam, Thomas W. 2015. Post-fire forest dynamics and climate variability affect spatial and temporal properties of spruce beetle outbreaks on a Sky Island mountain range. Forest Ecology and Management 336:148-162.


The authors reconstructed the species composition and structure of Engelmann spruce forest stand populations over a 319-year period between stand-replacing fire to determine how changes in the stand structure of spruce over time affect the size and severity of spruce beetle outbreaks.

Citation: Abella, Scott R.; Fornwalt, Paula J. 2015. Ten years of vegetation assembly after a North American mega-fire. Global Change Biology 21(2):789-802.


This paper examines the post-fire recovery, resistance and resilience, of understory vegetation after a mega fire along a gradient of fire severities.

Citation: Huffman, David W.; Zegler, Thomas J.; Fulé, Peter Z. 2015. Fire history of a mixed conifer forest on the Mogollon Rim, northern Arizona, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire 24(5):680-689.


The authors reconstructed the fire regime characteristics of a warm-dry mixed conifer forest to evaluate potential changes to the fire regime since Euro-American settlement and examine the extent of high- or mixed-severity fire in these ecosystems historically.

Citation: Hood, Sharon M.; Sala, Anna; Heyerdahl, Emily K.; Boutin, Marion. 2015. Low-severity fire increases tree defense against bark beetle attacks. Ecology 96(7):1846-1855.


The authors tested the theory that frequent, low severity wildfire confers a heightened defense response to ponderosa pine against future bark beetle attack.

Citation: Ouzts, Jessi; Kolb, Thomas E.; Huffman, David W.; Sánchez Meador, Andrew. 2015. Post-fire ponderosa pine regeneration with and without planting in Arizona and New Mexico. Forest Ecology and Management 354:281-290.


The authors measured ponderosa pine seedling recovery of planted and unplanted areas after severe wildfire.

Citation: Dugan, Alexa J.; Baker, William L. 2015. Sequentially contingent fires, droughts and pluvials structured a historical dry forest landscape and suggest future contingencies. Journal of Vegetation Science 26(4):697-710.


The authors examined the effects of potential contingent influences of drought, fire, pluvial and/or fire quiescent periods on post-disturbance recruitment and dry forest structure.

Citation: Yocom, Larissa L.; Fulé, Peter Z.; Bunn, Windy A.; Gdula, Eric G. 2015. Historical high-severity fire patches in mixed-conifer forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 45(11):1587-1596.


The authors examined the size of historical high-severity fire in mixed-conifer and aspen stands on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and compared them to present day patches of high severity fire. The further explored historical climate conditions that produced the largest patches of high severity fire prior to Euro-American settlement.

Citation: Rother, Monica T.; Veblen, Thomas T.; Furman, Luke G. 2015. A field experiment informs expected patterns of conifer regeneration after disturbance under changing climate conditions. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 45(11):1607-1616.


The authors implemented field experiments to determine the effects of an array of temperature and moisture treatments on ponderosa pine regeneration following disturbance, such as wildfire.

Citation: Coop, Jonathan D.; Holsinger, Lisa; McClernan, Sarah; Parks, Sean A. 2015. Influences of previous wildfires on change, resistance, and resilience to reburning in a montane southwestern landscape. Pages 273-276. In: Keane, Robert E.; Jolly, Matt; Parsons, Russell; Riley, Karin (editors). Proceedings of the large wildland fires conference; May 19-23, 2014; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-73. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.


The authors used non-metric multidimensional scaling to assess how time-since-fire and burn severity of a previous fire affected the severity of patches on the Las Conchas fire, and how vegetation patterns changed following the fire.