Biological Sciences East 225

Fire Ecology Seminar

Fire ecology is the study of roles that fire plays in ecosystem function and structure. Fire is a keystone process in grasslands, shrublands, savannahs, and many forested systems. Recent anthropogenic changes — such as the spread of invasive species — are changing the fire regimes of many ecosystems, including the Sonoran Desert. In the Southwest, recent large fires may be pushing ecosystems past tipping points into new configurations.

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