Our guest was Dr. Malcolm North, Professor of Forest Ecology at UC Davis and Research Forest Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. His research focuses on understanding how disturbance (by logging, management, or fire) alters forest structure, producing changes that propagate through the ecosystems’ processes, food webs and species diversity.
Dr. North has prepared a helpful summary of some frequently-asked questions about forest fires, touching on some of the concepts we discussed.
He is the lead author of a recent article in the journal Science, “Reform forest fire management,” which touched off some controversy in the USFS. We are very glad that the Forest Service agreed to allow Dr. North to speak with us.