Forest Fire Ecology

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.

Audio archive of the complete interview

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About Tim

Host for Oak and Thorn on the first and third Sundays of every month, and The Ecology Hour on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Oak & Thorn aims to present the widest possible spectrum of Celtic music, from traditional to contemporary styles, along with information about history and culture. The Ecology Hour- Science Edition (co-hosted with Bob Spies) presents recent scientific findings about the natural world and our place in it. My other interests include brewing, gardening, birding, cooking, woodworking, and history. I live on Middle Ridge in Albion, California, among wonderful neighbors.
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