PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab
Forest and fire ecology in the context of environmental change
Research in the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab focuses on understanding the interactions among climate, vegetation, and fire regimes over a range of spatial and temporal scales, in the past, present, and future. Understanding ecological change over time integrates projects within the lab, revealing patterns and processes unobservable over human life spans, providing context for ongoing environmental change, and helping anticipate the consequences of future environmental change.
Recent Lab News:
- Congratulations to Kyra Wolf for her Joint Fire Science Program Graduate Research Fellowship award! (10/2018)
- Congratulations to post-doc Kim Davis for her publication in the journal Ecography: Microclimatic buffering in forests of the future: The role of local water balance (6/2018)
- Congratulations to post-doc Kim Davis for her publication in the journal Functional Ecology: Anticipating fire-mediated impacts of climate change using a demographic framework (6/2018)
- Congratulations to Lacey Hankin for her first lead-author publication from her thesis: "Accuracy of node and bud-scar counts for aging two dominant conifers in western North America" published in Forest Ecology and Management. (6/2018)
- The lab was well represented at the recent Fire Continuum Conference in Missoula, with presentations by Kyra Wolf, Lacey Hankin, Adam Young, Kim Davis, and Phil Higuera!
- A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Adam Young for successfully defending his dissertation and earning his PhD! Good luck with your post-doc at Northern Arizona University! (5/2018)
- Congratulations to Lacey Hankin, MS for successfully defending her thesis and earning her MS! Good luck with your PhD program at the University of Nevada, Reno! (5/2018)
- We're looking for an undergraduate research assistant to join the Big Burns Project! (1/2018)
- New paper in a special issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment lead by former post-doc Jesse Morris, titled "Bark beetles as agents of change in social-ecological systems."
- New paper in Ecology Letters highlighting evidence for declining forest resilience to wildfires under climate change (12/2017)
- New paper in Biogeosciences highlighting how fire-regime variability can have long-lasting impacts on forest carbon dynamics (9/2017)
- Editorial published in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle by Phil and colleagues, titled "Learning to live with Western wildfires" (10/2017)
- Lots of press coverage of the 2017 fire season across local and national outlets, including High Country News, AMP's Marketplace, and more. (9-11/2017)
- The lab was well represented at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Portland Oregon this month, with four current and two past members delivering talks (Davis, Hoecker, Kemp, Young) or posters (Hankin et al., Higuera et al.) (8/2017)
- Our new NSF grant, "The Big Burns Project," officially started on Aug. 1st: Press Release (8/1/2017)
- Welcome Kyra Wolf, who joins the lab as an incoming MS student in the Systems Ecology program, working on the Big Burns Project (7/2017)
- Congratulations to Tyler Hoecker, MS, for successfully defending his thesis and earning his MS! Good luck with your PhD program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison! (6/2017)
- New paper in Ecology highlights how wildfires catalyzed rapid ecological change in the Puget Lowlands over the past 12,000 years (5/2017)
- New paper in The Holocene led by former post-doc Jesse Morris, from our work in Tasmania, Australia, highlighting the ability of pollen to detect fire-caused vegetation change in subalpine forests (5/2017)
- New paper in Enviornmetrics led by PalEON PhD student Malcom Itter, presenting a new Bayesian model to reconstruct wildfires from sediment-charcoal records (3/2017)