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 News

  • Our new University of Montana lab web page is up! (1/2016)
  • Lab members were well represented at the 2015 AGU meeting in San Francisco: Tyler and Phil delivered talks, and Adam Young delivered a poster (12/2015)
  • Invited commentary published in PNAS considering the causes and consequences of large wildfire, highlighting work by colleagues John Calder, Bryan Shuman, et al. (11/2015)
  • Kerry Kemp and Phil Higuera delivered talks at the 6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, in San Antonio, TX (11/2015)
  • Congratulations to Kerry Kemp for successfully defending her PhD! Kerry is now working as a Forest Ecologist for the Nature Conservancy in central Oregon (11/2015)
  • New paper in press in Landscape Ecology lead by PhD Candidate Kerry Kemp, focused on post-fire conifer regeneration in the Northern Rockies (10/2015)
  • New paper out in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, including Phil and PhD Candidate Adam Young, focused on tundra fires in the Arctic (10/2015)
  • We moved to the University of Montana! We’re now housed in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, in the College of Forestry and Conservation (08/2015)
  • Successfully completed 10 days of field work in central Alaska, collecting lake-sediment cores to reconstruct fire history as part of the PalEON project (06/2015)
  • New paper out in PLoS ONE led by Phil, focused on fire-climate relationships in the Northern Rockies over the 20th century (06/2015)

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