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[49] Hudiburg, T.W., P.E. Higuera, and J.A. Hicke. 2017. Fire-regime variability impacts forest carbon dynamics for centuries to millennia. Biogeosciences. 14: 3873-3882. doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2017-42

[48] McLauchlan, K.K., L.M. Gerhart, J.J. Battles, J.M. Craine, A.J. Elmore, P.E. Higuera, M.C. Mack, M.C., B.E. McNeil, D.M. Nelson, N. Pederson, S.S. Perakis. 2017. Centennial-scale reductions in nitrogen availability in temperate forests of the United States. Scientific Reports. 7: 7856. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-08170-z

[47] Itter, M.S., A.O. Finley, M.B. Hooten, P.E. Higuera, J.R. Marlon, R. Kelly, and J.S. McLachlan. In Press. A model-based approach to wildland fire reconstruction using sediment charcoal records. Environmetrics. doi: 10.1002/env.2450.

[46] Crausbay, S.D., P.E. Higuera, D.G. Sprugel, and L.B. Brubaker. In Press. Fire catalyzed rapid ecological change in lowland coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest over the past 14,000 years. Ecology. doi: 10.1002/ecy.1897.

[45] @Morris, J.L., P.E. Higuera, S. Haberle, and C. Whitlock. In Press. Modern pollen from small hollows reflects Athrotaxis cupressoides density across a wildfire gradient in subalpine forests of the Central Plateau, Tasmania, Australia. The Holocene. doi.org/10.1177/0959683617702228

[44] @Morris, J.L., S. Cottrell, C.J. Fettig, W.D. Hansen, R.L. Sherriff, V.A. Carter, J.L. Clear, J. Clement, R.J. DeRose, J.A. Hicke, P.E. Higuera, K.M. Mattor, A.W.R. Seddon, H.T Seppä, J.D. Stednick, S.J. Seybold. 2017. Managing bark beetle impacts on ecosystems and society: priority questions to motivate future researchJournal of Applied Ecology. 54: 750-760.

[43] Young, A.M.#, P.E. Higuera, P.A. Duffy, and F.S. Hu. 2017. Climatic thresholds shape northern high-latitude fire regimes and imply vulnerability to future climate changeEcography40: 606-617.  [Supplementary material]  Selected media coverage: ScienceDailyToronto TelegraphHNGN, Inside Climate News [Univ. of Montana Press Release]

[42] Leys, B., P.E. Higuera, K.K. McLauchlan, and P.V. Dunnette#. 2016. Wildfires and geochemical change in a subalpine forest over the past six millenniaEnvironmental ResearchLetters. 11: 125003.

[41] Johnstone, J.F., C.D. Allen, J. F. Franklin, L. E. Frelich, B. J. Harvey, P.E. Higuera, M.C. Mack, R.K. Meentemeyer, M.R. Metz, G.L.W. Perry, T. Schoennagel, and M.G. Turner. 2016. Changing disturbance regimes, ecological memory, and forest resilience. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 14: 369-378.

[40] Marlon, J. R., R. Kelly, A.L. Daniau, B. Vannière, M. J. Power, P. Bartlein, P.E. Higuera, O. Blarquez, S. Brewer, and T. Brücher. 2016. Reconstructions of biomass burning from sediment-charcoal records to improve data–model comparisons. Biogeosciences 13: 3225-3244.

[39] Kranabetter, J.M., K.K. McLauchlan, S.K. Enders, J.M. Fraterrigo, P.E. Higuera, J.L. Morris@, E.B. Rastetter, R. Barnes, B. Buma, D.G. Gavin, L.M. Gerhart, L. Gillson, P. Hietz, M.C. Mack, B. McNeil, and S. Perakis. 2016. Temporal scaling of biogeochemical response to ecosystem disturbance. Ecosystems. 19: 387-395.

[38] Abbot, B.W., J.B. Jones, E.A.G. Schuur, F.S. Chapin III, and 96 others including P.E. Higuera. 2016. Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release from soils, streams, and wildfire: an expert assessment. Environmental Research Letters. 11: 034014.
[37] Tinkham, W.T., A.M.S. Smith, P.E. Higuera, J.A. Hatten, N.W. Brewer, and S.H. Doerr. 2016. Replacing time with space: using laboratory fire to explore the effects of repeated burning on black carbon degredation. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 25: 242-248.

[36] Smith, A.M.S., C.A. Kolden, T.B. Paveglio, M.A. Cochrane, D.M.J.S. Bowman, M.A. Moritz, A.D. Kliskey, L. Alessa, A.T. Hudak, C.M. Hoffman, J.A. Lutz, L.P. Queen, S.J. Goetz, P.E. Higuera, L. Boschetti, M. Flannigan, K.M. Yedinak, A.C. Watts, E.K. Strand, J.W. van Wagtendonk, J.W. Anderson, B.J. Stocks, and J.T. Abatzoglou. 2016. The Science of Firescapes: Achieving Fire-Resilient Communities. BioScience. 66:130-146.

[35] Kemp, K.B.#, P.E. Higuera, and P. Morgan. 2016. Fire legacies impact conifer regeneration across environmental gradients in the U.S. northern Rockies. Landscape Ecology. 31: 619-636.

[34] Higuera, P.E. 2015. Taking time to consider the causes and consequences of large wildfires. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112: 13137-13139.

[33] Hu, F.S., P.E. Higuera, P.A. Duffy, M.L. Chipman, A.V. Rocha, A.M. Young#, R. Kelly, and M.C. Dietze. 2015. Tundra fires in the Arctic: Natural variability and responses to climate changeFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 13: 369-377.

[32] Klos, P. Z., J. Abatzoglou, A. Bean, J. Blades, M. A. Clark, M. Dodd, T. E. Hall, A. Haruch, P.E. Higuera, J. D. Holbrook, V. S. Jansen, K. Kemp#, A. Lankford, T. E. Link, T. Magney, A. J. H. Meddens, L. Mitchell, B. Moore, P. Morgan, B. A. Newingham, R. J. Niemeyer, B. Soderquist, A. A. Suazo, K. T. Vierling, V. Walden, and C. Walsh. 2015. Indicators of climate change in Idaho: An assessment framework for coupling biophysical change and social perceptionWeather, Climate, and Society. 7, DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-13-00070.1

[31] Higuera, P.E., J. T. Abatzoglou, J. S. Littell, and P. Morgan. 2015. The Changing Strength and Nature of Fire-Climate Relationships in the Northern Rocky Mountains, U.S.A., 1902-2008. PLoS ONE. 10:e0127563. 

[30] Morris, J. L.@, K. K. McLauchlan, and P.E. Higuera. 2015. Sensitivity and complacency of sedimentary biogeochemical records to climate-mediated forest disturbancesEarth-Science Reviews. 148:121-133. 

[29] Chipman, M.L., V. Hudspith, P.E. Higuera, P.A. Duffy, R.F. Kelly, W.W. Oswald, and F.S. Hu. 2015. Spatiotemporal patterns of tundra fires: Late-Quaternary records from AlaskaBiogeosciences. 12: 4017-4027. 

[28] Higuera, P.E., C.E. Briles, and C. Whitlock. Fire-regime complacency and sensitivity to centennial- through millennial-scale climate change in Rocky Mountain subalpine forests, Colorado, U.S.A. 2014. Journal of Ecology. 102: 1429-1441. 

Access the recommendation on F1000Prime[27] Dunnette P.V.#, P.E. Higuera, K.K. McLauchlan, K.M. Derr@, C.E. Briles, M.H. Keefe. 2014. Biogeochemical impacts of wildfires over four millennia in a Rocky Mountain subalpine watershed. 2014. New Phytologist . 203: 900-912 *The definitive version is available at www.newphytologist.com  
Selected media coverage: Physics.orgNorthwest Public Radio. [Press Release at New Phytologist]

[@] Morris J.L.@, C. Courtney-Mustaphi, V. Carter, J. Watt, K. Derr@, M.F.J. Pisaric, R.S. Anderson, & A. Brunelle. 2014. Do bark beetle remains in lake sediments correspond to severe outbreaks? A review of published and ongoing researchQuaternary International

[26] McLauchlan, K., P.E. Higuera, D.G. Gavin, S.S. Perakis, M. C. Mack, H. Alexander, J. Battles, F. Biondi, B. Buma, D. Colombaroli, S. Enders, D.R. Engstrom, F.S. Hu, J.R. Marlon, J.D. Marshal, M. McGlone, J.L. Morris, L.E. Nave, B.N. Shuman, E.A.H. Smithwick, D.H. Urrego, D.A. Wardel, C.J. Williams, and J.J. Williams. 2014. Reconstructing disturbances and their biogeochemical consequences over multiple timescalesBioscience. 64: 105-116. 

Access the recommendation on F1000Prime[25]  Kelly, R.F.*, M.L. Chipman*, P.E. Higuera, V. Stefanova, L.B. Brubaker, and F.S. Hu. 2013. Recent burning of boreal forests exceeds variability of the past 10,000 years. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 110: 13055-13060 
Selected media coverage: Scientific AmericaLA TimesNSF Science 360, Fairbanks Daily News MinerCBC Radio.

[24]
 McWethy, D.B., P.E. Higuera, C. Whitlock, T.T. Veblen, D.M.J.S. Bowman, G. Cary, S.G. Haberle, R.E. Kean, B.D. Maxwell, M.S. McGlone, G.L.W. Perry, J.M. Wilmshurst, A. Holz, and A. Tepley. 2013. A conceptual framework for predicting temperate ecosystem sensitivity to human impacts on fire regimesGlobal Ecology & Biogeography, 22: 900-912. 

[23] Barrett, C.M.*, Kelly, R.F.*, Higuera, P.E., and F.S. Hu. 2013. Climatic and land-cover influences on the spatiotemporal dynamics of Holocene boreal fire regimes. Ecology, 92: 389-402. 

[22] Brewer, N.W.*, A.M.S. Smith, J.A. Hatten, P.E. Higuera, A.T. Hudak, R.D. Ottmar, and *W.T. Tinkham. 2013. Fuel Moisture Influences on Fire-altered Carbon in Masticated Fuels: An Experimental StudyJournal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 118: 1-11. doi: 10.1029/2012JG002079 

[21] Rocha, A.V., M.M. Loranty, P.E. Higuera, M.C. Mack, F.S. Hu, B.M. Jones, A.L. Breen, E.B. Rastetter, S.J. Goetz, and G.R. Shaver. 2012. The footprint of Alaskan tundra fires during the past half-century: implications for surface properties and radiative forcingEnvironmental Research Letters, 7: 044039.

[20] Higuera, P.E., Chipman, M.L.*, Barnes, J.L., Urban, M.A., and F.S. Hu. 2011. Variability of tundra fire regimes in Arctic Alaska: millennial scale patterns and ecological implications. Ecological Applications, 21: 3211-3226. 

[19] Higuera, P.E., C. Whitlock, and J. Gage*. 2011. Linking tree-ring and sediment-charcoal records to reconstruct fire occurrence and area burned in subalpine forests of Yellowstone National Park, U.S.A. The Holocene, 21: 327-341.

[18] Kelly, R.F.*, P.E. Higuera, C.M. Barrett*, and F.S. Hu. 2011. A signal-to-noise index to quantify the potential for peak detection in sediment-charcoal recordsQuaternary Research, 75: 11-17. 

[17] Higuera, P.E., D.G. Gavin, P.J. Bartlein and D.J. Hallett. 2010. Peak detection in sediment-charcoal records: impacts of alternative data analysis methods on fire-history interpretationsInternational Journal of Wildland Fire, 19: 996-1014. 

[16] 
Hu, F.S., P.E. Higuera, J.E. Walsh, W.L. Chapman, P.A. Duffy, L.B. Brubaker, and M.L. Chipman*. 2010. Tundra burning in Alaska: linkages to climatic change and sea-ice retreatJournal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 115, G04002, doi:10.1028/2009JG001270. 
Selected media coverage: Science DailyDiscovery News 

[15] Whitlock, C., P.E. Higuera, D. McWethy, and C.E. Briles. 2010. Paleoecological perspectives on fire ecology: revisiting the fire regime concept. The Open Ecology Journal, 3: 6-23.  

[14] Ali, A.A., P.E. Higuera, Y. Bergeron, and C. Carcaillet. 2009. Comparing fire-history interpretations based on area, number and estimated volume of macroscopic charcoal in lake sediments. Quaternary Research. 72: 462-468.

[13] Brubaker, L.B., P.E. Higuera, T.S. Rupp, M. Olson, P.M. Anderson, and F.S. Hu. 2009. Linking sediment charcoal records and ecological modeling to understand causes of past fire-regime change in Alaskan boreal forestsEcology 90: 1788-1801. 

[12]
 Higuera, P.E., L.B. Brubaker, P.M. Anderson, F.S. Hu, T.A. Brown. 2009. Vegetation mediated the impacts of postglacial climate change on fire regimes in the south-central Brooks Range, AlaskaEcological Monographs. 79: 201-219.  
Press Release and coverage in Science Daily 

[11] 
Marlon, J.R., P.J. Bartlein, M.K. Walsh, S.P. Harrison, K.J. Brown, M.E. Edwards, P.E. Higuera, M.J. Power, C. Whitlock, R.S. Anderson, C. Briles, A. Brunelle, C. Carcaillet, M. Daniels, F.S. Hu, M. Lavoie, C. Long, T. Minckley, P.J.H. Richard, S.L. Shafer, W. Tinner, and C. Umbanhowar. 2009. Wildfire responses to abrupt climate change in North AmericaProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106: 2519-2524.  
Selected popular media coverage: Science Daily 

[10] 
Marlon, J.R., P.J. Bartlein, C. Carcaillet, D.G. Gavin, S.P. Harrison, P.E. Higuera, F. Joos, M.J. Power, and I.C. Prentice. 2008. Climate and human influences on global biomass burning over the past two millenniaNature Geoscience. 1: 697-702; supplementary material
Selected popular media coverage: Science Daily 

[9] Sugimura, W., D.G. Sprugel, L.B. Brubaker, and P.E. Higuera. 2008. Millennial-scale changes in local vegetation and fire regimes on Mt. Constitution, Orcas Island, Washington, USA, using small hollow sediments. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 38: 566-575. 

[8] 
Briles, C.E., C. Whitlock, P.J. Bartlein, and P.E. Higuera. 2008. Regional and local controls on postglacial vegetation and fire in the Siskiyou Mountains, northern California, USAPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology. 265: 159-169.  

[7]
 Higuera, P.E., L.B. Brubaker, P.M. Anderson, T.A. Brown, A.T. Kennedy#, and F.S. Hu. 2008. Frequent Fires in Ancient Shrub Tundra: Implications of Paleo-records for Arctic Environmental ChangePLoS ONE, 3: e0001744. 
Featured in Editors' Choice in Science 328:586  Comment on and freely access a PDF of this paper
Selected popular media coverage: New ScientistScience DailyThe Economic TimesOur World, Voice of America Radio, March 15, 2008 (MP3 file)

[6] 
Power, M.J., J. Marlon, N. Ortiz, P.J. Bartlein, S.P. Harrison, F.E. Mayle, A. Ballouche, R.H.W. Bradshaw, C. Carcaillet, C. Cordova, S. Mooney, P.I. Moreno, I.C. Prentice, K.Thonicke, W. Tinner, C. Whitlock, Y. Zhang, Y. Zhao, A.A. Ali, R.S. Anderson, R. Beer, H. Behling, C. Briles, K.J. Brown, A. Brunelle, M. Bush, P. Camill, G.Q. Chu, J. Clark, D. Colombaroli, S. Connor, A.L. Daniau, M. Daniels, J. Dodson, E. Doughty, M. E. Edwards, W. Finsinger, D. Foster, J. Frechette, M.J. Gaillard, D.G. Gavin, E. Gobet, S. Haberle, D.J. Hallett, P. Higuera, G. Hope, S. Horn, J. Inoue, P. Kaltenrieder, L. Kennedy, Z.C. Kong, C. Larsen, C.J. Long, J. Lynch, E.A. Lynch, M. McGlone, S. Meeks, S. Mensing, G. Meyer, T. Minckley, J. Mohr, D.M. Nelson, J. New, R. Newnham, R. Noti, W. Oswald, J. Pierce, P.J.H. Richard, C. Rowe, M.F.S. Goni, B.N. Shuman, H. Takahara, J. Toney, C. Turney, D.H. Urrego-Sanchez, C. Umbanhowar, M. Vandergoes, B. Vanniere, E. Vescovi, M. Walsh, X. Wang, N. Williams, J. Wilmshurst, and J.H. Zhang. 2008. Changes in fire regimes since the Last Glacial Maximum: an assessment based on a global synthesis and analysis of charcoal dataClimate Dynamics, 30:887-907. 

[5] Higuera, P.E., M.E. Peters, L.B. Brubaker, and D.G. Gavin. 2007. Understanding the origin and analysis of sediment charcoal records with a simulation modelQuaternary Science Reviews26: 1790-1809. 

[4]
 Peters, M.E., and P.E. Higuera. 2007. Quantifying the source area of macroscopic charcoal with a particle dispersal modelQuaternary Research, 67: 304-310. 

[3] Hu, F.S., L.B. Brubaker, D.G. Gavin, P.E. Higuera, J.A. Lynch, T.S. Rupp, and W. Tinner. 2006. How climate and vegetation influence the fire regime of the Alaskan Boreal Biome: the Holocene perspectiveMitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 11: 829-846. 

[2] Higuera, P.E., L.B. Brubaker, and D.G. Sprugel. 2005. Reconstructing fire regimes with charcoal from small hollows: a calibration with tree-ring records of fireThe Holocene, 15: 238-251. 

[1] Trombulak, S.C., P.E. Higuera, and M. DesMeules. 2001. Population trends of wintering bats in VermontNortheastern Naturalist, 8: 51-62. 

Non-refereed Publications

[3] Higuera, P. E., J. L. Barnes, M. L. Chipman*, M. Urban, and F. S. Hu. 2011. Tundra fire history over the past 6000 years in the Noatak National Preserve, northwestern Alaska. Alaska Park Science 10:37-41. 

[2]
 McWethy D.B., S.T. Gray, P.E. Higuera, J.S. Littell, G.T. Pederson, A.J. Ray, and C. Whitlock. 2010. Climate and terrestrial ecosystem change in the U.S. Rocky Mountains and Upper Columbia Basin: Historical and future perspectives for natural resource managementNatural Resource Report NPS/GRYN/NRR—2010/260. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. 

[1] Higuera, P.E., D.G. Gavin, P.D. Henne, and R.F. Kelly*. 2010. Recent advances in the analysis and interpretation of sediment-charcoal recordsPAGES Newsletter,18: 57-59. 

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