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Fire Ecology and Management
ENVS 329
Fall 2022
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: E&ES 329, E&ES 349

Fire is a fundamental ecological disturbance process that regulates the structure and function of plant communities worldwide. Yet, increasing aridity under climate change and shifting human land use in recent centuries has altered recent fire behavior, imperiling many species. Fire management and stewardship is therefore a critical component of forest conservation. This course explores the ecological aspects of fire including fire as a physical disturbance (fire behavior) and the fire regime (including timing, frequency, severity and spatial patterning). Students will explore shifting fire regimes over time, from Indigenous use of fire prior to European colonization to contemporary fire management. Class participants will also discuss current issues in fire ecology and learn how to apply ecological principles to fire management. Finally, students will study the effects of global climate change on fire regimes and how such changes influence contemporary fire regimes and human livelihoods. The course format will consist in a mixture of lectures, active class discussions, and student presentations. Students will perform a case study on a fire regime of their choice in which they will present an in-depth account of the role of fire in maintaining ecosystem structure and function to the class.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM ENVS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: BIOL182 or ENVS197 or BIOL216 or E&ES199
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (E&ES)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JUN-21-2024
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