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Climatic controls on post-fire regeneration and growth in ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir

 

Davis_Webinar_Photo2_website.jpgIn this webinar, Dr. Kimberley Davis examined the effects of climate on post-fire conifer regeneration and subsequent seedling and tree growth. She and her colleagues focused on lower elevation ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests to identify the climate conditions that are necessary for these species to regenerate and grow following fire. Their study found that changing climate conditions are making it increasingly difficult for tree seedlings to regenerate after fire, suggesting that fires may cause conversions to non-forest vegetation in the hottest and driest areas. Dr. Davis also discussed how disturbances that reduce canopy cover, such as wildfire, may alter microclimate conditions.  

Climate drives episodic conifer establishment after fire in dry ponderosa pine forests of the Colorado Front Range, USA (Rother and Veblen 2017)

Impacts of growing-season climate on tree growth and post‐fire regeneration in ponderosa pine and Douglas‐fir forests (Hankin et al. 2019)

Microclimatic buffering in forests of the future: the role of local water balance (Davis et al. 2019)

Fire legacies impact conifer regeneration across environmental gradients in the U.S. northern Rockies (Kemp et al. 2015)

Historic and projected changes in vapor pressure deficit suggest a continental‐scale drying of the United States atmosphere (Ficklin and Novick 2017)

Accuracy of node and bud-scar counts for aging two dominant conifers in western North America (Hankin et al. 2018)

Integrating subjective and objective dimensions of resilience in fire-prone landscapes

 

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