Bobcat Fire, LA Times photo, 2020

The Changing Nature of Fire and its Impacts on California Birds

Morgan Tingley, PhD

Tue, Sep 29, 2020 8:00 PM

Fire is both a widespread natural disturbance that affects the distribution of species and a tool that can be used to manage habitats for species. Knowledge of temporal changes in the occurrence of species after fire is essential for conservation management in fire‐prone environments.

Two key issues are: whether postfire responses of species are idiosyncratic or if multiple species show a limited number of similar responses; and whether such responses to time since fire can predict the occurrence of species across broad spatial scales. Join Morgan as he discusses a current and relevant issue to all of us.

Photo of Morgan Tingley

Dr. Morgan Tingley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Here is a paper by Tingley et al. entitled “Pyrodiversity promotes avian diversity over the decade following forest fire”, describing in more detail some of the topics covered in the webinar.