Fire ecology

Fire ecology is the study of the interaction between ecosystems and the wildfires that occur naturally within them. Wildfires are common in various ecosystems and can be necessary for plant developmental processes. Fire ecology also studies the effect of anthropogenic change and management on the incidence and effects of wildfires.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • Editorial |

    Wildfires are a natural part of many ecosystems, but they can become destructive and less predictable, especially when the system is perturbed. Human activities and climate change lead to interactions with fire dynamics that need our attention.

  • News and Views |

    Cumulative wildfires or prescribed burning produce different outcomes for the vegetation, suggest two long-term analyses of fire-affected ecosystems. Climate change and land management practices are altering how ecosystems function.

    • Mark A. Cochrane
    Nature Geoscience 12, 86-87
  • Editorial |

    The impacts of climate change were again increasingly apparent and the future was emphasized in the IPCC Special Report, yet political change is still lagging.

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Globally, flora, fauna and many indigenous cultures have evolved to coexist sustainably with fire. We argue that the key to sustainable contemporary human coexistence with wildfires is a form of biomimicry that draws on the evolutionary adaptations of organisms that survive (and flourish) in the fire regimes in which they reside.

    • Alistair M. S. Smith
    • , Crystal A. Kolden
    •  & David M. J. S. Bowman