Mechanisms of fire seasonality effects on plant populations

Russell G Miller, Ryan Tangney, Neal J. Enright, Joseph B. Fontaine, David Merritt, Mark K.J. Ooi, Katinka Ruthrof, Ben Miller

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Altered fire regimes resulting from climate change and human activity threaten
many terrestrial ecosystems. However, we lack a holistic and detailed understanding of the effects of altering one key fire regime component – season of fire. Altered fire seasonality can strongly affect post-fire recovery of plant populations through interactions with plant phenology. We identify seven key mechanisms of fire seasonality effects under a conceptual demographic framework and review evidence for these. We reveal negative impacts of altered fire seasonality and identify research gaps for mechanisms and climate types for future analyses of fire seasonality effects within the identified demographic framework. This framework and these mechanisms can inform critical decisions for conservation, land management, and fire management policy development globally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1104-1117
Number of pages14
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


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