News

Invited commentary in PNAS: Fire and climate change – October 2016:

Human-caused climate change is now a major force driving forest activity throughout the western US, demonstrated in a recent paper by John Abatzoglou and A. Park Williams. Dr. Harvey was invited to write a commentary on their paper, placing their findings in a broader context. The invited commentary was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – check it out here.

Congrats to Evelin, Shala, & Allie:  summer 2016 interns – August 2016:

A huge congratulations to Evelin Flamenco (NSF-REU student), Shala Wallace (NSF-RECCS student), and Alexandra (Allie) Orrego (NSF-UNAVCO/RESESS student), who all completed excellent research projects this summer as part of a larger project examining tree mortality patterns throughout the US Rocky Mountains. Check out Shala’s interview here, and Allie’s project page here. Stay tuned for more info on Evelin’s findings!

New paper: Landscape patterns of stand-replacing fire – June 2016:

Most forest fires produce a mosaic of severe (stand-replacing) and less-severe (even unburned!) patches. In an era of increasing forest fire activity, are we seeing burned landscapes that are homogeneously severe? In all US N. Rockies forest fires from 1984-2010, we tested to see if the proportion stand-replacing and patch size/shape changed over time. Our paper was recently published in Landscape Ecology – check it out here.

New paper: Interactions among successive forest fires – May 2016:

Burn me twice, shame on who? In other words, what happens when a recently burned area burns a second time, and what factors can lead to two short-interval severe fires? We asked and answered these questions in our recent paper published in the journal Ecology. Check out the pre-print of the paper available here. Stay tuned for the final version in an upcoming issue.

Television and radio news coverage of recent research – March 2016:

Our recent paper (see below) made quite a splash with the news media. As I was wrapping up a radio interview for the Public News Service, I got a phone call from the Channel 7 – Denver (ABC) News, who informed me that they were on their way to campus for a TV news interview!  Nice to see the message getting out there, and for the most part, excellent coverage by the media.

New paper on forest recovery and post-fire drought – March 2016:

What happens when large, severe wildfires are followed by severe droughts (similar to climate conditions we are expecting in the future)? Our recent paper published last week in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography answers this question (and more!). Check out media coverage by the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Harvey interviewed for the Huffington Post – March 2016:

Dr. Harvey was recently interviewed about his research for a series in the Huffington Post called “5 Questions for Dr. …” . This interview focused on how climate change is affecting our forests by driving recent increases in wildfires and bark beetle outbreaks. What is in store for our future forests? Click here to find out!

Radio interview about forest fires with Dr. Harvey – September 2015:

On Tuesday September 1, 2015, Dr. Harvey was invited into the studio as a guest on How On Earth, a science show on a local radio station (KGNU) in Boulder and Denver, Colorado. In the segment, he explains the different ways that species in Rocky Mountains forests have evolved with fire, and discuss what a warmer future will likely mean for wildfire activity and forests in western North America. Listen to the podcast here!