Chris R. Mallek

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Graduate Group in Ecology and Department of Plant ...
University of California
Davis , CA 95616, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Fire History, Stand Origins, and the Persistence of McNab Cypress, Northern California, USA
Pages: 100-119
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0503100

Despite their substantial contribution to the uniqueness and diversity of the California Floristic Province’s flora and vegetation, surprisingly little is known about the region’s native cypress species (genus Hesperocyparis Bartel & R.A. Price). Current ideas about the fire regimes that maintained these species in the past are based largely or solely on assumptions about the expression and function of life-history characteristics. Empirical studies of fire history are generally lacking. I used a combination of dendrochronological methods, field observations, and contemporary fire records to investigate the history of fire and its role in stand development in McNab cypress (Hesperocyparis macnabiana [A. Murray bis] Bartel), an uncommon serotinous cypress endemic to northern California.  [Read More]

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