Will Russell

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Environmental Studies Department
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose , CA 95192, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Estimating Biomass in Coastal Baccharis pilularis Dominated Plant Communities
Pages: 20-27
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0101020

Communities dominated by Baccharis pilularis (coyote brush) are expanding in coastal California, altering fuel load on a landscape scale, yet there is no standard method for estimating biomass in this vegetation type. In an attempt to develop a non-destructive field method for estimating biomass in Baccharisdominated communities, we compared three indirect measures including crown canopy height, basal stem diameter, and leaf area index (LAI); estimated using hemispherical photography.  [Read More]

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Survival and Recovery Following Wildfire in the Southern Range of the Coast Redwood Forest
Pages: 43-55
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1001043

Fire plays a central role in determining structure, composition, and recruitment in many forest types. In coast redwood forests, the role of fire is not well understood and scant literature exists on post-fire response, particularly in the southern part of the range. In order to better understand patterns of survival and recruitment following fire for coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens [lamb. ex D. Don] Endl.) and associated tree species, three sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA, were sampled following wildfire.  [Read More]

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Approximation of Fire-Return Intervals with Point Samples in the Southern Range of the Coast Redwood Forest, California, USA
Pages: 80-94
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1103080

A legacy of past fires is evident in the form of blackened basal hollows found throughout the southern range of the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens [D. Don] Endl.) forest.  A deeper look reveals cambial scars dating back centuries, telling a story of low- to moderate-intensity fires that burned periodically across California’s Central Coast bioregion.  While attempts have been made to reconstruct the fire history of this forest type, estimates of the fire-return interval vary widely, and the relationship of the fire-return interval to varying cultural influences is not fully understood.  [Read More]

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