John D. Scasta

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Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
University of Wyoming
Agriculture C 2004
Laramie, Wyoming 82071, USA.

Publications in Fire Ecology

A Future in Flames
Page: 119
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0803119

Author Danielle Clode, a researcher at the University of Melbourne, presents an intriguing look into the fire-prone ecosystems of Australia. "Bushfires,” a term used to describe the unique wildfires of the Australian bush, are a developmental driver for the ecological and human dimensions of this continent. This text presents a viewpoint that accounts for the historical and ecological interactions of fire, climate, vegetation, and humans in Australia.  [Read More]

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Assessment of Experiential Education in Prescribed Burning for Current and Future Natural Resource Managers
Pages: 88-105
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1101088

Acquiring experiential prescribed fire education is difficult for college students.  In order to evaluate the effects of instruction on students, we surveyed those who were taking or had completed Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) prescribed fire courses since 2000.  Of those surveyed, 32 were current students and 99 were former students.  We assessed changes in their perception, knowledge, skills, abilities, the total area that they have prescribed burned since leaving OSU, their career trajectories, and how they rated the importance of different types of instruction.  [Read More]

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Vegetation Responses to Season of Fire in Tallgrass Prairie: A 13-Year Case Study
Pages: 137-142
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.130290241

Fire regulates vegetation composition of fire-dependent grasslands in North American tallgrass prairies.  We measured the vegetation response to prescribed fire seasonality by burning in two-month increments every two years, from 2004 to 2015, west of Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA.  Fire exclusion or burning in any season led to an in increase in woody plant cover ranging from 18 % to 63 %, except for September through October, which showed no increase.   [Read More]

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