Michael J. Medler

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Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College
Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham , WA 98225-9085, USA

Publications in Fire Ecology

Message from the Editor
Pages: 1-2
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0202001

A beginning is a very delicate time, and I would like to thank all the people who have helped begin Fire Ecology. Many authors and reviewers have put considerable time and effort into developing the manuscripts found in the journal. The entire board of directors of the Association for Fire Ecology has been invaluable in providing guidance and direction for the journal. I am also deeply indebted to all the people have believed in this journal and helped move it forward.  [Read More]

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Speculations about the Effects of Fire and Lava Flows on Human Evolution
Pages: 13-23
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0701013

Recent research argues that an association with fire, stretching back millions of years, played a central role in human evolution resulting in many modern human adaptations. Others argue that hominin evolution was driven by the roughness of topographic features that resulted from tectonic activity in the African Rift valley. I combine these hypotheses to propose that, for millions of years, active lava flows in the African Rift provided consistent but isolated sources of fire, providing very specific adaptive pressures and opportunities to small isolated groups of hominins.  [Read More]

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A New Method Comparing Snowmelt Timing with Annual Area Burned
Pages: 41-51
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1201041

The interactions between climate and wildland fire are complex.  To better understand these interactions, we used ArcMap 10.2.2 to examine the relationships between early spring snowmelt and total annual area burned within a defined region of the Rocky Mountains of the western United States.  Our research methods used Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) fire perimeter data and weekly snow extent provided by the Rutgers Global Snow Lab analysis of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) daily snow maps.  [Read More]

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Fire Response to Local Climate Variability: Huascarán National Park, Peru
Pages: 85-104
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.130288764

In Huascarán National Park (HNP), Peru, grazing and anthropogenic burning have been interacting for decades with natural ignitions and climate variability to reconfigure the fire regimes of the vegetative communities.  However, over the last few decades, human alterations to the region’s fire regime were perceived by resource managers to have led to an overall increase in fire occurrence and fire extent.  Resource managers are now very concerned about the impacts of increasing anthropogenic fires in the National Park because these fires seem to disrupt ecological processes and tourism.  [Read More]

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