Eric S. Menges

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Center for Forest Disturbance Science
Forest Service
320 Green Street
Athens , GA 30601, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Does Time Since Fire Explain Plant Biomass Allocation in the Florida, USA, Scrub Ecosystem?
Pages: 13-25
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0602013

Although belowground biomass patterns are important in understanding aboveground responses, few studies have quantified how belowground biomass changes in response to fire cycles. In this study, we determined if patterns of time-since-fire (TSF; range 3 yr to 25 yr) affect belowground and aboveground biomass in scrubby flatwoods, a type of Florida, USA, scrub ecosystem. We also examined if plant groups (oaks, palmettos and all other species) show variation in biomass partitioning between belowground to aboveground biomass.  [Read More]

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Seed Bank Changes with Time-since-Fire in Florida Rosemary Scrub
Pages: 17-31
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0702017

The soil seed bank plays a central role in the regeneration of obligate seeding species in fire-prone habitats. We evaluated how seed density and species composition changed with time-since-fire in the Florida, USA, rosemary scrub community. Because fire affects habitat availability and plant demographic variation, we predicted that soil seed density would be low in recently burned and long-unburned stands and high at intermediate time-since-fire.  [Read More]

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Post-Fire Growth Strategies of Resprouting Florida Scrub Vegetation
Pages: 12-25
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0703012

Although resprouting is recognized as a key post-disturbance response for plants, few studies have closely examined post-fire growth responses of resprouting species. Following a prescribed burn in Florida scrub, we compared intraspecific and interspecific growth patterns of 16 resprouting shrub species. We then examined how resprouting growth is related to species life history strategies to understand how the resprouting response could contribute to niche differentiation and species coexistence. We defined growth by calculating relative growth rates based on height, crown area, and crown volume of resprouts. In addition, we measured the number, diameter, and height of all resprouting stems.  [Read More]

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