Cheryl S. Brehme

Contact Info

Western Ecological Research Center
U.S. Geological Survey
4165 Spruance Road, Suite 200
San Diego , CA 92101, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Responses in Bird Communities to Wildland Fires in Southern California
Pages: 63-82
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0402063

There is a growing body of literature covering the responses of bird species to wildland fire events. Our study was unique among these because we investigated the effects of large-scale wildland fires on entire bird communities across multiple vegetation types. We conducted avian point counts during the breeding seasons for two years before and two years after the Cedar and Otay Fires in 2003 in southern California.  [Read More]

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Wildfires Alter Rodent Community Structure across Four Vegetation Types in Southern California, USA
Pages: 81-98
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0702081

We surveyed burned and unburned plots across four habitat reserves in San Diego County, California, USA, in 2005 and 2006, to assess the effects of the 2003 wildfires on the community structure and relative abundance of rodent species. The reserves each contained multiple vegetation types (coastal sage scrub, chaparral, woodland, and grassland) and spanned from 250 m to 1078 m in elevation. Multivariate analyses revealed a more simplified rodent community structure in all burned habitats in comparison to unburned habitats.  [Read More]

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