Jennifer L. Schafer

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Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
North Carolina State University
2115 Gardner Hall, Box 7612
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695, USA

Publications in Fire Ecology

Relative Bark Thickness is Correlated with Tree Species Distributions along a Fire Frequency Gradient
Pages: 74-87
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1101074

The probability of stem survival after fire is strongly influenced by energy allocation to bark because bark thickness affects heat transfer during fire.  Greater relative investment in inner bark versus outer bark should also enhance survival because of greater moisture content of inner bark.  We measured stem diameter, bark thickness, and habitat preference of five species typical of longleaf pine savannas, and six species characteristic of adjacent wetlands (pocosins), and calculated relative bark thickness, the inner bark proportion, radial growth, and bark accumulation of each species.  [Read More]

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