Marti Witter

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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
National Park Service
401 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, California 91360, USA

Publications in Fire Ecology

Faunal Responses to Fire in Chaparral and Sage Scrub in California, USA
Pages: 128-148
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1103128

Impact of fire on California shrublands has been well studied but nearly all of this work has focused on plant communities.  Impact on and recovery of the chaparral fauna has received only scattered attention; this paper synthesizes what is known in this regard for the diversity of animal taxa associated with California shrublands and outlines the primary differences between plant and animal responses to fire.  We evaluated the primary faunal modes of resisting fire effects in three categories: 1) endogenous survival in a diapause or diapause-like stage, 2) sheltering in place within unburned refugia, or 3) fleeing and recolonizing.  [Read More]

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