Gaby Ayres (one of the lab's Ph.D. Candidates) attended the International Association for Landscape Ecology meeting for North America in March to present her aspen tree ring work from one of her dissertation chapters, where she was presented with one of the IALE Student Travel awards. She also made some great connections for her LANDIS-II modelling research. Thanks must also be given to the Wally Covington Travel Award and Graduate Student Government committees for helping support Gaby's travel to the conference!
Meetings like this make a great platform to learn more about developing research and allow students the opportunity to share their own!
Important efforts from our collaborator, Blanca Céspedes
This past summer, we had another successful field season, but this time in Colorado! The team consisted of Dr Peter Fulé , Dr Will Flatley (UCA), Gabrielle Ayres (PhD Candidate), Serena Felix (Undergraduate), Emma Sautter (MS Student), Gabe Sensibar (Undergraduate) and Erin Todd (PhD Student).
We spent about two weeks in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests collecting tree cores and data from 5 different species across an elevational gradient. These data will used in our latitudinal gradient study across the southern Rocky Mountains and this trip completed our data collection for the region.
Thanks to the team for your hard work and thank you to the USFS folks who helped us have a great season out there!
Last week (Nov 30th-Dec 3rd), PhD Candidate Gabrielle Ayres and lab collaborator, Dr. William Flatley, gave oral presentations at AFE's 9th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress. Gaby spoke about calibrating the forest landscape model, LANDIS-II, for one of her sites (the Sacramento Mountains in New Mexico). Dr. Flatley spoke about some of his dendro work in the Appalachian Mountains.
The conference was a great success! Thanks to the conference awards committee for selecting Gaby as a recipient for the TREE grant, funded by the Joint Fire Science Program .
Check out this podcast by Abdelbaar Mounadi Idrissi featuring Dr. Fulé!
The high mountains of Talassemtane National Park protect some of the rarest trees and animals in Morocco and North Africa. Forest fires can have negative as well as positive effects on conserving these unique ecosystems. Research ranging from satellite images to tree-ring analysis is being applied to help forest managers protect the forest and adapt to changing climate.
Despite COVID-19 presenting many difficulties this summer fieldwork season, we managed to get a team out to the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming for July: Dr. William Flatley, Dr Pete Fule, Gabrielle Ayres (PhD Student), and Emma Sautter (Undergraduate Student).
We spent ~3 weeks collecting tree cores from different species at different elevations across the landscape. During our visit we were fortunate to meet and explore (taking the necessary C-19 precautions of course!) the forest with various folks familiar with the landscape, including the Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and Wyoming State Forestry Division. The trip would not have been as successful without their help and we are very thankful to have worked with such an enthusiastic group of people.
Now onto the lab work! We are excited to see what the trees of the Bighorns tell us and will keep you all posted!
During the week of November 18th-22nd, a group of us in the lab (and those associate) attended the 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress hosted in Tuscon, Arizona.
The theme of the conference was "Cultivating Pyrodiversity" and it was hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology in cooperation with the Southwest Fire Science Consortium.
It had great attendance, giving us the opportunity to network and identify potential collaborative works. We thank the organizers for putting together such a successful meeting!
Attendees: Gabrielle Ayres, Will Flatley, Peter Fule, Henry Grover, Yeon-Su Kim, and Leo O'Neill.
Every year, the Fire Ecology Lab participates in Flagstaff's 10 days of exciting events. This Festival aims to connect and inspire people (particularly the youth) with science and discovery. We like to do our part by attending some schools in Flagstaff and conduct in-school presentations about our forests. Its always great to see the willingness to learn from our young citizens and we hope that the they enjoy learning about their forests as much as we do!
If you are interested in finding out about how you could participate in this festival next year, please click the link below: