This course aims to teach the student to learn the fundamentals in Fire Ecology through lectures, student-led discussions, and field/laboratory exercises. Through the course, students will learn to understand the fire relationships to vegetation, climate, topography, people, and their changing physical and social environments. In particular, we will cover the following topics: The geological history of fire, Pyrogeography (temporal and spatial patterns of fire), Fire and plants, Fire and animals, Anthropogenic fire, Fire and public health, Fire and climate, Fire as an ecosystem process, Fire as a physical process, Fire and anthropogenic environmental change, and Forest fire policy and analysis.
Course Format: Students will spend the first part of each class in lecture and the second part in student-led paper discussion. At the end of the semester, students are required to write a synthesis paper on their own chosen fire-related topic along with a 15 minute presentation on their paper.
Ecology background preferred.