New Research Brief: Pyrodiversity Promotes Avian Diversity in Semi-Arid Forests

Overall, the results of this study add support to the existing theory that diverse fire increases biodiversity in certain ecosystems. Specifically, this study showed that higher diversity of fire severity patterns within a fire lead to more bird diversity, especially in the fire prone semi-arid forests of the Sierra Nevada.

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Tingley MW, Ruiz-Gutiérrez V, Wilkerson RL, Howell CA, Siegel RB. 2016 Pyrodiversity promotes avian diversity over the decade following forest fire. Proc. R. Soc. B 283: 20161703. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1703

Further reading section:

Kelly LT, and L Brotons. 2017. Using fire to promote biodiversity. Science, 355(6331), pp.1264-1265. DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7672
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Martin RE, Sapsis DB. 1992. Fires as agents of biodiversity: pyrodiversity promotes biodiversity. In Proc. of the Symp. on Biodiversity in Northwestern California, 1991 (ed. HM Kerner), pp. 150–157. Berkeley, CA: Wildland Resources Centre, University of California.
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