Post-Fire Habitat Structure Affects Small Mammals: Research Brief

This paper explored post-fire effects on small mammals in burned chaparral ecosystems from the 2003 Cedar fire. Their results “highlight  the   dramatic  changes  in  rodent  community   composition  and  species  abundance  caused   by  fire  in  chaparral” and that  “recovery  is   largely  driven  by  previously  known   relationships  between  small  mammals  and   habitat  structure”. 
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Diffendorfer, J., G.M. Fleming, S. Tremor, W. Spencer and J.L. Beyers. 2012. The role of fire severity, distance from fire perimeter and vegetation on post-fire recovery of small-mammal communities in chaparral. International Journal of Wildland Fire 21:436-448.