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Wildland Fire Science / ESPM 181
Scott Stephens
3.0 Units
Spring Semester

The historic, current, and future role of wildland fire is a major management and political issue. Tremendous resources,  and sometimes life, are lost each year to wildfire. Concerns over issues such as forest health and sustainability have also highlighted the importance of understanding the role of fire in ecosystems. To understand the interaction of fire and ecosystems the following topics will be covered in this course: fire ecology including the effects of fire on plants and soils, fire history and dendrochronology, wildland fuels, fire behavior, fire behavior modeling, fire management, prescribed fire, and fire problems in the urban/wildland intermix. The class participates in  prescribed fires during the semester, weather permitting.

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Fire, Insects, and Diseases in Wildland Ecosystems / ESPM 134
Tom Bruns, Nick Mills, Scott Stephens
3.0 Units
Spring Semester

In this course we will provide insights into the importance of fire, insects and diseases through lectures, discussion sessions, and field trips. In addition, we will discuss how humans are affecting wildland ecosystems through both direct (forest management) and indirect (travel, air pollution, commerce, etc.) actions that change the roles of these agents.

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Fire Ecology Seminar / ESPM 265
Scott Stephens
2.0 Units
Fall Semester (even years)

This graduate seminar focuses on fire's role as an ecological factor in historic, prehistoric, and current contexts in forest and rangeland systems.  Weekly readings.  Student led group discussions.  Possible observation of / participation in prescribed burns, weather and resources permitting.

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Current Research in Wildland Fire Science / ESPM 298
(Formerly Wildand Fire Seminar)
Scott Stephens and the Wildland Fire Research Group
2.0 Units
Fall Semester (odd years)

Note: Not offered Fall 2003 - "Disturbance Ecology Seminar" offered instead

The goal of the this lecture and discussion series is to bring distinguished members of the fire science community from across the country to UC Berkeley, in order to promote discussion and awareness about the most recent research, policy, and management in the field. Weekly readings and distinguished guest lectures followed by discussion. Faculty and persons outside of UC Berkeley are also encouraged to attend the seminar.

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