Dr. Stephens’ publications on Google Scholar

Policy discussions:

A Century Of Wildland Fire Research: Contributions To Long-term Approaches For Wildland Fire Management. National Academy of Sciences Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. March 27, 2017. See the slides here and video here.


Shive, K. L., Estes, B. L., White, A. M., Safford, H. D., O’Hara, K. L., & Stephens, S. L. (2017). Rice straw mulch for post-fire erosion control: assessing non-target effects on vegetation communities. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 26(6), 538.

Collins, B. M., Stevens, J. T., Miller, J. D., Stephens, S. L., Brown, P. M., & North, M. P. 2017. Alternative characterization of forest fire regimes: incorporating spatial patterns. Landscape Ecology.

Levine, C.R., Cogbill, C.V., Collins, B.M., Larson, A.J., Lutz, J.A., North, M.P., Restaino, C.M., Safford, H.D., Stephens, S.L. and Battles, J.J. (2017). Evaluating a new method for reconstructing forest conditions from General Land Office survey records. Ecological Applications doi:10.1002/eap.1543.

Forrestel, A. B., Andrus, R. A., Fry, D. L., & Stephens, S. L. (2017). Fire history and forest structure along an elevational gradient in the southern Cascade Range, Oregon, USA. Fire Ecology, 13(1). PDF

Yocom Kent, L. L., Fulé, P. Z., Brown, P. M., Cerano-Paredes, J., Cornejo-Oviedo, E., Cortés Montaño, C.,  Drury, S. A., Falk, D. A., Meunier, J., Poulos, H. M., Skinner, C. N., Stephens, S. L., Villanueva-Díaz, J. (2017). Climate drives fire synchrony but local factors control fire regime change in northern Mexico. Ecosphere, 8(3), e01709. PDF

Chiono, L. A., Fry, D. L., Collins, B. M., Chatfield, A. H., & Stephens, S. L. (2017). Landscape-scale fuel treatment and wildfire impacts on carbon stocks and fire hazard in California spotted owl habitat. Ecosphere, 8(1), e01648. PDF


Kramer, H. A., Collins, B. M., Gallagher, C. V., Keane, J. J., Stephens, S. L., & Kelly, M. (2016). Accessible light detection and ranging: estimating large tree density for habitat identification. Ecosphere, 7(12)(December). PDF

Krasnow, K. D., Fry, D. L., & Stephens, S. L. (2016). Spatial, temporal and latitudinal components of historical fire regimes in mixed conifer forests, California. Journal of Biogeography, 1–15. PDF

Taylor, A. H., Trouet, V., Skinner, C. N., & Stephens, S. L. (2016). Socio-Ecological Transitions Trigger Fire Regime Shifts and Modulate Fire-Climate Interactions in the Sierra Nevada, USA 1600-2015 CE. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 113(48), 13684–13689. PDF

Stephens, S.L., Miller, J.D., Collins, B.M., North, M.P., Keane, J.J., & Roberts, S. L. (2016). Wildfire impacts on California spotted owl nesting habitat in the Sierra Nevada. Ecosphere, 7(October), 1–21. PDF

Stephens, S. L., B. M. Collins, E. Biber, and P. Z. Fulé. 2016. U.S. federal fire and forest policy: emphasizing resilience in dry forests. Ecosphere 7(11):e01584. PDF

Collins, B.M., Lydersen, J.M., Fry, D.L., Wilkin, K., Moody, T., & Stephens, S.L. (2016). Variability in vegetation and surface fuels across mixed-conifer-dominated landscapes with over 40 years of natural fire. Forest Ecology and Management, 381, 74–83. PDF

Molina-Terrén, D.M., Fry, D.L., Grillo, F.F., Cardil, A., & Stephens, S.L. (2016). Fire history and management of Pinus canariensis forests on the western Canary Islands Archipelago, Spain, 382, 184–192. PDF

Boisramé, G., Thompson, S., Collins, B., & Stephens, S. (2016). Managed Wildfire Effects on Forest Resilience and Water in the Sierra Nevada. Ecosystems. PDF

Seidl, R., T.A. Spies, D.L. Peterson, S.L. Stephens, and J.A. Hicke. 2016. Searching for resilience: addressing the impacts of changing disturbance regimes on forest ecosystem services. Journal of Applied Ecology 53:120-129. PDF

Dow, C.B., B.M. Collins, and S. L. Stephens. 2016. Incorporating resource protection constraints in an analysis of landscape fuel treatment effectiveness in the northern Sierra Nevada, CA, USA. Environmental Management 57: 516-530. PDF

Hessburg, P.F., T. A. Spies, D. A. Perry, C. N. Skinner, A. H. Taylor, P. M. Brown, S. L. Stephens, A. J. Larson, D. J. Churchill, N. A. Povak, P. H. Singleton, B. McComb, W. J. Zielinski, B. M. Collins, R. B. Salter, J. J. Keane, J. F. Franklin, and G. Riegel. 2016. Tamm Review: Management of mixed-severity fire regime forests in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California. Forest Ecology and Management 366: 221–250. PDF

Wilkin, K., D. Ackerly, and S. Stephens. 2016. Climate Change Refugia, Fire Ecology and Management. Forests 7: 77. PDF

Dore, S. D. L. Fry, B. M. Collins, R. Vargas, R. A. York, and S. L. Stephens. 2016. Management Impacts on Carbon Dynamics in a Sierra Nevada Mixed Conifer Forest. PLoS One 9(2): e0150256. PDF

Lydersen, J. M., Collins, B. M., Miller, J. D., Fry, D. L., & Stephens, S. L. (2016). Relating fire-caused change in forest structure to remotely sensed estimates of fire severity. Fire Ecology, 12(3), 99–116. PDF


North, M.P., S.L. Stephens, B.M. Collins , J.K. Agee, G. Aplet, J.F. Franklin, and P.Z. Fulé. 2015. Reform forest fire management: Agency incentives undermine policy effectiveness. Science 18: 1280-1281. PDF

Tempel, D.J., R.J. Gutierrez, J.J. Battles, D.L. Fry, Y. Su, Q. Guo, M.J. Reetz, S.A Whitmore, G.M. Jones, B.M. Collins, S.L. Stephens, M. Kelly, W.J. Berigan, and M. Z. Peery. 2015. Evaluating short- and long-term impacts of fuels treatments and simulated wildfire on an old-forest species. Ecosphere 6(12): art261. PDF

Hessburg, P.F., Churchill, D.J., Larson, A.J., Haugo, R.D., Miller, C., Spies, T.A., North, M.P, Povak, N.A., Belote, R.T., Singleton, P.H., Gaines, W.L., Keane, R.E., Aplet, G.H., Stephens, S.L., Morgan, P., Bisson, P.A., Rieman, B.E., Salter, R.B., Reeves, G.H. 2015. Restoring fire-prone Inland Pacific landscapes: seven core principles. Landscape Ecology DOI 10.1007/s10980-015-0218-0. PDF

Forrestel, A.B., B.S. Ramage, T. Moody, M.A. Moritz, S.L. Stephens. 2015. Disease, fuels and potential fire behavior: Impacts of sudden oak death in two coastal California forest types. Forest Ecology and Management 348: 23–30. PDF

Lydersen, J.M., B.M. Collins, E.E. Knapp, G.B. Roller, and S. Stephens. 2015. Relating fuel loads to overstory structure and composition in a fire-excluded Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest. International Journal of Wildland Fire 24: 484-494. PDF

Stephens, S.L., Lydersen, J.M., Collins, B.M., Fry, D.L., Meyer, M.D. 2015. Historical and current landscape-scale ponderosa pine and mixed-conifer forest structure in the Southern Sierra Nevada. Ecosphere 6(5) art 79. PDF

Collins, B.M., Lydersen, J.M., Everett, R.G., Fry, D.L., Stephens, S.L. 2015. Novel characterization of landscape-level variability in historical vegetation structure. Ecological Applications 25: 1167-1174. PDF

Stephens, S., M. North, and B. Collins. 2015. Large wildfires in forests: what can be done? Action Bioscience. ( on-line only.

Krasnow, K.D. and S.L. Stephens. 2015. Evolving paradigms of aspen ecology and management: impacts of stand condition and fire severity on vegetation dynamics. Ecosphere 6(1): art12. PDF


Stephens, S.L., S.W. Bigelow, R.D. Burnett, B.M. Collins, C.V. Gallagher, J. Keane, D.A. Kelt, M.P. North, L.J. Roberts, P.A. Stine, and D.H. Van Vuren. 2014. California spotted owl, songbird, and small mammal responses to landscape fuel treatments. Bioscience 64: 893-906. PDF

Collins, B.M., Das, A.J., Battles, J.J., Fry, D.L., Krasnow, K.D., Stephens, S.L. 2014. Beyond reducing fire hazard: fuel treatment impacts on overstory tree survival. Ecol. Appl. 24: 1879–1886. PDF

Dore, S., D.L. Fry, S.L. Stephens. 2014. Spatial heterogeneity of soil CO2 efflux after harvest and prescribed fire in a California mixed conifer forest. Forest Ecology and Management 319: 150-160. PDF

Fry, D.L., S.L. Stephens, B.M. Collins, M.P. North, E. Franco-Vizcaino, and S.J. Gill. 2014. Contrasting Spatial Patterns in Active-Fire and Fire-Suppressed Mediterranean Climate Old-Growth Mixed Conifer Forests. PLOS ONE 9(2): e88985. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088985. PDF

Kramer, H.A., Collins, B.M., Kelly, M., Stephens, S.L. 2014. Quantifying ladder fuels: A new approach using LiDAR. Forests 5(6):1432-1453. (doi: 10.3390/f5061432) PDF

Stephens, S.L. 2014. Increasing resiliency in frequent fire forests: Lessons from the Sierra Nevada and western Australia. USDA RMRS General Technical Report-71. pp.123-132. PDF

Stephens, S.L., N. Burrows, A. Buyantuyev, R.W. Gray, R.E. Keane, R. Kubian, S. Liu, F. Seijo, L. Shu, K.G. Tolhurst, and J.W. van Wagtendonk. 2014. Temperate and boreal forest mega-fires: characteristics and challenges. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(2):115-122. (doi: 10.1890/120332) PDF


Barros, A.M.G., J.M.C. Pereira, M.A. Moritz, and S.L. Stephens. 2013. Spatial Characterization of Wildfire Orientation Patterns in California. Forests (4):197-217. (doi: 10.3390/f4010197) PDF

Bell, Moritz, and Stephens. 2013. Short-term physiological effects of smoke on grapevine leaves. International Journal of Wildland Fire 22(7):933-946. (doi: 10.1071/WF12140) PDF

Collins, B.M., H.A. Kramer, K. Menning, C. Dillingham, D. Saah, P.A. Stine, and S.L. Stephens. 2013. Modeling hazardous fire potential within a completed fuel treatment network in the northern Sierra Nevada. Forest Ecology and Management 310:156–166. PDF

Fulé, P.Z., T.W. Swetnam, P.M. Brown, D.A. Falk, D.L. Peterson, C.D. Allen, G.H. Aplet, M.A. Battaglia, D. Binkley, C. Farris, R.E. Keane, E.Q. Margolis, H. Grissino-Mayer, C. Miller, C.H. Sieg, C. Skinner, S.L. Stephens, and A. Taylor. 2013. Unsupported inferences of high severity fire in historical western United States dry forests: Response to Williams and Baker. Global Ecology and Biogeography. (doi: 10.1111/geb.12136) PDF

Fry, D.L., and S.L. Stephens. 2013. Seed viability and female cone characteristics of mature knobcone pine trees. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 28(1):46-48. (doi: 10.5849/wjaf.11-046) PDF

Gill, A.M., S.L. Stephens, and G.J. Carry. 2013. The world-wide “wildfire” problem. Ecological Applications 23(2):438-454. (doi: 10.1890/10-2213.1) PDF

Jakubowski, M., Q. Guo, B. Collins, S. Stephens, and M. Kelly. 2013. Predicting surface fuel models and fuel metrics using lidar and CIR imagery in a dense, mountainous forest. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 79(1):37-49. PDF

Pennypacker, C.R., M.K. Jakubowski, M. Kelly, M. Lampton, C. Schmidt, S. Stephens, and R. Tripp. 2013. FUEGO—Fire Urgency Estimator in Geosynchronous Orbit—A proposed early-warning fire detection system. Remote Sensing 5(10):5173-5192. (doi: 10.3390/rs5105173) PDF

Sneeuwjagt, R.J., T.S. Kline, and S.L. Stephens. 2013. Opportunities for improved fire use and management in California: lessons from Western Australia. Fire Ecology 9(2): 14-25. (doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0902014) PDF

Stark, D.L., D.L. Wood, A.J. Storer, and S.L. Stephens. 2013. Prescribed fire and mechanical thinning effects on bark beetle caused tree mortality in a mid-elevation Sierran mixed-conifer forest. Forest Ecology and Management 306:61-67. (doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.06.018) PDF

Stephens, S.L., J.K. Agee, P.Z Fulé, M.P. North, W.H. Romme, T.W. Swetnam, and M.G. Turner. 2013. Managing forests and fire in changing climates. Science 342:41-42. (doi: 10.1126/science.1240294) PDF


Chiono, L.A., K.L. O’Hara, M.J. De Lasaux, G.A. Nader, and S.L. Stephens. 2012. Development of vegetation and surface fuels following fire hazard reduction treatment. Forests 2012 3:700-722. (doi:10.3390/f3030700) PDF

Collins, B.M., and S.L. Stephens. 2012. Fire and Fuels Reduction. In: North, M. (ed). Managing Sierra Nevada Forests. USDA Forest Service, PSW General Technical Report. PSW-GTR-237. Pp. 1-12. PDF

Fry, D.L., J. Dawson, and S.L. Stephens. 2012. Age and structure of mature knobcone pine forests in the northern California Coast Range, USA. Fire Ecology 8(1): 49-62. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0801049. PDF

Gibbons, P., L. van Bomme, A.M. Gill, G.J. Cary, D.A. Driscoll, R.A. Bradstock, E. Knight, M.A. Moritz, S.L. Stephens, and D.B. Lindenmayer. 2012. Land management practices associated with house loss in wildfires. PLoS ONE 7(1):e29212. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029212. PDF

Krasnow, K.D., A.S. Halford, and S.L. Stephens. Aspen restoration in the eastern Sierra Nevada: effectiveness of prescribed fire and conifer removal. Fire Ecology 8(3):104-118. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.0803104. PDF

McIver, J., S. Stephens, J. Agee, J. Barbour, R. Boerner, C. Edminster, K. Erickson, K. Farris, C. Fettig, C. Fiedler, S. Haase, S. Hart, J. Keeley, E. Knapp, J. Lehmkuhl, J. Moghaddas, W. Otrosina, K. Outcalt, D. Schwilk, C. Skinner, T. Waldrop, P. Weatherspoon, D. Yaussy, A. Youngblood, and S. Zack. Ecological effects of alternative fuel reduction treatments: highlights of the U.S. Fire and Fire Surrogate study (FFS). International Journal of Wildland Fire. 2012. PDF

Miller, J.D., B.M. Collins, J.A. Lutz, S.L. Stephens, J.W. van Wagtendonk, and D.A. Yasuda. 2012. Differences in wildfires among ecoregions and land management agencies in the Sierra Nevada region, California, USA. Ecosphere 3(9): art80. PDF

North, M.P., B.M. Collins, and S.L. Stephens. 2012. Using fire to increase the scale, benefits and future maintenance of fuels treatments. Journal of Forestry 110(7):392-401. PDF

Stephens, S.L., B.M. Collins, and G. Roller. 2012. Fuel treatment longevity in a Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest. Forest Ecology and Management 285:204-212. PDF

Stephens, S.L., J.D. McIver, R.E.J. Boerner, C.J. Fettig, J.B. Fontaine, B.R. Hartsough, P. Kennedy, and D.W. Schwilk. 2012. Effects of forest fuel reduction treatments in the United States. BioScience 62:549-560. PDF

Stephens, S.L., R.E.J. Boerner, J.J. Moghaddas, E.E.Y. Moghaddas, B.M. Collins, C.B. Dow, C. Edminster, C.E. Fiedler, D.L. Fry, B. R. Hartsough, J.E. Keeley, E.E. Knapp, J.D. McIver, C.N. Skinner, and A. Youngblood. 2012. Fuel treatment impacts on estimated wildfire carbon loss from forests in Montana, Oregon, California, and Arizona. Ecosphere 3(5):38. PDF


Collins, B.M., R.G. Everett, and S.L. Stephens. 2011. Impacts of fire exclusion and recent managed fire on forest structure in old growth Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forests. Ecosphere 2(4):art51. PDF

Collins, B.M., S.L. Stephens, G.B. Roller, and J.J. Battles. 2011. Simulating fire and forest dynamics for a landscape fuel treatment project in the Sierra Nevada. Forest Science 57:77-88. PDF

Evans, A.M., R.G. Everett, S.L. Stephens, and J.A. Youtz. 2011. Comprehensive fuels treatment practices guide for mixed conifer forests: California, Central and Southern Rockies, and the Southwest. US Forest Service Forest Guild. PDF

Perry, D.A., P.F. Hessburg, C.N. Skinner, T.A. Spies, S.L. Stephens, A.H. Taylor, J.F. Franklin, B. McComb, G. Riegel. 2011. The ecology of mixed severity fire regimes in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. Forest Ecology and Management 262:703-717. PDF

Spies, T. A., D.B. Lindenmayer, A.M. Gill, S.L. Stephens, and J.K. Agee. 2011. Challenges and a checklist for biodiversity conservation in fire-prone forests: Perspectives from the Pacific Northwest of USA and Southeastern Australia. Biological Conservation 145:5-14. PDF

Forrestel, A.B., M.A. Moritz, and S.L. Stephens. 2011. Landscape-scale vegetation change following fire in Point Reyes, California, USA. Fire Ecology 7(2):114-128. PDF


Collins, B.M., and S.L. Stephens. 2010. Stand-replacing patches within a mixed severity fire regime: quantitative characterization using recent
fires in a long-established natural fire area. Landscape Ecology 25:927939. PDF

Collins, B.M., S.L. Stephens, J.M. Moghaddas, and J. Battles. 2010. Challenges and approaches in planning fuel treatments across fire-excluded forested
landscapes. Journal of Forestry 108: 24-31. PDF

Fry, D.L., and S.L. Stephens. 2010. Stand-level spatial dependence in an old-growth Jeffrey pine – mixed conifer forest, Sierra San Pedro Martir,
Mexico. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40:1830-1814. PDF

McGinnis, T.W., J.E. Keeley, S.L. Stephens, and G.B. Roller. 2010. Fuel buildup and potential fire behavior after stand-replacing fires, logging fire-killed
trees and herbicide shrub removal in Sierra Nevada forests. Forest Ecology and Management  260:22-35PDF

Moghaddas, J.J., B.M. Collins, K. Menning, E.E.Y. Moghaddas, and S.L. Stephens. 2010. Fuel treatment effects on modeled landscape-level fire
behavior in the northern Sierra Nevada. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40:1751-1765. PDF

Mutch, R.W. M.J. Rogers, S.L. Stephens, and A.M. Gill. 2010. Protecting lives and property in the wildland urban interface: Communities in Montana
and Southern California adopt Australian paradigm. Fire Technology DOI: 10.1007/s10694-010-0171-z. PDF

Potts, J.B., E. Marino, and S.L. Stephens. 2010. Chaparral shrub recovery after fuel reduction: A comparison of prescribed fire and mastication techniques.
Plant Ecology PDF

Stephens, S.L., D.L. Fry, B.M. Collins, C.N. Skinner, E. Franco-Vizcaino, and T. J. Freed. 2010. Fire-scar formation in Jeffrey pine-mixed conifer
forests in the Sierra San Pedro Mrtir, Mexico. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40:1497-1505. PDF

Stephens. S.L., C.I. Millar, and B.M. Collins. 2010. Operational approaches to managing forests of the future in Mediterranean regions within a context
of changing climates. Environmental Research Letters 5: 024003. PDF

Trouet, V., A.H. Taylor, E.R. Wahl, C.N. Skinner, and S.L. Stephens. 2010. Fire-climate interactions in the American West since 1400 CE. Geophysical Research Letters 37: doi:10.1029/2009GL041695 PDF

Weise, D.R., S.L. Stephens, F.M. Fujioka, T.J. Moody, and J. Benoit. 2010.  Estimation of fire danger in Hawaii using limited weather data and simulation.  Pacific Science 64: 99-220. PDF


Skinner, C.N., C.S. Abbott, D.L. Fry, S.L. Stephens, A.H. Taylor, and V. Trouet. 2009. Human and climatic influences on fire occurrence in California’s North Coast Range, USA. Fire Ecology. PDF

Vaillant, N.M. and S. L. Stephens. 2009. Fire history of a lower elevation Jeffrey pine-mixed conifer forest. Fire Ecology. PDF

North, M., K. Van de Water, S.L. Stephens, and B. Collins. 2009. Climate, rain shadow, and human-use influences on Eastern Sierra Nevada fire regimes. Fire Ecology. PDF

Gill, A.M., and S.L. Stephens. 2009. Scientific and social challenges for the management of fire-prone wildland-urban interfaces. Environmental Research Letters 4 034014 PDF

Padgett, K.A., S.L. Stephens, and B. Lane. 2009. Effect of prescribed fire for tick control in California chaparral. Journal of Medical Entomology.  J. Med. Entomol. 46(5): 1138Ð1145. PDF

Stephens,  S.L., J. Moghaddas, B. Hartsough, E. Moghaddas, and N. E. Clinton. 2009. Fuel treatment effects on stand level carbon pools, treatment related emissions, and fire risk in a Sierran mixed conifer forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research  39: 1538-1547. PDF

Vaillant, N. M., J. Fire-Kaufman, and S. L. Stephens .  2009.  Effectiveness of prescribed fire as a fuel treatment in Californian coniferous forests.  International Journal of Wildland Fire, 18:165-175. PDF

North, M. P. Stine, K. O’Hara, W. Zielinski, and S. Stephens.  2009.  An Ecosystems Management Strategy for Sierra Mixed-Conifer Forests.  US Dept. Agriculture Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station.  General Technical Report PSW-GTR-220 w/ addendum.  52 pages. PDF

Potts, J. B., S. L. Stephens.  2009.  Invasive and native plant responses to shrubland fuel reduction: comparing prescribed fire, mastication, and treatment season.  Biological Conservation 142: 1657-1654 PDF

Stephens, S.L., J.J. Moghaddas, C. Ediminster, C.E. Fiedler, S. Hasse, M.Harrington, J.E. Keeley, J.D. McIver, K. Metlen, C.N. Skinner, and A.Youngblood. 2009. Fire treatment effects on vegetation structure, fuels, and potential fire severity in western U.S. forests.   Ecological Applications 19: 305-320. PDF

McIver, J., A. Youngblood, and S.L. Stephens. 2009. The national Fire and Fire Surrogate study: ecological consequences of fuel reduction methods in seasonally dry forests.  Ecological Applications 19: 283-284. PDF

Schwilk, D.W., J.E. Keeley, E.E. Knapp, J. McIver, J.D. Bailey, C.J.Fettig, C.E. Fiedler, R.J. Harrod, J.J. Moghaddas, K.W. Outcalt, C.N.Skinner, S.L. Stephens, T.A. Waldrop, D.A. Yaussy, and A. Youngblood.  2009. The national Fire and Fire Surrogate study: effects of fuel reduction methods on forest vegetation structure and fuels. Ecological Applications 19: 285-304. PDF

Stephens S. L.,  M. Adams, J. Hadmer. F. Kearns, B. Leicester, J. Leonard, M. Moritz.  2009.  Urban-wildland fires: how California and other regions of the US can learn from Australia Environmental Research Letters 4  014010 PDF

Kobziar, L.N., S.L. Stephens, and J.R. McBride. 2009. The efficacy of fuels reduction treatments in a Sierra Nevada pine plantation.  International Journal of Wildland Fire  18, 791–801. PDF

Collins BM, Miller JD, Thode AE, Kelly M, van Wagtendonk JW, Stephens SL.  2009. Interactions among wildland fires in a long-established Sierra Nevada natural fire area. Ecosystems 12: 114-128. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-008-9211-7. PDF


Fry D. 2008. Prescribed fire effects on deciduous oak woodland stand structure, northern Diablo Range, California. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 61(3): 294-301. DOI: PDF

Stephens, S.L., Weise, D.R., Fry, D.L., Keiffer, R.J., Dawson, J., Koo, E., Potts, J., and Pagni, P. 2008. Measuring the rate of spread of chaparral prescribed fires in northern California. Fire Ecology 4: 74-86. PDF

Stephens S.L, Fry D, Franco-Vizcano E. 2008. Wildfire and forests in Northwestern Mexico: the United States wishes it had similar fire ‘problems’. Ecology and Society. 13(2): 10 PDF

Everett, R.G.  2008.  Dendrochronology-based Fire History of Mixed Conifer Forests in the San Jacinto Mountains, California.  Forest Ecology and Management.  256 (2008) 1805-1814. PDF

Amacher, A.J., R.H. Barrett, J.J. Moghaddas, and S.L. Stephens. 2008.  Preliminary effects of fire and mechanical fuel treatments on the  abundance of small mammals in the mixed-conifer forest of the Sierra Nevada.  Forest Ecology and Management 255: 3193-3202 PDF

Moghaddas, E.E.Y., and S.L. Stephens. 2008. Mechanized fuel treatment effects on soil compaction in Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer stands.  Forest Ecology and Management 255: 3098-3106. PDF

Moghaddas, J.J., R.A. York, and S.L. Stephens. 2008. Initial response of conifer and California black oak seedlings following fuel reduction activities in a Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest. Forest Ecology and Management 255: 3141-3150. PDF

Skinner, C.N., J.H. Burk, M. Barbour, E. Franco-Vizcaino, and S.L. Stephens. 2008. Long-term influences of climate on fire regimes in montane forests of northwestern Mexico. Journal of Biogeography 35(8):1436-1451. PDF

Hartsough, B.R., S. Abrams, R.J. Barbour, E.S. Drews, J.D. McIver, J.J. Moghaddas, D.W. Schwilk, and S.L. Stephens. 2008. The economics of alternative fuel reduction treatments in western United States dry forests: financial and policy implications from the National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study. Forest Economics and Policy.  10:344-354  PDF

McCaffery, S., J.J. Moghaddas, and S.L. Stephens. 2008. Survey results from fire and fire surrogate fuel treatments in a Sierran mixed conifer forest, California, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 17: 224-233 PDF

Collins, B.M., and S.L. Stephens. 2008. Tree scarring patterns in Sierra Nevada wilderness areas burned by multiple wildland fire use fires. Fire Ecology 3(2): 53-67. PDF

Moritz, M.A., and S.L. Stephens. 2008. Fire and sustainability: considerations for California’s altered future climate. Climatic Change 87 (Suppl 1):S265–S271. PDF

Fried, J.S., Gilles, J.K., Riley, W.J., Moody, T.J., de Blas, C.S., K. Hayhoe, M. Moritz, S.L. Stephens, and M. Torn. 2008. Predicting the effect of climate change on wildfire behavior and initial attack success Climatic Change 87 (Suppl 1):S251–S264. PDF


Collins, B.M. and S.L. Stephens.  2007.  Managing Natural Fires in Sierra Nevada Wilderness Areas.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5(10): 523-52 PDF

Millar, C.I., N.L. Stephenson, and S.L. Stephens.  2007.  Climate change and forests of the future: managing in the face of uncertainty.  Ecological Applications 17(8): 2145-2151. PDF

Stephens, S.L., R.E. Martin, and N.E. Clinton.  2007.  Prehistoric fire area and emissions from California’s forests, woodlands, shrublands and grasslands.  Forest Ecology and Management 251:205-216. PDF

Kaufmann, M. R., D. Binkley, P. Z. Fulé, M. Johnson, S. L. Stephens, and T. W. Swetnam.  2007. Defining old growth for fire-adapted forests of the western United States. Ecology and Society 12(2): 15. PDF

Youngblood, A., H. Bigler-Cole, C.J. Fettig, C. Fiedler, E. E. Knapp, J.L. Lehmkuhl,  K.W. Outcalt, C.N. Skinner, S.L. Stephens, and T.H. Waldrop.  2007. Making Fire and Fire Surrogate Science Available: A Summary of Regional Workshops With Clients.  Department of Agriculture Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station General Technical Report PNW-GTR-727. PDF

Moghaddas, E. and S. L. Stephens.  2007.  Thinning, burning, and thin-burn fuel treatment effects on soil properties in a Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest.  Forest Ecology and Management.  250:156-166. PDF

Collins, B.M., N. K. Kelly,, J.W. van Wagtendonk, and S.L. Stephens. 2007. Spatial patterns of large natural fires in Sierra Nevada wilderness areas. Landscape Ecology 22:545-557. PDF

Stephens, S.L., and Collins, B.M. 2007. Fire policy in the urban-wildland interface in the United States: What are the issues and possible solutions? In: Living on the edge: economics, institutional and management perspectives on wildfire hazards in the urban interface. Advances in the Economics of Environmental Resources, Vol. 6. Elsevier Ltd. PDF

Evett, R., Franco-Vizcaino, E., and Stephens, S.L. 2007. Comparing modern and past fire regimes to assess changes in prehistoric lightning and anthropogenic ignitions in a Jeffrey pine-mixed conifer forest in the Sierra San Pedro Martir, Mexico. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37: 318-330. PDF

Menning, K.M., and Stephens, S.L.  2007. Fire climbing in the forest: a semi-qualitative, semi-quantitative approach to assessing ladder fuel hazards. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 22(2): 88-93. PDF

Evett, R., Franco-Vizcaino, E., and Stephens, S.L. 2007.  Phytolith evidence for the absence of a prehistoric grass understory in a Jeffrey pine-mixed conifer forest in the Sierra San Pedro Martir, Mexico. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37:306-317. PDF

Schmidt, L., Hille, M.G., and Stephens, S.L., 2007. Restoring northern Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest composition and structure with prescribed fire. Fire Ecology 2(2):204-217. PDF

Stephens, S.L., Fry, D. L., Franco-Vizcaino, E., Collins, B.M., and Moghaddas, J.J. 2007. Coarse woody debris and canopy cover in an old-growth Jeffrey pine-mixed conifer forest from the Sierra San Pedro Martir, Mexico. Forest Ecology and Management 240: 87-95. PDF

Collins, B. M., Moghaddas, J. J., and Stephens, S. L. 2007. Initial changes in forest structure and understory plant community following fuel reduction activities in a Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest. Forest Ecology and Management 239: 102-111. PDF

Kobziar, L., Moghaddas, J. J., and Stephens, S. L. 2007. Tree mortality patterns following prescribed fires in a mixed conifer forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 36:3222-3228. PDF


Apigian, K., D. Dahlsten, and S.L. Stephens. 2006. Biodiversity of Coleoptera and the importance of habitat structural features in a Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest. Environmental Entomology 35: 964-975. PDF

Kobziar, L., and Stephens, S. L. 2006. The effects of fuels treatments on soil carbon respiration in a Sierra Nevada pine plantation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 141: 161-178. PDF

Moody, T.J., Fites-Kaufman, J., and Stephens, S.L. 2006. Fire history and climate influences from forests in the northern Sierra Nevada, USA. Fire Ecology 2: 115-141. PDF

Stephens, S.L., Sugihara, N.G., 2006. Fire management and policy since European settlement. Sugihara, NG, van Wagtendonk, J, Shaffer, KE , Fites-Kaufman, J, , Thode, AE, editors. Fire in California’s ecosystems. California: University of California Press. Berkeley. Pp. 431-443. PDF

Husari, S., Nichols, T., Sugihara, N.G. Stephens, S.L., 2006. Fuel management. Sugihara, NG, van Wagtendonk, J, Shaffer, KE , Fites-Kaufman, J, , Thode, AE, editors. Fire in California’s ecosystems. California: University of California Press. Berkeley. Pp. 444-465. PDF

Stuart, J., Stephens, S.L., 2006. North coast California bioregion. Sugihara, NG, van Wagtendonk, J, Shaffer, KE , Fites-Kaufman, J, , Thode, AE, editors. Fire in California’s ecosystems. California: University of California Press. Berkeley. Pp. 147-169. PDF

Stephens, S.L., and W.J. Libby. 2006. Anthropogenic fire and bark thickness in coastal and island pine populations from Alta and Baja California. Journal of Biogeography 33: 648-652. (See Erratum on next line for a corrected Figure 1PDF

Stephens, S.L., and W.J. Libby. 2006. ERRATUM FOR: Anthropogenic fire and bark thickness in coastal and island pine populations from Alta and Baja California. Journal of Biogeography 33: 760. PDF

Fry, D.L., and S.L. Stephens. 2006. Influence of humans and climate on the fire history of a Ponderosa pine-mixed conifer forest in the southeastern Klamath Mountains, California. Forest Ecology and Management. 223: 428-438. PDF

Apigian, K., D. Dahlsten, and S.L. Stephens. 2006. Fire and fire surrogate treatment effects on leaf litter arthropods in a western Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest. Forest Ecology and Management 221:110-122.  PDF


Stephens, S.L., and P.Z. Fule. 2005. Western pine forests with continuing frequent fire regimes: Possible reference sites for management. Journal of Forestry 103(7): 357-362. PDF

Stephens, S.L., and D. R. Fry. 2005. Spatial distribution of regeneration patches in an old-growth Pinus jeffreyi-mixed conifer forest in northwestern Mexico. Journal of Vegetation Science 16:693-702. PDF

Beche, L.A., S.L. Stephens, and V.H. Resh. 2005. Prescribed fire effects on a riparian and stream community in the Sierra Nevada: Dark Canyon Creek, California, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 218:37-59 PDF

Stephens, S.L. and J.J. Moghaddas. 2005. Silvicultural and reserve impacts on potential fire behavior and forest conservation: 25 years of experience from Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forests. Biological Conservation  25:369-379. PDF

Stephens, S.L. and J.J. Moghaddas. 2005. Fuel treatment effects on snags and coarse woody debris in a Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest. Forest Ecology and Management 214:53-64. PDF

Stephens, S.L. and J.J. Moghaddas. 2005. Experimental fuel treatment impacts on forest structure, potential fire behavior, and predicted tree mortality in a mixed conifer forest. Forest Ecology and Management 215:21-36. PDF

Hille, M.G., and S.L. Stephens. 2005. Mixed conifer forest duff consumption during prescribed fires: tree crown impacts. Forest Science 51(5): 417-424. PDF

Stephens, S.L. 2005. Forest fire causes and extent on United States Forest Service Lands. International Journal of Wildland Fire 14(213-222. PDF

Youngblood, A., K.L. Metlen, E. Knapp, K.W. Outcalt, S.L. Stephens, T.A. Waldrop, and D. Yaussy. 2005. Implementation of the Fire and Fire Surrogate Study ­A national research effort to evaluate the consequences of fuel reduction treatments.  In: Peterson, C.E., and Maguire, D.A. (eds). Balancing ecosystem values: innovative experiments for sustainable forestry. USFS Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-635. Portland, OR. Pp. 315-323. PDF

Purcell, K., and S.L. Stephens. 2005. Changing fire regimes and the avifauna of California oak woodlands. Studies in Avian Biology. 30:33-45  PDF

Purcell, K., and S.L. Stephens. 2005. Natural and anthropogenic fire regimes, vegetation effects, and potential impacts on the avifauna of California’s oak woodlands. USFS General Technical Report PSW-191 PDF

Stephens, S.L., & D.L. Fry. 2005. Fire history in coast redwood stands in the Northeastern Santa Cruz Mountains, California. Fire Ecology 1(1):2-19. PDF

Stephens, S.L. and Gill, S.J.  2005.  Forest structure and mortality in an old-growth Jeffrey pine-mixed conifer forest in northwestern Mexico. Forest Ecology and Management. 205:15-28. PDF

Stephens, S.L. and Ruth, L.W. 2005. Federal forest fire policy in the United States. Ecological Applications, 15(2):532-542  PDF


Knapp, E.E., S.L. Stephens, J.D. McIver, J.J. Moghaddas, and J.E. Keeley. 2004. The Fire and Fire Surrogate Study in the Sierra Nevada: Evaluating restoration treatments at Blodgett Experimental Forest and Sequoia National Park. In: Murphy, D.D., and Stine, P.A. (eds.), Proceedings of the Sierra Nevada Science Symposium, Tahoe City, CA. USFS PSW General Technical Report PSW-GTR-193. pp. 79-85. PDF

Skinner, C.N., and S.L. Stephens. 2004. Fire in the Sierra Nevada. Proceedings of the Sierra Nevada Science Symposium, Tahoe City, CA. USFS PSW General Technical Report. PSW-GTR-193. pp. 65-68. PDF

Stephens, S.L., Piirto, D.D., and D.F. Caramagno, 2004. Fire regimes and resultant forest structure in the native Ano Nuevo Monterey pine (Pinus radiata) forest, California. American Midlland Naturalist 152: 25-36. PDF

Stephens, S.L., Finney, M.A., and Schantz, H. 2004. Bulk density and fuel loads of ponderosa pine and white fir forest floors: impacts of leaf morphology. Northwest Science 78: 93-100. PDF

Stephens, S.L. 2004. Fuel loads, snag density, and snag recruitment in an unmanaged Jeffrey pine-mixed conifer forest in northwestern Mexico. Forest Ecology and Management 199: 103-113. PDF

Stephens, S.L. and Collins, B.M. 2004. Fire regimes of mixed conifer forests in the north-central Sierra Nevada at multiple spatial scales. Northwest Science 78: 12-23. PDF

Stephens, S.L., Meixner, T., Poth, M., McGurk, B, Payne, D. 2004. Prescribed fire, soils, and stream water chemistry in a watershed in the Lake Tahoe Basin. International Journal of Wildland Fire 13: 27-35. PDF

2000 – 2003:

Stephens, S.L., Skinner, C.N., Gill, S.J., 2003. Dendrochronology-based fire history of Jeffrey pine-mixed conifer forests in the Sierra San Pedro Martir, Mexico. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33:1090-1101. PDF

Stephens, S.L., and M.A. Finney, 2002. Prescribed Fire Mortality of Sierra Nevada Mixed Conifer Tree Species: Effects of Crown Damage and Forest Floor Combustion. Forest Ecology and Management 162: 261-271. PDF

Stephens, S.L. 2001, Fire History of Adjacent Jeffrey pine and Upper Montane Forests in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. International Journal of Wildland Fire 10:161-176. PDF

Stephens, S.L. 2000. Mixed Conifer and Upper Montane Forest Structure and Uses in 1899 from the Central and Northern Sierra Nevada, CA. Madrono, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 43-52.  PDF

1993 – 1999:

Stephens, S.L, D. Dulitz, and R.E. Martin, 1999.  Giant Sequoia Regeneration in Group Selection Openings in the Southern Sierra Nevada. Forest Ecology and Management vol. 120, no. 1-3,  pp. 89-95. PDF

Stephens, S.L., and D.L. Elliott-Fisk. 1998. Sequoiadendron giganteum-Mixed Conifer Forest Structure in 1900-1901 from the Southern Sierra Nevada, CA.  Madrono,  45:221-230. PDF

Stephens, S.L. 1998.  Evaluation of the effects of silvicultural and fuels treatments on potential fire behaviour in Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forests.  Forest Ecology and Management 105, no. 1-3,  pp.21-34. PDF

Stephens, S.L. 1997. Fire History of a Mixed Oak-Pine Forest in the Foothills of the Sierra  Nevada, El Dorado County, California.  Symposium on Oak Woodlands: Ecology,  Management, and Urban Interface Issues. USDA Forest Service General Technical  Report-PSW GTR-160, pp 191-198. PDF

Elliott-Fisk, D.L, S.L. Stephens, J.A. Aubert, D. Murphy, J. Schaber. 1996. Mediated Settlement Agreement for Sequoia National Forest- Giant Sequoia Groves, an  Evaluation. Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project.  Addendum (Davis: University of California, Centers for Water and Wildland Resources). pp. 277-328. PDF

Elliott-Fisk, D.L, T.C. Cahill, O.K. Davis, L. Duan, C.R. Goldman, G.E. Gruell, R. Harris, R. Kattelmann, R. Lacey, D. Leisz, S. Lindstrom, D. Machida, R.A. Rowntree, P. Rucks, D.A. Sharkey, S.L. Stephens, and D.S Ziegler. 1997. Lake Tahoe case study. Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project.  Addendum (Davis: University of California, Centers for Water and Wildland Resources). pp. 217-276. PDF

Stephens, S.L., Molina D. M., Carter, R., Martin, R. E.. 1995.  Comparison of fuel load, structural characteristics, and infrastructure before and after the Oakland Hills Tunnel fire. Biswell Symposium, USDA PSW General Technical Report-158 . pp.189-191 PDF

Stephens, S.L., D. Gordon, and R.E. Martin. 1993. Combustion characteristics of domestic vegetation found in the urban/wildland interface of California.  Proceeding of the 12th International Conference on Fire and Forest Meteorology, Society of American Foresters, Jekyl Island, Georgia. pp. 565-571. PDF