May is all about Wildfire Awareness! Join us for this talk with Dr. Ben Wilder to learn about the role of invasive plants in wildfires and other facets of fire in the Sonoran Desert.
Alarmingly, fire is becoming a more frequent occurrence in the desert. Previously, wet winters associated with infrequent El Niño events would be the sole occurrences when fires could establish in desert lowlands. This situation has changed with non-native grass invasions. In addition, these non-native species are connecting mountain fire regimes with those of the grasslands and deserts below, bridging the ecotone between deserts and forests that overlap with the wildland-urban interface (WUI). In this presentation, Dr. Wilder will discuss the 2020 Bighorn Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains outside Tucson as a case study to better understand the changing nature of fire and the WUI in semi-arid North America.
Dr. Wilder has been director of the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill at the University of Arizona since October 2016. He is also Interim Director of CAZMEX, the Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments. Dr. Wilder conducts research on desert ecology and botany, utilizing multiple approaches and time scales to better understand modern biodiversity and connect science to conservation.
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