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Vegetation Change in Response to Extreme Events: The Effect of a Short Interval between Fires in California Chaparral and Coastal Scrub
This study describes changes in the abundance of shrub species after two fires in 1979 and 1980 on Otay Mountain in San Diego County, California. The 1979 fire burned a large area of dense chaparral
Vernal pools and the concept of “isolated wetlands”
  • P. Zedler
  • Environmental Science
  • 1 September 2003
Vernal pools, broadly defined as ephemeral wetlands that predictably form in permanent basins during the cooler part of the year but which dry during the summer months, are distributed throughout the
Reproduction of Chaparral Shrubs After Fire: A Comparison of Sprouting and Seeding Strategies
A model is proposed which explains the adaptive significance of the obligate-seeding strategy in the southern California chaparral and a profound difference was observed in the life histories of the two nonsprouting shrubs.
The germination process in vernal pools: sensitivity to environmental conditions and effects on community structure
The sensitivity of vernal pool species to out-of-season germination suggests that they could be negatively affected by climatic change, with generalist species like non-native Lythrum hyssopifolium having a potential advantage.
Fire, chaparral, and survival in southern California
Mother Nature has lavished many gifts on California, but she has made mistakes. Some were easily corrected. Grizzly bears were too fierce and unpredictable, but they trouble Californians no longer.
Ecology and Biogeography of Mediterranean Ecosystems in Chile, California, and Australia
Mediterranean-type ecosystems have provided ecologists with some of the most scientifically-rewarding opportunities to formulate and evaluate hypotheses about large and small-scale ecological
The influence of dominant shrubs, fire, and time since fire on soil seed banks in mixed chaparral
The results indicate that seeds of A. fasciculatum will increase in the soil bank for at least 85 years after fire in chaparral where it is dominant, and seed reserves of C. greggii appear to be influenced primarily by site-specific patterns of seed production and by the intensity of post-dispersal seed predation.
Organisation of the soil seed bank in mixed chaparral
Seed densities, estimated from germinations under glasshouse conditions, were determined for fire-treated and control soils sampled from north and south facing stands of mixedAdenostoma