On Incorporating Fire into Our Thinking about Natural Ecosystems: A Response to Saha and Howe

  title={On Incorporating Fire into Our Thinking about Natural Ecosystems: A Response to Saha and Howe},
  author={Jon E. Keeley and William J. Bond},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={664 - 670}
  • J. Keeley, W. Bond
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The American Naturalist
Ecologists long have had a fascination with fire impacts, although they have been slow to incorporate this ecological factor into serious thinking about the structure of communities and evolution of species (Bond and van Wilgen 1996). The remarks by Saha and Howe (2001, in this issue) illustrate some of the problems ecologists have in trying to apply fire to their thinking about natural ecosystems. Fire is commonly perceived qualitatively in terms of presence or absence, and the variation in… 
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