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Susana Rodríguez-Buriticá and Katharine Suding Interactive effects of temporal and spatial fire characteristics on the population dynamics of a fire-dependent Cypress species Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Article first published online: 25 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12109

Conservation efforts focused on isolated populations of fire-dependent species should focus on both the temporal (fire return interval) and spatial (heterogeneity in fire occurrence) aspects of fire regimes. For one threatened Cypress species, we find that the interaction between temporal and spatial characteristics of a fire regime can increase the risks of population extinction, particularly under fire regimes characterized by more frequent, larger and more spatially homogenous fire. Species with fragmented subpopulations not well connected by dispersal also have a greater risk of extinction under these fire regimes.

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