PROFILES in RESEARCH, Online Magazine of the Office of Research, UC Santa Barbara

Ecology & the Environment

UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis organized a team of eighteen researchers, including NCEAS postdoctoral associate Jennifer K. Balch, to study the relationship between humans and fire. The group’s report, published in the Journal of Biogeography, offers a historical framework that puts this relationship into context and explains the role of fire in natural ecosystems. Looking at both natural and human-created fires, the research highlights how climate, human ignition sources, and cultural practices are critical to the development of sustainable fire management to protect human health, property, ecosystems, and diminish greenhouse gas pollution.

Researchers Analyze the Evolving Human Relationship with Fire (UCSB Office of Public Affairs) 9/14/11

New Research Details Wise and Foolish Fire Activities throughout Human Evolution (Scientific American) 9/15/11

Scorched Earth: The Past, Present and Future of Human Influences on Wildfires (National Science Foundation) 9/14/11

Humanity's relationship with fire studied (United Press International) 9/14/11

Historical Link Between Humans And Fire Investigated (RedOrbit) 9/15/11

Our Future Will Be Shaped by Fire (ScienceDaily) 9/14/11