(Please contact Jennifer Balch if you would like a copy of these readings: jennifer.balch@yale.edu)

David Bowman's selection

I have selected two papers as key in my thinking about 'pyrogeography'. The first is by William Bond et al. on 'a world without fire'. I have also attached the commentary I wrote that accompanied this paper which sets out why I think this paper is important and how it will influence future directions in the field of pyrogeography.
Bond, W., Woodward, F.I., Midgley, G.F., 2005. The global distribution of ecosystems in a world without fire. New Phytologist 165, 525-538.

Jennifer Balch's selection

I have selected Pyne's recent paper on three fire paradigms that is very pertinent for our discussions...

Mark Cochrane's selection

I have selected a paper of mine detailing fire related issues in tropical rainforests that should help frame our discussions regarding this increasingly important component of 'pyrogeography' (Fire Science for Rainforests) and I would like to also emphasize Bowman's selection of Bond's 'world without fire' paper.

Christian Kull's selection

I've attached the following article by Laris and Wardell that I really enjoyed when I first read it. This article shows how fire research grounded in a particular historical moment in West Africa (colonialism, forestry science, etc.) created problematic policy outcomes. I've also appended a short article that Steve Pyne wrote in Science (2001) that gives a sense of the kinds of themes that he traces in his many outstanding books.

Andrew Scott's selection

To get a view of my field please see my 2000 paper on the Pre-Quaternary history of fire, or my more recent 2008 paper on fire in the fossil record. I have also attached the paper by Bond and Keeley, which I find very useful and important. Although not attached here, I have also been influenced by the two volumes of collected papers: Crutzen and Goldhammer 1993 and Clark et al 1997. And, I think that the books by Stephen Pyne on World Fire and Wildland Fire are very helpful.

Max Moritz's selection

My thinking on pyrogeography can't help but focus on "controls" on fire patterns, and the Meyne et al. (2007) paper is a recent synthesis on a couple of key drivers.

Guido van der Werf's selection

I look forward discussing the very diverse nature of fire, which for me is strongly coupled to atmospheric composition and climate change. Here are two papers, one by Vanderwerf et al. highlighting the importance of drought for interannual variability in fire emissions and how this variability can explain part of interannual variations in the growth rates of CO2 and CH4, and one by Jim Randerson (UCI) which highlights the complex but intriguing influence of boreal fires on the climate system.

Tom Swetnam's selection

I have selected Craig Allen's chapter from the 2002 book, edited by Thomas Vale, “Fire, Native Peoples, and the Natural Landscape”. This paper provides a useful and perhaps provocative review of physical and cultural controls over pre-20th century fire regimes in the Southwestern US.

Meg Krawchuk's selection

Since many of my top choices of fire papers have already been posted, I thought I would add in a reading on macroecology & biotic patterns. I am intrigued by the potential parallels in understanding abiogeography (pyrogeography) and biogeography, using energy + water metrics. I've selected Hawkins et al. (2003) (Energy, water, and broad scale geographic patterns of species richness). Of course, the strong human influence on fire needs to be included in this thinking, too. My second selection is a manuscript that I have just finished writing with Max Moritz, titled "Global pyrogeography: Macro-scaled models for understanding the current and future distribution of fire". It has not been submitted yet, so we are hesitant to post it on this open space, but will send it out via email.