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Fire and biodiversity in the Anthropocene

Luke T Kelly, Katherine M Giljohann, Andrea Duane, Nuria Aquilue, Sally Archibald, Enric Batllori, Andrew F Bennett, Stephen T Buckland, Quim Canelles, Michael F Clarke, Marie-Josee Fortin, Virgilio Hermoso, Sergi Herrando, Robert E Keane, Frank K Lake, Michael A McCarthy, Alejandra Moran-Ordonez, Catherine L Parr, Juli G Pausas, Trent D Penman Show all



BACKGROUND Fire has shaped the diversity of life on Earth for millions of years. Variation in fire regimes continues to be a source of biodiversity across the globe, and many plants, animals, and ecosystems depend on particular temporal and spatial patterns of fire. Although people have been using fire to modify environments for millennia, the combined effects of human activities are now changing patterns of fire at a global scale—to the detriment of human society, biodiversity, and ecosystems. These changes pose a global challenge for understanding how to sustain biodiversity in a new era of fire. We synthesize how changes in fire activity are threatening species with extinction across the ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The workshop leading to this paper was funded by the Centre Tecnologic Forestal de Catalunya and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. L.T.K. was supported by a Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Victorian Government), a Centenary Fellowship (University of Melbourne), and an Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant (LP150100765). A.R. was supported by the Xunta de Galicia (Postdoctoral Fellowship ED481B2016/084-0) and the Foundation for Science and Technology under the FirESmart project (PCIF/MOG/0083/2017). A.L.S. was supported by a Marie SklodowskaCurie Individual Fellowship (746191) under the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation. L.R. was supported by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program through the Threatened Species Recovery Hub. L.B. was partially supported by the Spanish Government through the INMODES (CGL2014-59742-C2-2-R) and the ERANETSUMFORESTS project FutureBioEcon (PCIN-2017-052). This research was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. All opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the USDA Forest Service or Tribes.