Peter Z. Fulé, Ph.D. - Professor
Ecological restoration, fire ecology, Cordilleran forest ecology (southwest U.S.,
Overuse of natural resources, fire exclusion, and other human-caused forms of environmental
degradation threaten the sustainability of forest ecosystems. Uncharacteristically
severe wildfires, pathogen outbreaks, and exotic species invasions are signs of
ecological damage in frequent-fire-adapted forests of western North America. Working
with colleagues at Northern Arizona University's School of Forestry and Ecological
Restoration Institute, our research focuses on four areas:
- Measuring the extent and characteristics of ecological degradation, including changes
in forest structure, plant communities, fire behavior, and habitat components.
- Studying relict sites where recent anthropogenic degradation is minimal, such as
remote plateaus in Grand Canyon National Park and isolated sites in northern Mexico.
- Experimentation in alternative methods of restoring natural structure, function,
and process to western long-needled pine forests.
- Modeling of vegetation change and fire behavior and effects across stands and landscapes.
B.A., Vassar College, 1986
M.S., Northern Arizona University, 1990
Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1996
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