Lecture: Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems

Fire ecologist Jon E. Keeley will explore the impact of fire in California and the four other Mediterranean-climate areas of the world. Presented by the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society.

When: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 7 p.m.

Where: Solvang Library, 1745 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA

Cost: Free

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Lectures & Workshops: Book Signings


Wildfire is often viewed only as a destructive force that threatens both wild and urban areas, but in California it also plays an integral role in shaping our regional ecology.

Jon will examine the evolution of species within those systems and the ways in which humans have adapted to living in fire-prone environments. Keeley is co-author of the new book Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems which he will be signing after his talk. “The Mediterranean climate’s seasonally high temperatures and dry conditions have combined to expand fire’s footprint on the landscape, which has had profound effects on vegetation, " says Keeley. "Our book probes the role of fire and how it affects these regions.”

Pictured: Photo of Figueroa Mountain by John Evarts

Jon E. Keeley is a Research Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Three Rivers, California, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. He has been publishing scientific papers on the subject of wildfire in California for more than 35 years.

Phone: 805-693-5683

Event posted Sept. 19, 2012
Last updated Sept. 19, 2012


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