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Pyro-ecophysiology: Unraveling the physiological connections between climate, fuel dynamics, fire behavior and fire effects

Guest Editors:

William M. Jolly, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, MT, USA
Víctor Resco de Dios, University of Lleida, Spain
Tegan P. Brown, Country Fire Authority, Australia
Rachael H. Nolan, Western Sydney University, Penrith, NSW, Australia

CALL FOR PAPERS | Submission deadline: January 31, 2025 

Pyro-ecophysiology is a novel discipline that bridges gaps between traditional fire ecology, plant physiology and combustion science. It explores the interdependent mechanisms governing the impacts and interactions of fire on living plants, shifting the paradigm from solely relying on moisture content as an indicator.

This evolving field seeks to explain fire behavior and fire effects phenomena through physical and physiological processes at the leaf, whole plant, species and plant functional type scales; and explores how these factors scale across landscapes in this Fire Ecology collection.

This new knowledge will help improve process-based ecological models as well as fire behavior and fire effects models.

Students and Early Career Researchers (especially SAFE members) are encouraged to submit their research to this collection, and take advantage of the SERC incentive. Details about the SERC incentive can be found in the descriptive text of each article type.

Pre-submission enquiries are welcome.

Image Credits: ©William Matthew Jolly

Meet the Guest Editors

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William M. Jolly, PhD, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, MT, USA

A renowned fire ecologist specializing in wildfire behavior and management, Dr. Jolly earned his PhD in forest ecology from the University of Montana, focusing on fire regime dynamics in forest ecosystems. He works with the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) where he has contributed significantly to advancing fire behavior prediction and management strategies. Dr. Jolly's innovative methodologies and dedication to improving fire management practices have earned him widespread recognition, including the Forest Service's Chief's Honor Award. A prolific author, he has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and several influential books on fire ecology and management. Dr. Jolly's work embodies a commitment to advancing fire science, integrating rigorous research with practical applications to protect natural environments and human communities from the devastating impacts of wildfires. Read more about his research activities here.

Víctor Resco de Dios, PhD, University of Lleida, Spain

Associate Professor of Forestry Science and Global Change at the University of Lleida and coordinator of the Joint Research Unit between the Forest Technology Center of Catalonia and Agrotecnio (JRU CTFC-AGROTECNIO), Dr. Dios has written a book in Managing Forest Ecosystems series (Springer) called “Plant-Fire Interactions: Applying Ecophysiology to Wildlife Management”, over 150 scientific papers, and has been included in the Stanford ranking of highly cited scientists since 2021. His research on fire is focused on the effects of climate change and land management on fire regimes and its consequences for health, safety and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. Dr. Dios is on the editorial board of several journals, including Springer titles Regional Environmental Change and Trees. Read more about his research interests here.

Tegan P. Brown, PhD, Country Fire Authority, Australia

An experienced forest and fire manager and researcher with a passion for understanding climate change effects on forests, fire, and people within the forest and fire sector, Dr. Brown has worked across forest planning and policy, fire risk planning, wildfire recovery, and regulation. In 2022, she completed a PhD related to the effects of climate change on forest structure and potential fire activity in Victoria, Australia. Dr. Brown then completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, of the Rocky Mountain Research Station, in Missoula, MT, USA. She is currently a research scientist with the Country Fire Authority (CFA), a volunteer-centered fire agency in south-eastern Australia.

Rachael H. Nolan, PhD, Western Sydney University, Penrith, NSW, Australia 

Working at the intersection of plant ecophysiology, fire ecology and forest fire management, Dr. Nolan's research bridges science, policy and management aiming to provide an early warning of the risk of bushfires, and to predict their impacts on ecosystems under a changing climate. She is the Director of the New South Wales Bushfire and Natural Hazards Research Centre, and was a member of the Centre’s predecessor (the New South Wales Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub). Along with her colleagues in the Hub, Dr. Nolan was awarded the prestigious Eureka Award for Applied Environmental Science for providing the research base for the state government’s Inquiry into the unprecedented 2019/20 "Black Summer" bushfires. She currently holds a Senior Research Fellowship at Western Sydney University, Australia. Dr. Nolan completed her PhD in 2013 at the University of Melbourne where she studied the impact of bushfires on water supply catchments. Read more about her research interests here.

Submission Guidelines

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  • Please follow the submission guidelines and checklist.
  • Please submit online via Editorial Manager® and select article type “Pyro-ecophysiology: Unraveling the physiological connections between climate, fuel dynamics, fire behavior and fire effects”.


Open Access Funding Opportunities 

Fire Ecology is an open access journal in which an article processing charge applies. Please see our Journal Pricing FAQs for general APC information and our APC Funding & Support Services for assistance.

Members of the Association for Fire Ecology are entitled to a 20% discount off the APC of their accepted paper in Fire Ecology, and should send their APC token request immediately after acceptance to the AFE Administrative DirectorThe member discount cannot be applied retrospectively.

Contact Information

William M. Jolly
USDA Forest Service
Missoula, MT

Víctor Resco de Dios
University of Lleida

Tegan P. Brown
Country Fire Authority

Rachael H. Nolan
Western Sydney University
Penrith, NSW

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