Investigating unburned understory “halos” post-fire under blue oak (Quercus douglasii) canopies

Skyler Bennis, Sam Cormier, Angela Ma & Madeline Perreault
Oak trees profoundly impact California’s oak landscape biodiversity. Oaks influence growth in their understories and these community interactions have important ecological implications. Oaks can facilitate (positive) or interfere (negative) with understory productivity depending on tree characteristics such as variation in root morphology. Historically, California oak communities have been negatively affected by fire suppression, but they are now being impacted by increasing wildfire frequency. Despite their dominance in the woodland and savanna landscapes, there is a...
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