Vegetation and fire ecology at UC Davis

The Safford lab is engaged in a wide variety of resource management-related science, in California and other western US states, as well as internationally. To a great extent, the lab operates as an extension of the Forest Service Region 5 Ecology Program.

Current research focus areas of the Safford lab include:

– General application of ecological science to land and resource management

– Forest ecosystem restoration, before and after fire

– Disturbance (especially fire and grazing) impacts on biodiversity

– Human management effects on forest structure and fuels

– Fire and forest management planning in Mediterranean-climate ecoregions

– Management response to climate change

– Fire severity and frequency and their effects on forest succession and resilience

– Ecosystem service assessment of natural landscapes

– Management of tropical mountain ecosystems