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Fire ecology
Fire ecology

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain why fire is an important component of healthy ecosystems

  • explain what is meant by a ‘fire regime’ and how changes in fire regimes can lead to changes in ecosystems

  • describe some adaptive features of plants that have evolved in response to fire

  • describe how some animals avoid fires and/or benefit from the aftermath of natural fires

  • explain how global warming may result in an increase in both the frequency and intensity of fires.