Research Briefs

These 'quick read' one-to-two page Research Briefs highlight fire science research relevant to the Lake States region.

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-Climate and Other
-Invasive Species
-Lake States Fire Science Literature
-Natural Communities
-Wildlife - amphibians and reptiles
-Wildlife - birds
-Wildlife - fish
-Wildlife - insects
-Wildlife - mammals and multiple specie

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Climate and Other

Interactions between fire, human activity, and climate in the Great Lakes Region
Written by Chase T. Brooke and Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)

Connecting Fire and the Mercury Cycle
Written by Randy Kolka & Emma Witt (USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station)

Potential Effects of Climate Change on Fire-Dependent Forests of Northern Minnesota
Written by Shelby A. Weiss (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR)



Invasive Species

Fire and Glossy Buckthorn Management in Upper Michigan
Written by Shelby A. Weiss (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR)

Phragmites and Fire
Written by Shelby A. Weiss (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR)

Restoration of Wetlands Invaded by Reed Canarygrass in an Urban Region of the Upper Midwest
Written by Shelby A. Weiss (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR)

Prescribed Fire Helps Control Spotted Knapweed
Written by Neil MacDonald (Grand Valley State University)



Lake States Fire Science Literature

Citation Database for Regional Fire Science Publications
Written by Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)

Lake States Knowledge Gaps Assessment Project
Written by Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)



Natural Communities

New Data Highlights Role of Frequent, Widespread Surface Fires in Lake States Pine Forests
Written by Jed Meunier (WI DNR, Division of Forestry)

Reimagining the Great Lakes Pine Forest
Written by Brian Palik (USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station)

Using drones and image analysis to monitor jack pine regeneration after fire
Written by Kathleen Quigley (Michigan State University)

Effects of seed source and burn severity on jack pine seedling establishment
Written by Kathleen Quigley (Michigan State University)

Unburned forest ‘stringers’ influence postfire forest communities
Written by Kathleen Quigley (Michigan State University)

Vegetation responses to a stand-replacing fire in an old-growth southern boreal forest
Written by Chase Brooke and Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)

The Oak Triangle: reviewing the role of oaks in the Lake States in the face of climate change, fire, and predation
Written by Chase T. Brooke and Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)

The potential of Spring Dip timing in red pine and jack pine foliage moisture changes on fire behavior and spread
Written by Chase T. Brooke and Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)

Managing oak forests in the Eastern United States: when and where should fire be applied?
Written by Emily Caretti and Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)

Regeneration of northern white cedar deeryards in Upper Michigan
Written by Emily Caretti and Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)

Salvaging fire-damaged timber
Written by Emily Caretti and Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)

Fire season influences vegetation communities in red and white pine forests at Voyageurs National Park
Written by Jessica Miesel and Emily Caretti (Michigan State University)

Mixed-Pine Forests, Fire and Snags in Upper Michigan
Written by Lydia J. Ball (Applied Sciences Program Intern, Seney NWR)

Effects of mechanical and prescribed fire treatments on jack pine regeneration and arthropod communities in the Baraga Plains
Written by Emily Caretti and Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)

Understanding the Importance of Spatially-Explicit Metrics of Natural Disturbance Regimes in Restoration of Mixed-Pine Forests
Written by Igor Drobyshev (University of Quebec at Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Canada & Swedish Agricultural University, Sweden)

Potential Effects of Climate Change on Fire-Dependent Forests of Northern Minnesota
Written by Shelby A. Weiss (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR)



Wildlife - amphibians and reptiles

Fire Effects on Amphibians and Reptiles
Written by Shelby A. Weiss (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR)



Wildlife - birds

Optimizing burn regimes to maintain snags for savanna birds in Minnesota
Written by Kathleen Quigley (Michigan State University)

Bird Communities and Stringers
Written by Shelby A. Weiss (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR)

Birds, Mixed-Pine and Fire In Eastern Upper Michigan
Written by Dawn S. Marsh (Applied Sciences Program Intern, Seney NWR)

Fire and Black-Backed Woodpeckers in Upper Michigan
Written by Rhiannon Jakopak & Julia Polasik (Applied Sciences Program Interns, Seney NWR)

Marshbirds and Fire in the Northern Lake States
Written by Shelby A. Weiss (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR)



Wildlife - fish

Wildland Fire Does Not Affect Mercury Levels in Fish
Written by Tracy Hmielowski
(American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society
of America, Soil Science Society of America)



Wildlife - insects

Effects of mechanical and prescribed fire treatments on jack pine regeneration and arthropod communities in the Baraga Plains
Written by Emily Caretti and Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)

Windstorm and Fuel Reduction Effects on Ground Beetles in a Sub-Boreal Forest
Written by Shelby A. Weiss (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR)



Wildlife - mammals and multiple species

Large Herbivores and Fire in Northeastern Minnesota
Written by Shelby A. Weiss (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR)

Regeneration of northern white cedar deeryards in Upper Michigan
Written by Emily Caretti and Jessica Miesel (Michigan State University)

Small Mammals and Fire in Northeastern Minnesota Mixed Conifer-Hardwood Forest
Written by Shelby A. Weiss (Applied Sciences Program, Seney NWR)

The 1976 Seney (Walsh Ditch) Fire and Wildlife
Written by Rhiannon Jakopak (Applied Sciences Program Intern, Seney NWR)