FIRElinks WG2 meeting
Effects of wildfires on flora and fauna
Digital Event, May 12th 2021, 09:00 to 15:00
Due to the restrictions with the current situation, the WG4 meeting will be held online to allow collaborators to participate.
The meeting will be focused on the effects of wildfires on flora and fauna on a European scale.
First part aims to evaluate the effects of fire on fauna, whilst the second one to assess the effects on vegetation. On the whole, the meeting aims to encompass environmental processes, ecoregional perspectives as well as methodological approaches.
9:00 A.M – 9:15 A.M. Welcome
Short Introduction by:
Prof Artemi Cerda (Chair) and Prof Stefan Doerr (Vice Chair) of the COST EU action COST Action “Fire in the Earth System: Science & Society” (FIRElinks)
Dr Joan Estrany, Workgroup leader 2: Effects of fires on flora and fauna
Explaining the programme:
Dr Zorica Popović (Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković” – National Institute of Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade) and Jesus Rodrigo Comino (Universität Trier) (organization)
9:15 A.M. – 9:25 A.M. Introduction participants
Breakout virtual rooms:
Further introduction between participants in small groups (5-10 persons).
- What is your link with the effects of wildfires on flora and fauna?
- What is your risk perception in your country concerning these effects?
9:25 A.M. – 10:05 A.M. Impact of fire on aquatic fauna
Speaker: Dr Vesna Djikanović, University of Belgrade (Serbia)
10:05 A.M. – 10:45 A.M. Effects of fire on animal populations: the role of fire refuges
Speaker: Dr Pere Pons, Department of Environmental Sciences, Universitat de Girona (Spain)
10:45 A.M. – 11:15 A.M. Break (30 minutes)
11:15 A.M. – 11:55 A.M. Fire severity and post-fire vegetation recovery
Speaker: Dr Emanuele Lingua, Università degli studi di Padova (Italy)
11:55 A.M. – 12:35 A.M. Leaf area index and water availability. Implementation in fire-affected areas
Speaker: Dr Nataša Čereković, University of Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
12:35 P.M. – 13:30 P.M. Lunch break (55 minutes)
13:30 P.M. – 14:10 P.M. Tackling the two-way relationships between fire and fire-adapted invasive plants
Speaker: Prof Joaquim S. Silva, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Centre for Functional Ecology (Portugal)
14:10 P.M. – 14:50 P.M. Burn severity and soil chemistry are weak drivers of early vegetation succession following a boreal mega‐fire in a production forest landscape
Speaker: Prof Lena Gustafsson, Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden)
14:50 P.M. – 15:00 P.M. Questions/reactions
15:00 P.M. Closure