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Special Issue "New Insights into Interactions of Fire and Forest Ecosystems under Climate Change"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Lee Frelich

Department of Forest Resources, Center for Forest Ecology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN55108, USA
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Phone: 612-624-3671
Interests: Climate change, disturbance ecology, invasive species, biodiversity conservation, temperate forests, boreal forests

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change is likely to cause the increasing frequency of compound disturbances in forests, for example wind damage followed by fire. These compound disturbances may also take place in an environment where multiple chronic stressors are present that impact forest responses to fire, such as invasive diseases, insect pests and plant species, drought stress, grazing by large herbivores, and overharvesting. Multiple disturbances on top of these chronic stressors could lead to a loss of resilience and novel ecosystems. Even forest responses to the recurrence of fires similar to those in the past could differ as the climate changes. In this Special Issue we encourage the submission of studies on how fires affect forest ecosystem functions, species composition and successional trajectories, as related to the interrelationships of climate change and the changing frequency and severity of fire. New perspectives on the responses and resilience of forests to fires that occur in addition to increasing stress from climate change and other chronic stressors, as well as novel disturbance combinations or regimes are also welcome.

Dr. Lee Frelich
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • fire ecology
  • climate change
  • compound disturbance
  • disturbance severity
  • invasive species
  • forest resilience
  • novel disturbance regimes

Published Papers

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