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Devastation of both natural and human habitats due to wildfires is becoming an increasingly prevalent global issue. Fire-adapted and fire-prone regions, such as California and parts of Australia, are experiencing more frequent and increasingly destructive wildfires, accompanied by longer wildfire seasons. Further, wildfires are becoming more commonplace in areas that historically do not regularly experience fire, causing an increased risk of habitat loss in less resilient ecosystems. The escalation of fire outbreaks is a result of several factors; however, at the forefront of these outbreaks is an increase in highly flammable dry vegetation due to sustained drought, a trend we will see growing in our changing climate. To mitigate the potentially detrimental outcomes of wildfires, it is imperative that we understand the response of ecosystems to fire not only from an ecological perspective, but also from a physiological perspective. Research focused on the physiological adaptations of organisms to environmental constraints caused by fire can give insight into how plants and animals respond to fire, on both short- and long-term scales. Importantly, this information needs to be adapted effectively into fire management plans to improve the recovery success of organisms after fire.
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Professional or volunteer members of a fire department who are trained to suppress fire and respond to related emergency.
The act or fact of grasping the meaning, nature, or importance of; understanding. (American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed) Includes understanding by a patient or research subject of information disclosed orally or in writing.
An interdisciplinary science concerned with studies of the biological bases of behavior - biochemical, genetic, physiological, and neurological - and applying these to the understanding and treatment of mental illness.
Methods, procedures, and tests performed in the laboratory with an intended application to the diagnosis of disease or understanding of physiological functioning. The techniques include examination of microbiological, cytological, chemical, and biochemical specimens, normal and pathological.
A mechanism of communication with a physiological system for homeostasis, adaptation, etc. Physiological feedback is mediated through extensive feedback mechanisms that use physiological cues as feedback loop signals to control other systems.