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Air, wind, and fire: Small experiments help with a real big challenge

Imagine water flowing smoothly down a river. When it hits a rock, the flow of the water moves and bends, creating turbulence. Air moves in a similar fashion as it flows through a forest and encounters objects and other movement in its path — but we can’t see it. Unless something is present to help us see its movement — like smoke, fog, or fire.

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  • Drivers and ecological impacts of a wildfire outbreak in the southern Appalachian Mountains after decades of fire exclusion
     Reilly, Matthew J.; Norman, Steven P.; O&#
  • Termite sensitivity to temperature affects global wood decay rates
     Zanne, Amy E.; Flores-Moreno, Habacuc; Powell, Jeff R.; Cornwell, William K.; Dalling, James W.; Austin, Amy T.; Classen, Aimée T.; Eggleton, Paul; Okada, Kei-ichi; Parr, Catherine L.; Adair, E. Carol; Adu-Bredu, Stephen; Alam, Md Azharul; Alvarez-Garzón, Carolina; Apgaua, Deborah; Aragón, Roxana; Ardon, Marcelo; Arndt, Stefan K.; Ashton, Louise A.; Barber, Nicholas A.; Beauchêne, Jacques; Berg, Matty P.; Beringer, Jason; Boer, Matthias M.; Bonet, José Antonio; Bunney, Katherine; Burkhardt, Tynan J.; Carvalho, Dulcinéia; Castillo-Figueroa, Dennis; Cernusak, Lucas A.; Cheesman, Alexander W.; Cirne-Silva, Tainá M.; Cleverly, Jamie R.; Cornelissen, Johannes H. C.; Curran, Timothy J.; D’Angioli, André M.; Dallstream, Caroline; Eisenhauer, Nico; Evouna Ondo, Fidele; Fajardo, Alex; Fernandez, Romina D.; Ferrer, Astrid; Fontes, Marco A. L.; Galatowitsch, Mark L.; González, Grizelle; Gottschall, Felix; Grace, Peter R.; Granda, Elena; Griffiths, Hannah M.; Guerra Lara, Mariana; Hasegawa, Motohiro; Hefting, Mariet M.; Hinko-Najera, Nina; Hutley, Lindsay B.; Jones, Jennifer; Kahl, Anja; Karan, Mirko; Keuskamp, Joost A.; Lardner, Tim; Liddell, Michael; Macfarlane, Craig; Macinnis-Ng, Cate; Mariano, Ravi F.; Méndez, M. Soledad; Meyer, Wayne S.; Mori, Akira S.; Moura, Aloysio S.; Northwood, Matthew; Ogaya, Romà; Oliveira, Rafael S.; Orgiazzi, Alberto; Pardo, Juliana; Peguero, Guille; Penuelas, Josep; Perez, Luis I.; Posada, Juan M.; Prada, Cecilia M.; Přívětivý, Tomáš; Prober, Suzanne M.; Prunier, Jonathan; Quansah, Gabriel W.; Resco de Dios, Víctor; Richter, Ronny; Robertson, Mark P.; Rocha, Lucas F.; Rúa, Megan A.; Sarmiento, Carolina; Silberstein, Richard P.; Silva, Mateus C.; Siqueira, Flávia Freire; Stillwagon, Matthew Glenn; Stol, Jacqui; Taylor, Melanie K.; Teste, François P.; Tng, David Y. P.; Tucker, David; Türke, Manfred; Ulyshen, Michael D.; Valverde-Barrantes, Oscar J.; van den Berg, Eduardo; van Logtestijn, Richard S. P.; Veen, G. F. (Ciska); Vogel, Jason G.; Wardlaw, Timothy J.; Wiehl, Georg; Wirth, Christian; Woods, Michaela J.; Zalamea, Paul-Camilo.
  • LiDAR Voxel-Size Optimization for Canopy Gap Estimation
     Ross, C. Wade; Loudermilk, E. Louise; Skowronski, Nicholas; Pokswinski, Scott; Hiers, J. Kevin; O’Brien, Joseph.
  • Compositional attributes of invaded forests drive the diversity of insect functional groups
     Traylor, C.R.; Ulyshen, M.D.; Wallace, D.; Loudermilk, E.L.; Ross, C.W.; Hawley, C.; Atchison, R.A.; Williams, J.L.; McHugh, J.V.
  • Delayed fire mortality has long‐term ecological effects across the Southern Appalachian landscape
     Robbins, Zachary J.; Loudermilk, E. Louise; Reilly, Matthew J.; O&#