Dr. Max Alan Moritz Ph.D.

Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
2400 Bren Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131
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Fire Ecology and Management; Disturbance Regimes; Spatial Analysis; Fire Policy; Climate Change Adaptation

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Peer Reviewed

  • Holsinger, L.; Parks, S.A.; Parisien, M.A.; Miller, C.; Batllori, E.; Moritz, M.A. (2019). Climate change likely to reshape vegetation in North America's largest protected areas. Conservation Science and Practice. 1:7, e50. https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/csp2.50
  • Batllori, E.; De Cáceres, M.; Brotons, L.; Ackerly, D.D.; Moritz, M.A.; Lloret, F. (2019). Compound fire‐drought regimes promote ecosystem transitions in Mediterranean ecosystems. Journal of Ecology. 107:3, 1187-1198. https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1365-2745.13115
  • Mansuy, N.; Miller, C.; Parisien, M.A.; Parks, S.A.; Batllori, E.; Moritz, M.A. (2019). Contrasting human influences and macro-environmental factors on fire activity inside and outside protected areas of North America. Environmental Research Letters. 14:6, 064007. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab1bc5/meta
  • McCullough, I.M.; Cheruvelil, K.S.; Lapierre, J.F.; Lottig, N.R.; Moritz, M.A.; Stachelek, J.; Soranno, P.A. (2019). Do lakes feel the burn? Ecological consequences of increasing exposure of lakes to fire in the continental United States. Global Change Biology. 25:9, 2841-2854. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/gcb.14732
  • Buma, B.; Batllori, E.; Bisbing, S.; Holz, A.; Saunders, S.C.; Bidlack, A.L.; Creutzburg, M.K.; DellaSala, D.A.; Gregovich, D.; Hennon, P.; Krapek, J.; Moritz, M.A.; Zaret, K. (2019). Emergent freeze and fire disturbance dynamics in temperate rainforests. Austral Ecology. 44:5, 812-826. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/aec.12751
  • Tague, C.L.; Moritz, M.A. (2019). Plant accessible water storage capacity and tree-scale root interactions determine how forest density reductions alter forest water use and productivity. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 2, 36. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/ffgc.2019.00036/full
  • Tague, C.L.; Moritz, M.; Hanan, E. (2019). The changing water cycle: The eco‐hydrologic impacts of forest density reduction in Mediterranean (seasonally dry) regions. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. 6:4, e1350. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/wat2.1350
  • Syphard, A.D.; Rustigian-Romsos, H.; Mann, M.; Conlisk, E.; Moritz, M.A.; Ackerly, D. (2019). The relative influence of climate and housing development on current and projected future fire patterns and structure loss across three California landscapes. Global Environmental Change. 56, 41-55. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378018313293
  • Moritz, M.A.; Odion, D.C.; Davis, F.W. (2018). Characterizing chaparral fire regimes. Fire in California’s Ecosystems.J. van Wagtendonk, N. Sugihara, S. Stephens, A. Thode and K. Shaffer. UC Press. 72.
  • Williams, A.P.; Gentine, P.; Moritz, M.A.; Roberts, D.A.; Abatzoglou, J.T. (2018). Effect of reduced summer cloud shading on evaporative demand and wildfire in coastal southern California. Geophysical Research Letters. 45:11, 5653-5662. https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2018GL077319
  • Moritz, M.A.; Batllori, E. (2018). Fire and climate change in mediterranean-type ecosystems. The Biology of Mediterranean-type Ecosystems.K. Esler, A. Jacobsen and R. Pratt. Oxford University Press. 310-312.
  • Gibbons, P.; Gill, A.M.; Shore, N.; Moritz, M.A.; Dovers, S.; Cary, G.J. (2018). Options for reducing house-losses during wildfires without clearing trees and shrubs. Landscape and Urban Planning. 174, 10-17. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204618300598
  • Dunham, J.B.; Angermeier, P.L.; Crausbay, S.D.; Cravens, A.E.; Gosnell, H.; McEvoy, J.; Moritz, M.A.; Raheem, N.; Sanford, T. (2018). Rivers are social–ecological systems: time to integrate human dimensions into riverscape ecology and management. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. 5:4, e1291. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/wat2.1291
  • Anderson, S.E.; Bart, R.R.; Kennedy, M.C.; MacDonald, A.J.; Moritz, M.A.; Plantinga, A.J.; Tague, C.L.; Wibbenmeyer, M. (2018). The dangers of disaster-driven responses to climate change. Nature Climate Change. 8:8, 651-653. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0208-8

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Moritz, M.A.; Topik, C.; Allen, C.D.; Hessburg, P.F.; Morgan, P.; Odion, D.C.; Veblen, T.T.; McCullough, I.M. (2018). A Statement of Common Ground Regarding the Role of Wildfire in Forested Landscapes of the Western United States. Fire Research Consensus Working Group Final Report. https://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/news/fire-scientists-agree-about-wildfire-more-they-realize
  • Kearns, F.; Moritz, M.A. (2018). How fierce fall winds help fuel California fires. The Conversation. 11/18/2018. https://theconversation.com/how-fierce-fall-and-winter-winds-help-fuel-california-fires-106985
  • Moritz, M.A.; Tague, N.; Anderson, S. (2018). Wildfires are inevitable – increasing home losses, fatalities and costs are not. The Conversation. 11/11/2018. https://theconversation.com/wildfires-are-inevitable-increasing-home-losses-fatalities-and-costs-are-not-101295

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