Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dr. Max Alan Moritz Ph.D.

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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

  • Burke, W.; Tague, C.N.; Kennedy, M.; Moritz, M.A. (2021). Understanding how fuel treatments interact with climate and biophysical setting to affect fire, water, and forest health: A process-based modeling approach. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 3:3591162.
  • Moritz, M.A.; Butsic, V. (2020). Building to Coexist with Fire: Community Risk Reduction Measures for New Development in California. UC ANR Publication 8680.
  • Newman, E. A.; Wilber, M. Q.; Kopper, K. E.; Moritz, M. A.; Falk, D. A.; McKenzie, D.; Harte, J. (2020). Disturbance macroecology: a comparative study of community structure metrics in a high‐severity disturbance regime. Ecosphere. 11:1, e03022.
  • Zigner, K.; Carvalho, L.; Peterson, S.; Fujioka, F.; Duine, G. J.; Jones, C.; Moritz, M.A. (2020). Evaluating the ability of FARSITE to simulate wildfires influenced by extreme, downslope winds in Santa Barbara, California. Fire. 3:3, 29.
  • McLauchlan, KK; Higuera, PE; Miesel, J; al., et (2020). Fire as a fundamental ecological process. Journal of Ecology. 108:5, 2047-2069.
  • Shapero, M.; Moritz, M. (2020). Preparing for Disaster: Establishing and Ag Pass Program in Your Community. UC ANR Publication 8685.
  • Madakumbura, G.D.; Goulden, M.L.; Hall, A.; Fu, R.: Moritz; Koven, C.D.; Kueppers, L.M.; Norlen, C.A.; Randerson, J.T. (2020). Recent California tree mortality portends future increase in drought-driven forest die-off. Environmental Research Letters. 15:12, 124040.
  • 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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