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Conference Abstract
Long term effect of fire severity on carabid and lichen assemblages
expand article infoColin Bergeron, Dominique Arseneault§
‡ University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
§ Université du Québec à Rimouski, Rimouski, Canada
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Variation in fire severity strongly influences post-fire forest development. The resulting fine scale forest heterogeneity could impact biodiversity over long periods after fire events. In the James Bay area of northern Québec, differential seed mortality caused by high and low crown fire severity resulted in dramatic variation in regeneration density of both jack pine and black spruce. Sixty years after such fire event, we show that composition of lichen and carabid assemblages varied significantly between areas of high (c. 2600 stems/ha) and low (c. 560 stems/ha) stem density established by differential crown fire severity. The carabids, Notiophilus semistriatus and Miscodera arctica, were found in low stem density areas while Carabus taedatus and Pterostichus brevicornis were found in high stem density areas. Amount of bare ground was higher in low stem density area which may favor active visual diurnal hunters such as Notiophilus species. Cladonia rangiferina and C. stellaris were associated with high stem density area while C. uncialis and C. mitis were associated with low stem density area. This likely reflects the fact that photosynthetic rate of C. rangiferina is optimal under shady areas whereas C. uncialis is better adapted to hot, dry and sunny conditions. Thus, variation in fire behavior led to long-lasting variation in forest conditions that clearly affected both lichen and carabid assemblages even 60 years after fire.


Fire behavior, Fire severity, carabidae, lichens, long-term effects, post-fire regeneration

Presenting author

Colin Bergeron

Presented at

European Carabidologist Meeting

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