Novus participant Andrés Holz (Portland State University) and colleagues recently published a study in PAGES Magazine on fire dynamics in Patagonia over the last 20,000 years. The study combined archaeological, anthropological, paleo-, dendro- and neoecological studies to review the combined climate-human-fire-vegetation dynamics across Patagonia. The authors identify regional ecological benchmarks of fire activity and vegetation response and conclude that climatic factors primarily drove fire activity on large scales, with anthropogenic fire setting producing regional pulses in fire frequency.
Holz, A, C Méndez, L Borrero, A Prieto, F Torrejón, A Madonado (2016) Fires: the main human impact on past environments in Patagonia? PAGES Magazine 24: 72-73.