Fire in Paradise

Date: Friday, March 16, 2018

Time: 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Instructor: Matt Kay

Location: Blaksley Library & Paradise Road

In Progress

Fire is essentail to California, but are we changing it too much?

Fire is an integral part of California's natural history, and it is a frequent visitor to native plant communities. In this lecture/field series we will explore the botany of wildfire in California. In the first of two lectures, we will discuss adaptations and patterns of fire recovery in four southern/central California plant communities: chaparral, coastal sage scrub, oak woodlands, and coniferous forests.

In a second lecture we will explore the human dimension of wildfire: climate change, fire ignition (modern and prehistoric), fire suppression, fire return intervals, and the consequences to plant communities.

We will conclude our exploration with an optional field trip to recent burn sites to provide living insight into the concepts and species discussed from our lectures. The optional field trip date is set for April 14, 10am-2pm. If rains have not spurred blooms, rescheduled field trip date is April 21. Exact location is TBA but will likely be at a Rey, Whitter, or Thomas Fire site.

NOTE: Field trip may include moderately strenuous walking.

2 Fridays & 1 Saturday Field Trip

Fridays, 3/16 & 3/23, 5:30-6:30pm in Blaksley Library
Saturday, 4/14, 10am-2pm TBA (optional). Field trip dependent upon rain.


Dr. Matt Kay

Matt Kay grew up in Santa Barbara, where he developed a love for biology and natural history. This led to biology degrees from the University of Oregon (BS and MS), and a PhD from UCSB. Matt teaches botany and biology at SBCC.

Botany/Natural History
Travel/Day Trips